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Tasmanian Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff became the state’s new Premier after being elected unopposed by the ruling Liberal Party.
Rockliff was announced as the successor to outgoing Prime Minister Peter Gutwein after a meeting of the Liberals on Friday.
Gutwein resigned at a news conference Monday, citing an exhausting workload from the pandemic and a desire to spend more time with family.
Government whip Felix Ellis said a nomination for the prime ministerial post had been received with Mr Rockliff the favorite for the top job.
Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson will become the new deputy prime minister.
Mr. Rockliff used his first media address as prime minister to promise statewide improvements, citing workplace safety, education and housing among his passions.
“No Tasmanian should sleep rough,” he said. “We want to make sure that all Tasmanians have the fundamental right to have a roof over their heads.”
‘Our educational system must be a system based on equity. Regardless of your background or circumstances you find yourself in, you have a fundamental right to access a good education.’
Gutwein took to Facebook to congratulate the new prime minister on his achievement.
Congratulations to Jeremy Rockliff
“Congratulations to Jeremy Rockliff who will make a fine Tasmanian Prime Minister,” she wrote. I wish him and the team the best.
Rockliff, 52, previously indicated that he was optimistic about his chances of becoming the state’s 47th prime minister.
No other parliamentarian had publicly declared his intention to run for the highest post.
Ferguson, a Conservative in the party who was considered the MP most likely to challenge for the top job, on Thursday endorsed Rockliff, who is a more moderate Liberal.
I will nominate to endorse Jeremy as his deputy. I am incredibly grateful for the support I have received,” Ferguson said.
It’s time for Jeremy to lead the pack.
Jeremy and I have worked carefully on our plans this week, we are focused on the daily needs of Tasmanians.
“We have a plan for the continued success of the government based on the very strong foundations we have laid since 2014.”
Ferguson, 48, was elected to state parliament in the North Bass electorate in 2010 after a term as a federal MP for the seat from 2004 to 2007.
Rockliff, deputy prime minister since the Liberals came to power in 2014, was elected to parliament in 2002 from the north-west seat of Braddon.
In his inaugural address, he praised former Liberal Tony Rundle’s leadership style when he held office from 1996 to 1998.
“Tony Rundle’s style of politics moved me,” Rockliff told the camera at the time.
‘Here was one person who was willing to throw caution to the wind for the sake of effecting change in Tasmania. Some in this chamber might call this foolish politics. I prefer to call it leadership.
‘Leadership is not simply managing what exists, but facilitating change and looking to the future.’
Gutwein was elected Prime Minister by his Liberal colleagues unopposed in January 2020 after Will Hodgman left office mid-term.
The Liberals must also name a new treasurer and reassign Mr Gutwein’s tourism and climate change portfolios.
Jeremy Rockliff Quick and Facts
- Deputy premier Jeremy Rockliff elected as new Tasmanian premier on Friday
- Decision came after premier Peter Gutwein announced decision to quit politics
- Infrastructure and transport minister Michael Ferguson named deputy premier