Federal independent MP Rob Oakeshott has delivered an emotional valedictory speech to Federal Parliament, in which he paid tribute to former prime minister Julia Gillard.
Ms Gillard was in the chamber to hear the speech, in which Mr Oakeshott revealed he had sent her a message just before the Labor Party caucus vote last night, saying her late father would be proud of her.
Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones caused outrage last year when he was recorded by a News Limited journalist telling a Liberal Party function Ms Gillard's father "died of shame" at the "lies" she told in Parliament just weeks after his death.
The Member for Lyne also used his farewell speech to raise his disgust at the language used to refer to Ms Gillard, telling Parliament he had received emails expressing "crazy" views.
"Some of the things that have been said in the last three years have been disgusting, they can not be accepted," Mr Oakeshott said.
"Whatever happens, from here on in we've got to find a way ... to get back in control of the public square and this is the place where that happens.
"The fringe has invaded the middle. It's got to be put back on the fringe."
Mr Oakeshott announced yesterday he would not contest the next election, hours before Ms Gillard called a spill of the Labor Party leadership.