Daniel Andrews says loss of four ministers gives 'critically important' chance to 'refresh' cabinet — as it happened
Premier Daniel Andrews has laid the foundation for Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan to one day become his successor, endorsing her as the next deputy premier.
Victorian Labor's senior leadership will recommend in a meeting on Saturday that caucus elect Ms Allan as the state party's second in command.
She would replace outgoing deputy premier James Merlino, who on Friday announced his intention to retire at the November state election.
Long-standing Labor convention usually dictates the Socialist Left and Right factions install one of their own as either the premier or deputy premier.
Both Mr Andrews and Ms Allen are members of the former, and bucking the trend would give the left faction the two most senior posts within government.
Treasurer Tim Pallas said he would lobby his colleagues …
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