Premier Dan Andrews, the longest-serving Labor Premier in the history of Victoria, has shocked the state by announcing his resignation. This news comes as a surprise to many, as Andrews had previously pledged to serve a full four-year term after securing an historic election victory for the Labor party last year.
In November 2022, Andrews confidently declared, “I’m here to get things done. I’m thrilled to do it for another four years,” showing his commitment to the role. However, he called a snap press conference today to break the news of his resignation, effective from 5pm the following day. Andrews was accompanied by his wife Cath during the announcement.
Explaining his decision, Andrews revealed that he had always known that there would be a time to pass on the responsibility of leadership to someone else. The premier admitted that thoughts of life after politics had started to occupy his mind, prompting him to step down. He expressed his desire to spend more time with his family, enjoy playing golf, and catch up on his reading.
Andrews acknowledged the toll that being premier had taken on him and his family, stating, “The only way I know how to do this job is to have it consume me, to have it define me.” It seems that after nine years as Premier and 13 years as the leader of the Labor party, he is ready to redefine himself outside of the political arena.
As the news of Andrews’ resignation spreads, attention turns to who will succeed him as Premier of Victoria. While Andrews did not reveal any names, he emphasized the importance of leaving the role while still being wanted. The favorite successor is believed to be Jacinta Allen, but there are factions within the party reportedly discussing the possibility of running another candidate against her. The final decision will be made by the caucus in an upcoming meeting.
The resignation of Premier Dan Andrews marks the end of an era in Victorian politics. His tenure has been filled with controversy and achievements, and his departure leaves a void that will need to be filled by a new leader. The people of Victoria now await the outcome of the party discussions and the transition to a new Premier who can continue the work that Andrews began.