Bacon hands in resignation

RESIGNED: Ken BaconHis resignation followed several months of criticism regarding his performance which prompted a censure from Mr Lennon and a no- confidence motion against him in Parliament.
Nanjing Night Net

He was criticised for a breathalyser incident involving his chief minder on Flinders Island and for his comments that parliamentary question time should be abolished.

He was also criticised for not knowing the contents of a report on TT-Line at a Government Enterprises hearing earlier this year.

Mr Bacon, 61, who suffers from diabetes, declined to comment on his resignation yesterday.

Acting Premier David Llewellyn thanked Mr Bacon for his contribution to both State Parliament and the Labor Party.

“Ken has been a hard-working member of Parliament with a genuine desire to improve the lives of Tasmanians,” Mr Llewellyn said.

Opposition Leader Rene Hidding wished Mr Bacon the best for the future.

Tasmanian Greens leader Peg Putt also extended her best wishes for Mr Bacon in his retirement and said her party would keep its focus on fixing deficiencies in the Parks and Heritage portfolio.

Mr Bacon’s resignation will result in a recount for his Northern seat that will take 11 days.

The Electoral Office will advertise in newspapers for nominations from the defeated candidates.

Those nominations must be received by midday on May 10. The vote recount will take no longer than a day.

This means the new Lyons MHA will be sworn in before Parliament resits on May 17.

To elect a replacement candidate the Electoral Office must redistribute the votes that went to Mr Bacon.

It is usual for preference votes to flow within the Labor Party and the candidate with the highest primary votes has a better chance of election.

Contenders for the Lyons seat are TT-Line director Heather Butler and real estate salesman and Derwent Valley Councillor Craig Farrell.

Mr Farrell, 41, of New Norfolk, said yesterday he would recontest the seat.

“I think when you enter into an election and go through all the rigmarole you should see it to its conclusion,” Mr Farrell said.

The Examiner was unable to contact Mrs Butler.

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