News Wrap: Gillard reshuffles ministry

A look back at the week’s news and sport highlights including Monday’s top story: the Prime Minister reshuffled her ministry following Nick Sherry stepping down.

More after the jump.

Julia Gillard re-shuffled her ministry on Monday after Sen Nick Sherry stepped down.  Nicola Roxon was named as the new Attorney-General, and is the first woman to step into the role. Other winners of the reshuffle include Bill Shorten, Tanya Plibersek and Mark Butler all of whom have been promoted to cabinet.

Fugitive Malcolm Naden continues to be hunted by police after the 7th operation to capture the 38 year old failed with a police officer being shot in the process. Naden has been on the run since 2005 and is wanted over the death of two women in Dubbo, the sexual assault of a schoolgirl and, now, the shooting of a police officer.

WA Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson has been sacked over the Margaret River bushfire in WA. Mr Johnson was reportedly “disappointed” at being dumped. An inquiry into the fires began on Monday.

Sydney airport proposed a major overhaul under which terminals would be divided by what airline passengers are flying with as opposed to the traditional domestic and international terminals. Under the plan, the current domestic terminal would accommodate Qantas, its international partners and Jetstar while the international terminal would house Virgin Australia and other international airlines.

The Reserve Bank cut its cash rate by 25 basis points to 4.35 per cent on Tuesday.  ANZ led the charge, passing on the cut in full on Thursday, closely followed by NAB and the rest of the “Big Four” banks.

The federal government scrapped the tender for the Australia Network broadcasting service, awarding a permanent contract to the ABC. Sky News and the ABC were involved in the tender process for the 10-year contract to broadcast the Australia Network to 44 nations in Asia and the Pacifc. Sky News is currently seeking compensation over the tender being scrapped.

 The Australian Labor Party held its national conference on the 1st and 2nd of December. In a landmark policy change, the party voted in favour of selling uranium to India. Labor also changed the party platform to back gay marriage and backed a motion to allow a conscience vote when the changes are proposed in parliament.

A marriage equality rally coincided with ALP’s national conference, with over 10,000 people taking part in the walk from Sydney’s Hyde Park to the Sydney Convention Centre where Labor was holding its national conference.

Footage care of Mitchell Ophir.

The Bali drug boy and his father arrived home earlier this week. The family have gone to extremes to keep the media away, including wrapping their house in hessian. But, according to reports, the 14-year-old goaded the waiting media by whistling, sniggering and gesturing from behind the shielded windows. The father of the schoolboy has refuted claims of a media deal.

And in sporting news, Shane Warne has badly burned the fingers on his bowling hand. The spin-bowler posted the photo on his Twitter account and has cast doubt over him playing in a Big Bash League Twenty20 trial.

Samantha Stosur has been awarded a second consecutive Newcombe Medal as Australia’s best tennis player at the Australian Tennis Awards in Melbourne on Monday night.

Simon Katich escaped a Cricket Australia suspension on Monday after pleading guilty to making detrimental public comment against Australian captain Michael Clarke.

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