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Renowned Indigenous Senator Patrick Dodson Retires From Politics

Indigenous Senator Patrick Dodson, representing Western Australia, has officially retired from politics as he continues his battle against cancer. 

Mr Dodson, a prominent figure in Australian politics, has served in the Senate since 2016. 

“It has been an honour to serve as Senator for Western Australia,” he said.

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“I thank Prime Minister Albanese for his support and his appointment of me as Special Envoy for Reconciliation and Implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The 73-year-old Senator attributed his departure to his recent cancer treatment, stating that the impact on his health had left him “physically unable” to fulfil his duties satisfactorily. 

Mr Dodson expressed his gratitude to the medical staff who provided professional and kind attention during his months of treatment. 

 “I am grateful for the professional and kindly attention of many medical staff over the past few months, and I wish to thank all those people who sent their best wishes during my absence from Parliament,” he said.

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Prime Minister Albanese has praised him as a “great Yawuru man, a wonderful Australian, and an excellent human being.” 

Mr Alabanese has highlighted Dodson’s remarkable career, emphasising his dedication to closing the gap for First Nations Australians and fostering reconciliation despite a traumatic childhood.

 “You would gladly follow him into battle yet he’s made it his life’s work to make peace. From the moment he entered Parliament, he has made this place a better one,” he said.

“Patrick has spent his life championing justice and advancing reconciliation,” Albanese said. “He leaves Parliament with our thanks and with our love.”

The decision will be effective from January 26, 2024.

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