BALLARAT MP Sharon Knight has hit out at the revoking of former premier Steve Brack's position as Australia's New York consul-general.
Ms Knight, the Labor member for Ballarat West, said today Mr Bracks' role was a golden opportunity to represent Victoria, and particularly Ballarat, on the international stage.
"This decision was based on petty politics, but politics should have been taken out of it," Ms Knight said.
Mr Bracks was born in Ballarat and educated at St Patrick's College and the Ballarat College of Advanced Education, now the University of Ballarat.
He also worked as a school teacher and in local government locally and twice contested the seat of Ballarat North in state elections.
In a statement issued this morning, Mr Bracks said he was told last night Foreign Minister-elect Julie Bishop was revoking the position he was appointed to by former prime minister Julia Gillard on May 17.
He said he started in the role on August 5 and had spent the last month in consultations across Australia with business and government leaders, including extensive briefings with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and previous consul generals, John Olsen, Ken Allen and Phil Scanlan.
"I was pleased with the support I received during these consultations, where there was significant recognition of my background as premier of Victoria for eight years and as one of Australia's leaders in the funds management industry for the last six years," Mr Bracks said.
"I intend to now seek opportunities in Australia's funds management sector.
"I wish the foreign minister-elect every success with her new appointment for this position and I will be making no further comment at this time."
Tanya Plibersek, Labor's acting foreign minister while Bob Carr is overseas and until the coalition ministry is sworn in, says the decision was "petty and vindictive".
"(Bracks) has held senior positions in foreign affairs, finance and superannuation and would have played a central role in Australia-New York business growth," Ms Plibersek said.
She also called on new Prime Minister Tony Abbott to reveal who he plans to send instead.
"Is there a current or former Liberal MP on a promise for a diplomatic role?"