Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, announced last night he will retire from politics at the federal election later this year.
He says he will look for a new career in the international development area.
McMullan, 62, was national secretary of the Australian
Labor Party from 1981-88 before becoming a senator for the
He switched to the House of Representatives and held several ministerial positions including trade and administration services.
He says he’s found over recent months that his enthusiasm is moving more towards the issues of international development, especially global poverty, that he’s been dealing with in his job as parliamentary secretary.
In November, Duncan Kerr resigned as Parliamentary
Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs to concentrate on a legal career in
Comment by Keith Jackson ...
When the Rudd government was elected in late 2007, Bob McMullan missed out on a ministerial appointment, and was clearly disappointed by this.
It must be said his stewardship of
The departure of both Kerr and McMullan within such a short period of time provides Kevin Rudd with the opportunity of a total revamp and renewal of two critical elements of the Foreign Affairs portfolio. He's taking his time getting there.