Victorian tourism minister Martin Pakula steps down

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Martin Pakula, Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Sport, has announced his resignation ahead of the next state election in November.

Pakula joins an exodus of senior ministers leaving Premier Daniel Andrews cabinet including Deputy Premier and Education Minister James Merlino, Health Minister Martin Foley and Police Minister Lisa Neville.

The ministers will serve on the backbench until the end of their terms.

“Politics is an all-consuming endeavour,” said Pakula. “It’s a job which often demands an unhealthy measure of emotional and mental commitment.

“As politicians, we are notoriously bad at appreciating when considerations for our own well-being demand that we stop and find something else to do with our lives. I’d like to think I’m not one of them.”

Pakula thanked Andrews for continuing to lead  “a government of consequence, bravery, compassion and delivery”.

“I want to end by wishing Dan, his team and the entire Labor family every success in the 2022 election and beyond,” Pakula said.

“A decade in the Ministry has taught me that a government with big ambitions for the state, its people and its future is something to be cherished.

“It’s certainly not something I have ever taken for granted, and if the rest of my working life is half as rewarding as this chapter has been, I will consider myself truly fortunate.”