BUSINESS AS USUAL: As more Morrison Government politicians announce their retirement from federal politics, Hinkler MP Keith Pitt has assured the community it is all business as usual in the country's capital.
BUSINESS AS USUAL: As more Morrison Government politicians announce their retirement from federal politics, Hinkler MP Keith Pitt has assured the community it is all business as usual in the country's capital. Alistair Brightman

Pitt on LNP resignations: 'It is normal to retire'

AS MORE Morrison Government politicians announce their retirement from federal politics, Hinkler MP Keith Pitt has assured the community it is all business as usual in the country's capital.

Mr Pitt, who stepped aside from his ministerial position as assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister last year in order to focus on delivering promises to constituents, yesterday said it wasn't unusual for politicians to retire.

"All sides of politics have people retiring, including long serving Labor MPs - Wayne Swan, Jenny Macklin, Kate Ellis and Gai Brodtmann," Mr Pitt said.

His comments come after the announcement by Minister for Defence Industry Steven Ciobo and Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne that they are retiring from federal politics.

Mr Pyne will stay in his ministerial position until the election.

"Retiring members on all sides have served the Australian people for a long period of time and I wish them all the best for the future," Mr Pitt said.

Labor candidate for Hinkler Richard Pascoe, however said it was a sign the government was grinding to a halt.

"The Liberals and Nationals have stopped governing and are ignoring the Australian people," Mr Pascoe told the NewsMail.

"All they care about is looking after themselves and their Liberal donor mates.

"Under Bill Shorten, Labor has been a united, stable team for five and a half years. We know Australians have had enough of the infighting and instability."

LNP's Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have also tendered resignations.

An election is expected to be held in May.



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