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KENNETT RESIGNS, ALSO QUITS AS LIBERAL LEADER; BRACKS LABOR GOVERNMENT TO BE SWORN IN ON WEDNESDAY

Last updated on January 31, 2024

Jeff Kennett has resigned as Victorian Premier.

Steve Bracks will be sworn in at 11.30 on Wednesday morning as Victoria’s first Labor Premier since 1992.

Kennett’s resignation followed the decision of the three rural independents to give their support to the ALP in the hung parliament.

Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett
Outgoing Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett

Kennett visited the Governor, Sir James Gobbo, at 4pm on Tuesday to tender his resignation. Labor leader Steve Bracks visited the Governor shortly afterwards.

At a brief press conference later, Kennett claimed the new government had no mandate and attacked the three independent members of parliament who delivered government to the ALP.

Kennett will also resign as Liberal Party leader on Tuesday 26 October. It is expected that Dr. Denis Napthine, the newly-elected deputy leader, will succeed Kennett, although other candidates may emerge in coming days.

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