The Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, has become the latest minister to announce his retirement.
Smith made his announcement at the end of Question Time today. He will continue as Foreign Minister until the election but will not contest his Western Australian electorate of Perth.
He has been the member for Perth since 1993. He has served in seven parliaments.
Smith was Foreign Minister following the election of the Rudd government in 2007. He relinquished the position to Rudd after the 2010 election and has been Defence Minister ever since.
Smith is a former State Secretary of the Western Australian Labor Party. In conjunction with Wayne Swan and Stephen Conroy, he was once nicknamed a “rooster” by Mark Latham.
Seven ministers have now departed the government as a result of last night’s deposing of Julia Gillard. They are Smith, Gillard, Wayne Swan, Craig Emerson, Stephen Conroy, Peter Garrett and Joe Ludwig.