Schwarten to miss final sitting
ROCKHAMPTON MP Robert Schwarten will miss his last Queensland parliamentary sitting set for the end of this week.
Mr Schwarten was flown to a Brisbane hospital by air ambulance on February 1 after an attack of ulcerative colitis.
He underwent surgery and was released from hospital on Friday.
Mr Schwarten said he was to fly back to Rockhampton tomorrow and had been advised by doctors he would not be able to attend parliament this week.
The Queensland Parliament will sit for the final time under the current members from tomorrow to Friday, with Premier Anna Bligh set to see the Governor on Sunday to ask for parliament to be dissolved and issue writs for the March 24 election.
Ms Bligh said it was important that Robert concentrated on his recovery.
"We will miss Robert's robust approach and passionate advocacy for Rockhampton during this last week of Parliament before the election campaign," she said.
Mr Schwarten is retiring from Queensland politics and had given a farewell speech at last year's last session.
Labor's Bill Byrne will run for the Rockhampton seat.