Julia Gillard cabinet reshuffle: new ministers sworn in

Two senior ministers resigned from government after Australian prime minister set election date of 14 September

Julia Gillard has sworn in a new cabinet to replace two senior ministers who quit their posts a few days after the Australian prime minister named 14 September as the date for general elections.
The reshuffle was forced by the surprise resignations of the two government ministers at the weekend. The attorney general, Nicola Roxon, and the Labor party's Senate leader, Chris Evans, cited personal reasons for their decisions to quit the front bench and make an exit from politics.

Nine ministers were sworn in, three for the first time, at a ceremony in Canberra on Monday ahead of parliament sitting on Tuesday for the first time this year.

Julia Gillard and Tim Mathieson
Julia Gillard. Photograph: Mark Graham/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Mark Graham/AFP/Getty Images

Gillard has said she expects to make no further changes to her ministers before the elections, which were surprisingly announced last Wednesday.

Evans will leave the Senate once a replacement is chosen from within the Labor party ranks. Roxon will stay on until the next election.

The first major opinion polls published since Gillard last week named the election date showed opposition leader Tony Abbott's Liberal-National conservative coalition clearly ahead of Gillard's Labor party.

Newspoll on Monday found support for Labor was trailing the coalition 44% to 56%. A Newspoll survey in mid-January gave the coalition a shorter lead, 51% to 49%. A poll by Sydney-based Galaxy Research found the coalition was leading Labor 54% to 46%.

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