Premier of Tasmania, David Bartlett, resigns
Sunday, January 23, 2011
In an unforeseen decision, the Premier of the Australian state Tasmania has resigned as premier (and leader) of the governing Tasmanian . Bartlett announced his resignation at 3pm and confirmed it on the social-networking site Facebook, citing family reasons.
The statement said his seven-day week had meant he had no time to be a father to his young children, Matilda and Hudson: "Working seven days a week and wanting to be a better father for Hudson and Matilda has become incompatible as the children are growing up."
Set to take the reins is Deputy Premier. Giddings has also received the support of the out-going Premier. "Lara Giddings will be an outstanding premier and will have my full support."
Bartlett, who was in a relatively new government, won office after ain the 2010 elections with Labor and the forming a minority government after three weeks. He had succeeded the also resigned two years ago. He first entered government in 2004 after winning the seat of Denison.
Bartlett leaves the Labor party with opinion polls showing discontent with the government. Despite this, there was no chance of a leadership change so early after the election and Bartlett's position in the party was not under threat.
- "Bartlett confirms resignation on Facebook" — , January 23, 2011
- Matthew Denholm. "David Bartlett quits as Tasmanian premier for family reasons" — , January 23, 2011
- Patrick Caruana. "Tasmania to welcome first female premier" — , January 24, 2011