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State Secretary departure

ALP Tasmanian Branch State Secretary John Dowling today announced he would be leaving his current role to pursue new employment opportunities in northern Tasmania.

Mr Dowling said he had served eight years as State Secretary and now was the right time to make a change.

“I have had the pleasure to work alongside four different Labor Leaders, numerous Members of Parliament, Affiliates and our valued Rank and File members.

“Labor people are passionate Tasmanians who are driven to see the best possible future for our state.

“Labor continues to leave a lasting legacy for our state whether it is through tourism, wind farms, irrigation, the NBN or leading much needed changes in social justice.

“The economic benefit that Tasmania is enjoying today is a result of Labor’s hard work. The Liberals may claim the credit, but the reality is they are riding the coat tails of Labor’s efforts.

“As State Secretary I am also proud to have led an opening up of the Labor Party to our members.

“Tasmanian Labor leads the way nationally giving our members the most say in ALP processes of any State or Territory ALP Branch in Australia.

“Our membership is now at the highest level in over a decade which is a testament to the fact Labor embraces genuine involvement.

“People are coming to Labor because at the end of the day it is only Labor that ever has or ever will be able to bring about positive change in Tasmania.

Mr Dowling said he would be taking a period of extended leave before relocating in the near future.

My resignation is timed to give Tasmanian Labor the time it needs to fill the position of State Secretary before the next federal election.

The Party’s Administrative Committee appoints an Acting State Secretary until the 2016 State Conference.

The Acting State Secretary appointment is expected be made before the end of the year or early in 2016.