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ACT Minister Joy Burch to announce future in ACT government

Embattled ACT Minister Joy Burch will make an announcement on her future at 10am on Tuesday.

Ms Burch resigned as police minister late last year in the wake of allegations over her chief of staff's contact with the powerful Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

She retained her other portfolios, including education and racing and gaming, but then went on leave, which finished this week.

ACT Policing has begun an investigation into the matter, but neither it nor Chief Minister Andrew Barr have revealed exactly what is being investigated.

Her resignation from the police portfolio followed the resignation of her chief of staff, Maria Hawthorne after allegations were aired through Fairfax Media that she had briefed CFMEU ACT boss Dean Hall about a meeting between Ms Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers.


Announcing Ms Burch's resignation, Mr Barr also confirmed a ministerial reshuffle before the Assembly sits in February and said Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell would take on the Police and Emergency Services portfolio until then.

Earlier this month, Mr Barr said he would push ahead with the reshuffle, despite there being no outcome in sight for the police investigation.

Ms Burch also won only eight first preference votes in recent Labor preselections, a mediocre showing interpreted by some in the party as a message to the trouble-prone Education Minister.

If Ms Burch decides not to stand at the October 15 election, the ACT Labor branch council is likely to consider a casual vacancy on the party's preselection ticket. The process would likely take less than a month to complete.

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