Greek Australian Labor MP Philip Dalidakis resigned from Parliament at 12.30pm on Monday, 17 June, to take up a new position in the senior ranks of Australia Post.
The upper house member and former trade and investment minister submitted his letter of resignation to Governor Linda Dessau, before notifying Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
His shock resignation as an MP representing the Southern Metropolitan Region is effective immediately and comes at a crucial time bearing in mind that the Andrews’ government is now one vote short in its effort to pass its amended Fire Services Bill through the chamber.
Having tendered his resignation, MP Dalidakis is now free to visit the Australia Post headquarters to meet with chief executive Christine Holgate, who is expected to announce the new appointment. According to Fairfax Media, he takes on his new role with Australia Post on 1 July.
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The departing MP thanked his constituents, office staff and Premier Andrews.
“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,” he wrote.