John Faulkner to retire at next election
ONE of the Labor Party's most senior respected figures, Senator John Faulkner, has announced he will retire at the next Federal Election.
The New South Wales federal politician has been a stalwart of the party since 1989, and a key leader of federal Labor's left-wing.
A statement from Sen Faulkner thanked the party for the unqualified honour of representing it in parliament, and called for more action on internal corruption.
Sen Faulkner, a long-time advocate of cleaning up electoral rules, political donations regulations and transparent government, will serve out his current term until July 2017.
A statement from Labor leader Bill Shorten thanked him for his service, and said he had a proud legacy as a "formidable and forensic Senator".
"He has never cut the cloth of what he says to suit the fashion of the day," Mr Shorten said.
"John is a keeper of the Labor flame. All of us in the Labor Party thank him for the service and guidance he has given our party, and our country."