Eric Roozendaal resigns from NSW Parliament
SUSPENDED NSW Labor MP Eric Roozendaal has resigned from state parliament following a colourful nine years in politics.
The former treasurer, who fronted a corruption inquiry last year over claims the purchase of his luxury car was part-funded by the son of former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid, made the announcement in parliament this morning.
His outgoing speech reflected on his time as minister for roads and ports and the importance of the continuing privatisation of the state's electricity assets.
He described his time in politics as "a bit of a rollercoaster" ride but said he believed that if "you want to make a difference, you need to step up and not be afraid to do so".
Following the ICAC inquiry last year, Mr Roozendaal was suspended from attending Labor caucus meetings.
Calls for expressions of interest in his Bondi home in February coincided with his separation from wife Amanda.
According to the Herald, he told parliament that while the ICAC inquiry had been a "bruising and tough process, especially for my family", he maintained there was no evidence favours had been provided to anyone during his time as a senior Labor minister.
Mr Roozendaal did not say whether he had accepted employment elsewhere.
His status as a former minister is expected to bring him an annual, tax-payer funded pension of about $100,000.