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Michael Keenan To Quit Politics, Will Not Contest At Election

Human Services Minister Michael Keenan has announced he will not be recontesting his seat at the next election.

Keenan confirmed he is quitting politics late on Friday evening, saying he came to the decision over the Christmas break and added it was the "right choice" for himself and his family.

"After doing this for 15 years, I cannot commit to another term," he said in a statement, after earlier announcing his retirement from politics to The West Australian.

"When I was first elected 15 years ago, my first child had not yet been born. I have been an absent father in the lives of my children and now is the time for this to stop," he said.

"With a newborn child – our family’s fourth – it is unworkable for my family."

The Member for Stirling was first elected to the seat in 2004 and is the longest serving federal member for the electorate.

Keenan has served in the government as the Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation.

Scott Morrison and Michael Keenan during the opening of the inaugural meeting of the Australian Digital Council in 2018. Image: AAP

"While it is time for me to retire from politics and pass on the baton to another representative in Stirling, I remain resolutely optimistic about the Coalition Government’s prospects at the forthcoming election – not just here in Stirling and Western Australia, but across the nation," Keenan said.

The decision has no doubt come as another blow for the Morrison government with yet another Liberal MP calling it quits.

Last Saturday Federal Industrial Relations minister Kelly O'Dwyer announced she would also not be contesting her seat at the upcoming federal election for family reasons.

READ MORE: Federal Minister Kelly O'Dwyer To Quit Politics

In confirming his resignation on Friday, Keenan said he would continue to work for the Liberal party "throughout this election year and beyond".

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