This afternoon at 12.30pm I officially tendered my resignation as a Member of the Victorian Parliament to the Governor of Victoria.
As a result I immediately ceased being an MP representing the Southern Metropolitan Region.
It has been a great honour representing the region for over four and a half years & working as a Minister for the majority of that time. I loved the portfolios I worked on and gave them everything I had.
Firstly, thank you for allowing me to serve, thank you for giving me the opportunity to contribute and thank you for trusting me to do the job to the best of my ability.
Secondly, thanks to the hard work of my personal office staff, the loyal and capable staff in my electorate office and the men and women of the Victorian Public Service. We achieved great things in public policy, social policy and creating a more cohesive, inclusive society. Fighting for those who don’t have a voice and giving a voice to those who fear engaging in public debate and discourse. Helping those who need it and giving a hand up to those who want it.
Thirdly, a big thank you to the Premier, Daniel Andrews and all of his support over the years. From dealing with sensitive issues of child sex abuse at Yeshivah to rebuilding schools that have rarely seen money spent on them, he has always been ready to take my call, return my messages and help me in any way he can. To my other Labor colleagues, you are achieving great things and now my time has come to be a spectator rather than a participant in the game we call democracy.
Since stepping down from the Ministry six months ago, I have had more time with my family, more time in my community and more time to reflect on my priorities and what I want to achieve and what I want to do.
In my inaugural speech, I said I would place my children first and in turn that would make me a better legislator but in hindsight I didn’t. I allowed my work to dictate my life. I missed moments I’ll never get back, Parliamentary sitting dates saw me miss events that meant apologies became the norm and not the exception.
If you are to do this job, you need to be all in. I can no longer say that I am and so it’s time to pass the baton on to someone that is.
And finally, eternal thanks goes to my family, wife Debra and children Zoe, Asha and Benjamin. They have put up with a lot & now it’s time for me to give back to them.