ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER
STATEMENT – MIKE KELLY
The Federal Parliament will be poorer for the retirement of Mike Kelly as the Member for Eden Monaro.
Mike Kelly is a great Australian.
He has served our nation in uniform and he has served his community in our national Parliament.
Mike’s retirement is a direct result of renal health issues sustained in connection with his service in Somalia, Iraq and Timor Leste.
He has been struggling with these health problems for some time and is retiring because of the heavy demands of servicing his large and diverse electorate.
Mike is putting his community ahead of himself.
Mike served the nation for 20 years in the Australian Army before retiring as a Colonel.
He won the seat of Eden Monaro for Labor from the Coalition not once, but twice.
In Government, Mike held five Parliamentary Secretary portfolios. He also served as Minister for Defence Materiel.
I will miss Mike as part of the Federal Labor team.
On behalf of the Australian Labor Party I wish Mike, his wife Rachelle and his family the best for the future.
THURSDAY, 30 APRIL 2019