Tasmanian Times

Kevin Bonham

We’re back, says Bartlett

THE State Government says its $200million pre-Christmas spending has strengthened its popularity and Premier David Bartlett has signalled there is more to come.

A Labor source confirmed yesterday that internal polling showed the Government’s position had markedly improved since the devastating November EMRS poll, but the party was still the underdog heading to the March 20 election.

The November poll showed the Liberals comfortably ahead of Labor in every electorate in the state and Mr Bartlett’s personal approval down to 28 per cent.

Despite launching personal attacks on Opposition Leader Will Hodgman and Greens leader Nick McKim yesterday, Mr Bartlett said Labor would not indulge in a dirty election campaign.

The Government and Opposition yesterday released their agenda for the future, but while the Opposition said it was the official launch of its election campaign, the Government denied it was in election mode.

Providing no detail, Mr Bartlett said the 2010 agenda would focus on “the things that matter to most Tasmanians”: jobs, health, education and housing.

Mr Bartlett refused to say when he would call the election, which must be done at least four weeks before March 20.

Read more HERE

Dave Groves’ view: HERE

HERE: Earlier on Tasmanian Times: Dr Kevin Bonham: Labor fails to stop the rot

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  1. salamander

    January 4, 2010 at 9:40 am

    This sounds like another makeover – how many did Lennon have? All failures, just like this, as Bartlett’s idea of a clean campaign is not the same as the public’s.
    Just get rid of him and be done with it, we need the fresh air and it is the only way for anything to change.

  2. Gerry Mander

    January 4, 2010 at 12:05 am

    ‘We’re back!’ says Bartlett.

    ‘Where?’ says Barnaby.

  3. Dr Kevin Bonham

    January 3, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Claims about “internal polling” in the leadup to this election need to be treated with considerable caution. Parties have vested interests in portraying their fortunes in a certain fashion and there is no way to be sure that their interpretations of such polling are correct, or that their choice of which results to emphasise is not selective. Given that the perceived likely result of a Tasmanian election is often an election issue in itself, parties should release such data for public scrutiny and so that the reliability of a given party’s claims to have reliable internal polling can be known for future reference. (And of course to give me something to write articles about that might be more reliable than EMRS’s idiosyncracies, but that’s another story!)

    That said I would be surprised if Labor’s position has not improved to some degree at least over the past two months given that it has had a much better run in that time (apart from any embarrassment produced by the number of apparent u-turns required to be seen as attempting to remedy previous policy errors).

    The Liberals have not had any massive problems either, but could certainly have done without the unnecessary Archer/Hickey incident last week, media focus on which has already been allowed to drag on longer than was necessary. That said, I am sceptical that this incident will cause substantial damage.

  4. Russell

    January 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Anyone remember any of the handouts that Backflip Bartlett has done since the last EMRS poll? Off the top of my head, I can’t.

    I think it’s just all too late and we’ll take whatever they hand back and vote otherwise.

  5. john hayward

    January 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Barty’s damned lucky his opponent is his twin brother. His pledge not to wage a dirty campaign didn’t quite last the day. Expect even better as his desperation grows and he resorts ever more to the sub-lowroad that’s his home territory.

    John Hayward

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