Peter Gutwein resigns as Premier of Tasmania to focus on family

Peter Gutwein has resigned as Premier.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has announced he is stepping down to leave politics and spend more time with his family.

Gutwein, who also had the role of Tourism Minister, said it was time for him to prioritise other areas of his life over politics.

“It has been an honour and privilege to serve as Tasmania’s 46th Premier, however, the time is now right for me to move on and to attend to other things in my life,” he said.

“The past two years have delivered unforeseen challenges, as we have navigated through Covid-19 and focused on rebuilding a stronger Tasmania.

“During this time I have quite rightly focused on everyone else’s family and I now want to spend some time focussing on my own.”

Gutwein thanked his family for their support during his time in office.

“I wish to thank my family, my wife Mandy, son Finn and daughter Millie, for their support and love,” he said.

“No Premier does this job alone, and you have all been outstanding in your support, and Mandy for 20 years, you have allowed me the opportunity to serve Tasmania, at times at great sacrifice to our family, and I thank you for that.”

Gutwein said he was leaving the state in good shape for the next leader.

“I leave with the comfort of knowing Tasmania is in far better shape than when we first came to government in 2014,” he said.

He also recently praised the tourism sector’s rebound from pandemic restrictions.

“Despite border restrictions affecting some of our key domestic markets and visitor numbers restricted due to Covid-19, pleasingly figures from the December 2021 quarter show positive growth in average spend per domestic visitor,” he said.

“These incredible results are testament to Tasmania’s vibrant tourism and hospitality sector, who have shown immense resilience and remained agile since the start of the pandemic.”

Gutwein will remain as Premier until the party elects a new leader, which will take place at the end of this week.