One day the history books will describe the toll the pandemic took on politicians. Enough was enough for Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein.
Covid has been the making and breaking of state governments. In WA and Queensland, the rewards have been great for incumbents who read the mood of the public. In SA, a one-term Liberal government reopened the borders at the wrong time, and paid the price. And in Tasmania, Liberal Peter Gutwein quit on Monday after two years as Premier. Citing family reasons, Gutwein was described by an ABC reporter as looking worn out. For any idealistic politician, managing a health crisis would take its toll.