Minchin quits shadow communications role

Shadow Communications Minister Nick Minchin has confirmed that he has resigned his role, effective at the end of next week when the Senate rises for the year.

The move follows a request from Minchin and Shadow Health and Ageing Minister, Tony Abbott, that Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull reconsider the Coalition’s policy position on the Federal Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).

“I therefore proposed that Mr Turnbull adopt the position I previously put forward earlier in the week in the Joint Party Room that the legislation be referred to a Senate committee for inquiry, with further consideration of the Bill after the Copehagen conference,” he said in a statement.

“Mr Turnbull declined this position so I advised that I would have no alternative but to resign from the Shadow Cabinet as I was not able to support the CPRS legislation."

Minchin said Turnbull had accepted the resignation.

More on the story to follow.

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