Dan Andrews cabinet reshuffle after James Merlino, Martin Foley, Martin Pakula, Lisa Neville quit
Dan Andrews faces another massive cabinet reshuffle after FOUR of his senior ministers resign
- Four senior ministers from Andrews government announce their retirement from politics
- Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino, Health Secretary Martin Foley, Sports Secretary Martin Pakula and Police Secretary Lisa Neville all do not want to contest their seats again
- On a cabinet reshuffle, Dan Andrews said: ‘we’ll see how things go’
Four senior ministers in Daniel Andrews’ government, including the deputy prime minister and health minister, will leave the cabinet immediately after announcing their withdrawal from politics.
In what will require a sweeping reshuffle of the Victorian cabinet, Mr Andrews confirmed Friday that Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino, Health Secretary Martin Foley, Sports Secretary Martin Pakula and Police Secretary Lisa Neville will not contest their seats again in the state elections. from this year. on 26 Nov.
Mr Andrews said the senior ministers were ‘people who have devoted such a large part of their working lives to making our state fairer and stronger’ and described them as ‘people of great character who can be so proud of everything of which they have been a part. †
Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino (left) and Health Secretary Martin Foley (right) confirmed they would step down to focus on fatherhood and spend more time with their children.
In a statement, Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino and Martin Foley both said an important factor was that they wanted to focus on being good fathers and spend more time with their children.
Mr Merlino said he would relinquish his portfolios, including education, and not contest his Monbulk seat again in the upcoming state elections in November.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve in the Victorian Parliament and represent my community of Monbulk. I leave with feelings of deep gratitude, a little sadness and excitement for the future,” said Deputy Prime Minister Merlino.
“My kids are so excited that their father is retiring from politics. That’s all I need to know that this is the right decision for my family and for me. To my extended family, friends, dogs, chickens and alpacas – you’ll be seeing a lot more of me!’
Foley said he wanted to focus on his ‘family and well-being’
“The past two years have been a rough time for all Victorians. Many of us have come to think about what we want to achieve. I’m no different,” he said.
“I look forward to contributing in another capacity to a better, fairer and more sustainable Victoria. One that gives me more time to focus on my family and well-being and other interests.”
Commerce Secretary Martin Pakula and Police Secretary Lisa Neville will also resign.
Neville returned to work in August 2021 after taking leave to recover from Crohn’s disease flare-ups, while Mr Pakula’s Keysborough seat is being demolished as part of an election redistribution.
Ms Neville said her decision to retire was one of the most difficult of her life and was taken on the advice of doctors.
“My recovery in 2021 allowed me to return to work at the end of 2021, but I know I can’t give another four years,” she said.
“I wish it were different, but I have to be honest with myself, the wonderful people I work with and the Bellarine community.”
Sports Secretary Martin Pakula (left) and Lisa Neville (right) are also expected to announce that they will both be retiring in November.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews thanked ministers for their services as his government aims to secure a third consecutive term in office.
There were 22 Victorian Labor MPs sworn into cabinet following the party’s dominant election victory in 2018.
After the last pre-election victims, only 10 will remain, including Mr Andrews, Tim Pallas, Jacinta Allan, Jaclyn Symes, Ben Carroll, Lily D’Ambrosio, Gabrielle Williams, Melissa Horne, Jaala Pulford and Gayle Tierney.
Opposition leader Matthew Guy said the exits were more of an insurrection than a party renewal.
“The only real innovation we’ll see is in the November election when Daniel Andrews is defeated,” he told reporters.
When asked earlier this week whether Prime Minister Dan Andrews expected to reshuffle his cabinet ahead of the election, he said ‘we’ll see how things go’