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Labor MP Mike Kelly may retire within days

Labor MP Mike Kelly is expected to retire from federal parliament within days, triggering a by-election in the marginal NSW electorate of Eden-Monaro.

Mr Kelly has long battled chronic health problems dating back to his Army service in Iraq.

A contest for his seat could be held within months, with NSW deputy premier John Barilaro and Liberal senator Jim Molan touted as possible candidates.

ALP sources have suggested former NSW state election candidate Bryce Wilson could be in the running.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese said Mr Kelly deserved privacy as he dealt with his well-known medical issues.

“That’s deserving of respect and deserving of something better than speculation which has been around for the last year also about Mike Kelly,” Mr Albanese told ABC radio on Tuesday.

Liberal frontbencher Greg Hunt said he had great respect for Mr Kelly.

“I have had the pleasure of working with him over the years,” Mr Hunt told reporters in Victoria.

“He is a very decent person who served Australia with extraordinary courage and distinction through the military and he served Australia well through his service in parliament.

“Mike, you have served us well. I wish you well, if that is your decision.”

Originally published as Labor MP Mike Kelly may retire within days

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