Christopher Pyne farewells parliament, says he's seen some 'truly dreadful' MPs

Christopher Pyne drew laughter from his colleagues as he farewelled Parliament after nearly 27 years in federal politics.

There were tears and plenty of laughter as one of federal politics' most colourful characters, Christopher Pyne, farewelled Parliament after a 26-year career.

The outgoing Liberal frontbencher reflected on his 17 years in government and nine years in opposition during his valedictory speech, saying the House of Representatives brought out the best and worst in politicians.

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese embraces Christopher Pyne after his valedictory speech after Question Time in the House of Representatives
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"I've seen some truly dreadful people come through here over the last quarter of a century, Mr Speaker. It is true.

"But I've seen many more outstanding people, Mr Speaker, including my current colleagues." 

The outgoing defence minister also recalled some of his favourite moments in the chamber as well as his memorable appearance on Sky News when he uttered the now-infamous phrase "I fixed it". 

"I am going to miss the stage that the dispatch box that it gives you for some amateur thespian," Mr Pyne told Parliament. 

The South Australian MP who has won nine federal elections admitted he has had a "fortunate life", drawing  laughs across the chamber with this quip: 

"I do not have a log cabin story like so many people in this place... although I once had to get my own lemon for my own gin and tonic!

"That may or may not qualify, Mr Speaker." 

Christopher Pyne delivers his valedictory speech during Question Time in the House of Representatives
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Mr Pyne choked up as he concluded his speech: "I have relished the opportunity to attempt great deeds in the one forum in our democracy that allows every Australian the chance to do so, the House of Representatives.

"Thank you. Goodbye and good luck."

Published 4 April 2019 at 4:25pm, updated 4 April 2019 at 9:54pm
By Rosemary Bolger