Christopher Pyne and Steve Ciobo to retire

Senior Liberal frontbench minister Christopher Pyne and Steve Ciobo will retire from federal parliament at the upcoming election in May.


"I'm not going into the tomb, I intend to be around in politics, in South Australia in particular, for a long time to come." - Retiring Liberal frontbencher Christopher Pyne

"It has always been my view that politics is a means to an end. I have never sought to be a 'time server'. My contribution is made." - Retiring Liberal frontbencher Steve Ciobo

"I want to thank Christopher for his service to our country. 26 years is a very long stint in the parliament." - Prime Minister Scott Morrison

"(Pyne is) irrepressible. He's tenacious at times to the point of ruthlessness and he's occasionally extremely entertaining." - Labor frontbencher Penny Wong

"We disagree about the way forward but he has my respect both as a person and as someone who has served his electorate, his Party and the community with genuine commitment." - Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese

"The Liberal Party & Australia has been well served by @cpyne. Despite what you read from time to time Christopher and I have worked closely together in the Parliament for many years." - Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on Twitter

"A big loss to our parliamentary democracy. Best wishes mate." - Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon to Pyne

"There is no doubt any credibility the government has on national security leaves with Christopher Pyne." - Labor defence spokesman Richard Marles.

Source AAP

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