Bevis stands down from front bench

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Bevis stands down from front bench

Industrial Relations will receive a total shake-up federally, with Labor's spokesperson Arch Bevis announcing today he will not put his name forward for the front bench when Labor Caucus meets later this week.

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Industrial Relations will receive a total shake-up federally, with Labor's spokesperson Arch Bevis announcing today he will not put his name forward for the front bench when Labor Caucus meets later this week. The federal Coalition is also tipped for change on the IR front, and is said to be moving IR Minister Tony Abbott into another portfolio later this week.

Bevis said in a statement he had decided to step down from the front bench in the interests of the Labor Party and to 'ease the way' for new leader Simon Crean. Crean, former president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, has come under pressure from within and outside the party to do away with perceived union links and is preparing for a 'new guard' of politicians not attached to the previous Keating Government to move in to top roles.

Bevis, 46, who was deputy general secretary of the Queensland Teachers' Union for all of the 1980s before entering Parliament in 1990, said his decision meant Crean would have greater flexibility in balancing his new front bench team.

He said he would instead focus his intentions on Labor's poor result in Queensland, where it has won only seven - possibly eight - seats out of 27. Bevis said the poor showing meant there was 'clearly a good deal of rethinking and hard work to be done in Queensland' for Labor to win back Government.

Meanwhile, NSW Premier Bob Carr

has also announced a major Cabinet reshuffle mid-week, with the resignation today of Police Minister Paul Whelan. Whelan, who says he will remain as the member for Strathfield but wants to give a new incumbent a chance to settle into the job before the 2003 state election, resigns as corruption claims again heat up at the Police Integrity Commission.

 

 

 
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