9:30pm Wednesday night:
Schools Minister Peter Garrett also hangs up his hat
Peter Garrett's statement:
Now that Kevin Rudd has been elected Leader of the Parliamentary Labor Party, I am resigning my position as Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth and will not recontest the upcoming election as Member for Kingsford Smith.
I believe I have always acted in the best interests of the Party and the Government. I was a front-man who chose to be a team player and make a difference in politics. I do not, for one moment, regret that choice.
I want to place on record my thanks to colleagues, staff and the community for their enduring support. To my wife Doris and daughters Emily, May and Grace a huge thanks for their support too, and the love they have given me since I entered Parliament in 2004.
At all times I have endeavoured to represent the people of Kingsford Smith faithfully and in particular, to have secured the protection of Malabar Headland for the people of NSW.
It has been a privilege to serve as a loyal Cabinet Minister for nearly six years, having participated in a number of crucial reforms that only Labor Governments can achieve.
I am especially proud to have had stewardship of the most significant education reforms we have witnessed in Australia, like the national curriculum, first national teaching standards and much needed investment for literacy and numeracy and indigenous education.
This culminated in the passage into law today of the Australian Education Bill.
We now have a new, fairer funding system based on the Gonski review which will ensure the needs of young Australians are met regardless of where they live or how much money their parents earn.
I pay tribute to Julia Gillard for having the foresight, courage and tenacity to drive these reforms, that will give thousands of young Australians a better future.
I am also proud to have committed our government to a world class system of marine parks, placed the Kimberley region on our National Heritage list, introduced the first e-waste recycling scheme and ensured resale royalties for Australian artists, including Indigenous artists.
These along with a host of other significant actions across many portfolios, have been the mark of a truly reforming Labor Government.
--- In email@example.com, "Tom" <tr_espen@...> wrote:
Lefty critics who said he sold out and was only in it for the power - sure to respond any moment now... any moment...
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Tom" <tr_espen@> wrote:
(from Aus Broad Corp journalist Lyndal Curtis, retweeted by Bernard Keene (Crikey.com.au)
--- In email@example.com, "Adrian" <hooperadrianr@> wrote:
Greg Combet has resigned his ministerial position. Garrett's name is being mentioned, but still no official announcement.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Kate <pouncetastic@> wrote:
Do you think cabinet will be looking for a new minister for education in the next hour or so?! What a circus!