The Gillard government’s turbulent start to the new parliamentary year continues with the shock resignation of two of Labor’s most senior Cabinet ministers, the Attorney-GeneralNicola Roxon and the government’s leader in the Senate, the Higher Education Minister, Chris Evans.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a mid-level reshuffle of her Cabinet this morning announcing, among other changes, Australia’s third Attorney-General and Immigration Minister since Labor took power in 2007.
Both Ms Roxon, one of Ms Gillard’s closest allies, and Senator Evans, who, as Senate leader, is the third in line to the prime ministership, have resigned their Cabinet posts, with Ms Roxon to serve on the backbench until the September 14 federal poll when she will exit politics altogether.
Senator Evans will step down from the Senate in the coming months when a suitable replacement can be found, to be appointed by the West Australian Premier Colin Barnett…
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