Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Gutwin has been released from hospital.
the main points:
- Peter Gutwein became ill before a cabinet meeting on Monday morning
- He was discharged from the hospital without identifying a serious illness
- He will be absent from Parliament as the government tries to pass the state budget last week
Acting Prime Minister Jeremy Rockcliffe told Parliament that Mr Gutwin had left hospital in Hobart on Monday afternoon.
He had been fine in his office earlier today.
Rockcliffe said a series of tests had ruled out any serious conditions and that Gutwin was in good spirits.
Acting Prime Minister Jeremy Rockcliffe said in Parliament on Tuesday that he spoke to the prime minister on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, and indicated that he was “in very good spirits”.
He added, “The series of tests ruled out any serious case, and he was discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon.”
He said the prime minister would take a few days to rest and recover, and be away from home for the rest of the week.
“I’m sure we all wish him well for a speedy recovery,” he said.
Rockcliffe will remain acting prime minister in Gutwin’s absence, as well as handling the tourism and climate change portfolios.
Treasury Secretary Michael Ferguson will take over Mr. Gutwin’s treasury.
The state government aims to pass the state budget this week in Parliament.
Eighteen hours were allotted for discussion.