New COVID-19 case numbers dropped to five on Monday, however Premier Daniel Andrews’ government is still under pressure following the hotel quarantine inquiry where the state leader admitted he did not know who was responsible for hiring private security.
Victoria’s former health minister Jenny Mikakos resigned on Saturday with a scathing letter, and has been harangued by the media since then asking for further clarifications, including people who have “distributed (her) home address”. She tweeted on Monday for the media to respect her privacy.
Neos Kosmos has been in touch with Ms Mikakos, and she clarified on Saturday that she had tried calling Premier Andrews before informing him of her resignation letter via text. He acknowledged on Sunday that he had not spoken to Ms Mikakos as he was on another call when she had tried to contact him.
Since then, Ms Mikakos has not responded to media requests for an interview, however sent a statement to Neos Kosmos thanking the Greek community for their support during her 21 years as a parliamentarian.
“I have always felt proud of our community’s many achievements across every area of our society and have taken enormous satisfaction in being able to support our community on issues it cared about most, from supporting our cultural events, building projects, the needs of our elderly or the teaching of our language in schools,” she said in her message to the newspaper, adding that she always felt like the community’s “collective daughter”, saying she felt enormous pride when referred to as “Η Τζέvη μας”.
She said, “The past week has been difficult personally but I’m looking forward to a new chapter of my life, including spending more time with my family. I hope to be able to support our community in new ways in the future.”
Questions remain over the exact nature of the abrupt resignation with Premier Andrews acknowledging on Sunday that Ms Mikakos had tried to phone him when he was on another call.
She then sent him a text, by which time she had sent her official resignation from Parliament to the Premier’s chief of staff.