Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

27 July 2020

Joan Rylah, Liberal Member for Braddon

Announcement of my resignation as a Member for Braddon

This morning I have tendered my resignation to the Governor and advised the Premier of my decision to resign my seat as a Member for Braddon.

My decision follows lengthy consideration, however, now is the right time - time for me to depart at my choosing, and time to enable Felix Ellis to establish his credentials.

I wish to express my deep and heartfelt thanks to my many supporters and to the broader community - it has been an honour to serve the people of Braddon.  I would like to congratulate the entire Liberal team, who it has been a pleasure working alongside since 2014, delivering outcomes that have significantly helped our community and taken it from strength to strength.

I’d particularly like to acknowledge Premier, Peter Gutwein, for his outstanding handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially here on the coast.  Today I leave with Tasmania ranked number one economy in the country for the first time in more than a decade, and this is testament to both the work achieved by the Liberal team prior to COVID-19 and the strong management of the virus here in our state.

I sincerely thank my staff, the broader Liberal team staff, Liberal party members and my colleagues. I wish them all the very best as they continue their work to rebuild this wonderful state.

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