The woman touted as a replacement for Victoria's beleaguered Labor Premier Daniel Andrews has been silenced by her boss.
Jacinta Allan, the popular Minister for Transport Infrastructure, has emerged as a contender for the top job with draconian Stage 4 lockdowns decimating the state economy and the government's once unassailable popularity.
A former federal Labor MP from Victoria, Michael Danby, has described as 'shameful' the Andrews Government's botched hotel quarantining fiasco which has seen Melbourne's five million residents placed into a strict Stage 4 lockdown with an 8pm curfew.
'There'll be a political accounting for this,' he told Daily Mail Australia.
While there is no suggestion a leadership challenge is imminent, a Victorian Labor Party source from the Premier's own Socialist Left faction said Ms Allan would be a capable replacement for Mr Andrews.
Jacinta Allan, the popular Minister for Transport Infrastructure, has emerged as a contender for the top job after draconian Stage 4 lockdowns decimate the state economy and the government's once unassailable popularity.
This week, the 46-year-old mother of two who has 14 years' of ministerial experience, promised Daily Mail Australia a statement paying tribute to the late Joan Kirner (pictured), to mark the 30th anniversary of her becoming Victoria's first-ever female premier
The 46-year-old mother of two - who has 14 years' of ministerial experience - this week promised Daily Mail Australia a statement paying tribute to the late Joan Kirner, to mark the 30th anniversary of her becoming Victoria's first-ever female premier.
But the next morning, a spokeswoman from Mr Andrews' office rang to say Ms Allan would not be providing a tribute to Ms Kirner, instead directing enquiries to the Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams - who isn't regarded as a serious leadership contender.
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The Labor Socialist Left source said Ms Allan and another left-winger Jill Hennessy, who held the health portfolio before becoming Attorney-General, were the leading contenders to replace Mr Andrews.
'Jacinta is obviously someone who people would consider if Daniel falls under the proverbial bus,' this factional insider told Daily Mail Australia.
'Jacinta is someone people would be talking about.
'Would Jacinta be a good option? She's certainly someone who would be actively considered by a lot of people.'
Mr Danby, the former member for Melbourne Ports, described the Andrews Government's handling of the hotel quarantining as 'shameful'.
'Unfortunately, we have to go through this period of lockdown to try and suppress the disease to the level that exists in New South Wales - it's shameful it came to this,' he told Daily Mail Australia.
Mr Danby, who hails from Labor's Right faction, slammed the decision to give contracts to private security firms instead of initially putting the Victorian police or the Australian Defence Force in charge like other states, which have not been placed into a Stage 4 lockdown.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice