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Hodgman meets the Governor

UPDATE 3.10pm: LIBERAL Leader Will Hodgman has emerged all smiles from a meeting with the Governor.

Mr Hodgman said he would be making comment “as soon as he is able.”

His meeting with Governor Peter Underwood lasted 20 minutes.

It is understood he provided the Governor with a written letter outlining why he believed his party could deliver stable government.

Caretaker Premier David Bartlett earlier emerged from a brief meeting with Mr Underwood and said he had given the Governor written advice in keeping with his promise to the Tasmanian people to hand government to the Liberal Party in the event it won a greater proportion of the statewide vote.

Governor Underwood called Mr Hodgman to a meeting at 2.45pm.

Mr Bartlett this morning hinted the state will have a new Premier by the end of the day. Mr Bartlett spoke at the declaration of the poll ceremony for Denison.

He started by paying tribute to retired Liberal rival Michael Hodgman as “an undisputed gentleman who will be missed by the electorate”.

Mr Bartlett indicated that the veteran Liberal would soon get his wish to see his son Will as premier of Tasmania.

“As certain as one can be, at the end of the day there will be something for you to celebrate,” Mr Bartlett said.

However, no new leader can be announced until after the election writs have been handed to the Governor – expected sometime this afternoon, possibly as soon as 2pm.

Greens MP Cassy O’Connor implored her colleagues to co-operate constructively in the new parliament, in which no one party has a majority.

Check back regularly as new details are added to the story and to find out who will be the next premier of Tasmania.

Newly elected Tasmanian Greens MHA Paul O’Halloran extended a co-operative hand to his Liberal counterparts at the declaration of the pools in Braddon.

Mr O’Halloran said he and Liberal Jeremy Rockliff agreed on most political fronts.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Philip Lowe

    April 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

    And you guys think that by getting rid of a Queen and becoming a republic you will be entering a brave new world. A faithless leap in the dark?

  2. R Menzies

    April 7, 2010 at 3:33 am

    What else does the governor have to do, drink the Grange? Whats this guy been doing for the last week? Does he think this makes him relevant?
    And Hodgman the good republican, told to shut up by the Governor and he does.

  3. john Hayward

    April 7, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Hadn’t the Gov considered this decision until now?

    I guess a week in the public eye wouldn’t be unattractive to someone who savours the Hollywood limelight.

    John Hayward

  4. Russell

    April 6, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    “Mr Hodgman said he would be making comment “as soon as he is able.””

    Huh??? Was the appointment unexpected, Will? As a ‘Leader,’ surely you can’t be stuck for words?

    I hope your policies and Government aren’t so on-the-run. After all, you’ve had 12 years to get it together.

  5. Russell

    April 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Cassy O’Connor is in fairyland if she thinks the LibLabs won’t possibly have a majority.

    And hopefully, she won’t be supporting the LibLabs blindly like she had regarding the fox fiasco.

  6. meher baba

    April 6, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I simply don’t understand how Hodgman can propose to deliver stable government without any sort of formal agreement with the Greens or Labor.

    Is he simply striving to achieve a sort of “Lady Jane Grey, Queen for a Day” fame in the history books: ie, he just wants to be sworn in so he can tell his grandchildren he was Premier, and then who cares if he is voted out by a motion of no confidence the first day that Parliament sits?

    Or has Bartlett told the Premier that Labor will abstain from any vote of no confidence moved by the Greens and to vote for supply no matter what? If I was the Governor, I would only accept this if I had signed statements from at least 5 ALP members.

    I feel quite sorry for the Governor: it’s hard to see how any decision he makes is going to be immune from criticism.

  7. Graeme Sargeant

    April 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Would someone please indicate what the difference is between political ideologies of Will Hodgman and Michael Hodgman. Is it just that Will is flexible about what his ideology happens to be and that Michael is a much stronger personality?

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