Health Minister Sussan Ley resigns

Sussan Ley has resigned as Minister for Health and Aged Care, citing “ongoing intense media speculation” as a distraction from the government's agenda.

Ms Ley, who precipitated an ongoing bout of media and public outrage about politicians' travel expenses and other entitlements when it was revealed she had bought an investment property while on taxpayer-funded official business, said she was confident that she had followed the rules, “not just regarding entitlements but most importantly the ministerial code of conduct”.

She said she did not object to material she had submitted to the inquiries being held by the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Finance being made public.

“The ongoing intense media speculation has made this an incredibly difficult week,” she wrote in a statement. “However I am conscious that it has also been a difficult week for the government.

“The ongoing media coverage of politician’s (sic) entitlements has been a diversion from the important agenda we all wish to advance at the start of this vital year for our nation and our region.

“Whilst I have attempted at all times to be meticulous with rules and standards, I accept community annoyance, even anger, with politicians’ entitlements demands a response and I wholeheartedly support the reforms announced by the Special Minister of State earlier this week.

“The team is always more important than the individual and I look forward to serving both the Liberal party and the government well into the future.”

A replacement will be announced next week.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: Sussan Ley

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