|Attorney-General Nicola Roxon is expected to announce her shock retirement from politics, in another bombshell blow to Labor.|
"Nicola Roxon to resign from cabinet early tomorrow,'' van Onselen tweeted late on Friday.
|Chris Evans with Julia Gillard last year. Picture: Kerris Berrington|
|Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Families Jenny Macklin at the Parliament Offices in Sydney late last year. Picture: Renee Nowytarger|
|Senator Chris Evans with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Perth late last year.|
"I think the actual timing is a surprise,'' he said on Friday night.
"Chris has been commenting to people for some time that he is tired."
He said the resignation could have serious organisational and political "consequences" for Labor in WA.
"Chris had access to everyone who was important in Western Australia ... the government will lose that inside edge," Senator Bishop said.
Christopher Pyne, manager of opposition business in the House, said Senator Evans' resignation "spoke volumes" about the state of federal Labor nearly eight months from the election.
"The information that I have is that Chris Evans has resigned not because of ill health, which was my first thought, but because he's just had enough," Mr Pyne said.
"And for the Senate leader and a cabinet minister to decide that he's just had enough speaks volumes for a dysfunctional Labor government."
He said he believed more resignations would follow.
"I don't want to speculate that this might be part of a (Kevin) Rudd push for the leadership, but it seems particularly odd that two days after the prime minister has fired the starter gun for an election campaign, her Senate leader has resigned, Craig Thomson has been charged with 149 offences, and one would have to say that the election campaign has got off to a very rocky start,'' he said.
Labor shock: Minister Chris Evans to resign, Nicola Roxon to go