‘Good bloke’ Joel Fitzgibbon has put in a ‘lifetime of service’: Richo

Sky News contributor Graham Richardson says Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon has “put in a lifetime of service” and deserves his retirement.

Joel Fitzgibbon is set to leave federal parliament at the next election, after months of internal speculation about his future.

Mr Fitzgibbon’s exit will potentially leave his Hunter seat vulnerable – which he has held since 1996, after inheriting it from his father.

“I hope he enjoys himself,” Mr Richardson told Sky News Australia.

Mr Richardson said Joel Fitzgibbon is a "really good bloke".