Kosky calls it quits for health reasons

By: Graham Gardiner


Victorian Minister for Public Transport Lynne Kosky has resigned from politics, citing family health problems for her decision. Kosky’s announcement

Victorian Minister for Public Transport Lynne Kosky has resigned from politics, citing family health problems for her decision.

Kosky’s announcement will force a by-election in her seat of Altona which she had held since entering parliament in 1996.

While not citing what the health issue is, Kosky told a morning press conference she needed to step down to support her family.

"I do leave with some sadness but no regrets," Kosky says.

"This is a decision I’ve not taken lightly but it’s the right one for my family and for me."

The mother two was appointed to the public transport portfolio in 2006 after holding the education and training portfolio from 2002 to 2006.

Kosky’s time as the public transport minister was dominated by extensive problems with the train network and the troubled introduction of the new smart card Myki ticketing system.

The scheme was almost three years overdue and $350 million over budget once it was introduced late last year.

Premier John Brumby is due to announce his new cabinet on Wednesday.

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