ATTORNEY-General Nicola Roxon and Senate leader Chris Evans have stood down from their portfolios, triggering a major Cabinet reshuffle eight months out from the federal election.
Ms Roxon will move to the backbench until the election then leave politics, creating a vacancy in her safe Melbourne seat of Gellibrand, while Senator Evans says he will leave the Senate within months.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been forced to reshuffle the Cabinet, moving Mark Dreyfus into the Attorney-General's role.
She told reporters in Canberra this will be the team she takes to the September 14 election.
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