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Australia's Finance Minister Quits Politics
Source: abc.net.au
Source Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: Australia
Created: Jun 27, 2010

Australia's Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner has announced he won't be contesting his seat of Melbourne at the next federal election.

Mr Tanner says he first informed the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of his intention to quit a few weeks ago, and was set to confirm his decision this morning.

He says he informed the new Prime Minister Julia Gillard of his decision today.

Mr Tanner says his decision has nothing to do with today's leadership change.

"There are frankly two little girls and indeed two older kids who need me more than the country needs me and when I married my wife Andrea nine years ago, I said in the speech at the celebration that every day that we were apart was painful, I'm afraid that that is still true."
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