Jill Hennessy quits as Victoria’s Attorney-General

Ms Hennessy says she will stay in Parliament and contest the 2022 state election for her western suburbs seat of Altona.

The former Health Minister is regarded as one of the Andrews government's more effective operators in the two high-profile portfolios she has held and was regarded as a potential successor to the Premier.

Ms Hennessy published a statement on Wednesday afternoon, saying that she had been discussing her future with Mr Andrews for some time before deciding to resign.

"Political life can be hard on families," the outgoing minister said.

"Mine is at a stage where they need more of me and even more importantly, I need more of them. Like everyone managing the collision between work and family life, sometimes something has to give, at least for a little while."

Ms Hennessy said the time was right to step down from the Attorney-General's role having overseen the Gobbo Royal Commission, legislative reforms to decriminalise public drunkenness, the spent convictions scheme and the legislation banning gay conversion therapy.


Jill Hennessy.Credit:Jason South

"I intend to recontest the 2022 state election, and with their continued trust, hope to continue to serve these terrific communities well into the future," she said.

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