Steve Ciobo and Christopher Pyne both expected to resign

Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks likely to lose two more Ministers ahead of the federal election with Defence Industry Steve Ciobo and Defence Minister Christopher Pyne both expected to announce their resignations.

It has been reported that Ciobo has already pre-recorded an interview with Sky News where he announces his retirement from politics.

Christopher Pyne said earlier today that he would not add to the speculation that he is about to announce his retirement, but it is expected he will make a formal announcement tomorrow.

Speaking to reporters in Adelaide Pyne said no comment he made would do anything to reduce the speculation about his future.

“I have dismissed this question for weeks, so it doesn’t seem to matter what I say in response to the question, the speculation seems to continue.

“I’m not going to add any more to what I’ve said about this before. I don’t think there’s any point in adding to the speculation.”Pyne said.

Their retirement announcements would follow those of former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer.

There is also speculation that Liberal Craig Laundy will not contest the next election. Both Pyne and Laundy were supporters of Malcolm Turnbull during last years leadership coup, while Ciobo supported Peter Dutton to be the party’s leader.

Christopher Pyne entered the parliament in 1993 when he was 25, Steve Ciobo entered the parliament in 2001.

OIP Staff


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