Senator Conroy’s shadow half, Senator Minchin, has announced his resignation from the Shadow Cabinet following party feuds over the Government’s carbon trading proposals.
Senator Minchin, who was a vocal opponent to the Government’s NBNco, resigned over the Coalition’s policy position in relation to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) legislation.
In a media release, Senator Minchin claimed a proposal he made to opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull, that the legislation be referred to a senate committee for inquiry, with further consideration of the Bill after the Copenhagen conference, was declined.
It was Turnbull’s decision that led directly to his resignation, Minchin stated. It will take effect as soon as the Senate rises for the year next week.
Minchin’s resignation comes as several coalition ministers abandon their party leader and prepare for a leadership challenge. General news reports state 12 coalition ministers have resigned over the emissions trading issue. Shadow treasurer, Joe Hockey, is reportedly shaping up as the rival leadership candidate against Turnbull.
In October, ARN sat down for a Q & A session with Senator Minchin around ISP filtering, the NBN, and other Government matters. It can be found here.