‘It’s a team of great talent’: Andrews appoints new coordinating ministers

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has announced the appointment of new coordinating ministers after four senior ministers stepped down from politics.

Victoria’s Labor caucus will meet on Saturday to vote on the replacement of Victorian Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino, Health Secretary Martin Foley, Tourism Secretary Martin Pakula and Police Secretary Lisa Neville.

“More than half of the government’s leadership team is now made up of women. That’s critical to me,” he said at a media conference on Friday.

“It is a team of great talent, great depth, real passion, real purpose.

“They will bring that sense of energy and dedication that we’ve seen from those moving forward, and we know there’s a lot to do.

“We know that we must continue to work hard every day to make our state fairer and stronger.”