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David Bartlett Announces Resignation as Tasmanian Premier

4.30pm AEDT – Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett will resign tomorrow. It is expected that his deputy and Treasurer Lara Giddings will succeed him.

  • Listen to David Bartlett’s press conference in Hobart today.
  • Listen to Opposition Leader Will Hodgman’s press conference.

2.00pm AEDT – The Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett has announced on Facebook that he will resign as Labor leader and step down as Premier.

Bartlett says he wants to be a “better father” to his children. He offers support to his deputy, Lara Giddings, as the next Premier.

On Sky News, Peter Van Onselen says Bartlett intends to remain in the Parliament and serve as a minister under Giddings.

Bartlett is to hold a press conference at 3pm.

This is the statement on Bartlett’s Facebook wall:

David Bartlett's resignation announcement on Facebook

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