Jack Snelling announces resignation from Cabinet, will not contest next state election

"Now it's time to get back to my most important job of being both a Husband and a Dad." Photo: Facebook/Jack Snelling.
"Now it's time to get back to my most important job of being both a Husband and a Dad." Photo: Facebook/Jack Snelling.

Premier Jay Weatherill’s Cabinet underwent a significant reshuffle this week, following the shock resignations of Health Minister Jack Snelling and Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos on Sunday.

Less than two weeks after opening the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, Mr Snelling held a press conference on Sunday morning to advise of his resignation from Cabinet, effective immediately, and his decision not to contest the next state election in March.

He cited a desire to spend more time with his family as a key factor in his decision.

“After 20 years in public life I have decided to step down from the ministry. I will also not contest the seat of Florey at the next election,” he said.

“The completion and commissioning of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is my proudest achievement and has provided an appropriate moment for me to step away and a new minister to take on the role.

“It has been observed that while those of us in politics are volunteers, our families are conscripts, and this couldn't be truer than for my family.

“It is time for them to have a taste of life with a husband and father who is not a public figure.”

Later that day, Ms Vlahos – the Member for Taylor – also submitted her own resignation from Cabinet, citing personal health reasons.

She will, however, continue to serve in her electorate and contest the next state election.

A swearing-in ceremony at Parliament House on Monday afternoon saw Reynell MP Katrine Hildyard and Kaurna MP Chris Picton elevated to Cabinet.

Ms Hildyard was sworn in as Disability Minister, while Mr Picton received the portfolios of Police, Emergency Services, Correctional Services and Road Safety.

Peter Malinauskas picked up the Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse folios, and Martin Hamilton-Smith, upon his return from overseas, will be sworn in to Health Industries and also the expanded portfolio of Defence and Space Industries Minister. Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis was appointed Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly, while Mr Weatherill picked up the Arts portfolio.