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MPs farewell David Gibson

FOR one day, at least, party lines were put aside as politicians thanked retiring Gympie MP David Gibson for his dedication and service. 

The Premier and the Opposition thanked Mr Gibson in parliament on Thursday where he delivered an emotional final speech.

Mr Gibson spoke about the nervous breakdown he suffered which led to him announcing his retirement from politics at the next election.

"Whilst I struggle to understand why some individuals on my own side would attack me in such a way, I can accept that as part of public life. However, what I cannot forgive is what they did to my family and, in particular, what they did to my children," he said.

With speculation about an election announcement early next year, Thursday was likely Mr Gibson's final day in the chamber.

Following 2014's final parliament sitting, Mr Gibson carried around a Gympie electorate map which he asked his fellow MPs to sign.

Premier Campbell Newman thanked him - and retiring Redlands MP Peter Dowling - in parliament and noted Mr Gibson's role as the police minister in the LNP government.

Both MPs leave with a cloud of controversy during this term of government.

Mr Dowling caused a stir when he sexted a photo of his penis in a glass of red wine to his mistress while Mr Gibson was forced to stand down as police minister when it was revealed he was driving unlicensed because of unpaid speeding fines.

"They have stood up for their communities in this place on many occasions. They have been passionate local members," Mr Newman said.

"They have served as committee chairs, they have served in leadership roles during the long period in opposition and they served effectively in those roles.

"Politics today is a tough game and these two honourable members, perhaps more than most in this place, know how tough, relentless and unforgiving it can be."

Similarly Labor MP Curtis Pitt said all Queensland MPs would miss Mr Gibson."I wanted to say that it was heartening to hear some of the words spoken by the departing member for Gympie," he said.

"And I wanted to say it is true in this game you can have friends across the aisle. I think it was a very heartfelt speech and a speech that should resonate with some of his LNP colleagues."

- APN NEWSDESK


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