Victorian MP Jane Garrett is leaving parliament

In an exclusive interview with Aging Earlier this year, Mrs Garrett revealed that she was still being hit by thugs in the United Firefighters Union.

The Victorian government in May refused to release a long-suppressed report on sexism and intimidation in the fire department, five years after it was ordered by Mrs Garrett.

Jane Garrett and Peter Marshall, leader of the United Fire Fighters Union.

Jane Garrett and Peter Marshall, leader of the United Fire Fighters Union. Credit:Josh Robenstone and Angela Wylie

Nominations for next year’s state elections close next Friday after being extended by a week at the request of Mr Andrews to allow “suitable nominees … to be identified” if other sitting members stood aside.

The premiere thanked Mrs Garrett for her service to the Victorian Parliament and the Labor Party. He wished her and her family the best.

“Throughout Jane’s long political career, she has served the Australian Labor Party and Labor governments as an employee, a local member, a party officer, a parliamentary secretary and a minister,” Andrews said.

‚ÄúProviding secure jobs and quality education to working people has always been at the heart of Jane’s commitment to her work.

“She can rightly be proud of her contribution to our movement and to our state.”

Ms Garrett said it had been a privilege to represent Brunswick, where she was first elected in 2010, and East Victoria.

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“I have been welcomed into people’s homes, their businesses, schools and community groups, and I thank everyone I have met and worked with along the way,” she said Friday.

“Fighting for jobs, equality, social justice and a first-class education for all has been the mantra of every Member of Parliament in the Andrews Labor Government, and it has been loud and proud.

“I’m grateful I could go on this journey with so many wonderful people. And to those who come after, I wish you all the best.”

She made the announcement after Upper House MP Mark Gepp, former Secretary of State John Eren, Minister of Planning Richard Wynne, former Secretary of Justice Jill Hennessy, member of Yan Yean Danielle Green and Ringwood MP Dustin Halse all confirmed they would step down.

In recent years, she lost the support of the CFMEU and its Victorian Construction Secretary John Setka, a key player in her industrial left-wing grouping, which split from the Prime Minister’s socialist left-wing faction and contributed to years of instability.

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The union’s stance meant she was vulnerable to recent pressure put on about half a dozen MPs to leave parliament in hopes of creating renewal. Party agent Tom McIntosh is the frontrunner to replace Mrs Garrett.

The faction of former ally of displaced Minister Adem Somyurek was weakened this week by the decision of the CFMEU and the Railway Workers’ Union, led by Secretary Luba Grigorovitch, to abandon a court petition against the federal takeover of the ALP.

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