The Coalition’s Communications spokesperson in the Senate, Senator Nick Minchin, has announced his retirement from politics.
According to a statement provided to the media, Senator Minchin had been considering retirement despite his role as Shadow Communications Minister from 2007 to 2009.
“Having served nearly 17 years in the Senate, and having worked in the Party’s professional arm for 14 years before that, I consider it is now time to bring my political career to a conclusion,” he said in a statement.
“I intend to serve out the rest of my Senate term until June 30 2011 on the backbench.”
In early December, Minchin was replaced by Tony Smith as Shadow Communications Minister after a cabinet reshuffle, and put into the resources and energy portfolio.
Last month, the Senator’s son was involved in a training accident at the Australian Defence Force Academy that left him with severe injuries.