Sarah Courtney’s exit another example of political burn-out in Tasmania

As far as turnover goes, it’s hardly a glowing endorsement of the job.

Seven Liberal MPs and three from the opposition have bowed out of Tasmania’s parliament since 2014 — no mean feat when the Lower House has 25 members and the Upper House just 15.

Education minister Sarah Courtney is the latest to quit, announcing today her plan to immediately give up her portfolios and her seat.

Her resignation came after a bizarrely timed trip to Europe that ended with her catching coronavirus and becoming stranded in France.

Bizarre, because while it was indeed term break, department staff and teachers were busy planning a return to school in the shadow of coronavirus. 

Sarah Courtney was elected to parliament in 2014 and appointed to Cabinet in 2018.(ABC News: Luke Bowden)

But Ms Courtney said her decision was not forced by criticism from Labor and the Greens and was instead “the culmination and confluence of a range of different factors”, including the recent death of her grandmother.