Roads minister won't contest next election


Minister for Main Roads Warren Pitt will not contest the next Queensland election

Minister for Main Roads Warren Pitt will quit politics, after he announced he will not stand at the next Queensland election.

Pitt, who is in remission from cancer, says he decision to leave the political arena is due to "a combination of personal and professional reasons".

He thanked family and friends who supported him during his illness, but says it is now time to end an almost 20-year political career.

"I have come to the decision that it is now an appropriate time for me to return some of that support to my family by withdrawing from politics to spend more time with my loved ones," Pitt says.

He says the decision also reflects the need for the Bligh Government to renew its ranks with what he considers are talented backbenchers ready to fill ministerial positions.

Pitt, who has served under three premiers, says he will campaign for the candidate of his seat because the global economic crisis means "Queensland needs the safe, effective leadership provided by the Bligh Government more than ever".

Pitt has listed upgrading the Gordonvale and Innisfail hospitals among his list of achievements, which include opening the $543 million Tugun Bypass six months ahead of schedule and continuing the $1.88 billion Gateway Upgrade Project on time and within budget constraints.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh is due to call an election near the end of the year, but some have tipped she may go to the polls early against Liberal-National Party candidate Lawrence Springborg.

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