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Decision Day

Tasmania could have a new Premier by this afternoon, more than two weeks after the March poll delivered a hung Parliament.

The Governor will have to consider who should govern the State in a minority government, with the Greens holding the balance of power.

The caretaker Premier, David Bartlett, is due to meet the Governor, Peter Underwood, about four o’clock this afternoon, after the declaration of the polls.

Mr Underwood can take the Labor leader’s advice and invite the Liberals to form minority government under Will Hodgman.

But he can also order Mr Bartlett to test his Premiership on the floor of the house.

The Greens leader, Nick McKim has this message for the Governor.

“It remains open to us to offer our support to the existing government, the Labor government of the day,” he said.

On the eve of today’s poll declarations, Mr McKim again invited both leaders to negotiate a power-sharing deal.

Mr McKim will not rule out no confidence motions without a deal.

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4 Comments

  1. R Menzies

    April 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Does anyone reading these items, think that Underwood is a caring sharing type of guy, who will hold his own court and keep his council close to his chest.

  2. P Burns

    April 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I hope McKim forces Bartlett back into power with his statements in that letter. This would trap Bartlett and reveal the true lack of talent in the Labor Party. Naturally as soon as Barty attempts to appoint Brian Green a Minister, both Liberals and Greens should force a no confidence motion in the minister. It will be up to both parties to use appropriate and contained language in the motion, so that the repercussions are strictly limited to Green.
    The Liberals and Greens could then wake up to the fact that they can control law-making through private members bills that in no way reflect on confidence in Barty and his last minister standing Brenton Best or the ALP. Barty would have to obey Parliament as it is sovereign, while the results for the State would be the same the demoralization of the Labor Party would be complete and devastating. The Liberals would at an appropriate time force a new election, crippling the Labor Party for ten years, dream on…

  3. salamander

    April 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    At least he may have more notion of proper rules of governance than Bartlett.

  4. Sam Williams

    April 6, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Gov Underwood is a Paul Lennon appointee made in 2008 just before Lennon quit. Underwood’s judgment record as Chief Justice regarding forestry issues, is abysmal. See comment #6 at http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/article/the-new-gov/

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