Robertson focused on state election
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
SERVING his constituents is John Robertson’s sole focus heading into the March state election.
Speculation was rife about his future after his sudden resignation as state opposition leader on December 22, following revelations he signed a letter on behalf of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis in 2011.
After a month “reacquainting” with family and friends, a refreshed Mr Robertson, during an interview with the Star, reiterated he wasn’t going anywhere.
“To serve the people of Blacktown is a privilege and I will continue to represent them,” he said.
Mr Robertson said he never met Mr Monis, who came into his office requesting a signature and had no regrets about either his time as opposition leader or his resignation.
“There was a level of disappointment but that’s politics,” he said.
“It was blown out of proportion. Three years ago, that man came into our office and we did what we would do for any constituent. I resigned for the good of the Labor party. I didn’t want the government to use it as a distraction for the next three months. I wanted to give Labor the best possible chance at this election. NSW can’t afford another four years of this government.”
Mr Robertson is thankful for the public support.
“I’ve had nothing but letters and calls of support,” he said.
He paid tribute to retiring Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery.
“He has been a huge support in the last few years, especially when there were so few of us left in Labor after the 2011 election,” he said.
“I see Richard as the wise old owl, and have often sought counsel from him over the years.
“He’s made a huge contribution to parliament — reflected in the support from both sides of government after his valedictory speech.”
He has no plans to return as state party leader.
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