Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten back in town after an operation.
Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten back in town after an operation. Chris Ison

Schwarten fights itch to run again

IT WAS his first day back at work after a major operation and he felt the itch to run again, but retiring Rockhampton MP Robert Schwarten soon had a dose of reality.

Mr Schwarten, who met Premier Anna Bligh during her visit to the region yesterday, said the reality was it was time for him to step aside.

His health issues also needed to be addressed.

While he headed into his office for the first time in weeks, Mr Schwarten said his 'caring' staff hunted him out by 3pm.

He readily admits now that he was a fool to not listen to family and friends weeks ago when medication was not making him better. He is now facing more surgery in three months.

"It will put everything back in place," Mr Schwarten said.

Half his lower bowel was removed recently and he now has a temporary colostomy bag.



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