Arts minister to retire after poll

Labor Opposition labels Williams a 'lame duck'

SYDNEY — After less than seven months in the job, Communications and Arts Minister Daryl Williams said Monday he will retire from parliament at the next election, due to be held before the end of the year.

The Labor Opposition slammed Williams’ decision to remain in office until the poll, calling him a “lame duck” minister in a portfolio which faces a number of unresolved key policy issues.

These include reform of cross-media laws and reviews of digital television and of regs which deem major sporting events must be offered to free-to-air webs.

Williams, who took over last October from the retiring Sen. Richard Alston, cited family reasons for his decision.

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