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Ash Barty and Peter Gutwein retirement decisions show pressure public figures face

John Warhurst
By John Warhurst
April 6 2022 - 7:30pm
Ash Barty and Peter Gutwein. Pictures: Shutterstock, Paul Scambler

If Ash Barty's early retirement at the peak of her powers as the No. 1 women's tennis player in the world did not raise bigger issues for us about balancing life and work then the sudden resignation of Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein after just two years in the position, surely must. The circumstances are different, but both are stepping down from the top and putting their private lives ahead of their public position.


John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.

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