Ivan Dean

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The Honourable
Ivan Dean
Member of the Legislative Council for Windermere
Assumed office
3 May 2003
Mayor of Launceston
In office
Preceded by Janie Dickenson
Succeeded by Albert Van Zetten
Personal details
Born (1945-04-21) 21 April 1945 (age 72)
Hobart, Tasmania
Occupation Police officer, soldier, farmer

Ivan Noel Dean APM (born 21 April 1945) is an Australian politician. He has been an independent member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council since 2003, representing the electorate of Windermere. He also served as Mayor of Launceston from 2005 to 2007.

Dean studied at Levendale State School, New Town High School and Charles Sturt University. He also received training at the Tasmania Police Academy and the Victoria Police Academy.[1]

Dean worked as a farmer, as an officer in the Australian Army during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation, and later as a police officer for Victoria Police, New South Wales Police Force and Tasmania Police, where he rose to the rank of Commander before being elected mayor of Launceston, on 31 October 2005[citation needed]. Dean faced criticism that it was 'irresponsible' to hold two positions in two separate government branches (member of the legislative council and mayor). He also then receives two salaries. To counter these claims, Ivan Dean said "If successful I will donate the mayoral salary to charities and youth activities"[this quote needs a citation].

In the October Launceston City Council elections; Ivan defeated incumbent Mayor Janie Dickenson. This was somewhat unexpected. On the first day of vote counting The Examiner local newspaper ran a front page headline claiming that Janie Dickenson was in front by 2000 votes and would secure her position as mayor and alderman. However, by the next day, Ivan had made a comeback and won by just 441 votes. As other mayoral candidates were excluded, Dean received the bulk of preferences (see single transferable vote).

After becoming mayor, Dean's supporters, including President of the Tasmanian Legislative Council Don Wing, said they believed him capable of holding both positions. Dean praised ex-mayor Janie Dickenson's achievements but acknowledged there was 'much work to be done'[this quote needs a citation]. Some in the community praised him as a man that follows up on inquiries. He recently suggested that councils in the north should consider merging or at least sharing resources more cooperatively[citation needed].

Dean created controversy with the claim that the introduction of red foxes to Tasmania was a hoax, and has called for a police investigation. The Minister for Primary Industry, David Llewellyn said an inquiry is not needed.[2]

He was defeated as Launceston mayor at the 2007 council elections, losing to challenger Albert Van Zetten in a surprise result that was attributed, in part, to his holding two public offices and, in part, to Dean's support of a controversial pulp mill[citation needed]. He will continue on as a member of the Legislative Council.


  1. ^ "Ivan Dean MLC". Parliament of Tasmania. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  2. ^ ABC:Government says foxes are in Tasmania http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/04/19/1900926.htm
Tasmanian Legislative Council
Preceded by
Silvia Smith
Member for Windermere
Civic offices
Preceded by
Janie Dickenson
Mayor of Launceston
Succeeded by
Albert Van Zetten

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