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Australian Women's Minister Resigns


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Sun, 20 Jan 2019 19:05 GMT

Australian women's minister announced her intention to retire from office in a decision considered a major blow to the minority government, reports AFP.

Secretary of State Kelly O'dwyer said on Saturday she would not stand again for her seat in the House of Representatives in the next parliamentary elections in mid-May.

O'dwyer's resignation is the latest in a series of resignations by politicians from the ruling National Liberal Alliance.

Article published by the Australian media in November said Secretary O'dwyer warned in a closed-door meeting that voters widely considered the Liberal Party "to have homophobia, to be hostile to women and to deny climate change."

O'dwyer, one of six women in the 23-member coalition, said she made her decision for personal reasons, saying she wanted to spend more time with her children.

"There will be someone trying to use my ad today to serve their agenda and I never want to," she told reporters.

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