Dr Bastian Seidel resigns, states problems in Labor Party are obvious

Dr Bastian Seidel, recently elected MLC for Huon, and Labors Shadow Minister for Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing has tendered his resignation – stating that the problems in the Labor Party are obvious.

In a statement he said, “I wrote to Rebecca White yesterday evening and offered my resignation from the Labor Caucus as well as my resignation as Shadow Minister for Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing and as Shadow Minister for Parks and the Environment.”

“Rebecca accepted my resignation this morning. I’ll leave parliament on its last sitting day this year on December 3.

“I’ve considered my decision carefully. The problems in the Labor party are obvious.

“I have tried to work constructively to solve some of our issues in our party, but have come to the realisation that I have failed. I can’t work in a toxic environment and I can’t work with people who constantly leak information to the media out of pure selfishness.

“I don’t enjoy political infighting. Compared to others – I actually don’t get a kick out of it. It is sad and depressing and too often I felt like I was a dispensable pawn in somebody else’s stupid game. I did not sign up for that. My community and my electorate of Huon did not sign up for that either.

“Politics was never part of my career path. Professionally I have accomplished absolutely everything I dreamt about when I was a kid. I graduated from medical school in my 20s, got a summa com laude PhD and wrote a medical textbook before I turned 30, became a clinical professor before I turned 40. I became the youngest national president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners shortly after. I don’t have to prove anything to myself or anybody else.

“But it has not been straightforward. My first wife died unexpectedly from a brain hemorrhage [sic] in 2014. No warning signs. It just happened.

“It was a wakeup call for me not to waste any minute of the life that’s been given to me and to start giving back to my community in the Huon Valley. Working harder for better health services. That’s what I did.

“I allowed myself to fall in love again. I adore my wife Alex and my two young children. But I have not been there enough for them. They don’t mind really as long as they know that my time away is filled with meaning for my community.

“They wanted me to make a difference. It is about standing up for what is right. But my brief time in politics has left me disillusioned, bitter and just sad.

“There has to be virtue in politics. But I just can’t see it. And it is for that reason that I have decided to resign.

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