April 13, 2024

Queensland’s health minister during the Covid pandemic Yvette D’Ath announces her resignation from politics at next election

By Laine Clark For Australian Associated Press and Michael Pickering For Daily Mail Australia

01:33 22 Feb 2024, updated 01:51 22 Feb 2024

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath will quit politics, saying she will not contest the next state election.

The Redcliffe MP will continue in her role until the October poll before drawing the curtain on a political career spanning almost 20 years.

‘My decision to not recontest is based on many considerations but not least that it is time to try to find more balance in my life, to allow myself to look after me after what will almost be 17 years of serving the people of Queensland,’ she posted on Facebook.

‘This decision has not been made lightly and comes with some sorrow but also excitement about what journey I may embark on next.’

The Redcliffe MP will continue in her role until the October poll before drawing the curtain on a political career spanning almost 20 years

A federal Labor MP for Petrie before winning the by-election for the state seat of Redcliffe a decade ago, Ms D’Ath said the time was right to walk away.

‘By October 2024, I would have served for almost 17 years, having entered federal parliament in November 2007,’ she said.

‘Whilst I know I still have the passion and drive to continue to serve the people of Queensland, I believe it is better to leave politics when people are still asking me to stay, rather than telling me to go.

‘I am also excited to embark on new opportunities and find ways to continue to grow professionally and to use the knowledge and skills I have gained over so many years, in so many diverse roles, to chart a new direction for myself.’

A busy eight months may lay ahead for Ms D’Ath who aimed to deliver on an ‘ambitious agenda’ before leaving politics.

‘There is still much work to do in my portfolio and I look forward to continuing my engagement with the various sectors, including the domestic and family violence and sexual violence sectors, to implement the reforms needed to deliver real change for the people of Queensland,’ she said.

Ms D’Ath thanked former long serving premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who quit in December, along with her successor Steven Miles.

Yvette D’Ath (right) with Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard (left) at a January 2022 press conference when she was the state’s health minister

Mr Miles said he was keen for Ms D’Ath to stay in the ministry until the election.

‘She has a lot of work under way, most of which is scheduled to be finished in time for the election, and so I welcome the commitment that she’s made to stay on and finish that work,’ he said.

‘I certainly look forward to continuing to work with her until October and continuing to be her friend well beyond that.’

Ms D’Ath was formerly Attorney-General before former premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made her health minister after the 2020 Queensland state election. 

She then gained a national profile as she oversaw the state’s at-times controversial response to the pandemic, including lockdowns and strict border shutdowns, before returning as attorney-general in May 2023.

READ MORE: Australians struck down with Covid warned to ‘stay at home’ as two new variants spread and hospitalisations surge 

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