Tearful Greg Hunt reveals he’s quitting politics after 20 years because his children told him to be a ‘proper dad’ and ‘come home’
Greg Hunt held back tears as he announced his retirement on the last day of Parliament this year.
The Health Minister said he will not recontest his marginal seat of Finders at next year’s election because his children told him it’s time to ‘come home’.
The 56-year-old has spent weeks away from his family over the past two years as Health Minister during thepandemic.
Greg Hunt held back tears as he announced his retirement on the last day of Parliament this year
In his speech to Parliament, Mr Hunt thanked his wife Paula and children James and Poppy for supporting him and revealed what they told him to persuade him to step down.
‘On Sunday, they looked at me, and they said: ”Dad this is your last chance to be a proper dad. And it’s time to come home, Dad”,’ Mr Hunt said.
‘So, Mr Speaker, earlier today, I spoke with the Prime Minister and my electorate chairman and I informed them I would not be contesting the next election.’
Mr Hunt held back tears as he read out a letter from the family of a six-year-old girl who wrote to him three years after he secured her free treatment drugs for an extremely rare enzyme condition from an overseas company.
The letter said the girl named Isabella had enrolled in gymnastics, football and cross-country and was a ‘changed little girl, no longer in constant pain’.
‘She has started to build muscle and she has boundless new energy, spends most of her free time playing on the gym rings outside we hope to enrolled her in gymnastic class. She has just turned nine,’ the letter said.
Mr Hunt said receiving that letter was the highlight of his career.
‘If there had been nothing else in the last 20 years that alone would have been enough,’ he said.
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