In writing the article that covered Weekend Australian views on the coming Tasmanian election (HERE)I could have mentioned a further report in the same edition by Christian Kerr. This centred on who has that important commodity called money, a much-needed requirement when election time comes around.
Kerr wrote that a cash-strapped Liberal Party faces an uphill battle as it seeks to fight and win four elections in the next 12 months, and on our prospects had this to say:
“In Tasmania, Liberal leader Will Hodgman has widened his lead as preferred premier in the local EMRS poll, but must deal with the challenges of multi-member electorates and the Greens to take the job.” The reporter was told: “The Liberals are a much more professional operation than they have been.”
The report continued: “The ALP is understood to be cashed up thanks to the union movement, but the real decider will be the Greens. ‘There’s this myth about the Greens that they don’t have any money, but they’re rolling in dough,’ one source said. ‘They’re basically an upper middle class party.’ ”
Kerr wrote that there was talk in Tasmania that Dick Smith and the reclusive multi-millionaire founder of the Kathmandu clothing chain, Jan Chapman, would help fund the Greens campaign.
“But there is keen interest in whether property developer Lang Walker will become involved after the planning commission knocked back his bid for a Gold Coast-style canal development at Hobart’s Ralph Bay.
“Richard Herr, from the University of Tasmania, says Labor will have difficulty holding on to a majority. ‘The more likely option seems to be a minority government with the Greens holding the balance of power,’ Dr Herr says, along with a warning that ‘Labor has queered the pitch with the Greens’.”