Premier Will Hodgman has been lauded for his service to Tasmania by the community, fellow Liberals and other members of Parliament after announcing his intention to resign from Parliament. But not everyone is sad to see him go.
Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania chairman Michael Mansell said Mr Hodgman almost single-handedly set back the reconciliation process and put Aborigines off-side more than any other Premier in 50 years.
"He effectively killed the momentum of land returns by making a promise six years ago that he never kept. In six years he did not deliver a handful of soil," Mr Mansell said.
"He failed to consult Aborigines about his latest announcement of three Aboriginal firefighters being employed by Parks and Wildlife. It is clear the announcement was more about his image than working with Aboriginal people."
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Michael Bailey said, while Mr Hodgman ranked his government's achievements in education as his proudest, the TCCI wanted to acknowledge and applaud the confidence and leadership he gave the Tasmanian business community.
"The Liberal party has also lost its most popular member, as his election returns in 2014 and 2018 showed," Mr Bailey said.
City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten said Mr Hodgman had been a wonderful supporter of the city and a tremendous Premier for Tasmania.
"Under his leadership, Tasmania has grown significantly and now boasts one of the most progressive economies in the country and for that he should be commended," Cr van Zetten said.
"He was an ardent supporter of Launceston having a City Deal and has always shown a genuine commitment to supporting the Council whenever possible."
Northern Tasmania Development Corporation chief executive Mark Baker recognised the Premier's role in changing the state's economic fortunes.
"Tasmania is stronger economically, socially and culturally than it has ever been and Mr Hodgman's government deserves a lot of credit for that result," Mr Baker said.
Labor leader Rebecca White said outside the Parliament, she and Mr Hodgman had always respected each other despite their political differences.
"I recognise Will's love for Tasmania and his passion for this great state and I know that has driven him," Ms White said.
"Will Hodgman has given a long period of service to the state and I respect his decision to spend more time with his wife and kids."
Greens leader Cassy O'Connor while she and Mr Hodgman had clashed over the direction his government was taking, she personally found him to be likable and excellent company outside Parliament.
"The changing of the guard is an opportunity for a fresh approach," Ms O'Connor said.
"While Tasmania has experienced some good fortune and economic growth during Will Hodgman's time as Premier, there needs to be a much stronger emphasis on tackling social inequality, the impacts of global heating on this island and its people, and on setting a genuinely sustainable course for the future."
Liberal party of Tasmania president Rod Scurrah said Mr Hodgman would go down in history as one of the greatest and most successful ever Premiers of Tasmania.
"We recognise and pay tribute to his significant service to our party and our state over eighteen years as a Member of the House of Assembly, fourteen of those as the longest-serving state Liberal leader and the last six years as Premier of Tasmania," Mr Scurrah said.
"His immense, positive legacy will be long-lasting."
Former Tasmanian Liberal premier Tony Rundle said Tasmanians would miss Mr Hodgman's wise and effective leadership.
"His government has catapulted the state to a pre-eminent place in the nation and Will Hodgman has stamped himself as an exceptional political figure," Mr Rundle said.
Mr Hodgman's former deputy chief of staff and Tasmanian Liberal senator Jonathon Duniam said the Premier's record in office spoke for itself.
"There is no doubt that Tasmania is a much greater state today than it was, thanks to the leadership of Will," Senator Duniam said.
Bass Liberal MHR Bridget Archer said the Premier's leadership was one of the reasons she first stood for election.
"His determination, conviction and authenticity have served Tasmania admirably and I wish him and his family every happiness," Ms Archer said.
Tasmanian Liberal senator Eric Abetz said making Tasmania the "turn around state" would be Mr Hodgman's enduring legacy.
"Will's 'Tasmania first' approach saw him achieving many positive results for the state," Senator Abetz said.
Tasmanian Liberal senator Wendy Askew said she had the pleasure of knowing Mr Hodgman over many years and she always valued his counsel and support.
"Will has been a long-standing member of the Tasmanian Parliament, and since becoming Premier the state has grown in numbers and standing on the national and international stage," Senator Askew said.
Tasmanian Liberal senator Claire Chandler thanked the Premier for his friendship and support through her political career.
"Will has always been a great champion for women in our party and I'm honoured to have worked alongside him to develop our party's blueprint for female engagement, and seen that blueprint lead to a substantial increase in the number of Tasmanian Liberal women in elected office," Senator Chandler said.