Mike Kelly has served our nation in uniform and he has served his community in our national Parliament.He's been struggling with health problems for some time and because of the heavy demands of servicing his large and diverse electorate, he has today announced his retirement.
As the Labor Member for Eden Monaro, Mike tirelessly served his local community and fought to deliver better infrastructure, better services and a better environment for all his constituents.
He stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Eden Monaro as the area was devastated by last summer's terrible bushfires, and continues to be a staunch advocate for his community as people struggle to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.
We thank Mike for his many years of service to our nation, to our state, to the people of Eden Monaro and to the Labor Party.
From all of us here at Labor, we wish Mike and his family all the best for the future.