Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon has moved to allay concerns about his pending retirement, telling the community it is 'business as usual, for now'.
The federal representative announced his intention to retire from politics last month, departing the seat he has held since 1996.
"Since I announced my decision not to contest the next federal election I've been overwhelmed by messages of thanks and goodwill. I say thank you again," he said.
"I've also had a few nasties, but that's politics.
"I long ago learned that if you're not offending a few, you are not doing or saying much!"
He said he wanted to assure people that he was still focused on representing the Hunter until the next election.
"Anyway, many have asked whether I'm now retired.
"The answer is no.
"I remain your Federal MP until the next election.
"That could still be seven months away. So until then, I will continue to represent our electorate with just as much energy and determination.
"My staff too, will continue to serve. So, it's business as usual in the Fitzgibbon office."
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