KELVIN’S BLOG: Retirement from Clifford Hayes' office

I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring from the office of Clifford Hayes with effect from next Friday 15 January. I want to make it clear that I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to work for Clifford for the past 2 years. His integrity, good judgment and basic decency has made working for him a privilege and a joy.

If I were 25 rather than 65 I would have no hesitation in continuing through the remaining 2 years of this Parliamentary term and providing as much assistance as I could in our re-election campaign. However time is not on my side, and I have family issues concerning the health of my partner, and my father, as well as travel aspirations which I can’t do justice to, in addition to providing Clifford with the support that his demanding job requires.

I have greatly enjoyed working with you all over the past 2 years. I admire your civic mindedness and unselfish willingness to put the health of your community first, when it is all too easy to succumb to the greed, selfishness, and politics of division which are all around us. I continue to believe in the values of the Sustainable Australia Party. While I have relinquished my roles as Victorian State Director and National Media Spokesperson, I will remain a member of the Party’s National Committee (and continue my blog on the party website).

Clifford has appointed Isabella Emerson to a 2 and a half day position in my office, which she will commence from Monday 18 January. She brings considerable private sector and planning experience to the role, as well as a passion for protecting Melbourne’s Southern Metropolitan Region from overdevelopment. She joins Rowan Forster (who is continuing to work full time), Sophie Paterson and Paul Brownrigg (who work 4 days a week) and Candy Reitsema (who works 2 days a week) in the Office. You should of course feel free to contact them on any matters with which Clifford may be able to assist you.

I am retiring from paid work, but not from life. My personal email address is Feel free to send me an email if there is something you would like my advice on, or simply something you think I would be interested in.

You will also find my personal Twitter link below.

My best wishes to you for the future, and I hope that our paths continue to cross from time to time.

Hon. Kelvin Thomson

National Committee

Sustainable Australia Party

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  • Barry Lizmore
    commented 2021-01-21 20:57:47 +1100
    I would like to thank Kelvin for the time that he has given me as a new member. I would also like to thank Kelvin for signing my petition, it was about the Good Food Guide’s endorsement of restaurants that have been found to short pay staff, and for explaining how my petition aligns with the values of SAP. You would not find people like Kelvin in the major parties which is why I support SAP. All the best Kelvin. Barry Lizmore
  • William Bourke
    commented 2021-01-11 10:46:55 +1100
    As National President and on behalf of the National Committee and all party members and supporters, I want to extend our thanks to Kelvin for making the big decision to come on board two years ago and providing invaluable guidance and support to Clifford and the party in Victoria, and beyond.

    We look forward to Kelvin’s continued contribution on the National Committee, as well as his thoughtful website blogs – hopefully including a few from his much-anticipated soon-ish road trip around Australia!
  • Sustainable Australia Party
    published this page in News & Media 2021-01-10 14:38:25 +1100