Major shake up for Dan Andrews’ government as FOUR senior ministers are set to retire prompting an enormous reshuffle
- Four senior members of Daniel Andrews’ government are set to retire
- James Merlino, Martin Foley, Martin Pakula and Lisa Neville all set to step down
- Premier might make an announcement as early as Friday about their futures
Four senior members of Daniel Andrews’ Victorian government will reportedly announce their retirement from politics on the November state election, probably prompting a significant cupboard reshuffle.
Deputy Premier James Merlino, health Minister Martin Foley, sports Minister Martin Pakula and Police Minister Lisa Neville are all planning to announce they will not recontest their seats, in accordance to a number of media stories.
Premier Andrews might make an announcement as early as Friday however a Victorian government spokesperson declined to remark.
Daniel Andrews’ Deputy Premier James Merlino is set to step down from his place, with an announcement anticipated as early as Friday
All 4 MPs gave ministerial statements throughout query time on Thursday, the ultimate parliamentary sitting day till early August.
Ministers have confronted questions on their future all week, together with Mr Merlino and Mr Foley.
Mr Foley, who took over from Jenny Mikakos as health minister following her resignation in September 2020, on Wednesday insisted he would contest the subsequent election.
On Thursday in parliament Mr Foley made a speech that appeared to be a farewell to Victorian politics, describing Labor’s successes over their tenure in energy.
‘We are within the place of being one of many nation’s main areas of public health achievements by way of this world pandemic by way of the efforts of our nurses, medical doctors, ambos, allied health professionals and ward clerks,’ he stated.
‘That is as a result of it’s this facet of the home that has spent day by day over the previous seven-and-a-half years constructing that relationship and constructing that workforce with our healthcare workforce.’
He famous the state continues to be ‘in the midst of a worldwide pandemic’ and ‘we have one or two issues to do’.
‘I look ahead to making a contribution to re-elect the Andrews Labor government through the seat of Albert Park,’ he advised reporters.
The health Minister was the general public face of Victoria’s pandemic resolution making which noticed Melbourne essentially the most locked down metropolis on earth.
The state’s health Minister Martin Foley is tipped to step down after main Victoria by way of the pandemic – and Melbourne the world’s longest lockdown
Mr Merlino, who helped navigate Victoria by way of the pandemic whereas the Premier was out with a extreme spinal damage, advised reporters on Thursday he would not be ‘feeding into the rumours that speculate’ on his political future.
‘These are particular person selections for individuals to make, and I’m not going to speculate on my future or the way forward for my colleagues,’ he stated outdoors parliament.
‘Governments win or lose on their document and what they commit to do, and … I can inform you I’m 100 per cent energised for the election.’
On Tuesday, Mr Merlino stopped in need of confirming outright he would recontest his seat of Monbulk in Melbourne’s east.
‘I’m not going to play the hearsay game,’ he stated.
‘I’m completely dedicated to the re-election of the Andrews government … and I’ve acquired a whole lot of power for the competition on the finish of the 12 months.’
sports Minister Martin Pakula (left) and Police Minister Lisa Neville (proper) are additionally set to step down from their positions
Ms Neville returned to work in August 2021 after taking depart to get better from surgical procedure, whereas Mr Pakula’s decrease home seat of Keysborough is being scrapped as a part of an electoral redistribution.
When requested on Tuesday if he anticipated to reshuffle his cupboard earlier than the election, Premier Andrews stated he had no announcement to make.
‘We’ll wait and see how issues go,’ he stated.