Senator Nick Sherry’s resignation took effect today, creating a casual vacancy in Tasmania.
Sherry retired from the Gillard ministry last December. He has been a Labor senator since 1990.
Under Section 15 of the Constitution, the Tasmanian parliament will appoint a replacement to the casual vacancy. It is obliged to appoint a member of the same party. The Tasmanian ALP will pre-select the new member.
Tasmanian Greens Senator Bob Brown is also expected to resign from the Senate in the next few weeks. His replacement will be Peter Whish-Wilson.