The Australian Labor Party has played an enormous part in my life, and champions values that I hold particularly dear. Because of this, I found the recent reporting of matters relating to the administration of the party especially confronting.
To the extent that these matters relate to my conduct, I look forward to the opportunity to clear my name. I am very confident that the investigative process will do so.
However, I am conscious of the burden that this process will take on myself and my young family. I am also concerned at the distraction my involvement in the process may cause for the Government.
I have therefore notified the Premier that I will stand aside from my Ministerial responsibilities, and I have notified the Governor of the resignation of my commission, effective immediately.
I will continue to serve my electorate of Preston to the best of my ability, and I remain grateful to have the privilege of doing so.
Reviewed 26 June 2020