The Victorian Labor government was forced to organize a cabinet reshuffle after four senior ministers announced their retirement.
On June 24, Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino, Health Minister Martin Foley, Police Minister Lisa Neville, and Sports Minister Martin Pakura issued a statement confirming the decision to resign from the Cabinet. They also did not re-election in the November state elections.
Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has announced that the government will discuss portfolio arrangements at a private meeting on June 25.
During the transition period, Agriculture Minister Mary Ann Thomas is expected to take over the Department of Health, but the status of other ministers will also change.
The Prime Minister said it was very sad to announce the farewell of some of his colleagues.
“But when the time comes, when you know, this is the right decision to make for the benefit of our state as well as the government,” Andrews told reporters.
of His departure statementMr. Merrino said that cabinet updates are important to any government as they bring fresh ideas and new energy.
“This is difficult, but I sincerely believe that the new ministerial updates around the table are the best for the government and our state,” he said.
Health Minister Exit
Meanwhile, with Foley’s resignation, Labor will appoint a fourth health minister since taking office in 2014.
“The last two years have been a tough time for all Victorians.” Foley said..
“Many of us have come to look back on what we want to achieve. I am no different. I look forward to contributing to better, fairer and more sustainable Victoria in another position. increase.”
On Pakura’s side, his exit ends his 16-year political career.
In 2021, the Keysborough House of Commons seats that Pakura had held since 2014 were abolished due to the redistribution of elections. However, he was expected to move to the House of Councilors.
When he left, Pakura said politics was consuming everything.
“As politicians, we are notorious for not being able to understand when our own well-being care demands to stop and find something that is relevant to our lives,” he said. Said.
“I want to think I’m not one of them.”
Police Minister calls retirement a tough decision
Meanwhile, Neville said the resignation was one of the most difficult decisions in her life and was made after consulting a doctor.
Neville, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, had to take a long vacation for treatment in 2021.
“My recovery in 2021 allowed me to resume work in late 2021, but I know I can’t give another four years,” she said.
“I wish I hadn’t, but I have to be honest with myself, the wonderful people I work with, and the Vera Lynn community.”
Currently, only 10 of the 22 Victorian Labor members sworn in to the Cabinet after the 2018 state elections remain.
Regarding the ministerial announcement, opposition leader Matthew Guy said their retirement was a rebellion rather than a party renewal.
“The only real update we see is the November election when Daniel Andrews was defeated,” he said.