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Federal Minister Christopher Pyne confirms ‘retirement’

ANOTHER MORRISON Government minister is abandoning ship ahead of the Federal Election, with Christopher Pyne confirming he will retire from the Australian Parliament.

The high profile Defence Minister, well-known for his distinctive voice, released a statement on Saturday morning following days of speculation.

It comes less than 24-hours after Member for Moncrieff Steven Ciobo announced his resignation.

“It’s time to retire while people are asking me to stay, rather than continue and end up later with people telling me to go!” Mr Pyne explained.

The 51-year-old father of four went on to explain that after 27-years in politics it was “time to renew again”.

“I have every confidence that the Prime Minister will lead the Coalition to victory when the election is held in May,” the member for Sturt in South Australia said.

“Thank you to my beautiful family – my wife Carolyn, my children Eleanor, Barnaby, Felix and Aurelia as well as my extended family. We are a close network of supportive people. My family have been with me every step of my political career. I volunteered but they were conscripted yet they supported me willingly and graciously.”

Mr Pyne also listed his greatest political achievements, including “the $200 billion build-up of Australia’s military capability”, the National Innovation and Science Agenda in 2015, reforms to the National Curriculum, and the introduction of compulsory literacy and numeracy testing for Australian teaching graduates.

“But I’m also grateful that the youth mental health initiative I created in 2006 called headspace survived the Labor Government and has gone on to thrive and become a fixture in the mental health sector.”

Mr Pyne trumpeted his longevity on both the back and frontbench in Canberra, where he’s been appointed by four Prime Ministers to their Executives.

He is also “the longest serving non-Labor Member of the House of Representatives from South Australia since Federation in 1901”.