Daniel Andrews’ Labor government has lost a fifth MP in just three days, with the prime minister announcing that a former minister will not run in the next election.
The Victorian Prime Minister announced Friday afternoon that John Erin is retiring from politics, saying he was “grateful” for the friendship he shared with Mr Eren, a long-time member of Lara, northeast of Geelong.
“I wish John and his family all the best for the future. I am grateful for his friendship and support, just as I am grateful for his contribution to Parliament, the government and his local community,” said Mr Andrews.
“I know we will continue to live up to his values for years to come.”
Mr Eren had worked in parliament for almost 20 years and was a former minister.
The Victorian Labor Party is in disarray after five MPs threw in the towel this week (pictured, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews with local ministers)
The MP said now being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and the pressures of the pandemic was the right time to resign from politics.
‘It has been two years since I got Parkinson’s disease. This diagnosis and the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic have made me focus more on my health and well-being and that of my family and friends, and appreciate the ability to spend quality time with them,” he said. to honor.
“After reflecting on my future as time goes on and discussions with my family, it was with sadness that I informed the Prime Minister today of my decision not to contest the 2022 state elections.
“As we get to the end of this term in about 12 months, I think it’s time to step back and devote my time to other things.”
It is the latest in a wave of retirements ahead of next year’s state election.
On Thursday, Andrews announced that Planning Secretary Richard Wynne would not run in the next election.
That came on the heels of former Attorney General and Altona MP Jill Hennessy, Yan Yean MP Danielle Green and Ringwood MP Dustin Halse, who announced they too would not be re-elected.
Andrews announced on Thursday that the fourth MP, Planning Minister Richard Wynne (pictured), would not run in Thursday’s next election.
Others may not seek reelection, with Broadmeadows MP Frank Maguire and Narre Warren North MP Luke Donnellan rumored to be considering their future, the Herald Sun reports.
Donnellan resigned from the cabinet in October after learning during a corruption hearing that he had paid party membership fees on behalf of others as part of the branch piling process.
The place of former government ministers Marlene Kairouz and Robin Scott, who both attended anti-corruption hearings in taxpayer-funded staff, also remains up in the air.
Labor MPs have been asked to announce their plans before the end of the week, with the national government to decide on the candidates in both chambers by December 3.
The exodus has sparked fears that Labor could lose their comfortable majority – despite a recent forecast in Newspoll that Mr Andrews remains on track to win a third term.
It is rumored that Broadmeadows MP Frank Maguire (left) and Narre Warren North MP Luke Donnellan (right) are also considering their future in the Labor Party.
Ms Hennessy, the proud member of Altona in southwestern Melbourne, was the first to withdraw from the next election, which is scheduled for 26 November 2022.
The former Attorney General and Minister of Health, Ambulance Services and Occupational Safety announced the news on her Facebook page.
In December 2020, Ms Hennessy announced that she would be stepping down from her role as chief legislator to spend more time with her teenage daughters.
“No matter how precious your family is, politics can blind you to their needs if you’re not careful. And life is short,” she wrote on Wednesday.
Jill Hennessy, the proud member of Altona in southwestern Melbourne, (pictured) was the first to withdraw from the next election scheduled for November 26.
“After some thought, I came to the realization that the commitment to serve another four years was incompatible with the other major priorities in my life, especially if I wanted to give them the best of myself.”
Ms Hennessy said she would always be a ‘fiery cheerleader’ for the beloved communities, leaders and organizations of Melbourne’s west.
She thanked Mr Andrews for giving her the opportunity to be part of a team that has delivered ‘life-changing investments and reforms’.
Yan Yean MP Danielle Green (pictured) also advised that she would not stand for re-election
In turn, the prime minister said the MP had pioneered “some of the biggest reforms” in Victoria, including the country’s first voluntary assisted dying programme.
Mr Andrews said that Ms Hennessy, as Health Minister in their first term in office, had been ‘advocating for immunization and hiring anti-vaxxers’ long before the Covid pandemic.
“I would like to thank Jill for the work she has done, her years of service to Parliament and the Labor Party, and her dedication to our great movement,” the prime minister said in a statement.
“Personally I want to thank her for her many years of friendship and unwavering support – and wish her, Bernie and their daughters all the best for the future.”
Member of Parliament for Yan Yean Danielle Green, also advised that she would not run for re-election, having represented the town in northeastern Melbourne for nearly twenty years.
The third and final MP to announce their resignation from politics was Ringwood MP Dustin Halse (pictured)
“It has been an honor and privilege to represent the people of Yan Yean and serve in the Parliament of Victoria since 2002,” Ms Green wrote to Facebook.
The MP said she looked forward to a work-life balance that would allow her to care for her husband – who is battling skin cancer – and her two sons.
Mr Andrews said Ms Green has fought tooth and nail for the people of Yan Yean over issues such as local roads, access to TAFE or vital health and ambulance services.
The third and final MP to announce their resignation from politics on Wednesday was Ringwood MP Dustin Halse.
Halse described the decision to resign as “one of the most difficult decisions” of his life and said the past three years had been a privilege.
“The global pandemic has forced all of us to rethink our priorities,” he said.
“And for me that means taking care of my young son, better supporting my wife and family, and taking my physical and mental health more seriously.”
The Prime Minister praised his efforts to remove two dangerous and congested level crossings, as well as his passionate and committed advocacy for his community.