Ivan Dean

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.

Ivan Dean

Member of the Legislative Council for Windermere
Assumed office
3 May 2003
Mayor of Launceston
In office
Preceded byJanie Dickenson
Succeeded byAlbert Van Zetten
Personal details
Born (1945-04-21) 21 April 1945
Hobart, Tasmania
OccupationPolice officer, soldier, farmer

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. 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".

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'. Some in the community praised him as a man that follows up on inquiries. He suggested that councils in the north should consider merging or at least sharing resources more cooperatively but took no action to progress this.

Dean created controversy repeatedly claiming that the introduction of red foxes to Tasmania was a hoax, and made a number of allegations against the eradication program resulting in police and Integrity Commission investigations; none of which found any evidence to support his claims.[2] As a police officer, Dean led an investigation into the illegal import of foxes into Tasmania which failed to gain any evidence of the repeated introductions and was criticised for the result.

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 ability to hold two public offices and, in part, to Dean's support of a controversial pulp mill. He will continue on as a member of the Legislative Council where he is known to call for a variety of enquires into the performance of the fox eradication, Tasmanian horse racing and the RSPCA.


  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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