Victorian Transport Minister Lynne Kosky, who has been handling the introduction of the delayed myki system into the state's capital, has resigned today.
A spokesperson for Premier John Brumby confirmed that Kosky had announced her resignation both from the Ministry and Parliament, effective today. The minister had given family health concerns as her reason for wanting to leave.
The premier has not yet announced a transport minister to replace Kosky, but is expected to deal with the issue tomorrow when the caucus meets, according to the spokesperson.
Kosky recently came under fire for taking holiday while commuters battled with the electronic myki ticketing system which was introduced onto Melbourne trains at the end of December.
30,000 myki cards had to be recalled from retailers after being delivered in an "inactive state". There had also been some problems with incorrect letters which had been sent out with myki cards, the website going down, and with people not swiping off correctly at the end of their trips.
The system had been introduced into regional areas first as a trial before starting it in Melbourne. Its implementation is years late and millions over budget.