Today I publicly announce that I will not be contesting the March 2018 State election, and intend to retire from politics in a little over 13 months.
I will be forever grateful and humbled by the faith the Goyder members of the Liberal Party of Australia placed in me by my selection to be the candidate for Goyder back in April 2005, and for the confidence shown in me by the electorate in subsequent successful polls in the elections of 2006, 2010 and 2014.
The decision not to stand comes after considerable soul searching. In my near 11 years as the proud Member for Goyder, I feel I have done all I can to pursue the needs and opportunities for my community.
For 10 years I was privileged to also be a member of the Shadow Cabinet, holding various portfolios and working towards becoming a Minister in a future Liberal Government -- a position I strongly felt would best place me to serve the people of Goyder and open up opportunities for the region I love.
Whilst it was therefore very disappointing to be recently removed from the Shadow Cabinet, my most fervent of desires is for the Liberal Party to win the required minimum 24 seats in March 2018 to form Government, and for Steven Marshall to be Premier.
I believe this is what South Australia needs after 16 years of Labor Party control.
Pre-selection for Goyder closes on 24th March and I have no doubt that a strong field will nominate.
I commit to working hard with the candidate until election day, doing all I can to ensure that he or she also has the great honour of being elected to Parliament to represent our wonderful community.
In the meantime, be assured it is business as usual for me and the electorate staff between now and March 2018, and that I will be continuing to assist constituents as best as I can in my last 13 months in office.
Steven Griffiths MP