The Victorian Minister for Health, Jenny Mikakos, has resigned.
Mikakos announced her resignation in a statement posted on Twitter at 9.32am. The statement appears below.
Her resignation follows Premier Daniel Andrews’ appearance at a public hearing of the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry yesterday. Andrews said Mikakos and the Health Department were “accountable” for the decision to employ private security guards at hotels involved in the quarantining of people arriving in Melbourne from overseas.
Mikakos, 51, a former commercial lawyer, entered parliament in 1999 as a Labor member for Jika Jika in the Legislative Council. She has been a member for the Northern Metropolitan Region since 2006.
Mikakos joined the Andrews ministry as Minister for Health in November 2018, following the government’s re-election to a second term. She has also been Deputy Leader of the Government in the upper house.
— Jenny Mikakos MP #StayHomeSaveLives (@JennyMikakos) September 25, 2020