The Premier, David Bartlett, today announced all three Tasmanian political parties in the House of Assembly have agreed to restore the House to 35 seats.
“This is a very significant day for Tasmania, and a great win for a co-operative politics that listens and responds to the wishes of Tasmanians,” Mr Bartlett said.
“Through a mature and constructive approach, we have confirmed that Tasmanian voters will be electing 35 members of the House of Assembly in 2014,” Mr Bartlett said.
On September 2nd this year, the Premier, Mr Bartlett, the Opposition Leader, Will Hodgman, and the Greens Leader, Nick McKim, agreed to take the following resolutions to their party rooms, for approval:
– That the House of Assembly be restored to 35 members with seven members from each of the State’s five electorates.
– To support legislation that will restore the House of assembly to 35 members at the next election made up of seven members from each of the State’s five electorates.
– To allow for public submissions on the proposal with details to be agreed.
The three leaders met again at Parliament House this afternoon.
“I’m delighted to say that each leader has reported back, confirming and guaranteeing the support of their party rooms for these resolutions,” Mr Bartlett said.
“As I’ve regularly said, a co-operative tri-partite approach is vitally important when considering significant democratic reforms like these.
“I want to thank Mr McKim and Mr Hodgman for their constructive approach to these discussions.
“All three leaders have agreed to further discussions about how community will be consulted and engaged as this reform process continues,” he said.
TRIPARTITE SUPPORT FOR RESTORING ASSEMBLY TO 35 SEATS
Nick McKim MP
The Tasmanian Greens today welcomed progress on the restoring MP numbers in the House of Assembly, following a meeting between the three Leaders this afternoon.
Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said that the three Leaders have, on behalf of their Party Rooms, agreed to the principle of restoring the numbers of the House of Assembly back to 35, with seven Members from each of the five existing electorates.
“Significantly we now have tripartite support on restoring the numbers of the House of Assembly back to 35, with seven elected from the current five electorates,” Mr McKim said.
“We are now working towards agreement on a process to engage with the Tasmanian people on this proposal.”
“This is a win for co-operative politics, a win for our democracy, and will mean better access for people to their political representatives.”
“I sincerely thank both Mr Bartlett and Mr Hodgman for their constructive approach to this issue. Tripartite support for restoring the House is a major step forwards.”
Mr McKim said that the decision is a major milestone in the Greens’ 12-year campaign to reverse an undemocratic decision to cut the numbers which was made in an attempt to remove all Greens from the Parliament.