Robert Schwarten to retire

Robert Schwarten
Robert Schwarten Allan Reinikka / AR09/0309/6

ROBERT Schwarten has announced he will be resigning from his position as Minister of Public Works as of Monday.

The Member for Rockahmpton made the announcement in Queensland Parliament today, after a 21-year career in politics.

"I’m glad I’m going on my own terms at a time of my own choosing," Mr Schwartern said.

He said he would tender his resignation as the Minister for Public Works on Monday and would not contest the next election.

"I have a very firm view that once you make up your mind to retire that you really owe it to the team to allow a new person to come forward," Mr Schwarten said.

Mr Schwarten was first elected to Queensland Parliament in 1989 in the seat of Rockhampton North which he held until 1992.

He then worked as an adviser to the then Deputy Premier, Tom Burns, who held a range of senior portfolios.

Mr Schwarten was elected to the seat of Rockhampton in 1995 and has held it ever since.

Before becoming a politician Mr Schwarten worked in the building industry and also has Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education. 

He also worked as a teacher and an organiser for the Queensland Teacher's Union.

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