Chris Pyne compares Prime Minister Gillard to Adolf Hitler

OPPOSITION attack-dog Christopher Pyne has simultaneously described the Labor Governments' weekend tribulations as akin to Hitler's last days and similar to "a bad play from Home and Away".

The government has faced sharp attacks from the Coalition after Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Higher Education Minister Chris Evans announced they would not contest their seats in the September 14 election.

At his press conference yesterday, Mr Pyne said the government was "clearly unravelling" as politicians deserted their seats.

"This government is starting to resemble a scene from Downfall and the Prime Minister is presiding over a divided and dysfunctional government."

The scene he refers to shows German dictator Adolf Hitler in a bunker towards the end of World War Two, frustrated by consistent military failures.

Meanwhile, Treasurer Wayne Swan used his economic update to attack the quality of the "national debate" which he said focussed on political attack and personality.

Mr Swan's update included concern the United State's jobless rate had slightly worsened as Europe continued to struggle with 11.7% unemployment.

Lawyer and Victorian MP Mark Dreyfus will replace Ms Roxon, with Immigration Minister Chris Bowen leaving his portfolio to take on Higher Education.Another Victorian, Brendan O'Connor, will take Mr Bowen's place in Immigration and Citizenship.

Less than a week earlier, former Attorney-General Robert McClelland announced he would not by vying for another term in Parliament.

Topics:  cabinet chris evans chris pyne julia gillard nicola roxon

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