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TAS Premier steps down following distinguished service

  • Posted on Wednesday 15th, January 2020.

Will Hodgman announced this week that he will be resigning as a Member of State Parliament, the Leader of the Liberal Party and the Premier of Tasmania, stating it is time to allow for new leadership.

Hodgman said in his resignation speech that he served as Premier for six years and led the Liberal party for 14 years.

"For the first time ever our economy is the strongest performing in the country," said Hodgman.

"Tasmanian businesses are the most confident in the country, and they are employing more Tasmanians. There are now over 18,000 more jobs than when we came into government, and 1600 new Tasmanian businesses.

"It just doesn’t happen by luck. We have delivered the most positive business conditions in the country for them to prosper. I am extremely proud to have lead a Government that has played its part in the turnaround State," he said.

Among a broad range of reforms from education to tourism, Hodgman said exports were up 34 per cent from when he entered government, while food production grew by more then 10 per cent following investments in irrigation projects in partnership with the Federal Government and farmers.

"Infrastructure investment by my Government more than doubled in just six years, supporting record private sector investment, which is 66 per cent higher now than when we came into government," said Hodgman. "We’re investing in our road and rail networks, making transport more efficient, productive and safer."

Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison said Hodgman leaves behind a record of distinguished service, "cutting unemployment from 7.6 per cent to 6.0 per cent and creating more than 19,200 new jobs" and "working closely together to deliver the Hobart and Launceston City Deals, a $2.8 billion infrastructure program for projects like the Bridgewater Bridge, Bass, Murchison and Midland Highways, not to mention the Battery of the Nation and Marinus Link projects".

Toll Group congratulated Hodgman via LinkedIn on his service to the state of Tasmania.

"Under the Premier’s leadership the Tasmanian economy continues to outpace the rest of Australia which drives the fundamentals of Toll’s growth in Tasmania," said Toll. "Toll’s $311 million investment in new vessels and infrastructure wouldn’t have been possible without the confidence Toll has in the state’s economy. We wish Will all the best in his future endeavours."

Hodgman spoke at the naming ceremony of Toll's unveiling of Tasmanian Achiever II.

(Image: Will Hodgman.)

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