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Longtime Labor senator Kim Carr has announced that his tenure in the upper house is over after nearly three decades. The Victorian senator, who has served since 1993 bestowing him with the title “Father of the Senate,” announced Sunday morning that he will not be seeking re-approval on the state ticket in the upcoming federal election. Senator Carr has said he wants to continue his run for the upper house, but ill health and the recent tragic death of his Senate colleague, Kimberley Kitching, have caused him to reevaluate. His children also urged him to reconsider his priorities, he added. “I am proud of my team’s accomplishments over nearly three decades,” he said in a statement. “Together with the staff who have worked for and with me, we have, I believe, made a difference for many people in the sectors of science, industry, innovation, higher education and research, and for the many groups and individuals who have sought our advice and assistance throughout Victoria and beyond.” READ MORE: Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese thanked the senator for being a ‘tireless advocate’ for Labor and his time as a minister under the Rudd and Gillard governments. “Kim has always been a passionate and determined campaigner for the Labor Party and the efforts of the trade union movement to ensure respect for workers’ rights at work,” Mr Albanese said on Sunday. “I wish Kim, Carole [his wife] and their families all the best for their future. Senator Carr’s exit comes after a tumultuous few weeks for Victoria’s Labor factions following the sudden death of Senator Kitching. The veteran powerbroker’s position on the Victorian Senate ticket was in jeopardy after rumors of backing for the dossier and the union within the party’s leftist faction Shortlist delays stem from a bitter fight for control of the branch of the state after she was taken over by the party’s national executive, following a major branch-stacking scandal that came to light in 2020. The former Australian Services leader is expected to Union, Linda White, replaces the place of Senator Carr on the ticket for the election.

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Longtime Labor senator Kim Carr announced that his stay in the upper house was over after nearly three decades.

The Victorian senator, who has served since 1993 bestowing him with the title “Father of the Senate,” announced Sunday morning that he will not be seeking re-approval on the state ticket in the upcoming federal election.

His children also urged him to reconsider his priorities, he added.

“I am proud of my team’s accomplishments over nearly three decades,” he said in a statement.

“Together with the staff who have worked for and with me, we have, I believe, made a difference for many people in the sectors of science, industry, innovation, higher education and research, and for the many groups and individuals who have sought our advice and assistance throughout Victoria and beyond.”

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese thanked the senator for being a “tireless advocate” for Labor and serving as a minister in the Rudd and Gillard governments.

“Kim has always been a passionate and determined campaigner for the Labor Party and the efforts of the trade union movement to ensure respect for workers’ rights at work,” Mr Albanese said on Sunday.

“I wish Kim, Carole [his wife] and their families all the best for their future.”

The veteran powerbroker’s position on the Victorian Senate ticket was under threat after rumors he had grassroots support and union backing within the party’s left-wing faction.

Former Australian Services Union leader Linda White is expected to replace Senator Carr on the election ticket.

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