Bacon leaves politics for "new challenge"


Scott Bacon - Hobart, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AAP Image/Rob Blakers)

After joining the Labor Party in 2010, senior Tasmanian MP Scott Bacon is retiring.

The son of former Labor Premier Jim Bacon, the Opposition Treasurer informed his colleagues yesterday of his decision to leave politics.

He's said in a statement this morning it's time for a "new challenge".

"This has been a difficult decision that I have not made lightly," Mr Bacon said in a statement.

"After nearly 10 years in politics, I have decided that it is the right time to take on a new challenge."

Mr Bacon said he was proud of his time as Tourism and Finance Minister, while Labor leader Rebecca White's paid tribute to her colleague.

"Scott and I entered the Parliament together in 2010. Not only has he been a very capable Parliamentary colleague and a dedicated local representative, I also count him as a very good friend," she said in a statement.

The 41-year-old Member for Clark's seat is likely to be filled by former Labor's Madeleine Ogilvie or Tim Cox on a recount of the 2018 State Election results.

Mr Bacon intends to formally resign to Governor Kate Warner today.