Victoria ministers to step down ahead of November election

Victoria ministers to step down ahead of November election

Four ministers in the Victorian government have announced their resignation, stepping down from their portfolios ahead of the November state election.

Deputy Premier James Merlino will step down from the frontbench, leaving his roles as Minister for Education and Minister for Mental Health.

Merlino said he would not contest Monbulk's seat at the election in November, ending a 20-year stint in parliament.

Health Minister Martin Foley, who led Victoria through the COVID-19 epidemic, announced at the election that he would not contest his seat at Albert Park.

Health concerns for her resignation caused her to step back from politics, as she deals with Crohn's disease, and Minister for Police Lisa Neville announcing her intention to step back from politics.

Sports Minister Martin Pakula has resigned after 16 years of service as a Member for Western Metropolitan, Lyndhurst and Keysborough.

The four outgoing ministers will be joined by Planning and Housing Minister Richard Wynne, who announced last year he would not recontest his seat at the next election.

Speaker Colin Brooks, Sonya Kilkenny and Lizzie Blandthorn are already being put forward as possible replacements for the cabinet reshuffle in the coming days.

The group is a group of ministers who have left the ministry since the Andrews government re-election in 2018 including Jill Hennessy, former health minister Jenny Mikakos, Gavin Jennings, Adem Somyurek, Marlene Kairouz, Luke Donnellan and Robin Scott.

More to come.