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Agreement on 35 Seat House of Assembly

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.

Nick McKim MP
Greens Leader

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.

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  1. phill Parsons

    October 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    It is up to the voters to decide Llewellyns fate. Although we may get some additional deadwood returned to the Parliament, one hopes that 35, or better still 45 in a single house, would provide a bigger pool of talent for the government, whichever party[ies] form it, to select from.

  2. Dr Kevin Bonham

    October 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Actually the 40% pay rise was implemented by the Groom majority government and the numbers cut was initiated by its successor the Rundle minority government (and was actually the Labor opposition’s preferred reform model to which Rundle’s government eventually agreed after failing to win support for others.) Groom initially linked the pay rise to a proposed reduction from 35 to 30 but the link between the two was formally severed and it took years before the reduction in the size of the House occurred. So the nexus between the two issues is more complicated than #11 suggests.

    I find it interesting that while the switch from 35 seats to 25 seats was widely seen by green-leaning commentators as an exercise in electoral bastardry designed to eliminate the Greens, at least some green-leaning posters are now seeing the proposed restoration as also suspect because of all the major party hacks who could win seats under the 35 seat system but not the 25 seat system.

    And re #5, Llewellyn had enough support to be elected under the 35 seat system but not the 25 seat system, so for anyone who prefers the 35 seat system, a consequence of that preference is that they believe Llewellyn should have been elected.

  3. Philip Lowe

    October 15, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I am reading C.M.H.CLarke’s ‘History of Australia’
    Nothing has changed.

  4. Robin Halton

    October 15, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Until we flush out the parasites we will never attract a pool of new talent. Given the poor performance of the Labor Green minority government under Bartlett along with McKim and a spineless opposition under Hodgman, Tasmania will continue to fall apart heading in the direction of becoming marginalised, semi jobless with a less productive population attracting less business. Ultimately we will suffer with less GST money flowing back to the state to support our essential government services.

  5. Justa Bloke

    October 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Forty per cent salary cut is now imperative. Cutting the numbers was the justification for the 40% rise. Or are we all stupid enough to be conned?

  6. Philip Lowe

    October 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    O what deep joy.This will truly make a difference to the price of potatoes.

  7. Tom Nilsson

    October 14, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    It is disappointing that the 40% payrise wasn’t addressed, but given the agreement was between politicians, I suppose it is not surprising.

  8. BigEars

    October 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    A modicum of courage — not just cooperation — was required here. Bartlett, McKim and Hodgman, having agreed that the current system is broken, should have initiated a legislative fix that included calling an immediate election under the new 35-seat arrangements. Instead, we get to wait 40 months with no backbenches, no functioning committee systems in the House of Assembly, and a parliamentary talent pool of record-breaking shallowness. Like the Murray-Darling, we need not just more water, but a bloody good flush-out too.

  9. estelle

    October 14, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Presumably the government will now make redundant the countless advisers (employed to aid the smaller parliament at vast expense) in order to pay for the whopping great wage bill for these additional pollies!!!

  10. William Boeder

    October 14, 2010 at 11:37 am

    There are a lot of people that would not like to see David Llewellyn return to government.

    This ex-politician was rolled at the last State election, so it would be a falsity to see this man return as part of the new 35 member agreement?

  11. Frank

    October 14, 2010 at 10:52 am

    How about that!?
    The interpretation of the Westminster System by Tony Abbot’s team in Canberra does not allow for such collaboration.
    The Premier David Bartlett:
    “As I’ve regularly said, a co-operative tri-partite approach is vitally important when considering significant democratic reforms like these. “
    Well done.

    My response:
    “As I’ve regularly said, a co-operative tri-partite approach is vitally important when considering significant impact and urgency climate change, renewable energy needs, healthy food production, and not least meaningful, stable employment needs have on this Island.
    Just Frank

  12. phill Parsons

    October 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

    If they have agreed to do it why bother asking the public?. Is it so 40% can never forget or so we can vent?.

    Labor and Liberal should hang their heads in shame although the players from that time have mostly retired or died. The upholder of parliament should do the same as he was part of the cabal that reduced the parliament.

    I suppose the only advantage to those years ids that the kleptocracy made corruptia plainer than ever.

    I don’t know if co-operative government will last past 2014 but at the moment it looks like the real opposition has been reduced to Kim Booth.

  13. Luca Vanzino

    October 14, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Oh No!

    Llewellyn will be back.

    Just think of the dead wood filling the tickets of the Laborials.

  14. Garry Stannus

    October 14, 2010 at 1:53 am

    This will reverse one of the wrongs of the past. Never Forget!

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