Statement on Jane Howlett MLC


Today I can confirm Jane Howlett MLC has resigned as a Minister, for personal and family reasons, following the very sad loss of her brother just last week.

This has been a very difficult decision for Jane, and she has my wholehearted support during this challenging time.

Jane has been a valued member of my Cabinet for just over two years, and she has achieved great outcomes for her stakeholders and the broader Tasmanian community during this time.

Jane strongly advocated for small business during the COVID-19 pandemic, and under her leadership of that portfolio, this Government provided nation leading support and stimulus programs.

During Jane’s time as Minister for Sport and Recreation, Tasmania has seen more elite sporting content than ever before, including hosting a record 14 AFL games, including two historic Elimination Finals last year, and making significant progress towards a Tasmanian AFL licence, and seeing the Tasmanian Jack Jumpers commence in the NBL.

As Minister for Women, Jane focused on addressing the barriers that prevent women from entering traditionally male-dominated fields of work, including her work towards a Women in Building and Construction Strategy, and Girls in Property Pilot Program.

Jane was also highly regarded and achieved a lot in the racing portfolio, including regular stakes increases, and the formation of the Next Generation Racing Committee.

Jane will be taking a two week break from work, before returning to continue in her role as Member for Prosser in the Legislative Council.

Having accepted Jane’s resignation, I have been sworn into her portfolios in the interim (Small Business; Hospitality and Events; Disability Services; Women; and Racing), and I will be announcing a new Minister in coming days.

I want to thank Jane sincerely for all that she has achieved, and I know that she will continue to serve the Tasmanian community with her high level of commitment and passion.