Retiring Collie-Preston MP Mick Murray — one of the biggest characters in WA politics — sobbed “ah s**t, I’m like a sook” as he delivered an emotional valedictory speech in Parliament today. The outgoing Sports Minister, who has represented the coal mining town for the past 20 years, also took a parting shot at the AFL elite, saying “too often the money’s being spent at the top” of the game. The Labor politician said: “We might get results with Premiership — those sort of things — but what about the kids at the bottom that don't get that chance? “We've worked very hard ... to make sure that kids at the bottom get a go ... There's no better place for a kid that's having problems than to be on the sporting field working through that.” Mr Murray recalled how he and his sister grew-up in living in a “shack” with their hard-working parents in the small Wheatbelt town of Duranillin. The family to Collie when he was in Year 6 so the kids could get an education, though Mr Murray admitted he wasn’t the most “studious person” and averaged 33 per cent on his first school report card. “I went back and repeated first year and here I am standing — that is amazing,” he said. “But I must say that the next year the average was 88 per cent and I think dad's hand across my ear was partly to do with that.” He described Parliament as a “bubble” and it saddened him that it was a place where sometimes “games were played” on both sides of politics and it was difficult to make true friends. But the 70-year-old grandfather soon had the Legislative Assembly in howls of laughter with a faux pas that can’t be repeated. Mr Murray ran seven election campaigns and named holding his seat at the 2013 poll by just 56 votes as his greatest victory. He said he had asked WA Labor to reflect that he another retiring minister, Cockburn’s Fran Logan, were the last two “tradies” in Parliament. “Think about the 72 per cent of non university degree-holder Australians that shouldn't be excluded from coming into Parliament,” Mr Murray said. “I think it's very important that we keep the grassroots of the Labor Party in there and make sure opportunity is given to those people.” Treasurer Ben Wyatt will deliver his valedictory speech on Thursday after announcing, for a second time this year, that he would quit politics at the March State election.