Mr Chris Hayes MP, Federal Member for Fowler and Chief Opposition Whip has announced that he will not be contesting the seat of Fowler at the next federal election.

Since the Werriwa by-election in 2005, Mr Hayes has been serving in the Federal Parliament for the past sixteen years.

He transferred to Fowler in 2010, one of the most multicultural electorates in the nation.

“The people of Fowler have been very kind to me and indeed very patient while I learnt and understood the various customs and traditions of this diverse community,” Mr Hayes said.

He explained, “the fact is, I feel that I am slowing down and my health issues have regrettably been on public display, so I believe it is in the best interest of my community to make way for someone with the energy and commitment to champion the needs of Fowler.”

“Be assured that I will continue to represent the local community to the best of my ability up until the next election and my office will still provide the same level of service, should you need it,” Mr Hayes reassured.