The sweet reason behind Stephen Conroy’s shock resignation

“When you resent being in Canberra because you are missing your daughter’s soccer training it is time to retire from

“When you resent being in Canberra because you are missing your daughter’s soccer training it is time to retire from the federal parliament” is the reason for the shock exit of Senator Stephen Conroy.

Stephen has been in federal politics for 20 years and tabled his resignation speech to the Senate during the marathon budgeting discussion last night.  He didn’t read out the speech but his departure has sent a shockwave throughout the Australian political landscape.  It is believed that only Labor Leader Bill Shorten, who is in Canada for a summit, knew of his resignation.

Tanya Plibersek, the acting Labor Leader, was caught off-guard when asked about it during a press conference. “Leading, did you say, or leaving?,” she said, “Leaving? Erm, erm, I’m sorry, I thought you said leading the Senate. I have only just heard of these reports so I’ll be having more discussions with Stephen later in the day”.

The former Communications Minister issued a statement today confirming that his resignation will take effect from the 30th of September.  This means that his chair will be empty when parliament resumes on the 10th of October.  The reasons for his departure couldn’t be more personal.  Stephen and his wife welcomed their daughter Isabella by surrogacy and a separate egg donor, a first for Australia, after his wife was unable to conceive or carry a child due to ovarian cancer.  With his daughter being nine, he wants to go home and spend more time with her.

“It’s time for me to hang up my boots as Captain of the Parliamentary Soccer team and spend more time teaching Isabella soccer tricks.

“I often reflect on when I was a kid, how my father who worked shifts at ICL would never miss a single soccer match from the under-11s to the under-21s. Week in, week out. You never appreciate it at the time but you realise much later how special it was. I always vowed that I would be there for Isabella like my dad was for me. At Father’s Day at her school recently Bella had to write about her Dad. She wrote that she loved it when her Dad taught her new soccer tricks.” Stephen stated in his speech.

Stephen is looking forward to the quieter life and says that his involvement in the NBN will be his legacy.

  1. Denise Gillespie  

    Whilst I can sympathize with Stephen Conroy’s need to spend more time with his daughter, it is a shame that he didn’t make the decision to resign before the elections.

    • Rod Steedman  

      Makes no difference. Labor will just replace him with another Senator. No bi-election of voting required.

  2. Greg Hills  

    Good on him, and all the best for his future. He possibly should have stepped aside before the election, but protocol dictates that any casual vacancy must be filled by someone from the same party anyway. Let’s face it, Senators are not really elected by personality. They are elected on a party vote.

  3. Robert Cripps  

    All the best, thanks for your contribution however Senator Conroy was not my favorite politician as he had an adverserial political manner where I prefer a politician who has firm views but attempts to build bridges wherever possible. I will judge Liberal, Labor & others by the same measure.
    I wish Stephen has a satisfying life after politics and no doubt he will reflect on his political carreeer as we all do our past.

  4. J Taylor  

    He should have save the taxpayers a lot of money and decided BEFORE the last election. So we have another Pollie with a lifetime pension increasing as per the other pollie salary and also obtaining a new job with a fat pay cheque. Ordinary people have to wait till they are 65-67 depending what year they were born. No matter what side of parliament they sit on its a very unfare perk, just think how easy it might be to balance the budget if all pensions were treated equal.

    • Newton Hill  

      Totally agree but who set up the scheme and who can change it? Looks like the Australian public is stuck with this one unless we have enough strength in the House from a party that has a genuine interest in making it an equal opportunity country. The politicians are another example of a strong minority having privileges over the majority. Going down the Public Servant ladder, other professions that we pay taxes for, have also had it good for years with lots of time off and generous salaries. An independent “Waste and Savings Board” could probably slice billions off our debt but those that have the power to put it in place would be shooting themselves in the foot. Quite a paradox isn’t it?

  5. Mark  

    How gullible does Conroy think we are. Spending time with one’s family is the same old excuse politicians always trot out. This has everything to do with the the NBN leaks investigation and very little to do with family.

  6. Nancy Brenton  

    I think you just might be correct Mike.

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