Federal health minister Greg Hunt is due to quit politics at the next election, with sources reportedly expecting an imminent announcement.
The Australian Financial Review reported on Wednesday that unnamed federal Liberal party figures have confirmed Hunt would reveal the decision on Thursday – the last sitting day of the year.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, when asked about the reports at a press conference, said he would “wait to see” more details but highlighted Hunt’s track record as health minister and said he was his “closest friend” in Parliament.
“The fact that Australia has one of the lowest mortality rates in the world and the fact that we have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world is due in no small part to the incredible work that all health professionals have done across Australia. And Greg as the health minister, in this once in a century pandemic, has been outstanding” Frydenberg said.
“I will leave any further comments to see exactly what statements you are referring to.”
Hunt is the MP for Flinders in Victoria and was elected into parliament in 2001.
He was sworn in as health and aged care minister in January 2017.
Liberal staffer Zoe McKenzie, a director of NBN Co, is reportedly among likely preselection candidates in Flinders.