Canberra (National Times) – Four Australian cabinet ministers have told the public they will be quitting politics this year with all four ministers being in forties to fifties.
Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, 51, ended weeks of speculation over his faith in politics by announcing on Saturday 02 March, his intentions to quit politics.
“Twenty-seven years ago I was preselected as the Liberal candidate on a platform of renewal – in 2019, it is time to renew again,” Mr Pyne according to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) news. “At 51, I still have the opportunity to have a second career beyond politics,” he added.
Besides Mr Pyne, three other Ministers from the governing Coalition (Liberal National Party Coalition) have also announced their intentions to resign from Parliament. Health Services Minister, Michael Keenan, 46, Australia’s Minister for Women and Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations Minister, Kelly O’Dwyer, 41, and Steven Ciobo, 44, have also told the public they will be leaving politics in the next elections.
The recent spat of resignations comes as the party struggles to gain public trust after the removal of forrmer prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, 64, by members of his own party.
Christopher Pynes and Steven Ciobo’s wish to quit politics will be a big blow to the Prime Minister Scot Morrison, who is trying to stop Labour from a landslide victory in the next elections.
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Two parties dominate Australia’s electoral field, the Australian Labour Party, currently headed by opposition leader Bill Shorten, and the Liberal National Party Coalition, headed by Scot Morrison.