Tasmanian Treasurer Peter Gutwein is endorsed to replace outgoing Premier Will Hodgman – after a Liberal party showdown between the moderate and conservative factions
- Will Hodgman resigned last Tuesday as premier after six years in the role
- The Liberal Party met on Monday to vote a new leader
- Peter Gutwein defeated Michael Ferguson to take over the top job
- Mr Gutwein represents the moderate faction of the party
- Mr Ferguson is a devout Christian and was a more conservative option
Tasmania’s Treasurer Peter Gutwein will take over the top job from outgoing Premier Will Hodgman.
The governing Liberal party met on Monday to decide on a new leader and premier after the sudden resignation of Mr Hodgman.
Mr Gutwein and State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson were vying for the top job in what was seen as a contest between the party’s moderate and conservative factions.
Mr Gutwein, who has been in charge of the state’s books since the Liberals came to power in 2014, is running alongside current deputy Jeremy Rockliff.
Former Tasmanian premier Will Hodgman with wife Nicki and his family on March 3, 2018 after winning re-election
He ran in conjunction with incumbent deputy premier Jeremy Rockliff and represented the moderate faction of the party.
Mr Gutwein, 55, is a qualified black belt instructor in Tae Kwon Do and married with two children.
He was elected in 2002 and has been the Treasurer and Minister for the Environment during which he oversaw a period of economic growth, but also rising net debt.
Before politics, he held senior management positions in financial services in Europe.
He is a qualified black belt instructor in Tae Kwon Do and married with two children.
Mr Ferguson, a devout Christian, was seen as a more conservative option.
The party room vote came after Mr Hodgman last Tuesday stepped down as premier after six years in the role and 18 years in politics.
Mr Hodgman cited a desire to spend more time with family and said a mid-term exit was the right time for fresh leadership ahead of the next state poll in 2022.
Both Mr Gutwein and Mr Ferguson hail from the electorate of Bass, meaning Tasmania will have a premier based in the state’s north for the first time in nearly 40 years.