SICK LEAVE: David Gibson.
SICK LEAVE: David Gibson.

David Gibson may not be back at work this week

GYMPIE MP David Gibson was apparently still unwell yesterday and seemed unlikely to return to work at his Gympie electorate office this week.

Mr Gibson revealed on May 2 he was experiencing a nervous breakdown following revelations that he stole $7000 from the Army in 1999, with no conviction recorded.

With his mobile phone connected through to his Channon St office yesterday, a staff member said she was unable to comment on when Mr Gibson might return to work.

Parliamentary speaker Fiona Simpson told the house last week that Mr Gibson was on two weeks' sick leave, effective from April 30.

A spokeswoman said yesterday that although Mr Gibson had not applied for further leave, he was not required to do so until before next week's parliamentary sittings.

Mr Gibson said he hoped to recover and continue in his role as Member for Gympie until the end of this term of parliament. But that would be the end of it.

"For the sake of my health and my family I am also announcing today that I will be departing from political life and will not be running as a candidate at the next state election," he said.

Mr Gibson appears to have retained strong personal support, however, with many saying they would vote for him if he changes his mind.

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