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PublishDate: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 09:46

Australian Defense Minister to quit portfolio after next election

Xinhua- Faulkner said his move was not because Kevin Rudd was dumped as prime minister last month, rather his decision was motivated by the need for "generational change".

"I believe the government is well-placed to win a second term," Faulkner told reporters in Canberra, adding "but I also believe in generational change."

After 30 years in politics and as a minister in two governments it was time to go, Senator Faulkner said.

"I know this is the time to step down," he said.

Faulkner acknowledged the leadership, professionalism and dedication of Defense force chief Angus Houston and Defense secretary Ian Watt.

"They have embraced the challenge of change and I could not have done my job without them," he said.

Faulkner said Defense had become more accountable, transparent, efficient, strategic, and better prepared for the future.

Faulkner also added he will not return to the front bench if Labor is re-elected.

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