Former Hobart Lord Mayor Ron Christie says he is going “to do a Turnbull and disappear” after first losing the lord mayorship and then losing his seat on the council.
Counting in local government elections across the state was finalised last night, and the message seems to be “out with the old in with the new”, with leadership shakeups in several municipalities.
Mr Christie narrowly missed out on a spot on council, defeated by former deputy mayor Peter Sexton by about 50 votes.
Mr Christie took over the position over Lord Mayor in March this year when Sue Hickey was elected to State Parliament.
The former politician said his outspokenness may have contributed to him losing his seat.
“I suppose I was a little bit different to your typical politician … maybe that was my downfall,” he said.
“I told people, our community what they needed to know. Some of those things were about the cruise ships, about Dark Mofo and nipaluna.”
But he said he wouldn’t do anything differently.
“I’ve always been like that and would I say it again? Yes I would!”
In fact, Mr Christie seemed relieved to be losing the shackles of political life.
“I can say more now than I ever could when I was an acting lord mayor or a politician. I can give my views and I certainly will,” he said.
While he plans to be a political commentator in the new year, for now he’ll be taking a break from public life.
“I’m going to do a Turnbull and just disappear, but unfortunately I haven’t got a $3 million penthouse in Central Park to go to, like Malcolm Turnbull, so I’m just going into the kitchen.”
He said he planned to help his wife open a new tearoom in the city.
“[I’m] looking forward to the next chapter, which will be baking scones with my lovely wife in our new tearoom. As they say, ‘Scone now, but not forever’.”