Shadow home affairs spokeswoman Karen Andrews will quit the opposition frontbench after Liberal leader Peter Dutton announces his reshuffle on Tuesday morning.
Andrews will move to the backbench and will not recontest her seat at the next election.
It is understood that Andrews has been weighing quitting politics for some time and her decision is unrelated to the Voice to parliamentary debate.
The QLD MP had briefly put her hand up for a leadership role following the defeat of the Morrison government in 2022.
The reshuffle was triggered by Berowra MP Julian Leeser’s decision to quit shadow cabinet in order to campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum after the Liberal party resolved to oppose the Voice.
The Coalition’s two Indigenous senators – Northern Territory Country Liberal Party senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and South Australian Liberal Kerrynne Liddle – are tipped to be promoted to assistant ministers. Both women are first term MPs are opposed to the Voice, with their addition to the frontbench to add strength to Dutton’s campaign against the referendum.
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