Labor minister Martin Ferguson retires from political career
AFTER 26 years in federal politics and a lifetime inside the Labor Party, former Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has said farewell to politics.
Mr Ferguson gave a heartfelt address to parliament announcing he would resign as the Member for Batman at the September election.
The party stalwart and former head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions had a lengthy political career, before and after he was elected to office in 1996.
Born in 1953, Mr Ferguson joined the Australian Labor Party in 1968, and served as Resources, Energy and Tourism from Labor's 2007 victory until March this year.
He was one of several political scalps after the failed leadership coup in March, when he resigned from the ministry.
Mr Ferguson thanked his family, staff and the Labor Party for their support throughout his career.