Health minister resigns

Greg Hunt has spoken with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to tender his resignation

Mr Hunt is among a number of Turnbull supporters who have announced their resignation Thursday morning, amid rumours and speculation about who is likely to make a bid for leadership of the Liberal Party.

Sky News is suggesting that Scott Morrison may make a play for the leadership, while the ABC suggests that Mr Hunt could run as a deputy to Peter Dutton.

Mr Hunt, alongside Steven Ciobo, Michael Keenan, Angus Taylor and Alan Tudge had attempted to resign Wednesday, but this resignation was not accepted.

Now, Mr Hunt has written to the PM this morning to tender his resignation from the Ministry.

“It has become clear to me in the last 24 hours that there has been, in my view, an irretrievable loss of support for the leadership and loss of Party unity within both the Ministry and broader Party Room,” Mr Hunt wrote.

“Under those circumstances I believe the Liberal Party must seek a change of leadership in order to protect the Australian people from the economic vandalism which would come from a Shorten Labor Government.

“I want to thank you for the honour and the opportunity of having served in your Ministry.

“I particularly thank you for the opportunity to have served as the Minister for Health given the fundamental importance of this portfolio to every Australian.”

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