Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Labor MLC resigns citing health issues

South Australian Labor MLC, Irene Pnevmatikos, who has served in the Legislative Council for more than five years, has announced her resignation citing ongoing health issues.

In a statement issued by the SA government, Ms Pnevmatikos said, “It is with much regret that I intend to resign as a member of the Legislative Council due to ongoing health issues.”

SA Premier Peter Malinauskas said Ms Pnevmatikos (pictured) will provide further detail later this week in an address to State Parliament.

“During her five and a half years in the Legislative Council, Irene has been a passionate advocate for social justice and a fair go,” the Premier said.

“She has fought hard to represent those whose voices have not been heard.

“Irene’s enthusiasm, conviction and advocacy will be missed. I thank her for her service to the State.

“I will have more to say on Irene’s career, and on the process to fill a casual vacancy in the Legislative Council, in due course,” he said.

Ms Pnevmatikos is the daughter and wife of working-class migrants who came to this country seeking democracy and economic fairness.

Prior to her election in 2018, she served in a variety of roles at the Workers Compensation Tribunal and worked as a solicitor and equity partner in her own law firm.

“I take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has supported me over the years,” she said.

“I wish the incoming member all the best. I know they will serve the people of South Australia well.”

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