No more resignations are anticipated following the decision of two senior federal Labor ministers to stand down, Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard bade an emotional farewell on Saturday to Senate leader Chris Evans and Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, who will both quit politics this year.
Their resignations came three days after Ms Gillard stunned the nation and many in her party by setting the election for September 14, an unprecedented eight months out.
Mr Albanese defended the timing of the reshuffle announcement and added no more resignations were expected.
He and fellow minister Bill Shorten paid tribute to the outgoing ministers on Sunday.
"You have two people who've made a decision to depart the federal parliament in an orderly way," Mr Albanese told reporters in Melbourne.
"Let's get real here - nine exiting from the coalition - these are two orderly departures after long and successful careers. I think it speaks for itself.
"There is turnover. Not everyone wants to be Philip Ruddock and be there for decade upon decade upon decade, perhaps long after he should've been considering his future."
Mr Albanese said Mr Abbott's statement he would retain his front bench beyond the election if he was successful was extraordinary.
"It shows he's not prepared to make any tough decisions on his internals."
Mr Shorten said the departing ministers had made difficult personal decisions.
"I respect them for being able to make a decision to leave when they're on top of their game, and in politics all too often people leave too late," he said.
"This is not the first time, nor the last time, a government of any political persuasion will have ministers resign and new ministers appointed.
"What is important to note here is we've got ministers working through their own decisions, working with the government to make sure that we have a stable transition."
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