Federal Health Minister expected to call time on 20-year political career

The Federal Health Minister is expected to become the latest politician to quit, confirming his resignation as early as today.

Greg Hunt is due to announce that his 20-year political career will end at the next election when he won’t context his Victorian seat of Flinders.

It follows the resignation of former attorney general Christian Porter, who announced the end of his political career at the next election as well.


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In fact, Minister Hunt will become the 10th coalition MP to announce they won’t be recontesting at the 2022 election.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has told The Today Show this morning that Greg Hunt will be ‘greatly missed’.

“Of course he will be greatly missed, but he gets to make his own decisions about his political future and he can be very proud of what he has achieved in public life.

“He has overseen significant investment in mental health, medical research, in listing new drugs on the PBS, and of course helping to steer Australia through this once-in-a-century pandemic and Australia’s mortality rate is one of the lowest in the world’s vaccination rates, one of the highest in the world, and Greg has been a major contributor to those outcomes.

“So, yes, I’m going to miss my best friend in the Parliament.

“I was best man at his wedding, we are godfathers to our respective children.

“But I wish him all the very best with his future, whatever he decides to do. 20 years in politics, that’s an enormous contribution to public life,” Mr Frydenberg said.

Minister Hunt is expected to formally announce his resignation later today.