Pregnant opposition leader resigns after being defeated in what was expected to be a close election – but insists it has nothing to do with her delivery within weeks
- Tasmanian opposition leader Rebecca White will not contest her position again
- She lost the state election to Prime Minister Peter Gutwein, giving him a third term
- Mrs. White is eight months pregnant, but has not delayed her election campaign
- They told women to “kick the door down if they have to” to make their dreams come true
Tasmanian opposition leader Rebecca White will not challenge the party’s leadership again after Labour’s third consecutive election loss.
Ms. White announced her decision to step down on Saturday, saying it was an honor to lead for four years, but that a change in leadership was needed to be competitive in the next state election.
She endorsed shadow treasurer David O’Byrne as her successor with a decision likely to take place within the party in the coming days.
Tasmanian opposition leader Rebecca White will not challenge party leadership again after Labor’s third consecutive election loss
Ms. White had originally stated that she would continue to lead the Tasmanian Labor Party after the state elections, but she said that changed after a week of internal talks.
There is no doubt that after last week’s election we had to rethink what had happened and I see the change in the leadership of the Labor Party state parliament as part of the change that is needed … so that we can become more competitive to win the next election, ‘she said.
She stressed that her decision to step down had nothing to do with her current pregnancy.
“I want young girls and women everywhere to know that they can achieve anything and that they have to walk through doors when they open or break the door when they have to,” Mrs. White said.
She stressed that her decision to step down had nothing to do with her current pregnancy
She praised her party for supporting her for leadership four years ago, when her first child was just under four months old, and said it was a testament to the party’s culture that it was not influenced by her age, gender, or stage of life.
The outgoing opposition leader will stay on as a member of parliament.
Tasmania’s Liberal Party led by Prime Minister Peter Gutwein won state elections for the third consecutive time – a record in a row for that party in Tasmania.