O'Brien to quit politics

Wednesday 28 March 2012

O'Brien to quit politics

Former State Member for Cook, Jason O'Brien, will quit politics after his election defeat on the weekend at the hands of LNP candidate, David Kempton.

The result was not the whitewash Labor experienced in other seats across the State, however, it was not enough to convince Mr O'Brien to remain in politics.

"I'm a bit of a feather duster now, the story is not about me anymore.

"I'm obviously disappointed with the result, I worked very hard but couldn't hang on.

"It's time for other people to step up. I had 12 years in public life, I did eight in the parliament, four as a Cairns City councillor.

"That's enough time for me with the spotlight on me, I want to fade away."

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He thanked his supporters for sticking by him during his eight year term, particularly during the challenging period of the recent election.
"(I'd like) to thank people in the Cook electorate for giving me the great privilege of serving them these last 8 years.
"It has been an honour and I am proud of what has been achieved across the 40-odd disparate communities I have represented.
"I would like to particularly thank my loyal party members and booth workers for sticking with me and the ALP in the toughest of times for the party.
"I wish the new Member for Cook David Kempton every success in his new role."
He said he would take a few weeks off to contemplate his future, but remains committed to his referreeing duties.

"I refereed on Sunday, the day after the election. I was always going to ref on Sunday win, lose, or draw, and I'll be back out there again this weekend."