Federal MP for Perth Tim Hammond announces resignation

Perth MHR Tim Hammond.
Perth MHR Tim Hammond.

FEDERAL Labor member for Perth Tim Hammond has announced his resignation.

Mr Hammond’s decision will trigger a by-election for the seat of Perth, which has been in Labor hands since 1983.

Speaking to radio station 6PR this morning, Mr Hammond said he wanted to spend more time at home with his three children.

“I just cannot find myself reconciling the role of a federal parliamentarian from here in Perth with being the dad that fundamentally I just need to be to three very little children,” Mr Hammond said.

“I have a six-year-old girl, a two-and-a-half year old girl and now a six-month-old boy.

“The six-month-old was an unexpected but wonderful blessing that wasn’t on the cards when I was elected two years ago.

“I spent many years of my life trying for this goal to be elected as a federal representative.

“I don’t regret for one minute working hard to be given that opportunity.

“I’d reached the point after much soul searching, it just wasn’t working.

“It wasn’t working in relation to how present I needed to be at home.”

Mr Hammond succeeded former Labor member for Perth Alannah MacTiernan in 2016.

He is the shadow minister for consumer affairs and the shadow minister assisting for resources.

WA Liberal Senator Mathias Cormann paid tribute to Mr Hammond in a statement.

“I was genuinely sad to hear the news that Tim Hammond would be stepping down as Federal Member for Perth,” Mr Cormann wrote.

“While we are political competitors, we are also friends and colleagues involved in the same profession focused on making a difference to our community and our country.

“Tim is a very decent, highly capable individual with a bright future in whatever he decides to do next.”

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