MP calls it quits

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IT will be the end of an era for Mount Druitt at next year's state election.

Long-serving MP Richard Amery repeated Gough Whitlam's "it's time" slogan to tell the Star last week he won't recontest the seat he's held for 31 years.

He was a minister for eight years in three portfolios and lobbied for the court house, transport interchange and most recently, the commuter car park in Mount Druitt.

"I turn 64 the week after the state election and felt it was time to pass on the baton," he said.

"I've anguished over the decision and driven those close to me mad. I started working when I was 14 and have only had four jobs in my life, so I'm not one to make rash decisions. I think I've made the right decision where I've chosen my own departure and can go out with good grace."

Mr Amery will remain busy until the election.

"It's business as usual at my office," he said.

"I'll be still walking around Westfield talking to people and pulling out my trusty notebook. I can enjoy the job and cherish each day now that I've made my decision."

Mr Amery is grateful for the community's support, particularly at the 2011 election, where Labor seats around him were lost.

Mr Amery looks forward to spending more time with his grandchildren.

"I won't become a golf tragic," he said. "I'll still live in the area and have a lot of of local hobbies and interests. I'll always remain involved in politics at some level."

Blacktown Councillor Edmond Atalla is most likely to contest the seat.

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