Today I called the Premier to inform him that I’m stepping down as a Minister in the Andrews Government.
I accept that I have previously breached party rules while a Minister.
But let me be very clear: I never misused public funds or resources in any way. And this has absolutely nothing to do with my staff.
However, I don’t believe it is possible or appropriate to maintain my Ministerial responsibilities given these rule breaches. The work to support vulnerable Victorians is too important, especially during the pandemic.
Serving as a Minister in this government has been an incredible privilege and I thank the Premier and my colleagues for that opportunity.
I also thank my staff and all the department officials who have been working so bloody hard to support the community. You’ve been marvellous.