Tasmanian Times

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Politics

Feb 18 poll call tipped

FEBRUARY 18 is being touted as the most likely time for Premier David Bartlett to call the state election.

Mr Bartlett confirmed again yesterday at his speech to Labor candidates that he was locked into March 20 as the day when Tasmanians would go to the polls to elect a new government.

The minimum length for a state election campaign is 21 working days, which would bring the announcement date back to the week of February 18.

Both Labor Party and other political sources say that Mr Bartlett will leave himself outside government caretaker mode, which kicks in as soon as the writs are issued for an election, for as long as possible.

They say that Mr Bartlett wants as much time as possible to continue the spending spree of promises that his Government has been on since before Christmas, when Tasmania’s better than expected exit from the effects of the global financial crisis left it with bonus cash in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Government has used the spending to help redress the shocking results of the last EMRS political poll, which gave Mr Bartlett his lowest ever popularity rating and the Opposition a chance of at least winning minority government.

More time governing and less time as caretakers also allows Labor to announce policy to which the next government – whichever party wins – is locked in.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Nerve Wines

    February 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Congratulations Sven.

  2. Peter Wilson

    February 2, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Ethics & Sustainability Party state registration looks likely to come through before Bartlett calls the state election assuming he holds off until the last possible date of February 18.

  3. Russell

    February 1, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Just as evidenced in the massive and wasteful Government multi-billion dollar (which will have to be paid back) hand-outs given after the ‘global financial crisis,’ the money will be greedily taken and immediately pissed up against the wall. But it will make no difference to the election result.

  4. salamander

    January 31, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    How many of the policies announced by this government are now in tatters due to hasty patch jobs and backflips? How much of what has been promised since parliament closed for summer, would happen if Labor is re-elected? Why would anyone trust this hotch-potch of self-serving incompetents?

  5. Concerned Resident

    January 31, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Financial promises are just that, promises. Bartlett has made so many promises, while trying to buy votes, that are probably unsustainable considering that he completely scrapped a whole dept in order to save money. The suspended commissioner of police has been on full pay all the time he has not been working. Scott Gadd with his ridiculous position, created by our competent premier, and Gadd’s final payout, because Gadd did not find a position that he wanted. The money wasted on various projects…ie. the greenfields site for the hospital, the money wasted on bureacrats in the overseas health professionals debacle. The money wasted on the promotion, both here and overseas, of the filthy pulp mill over the years of the Labor gov’t, fully supported by the Liberal gov’t. In my view to vote for either of the major parties is a vote for our island destruction.

  6. Bonni Hall

    January 31, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Doesn’t matter when he calls it, they are so on the nose that the smell will linger for a long while. Some of us, and I hope it is the majority, can’t be bought. Not that the Liberals are any better it is just that, at the moment, their smell has not wafted very far.

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