Tasmanian Times


Will’s likely win …

Pic: Will Hodgman/Rebecca White, ABC pic…

First published March 3

ABC: Tasmania election: Liberal Party wins majority government … live

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Meg Webb, Anglicare: Statement on state election result

Guardian: Tasmania election: Liberals win second term with clear majority

Guardian: Will Hodgman wins second term as premier as Liberals triumph in Tasmania – as it happened

ABC: Tasmanian election: Will Hodgman secures second term under claims of being ‘bought’

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  1. Robin Charles Halton

    March 4, 2018 at 7:59 am

    #1, At the end of the day the strongest team won,
    If you back poor choices thats your problem!
    You are in Tasmania mate, get with it.

    Enjoy life while you can, lap it all up, ha ha.
    No point feeling miserable, the sun will continue to rise each morning and bring forth a new day.

  2. TGC

    March 3, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    #5 … Tassie is – historically- a Labor State. In this election Labor regained some of the ground swept from under it at the last election, but it really did very poorly. Bec White didn’t get a particularly large personal vote and the Liberals – statewide – thumped Labor.

    However #5 is correct to draw attention to the Leg Council.Labor will do its best to frustrate all government policies because,at heart, it’s not a great supporter of the democratic process – and there are some dim-witted Councillors up there already.

    Noticed that Bec White used “obviously” when announcing she had finally rung Will Hodgman to congratulate him on his win. Pity she used that word – it condemned her call to “I was caught out and forced to grovel”

  3. Tony Stone

    March 3, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    #1, “Four more years of social misery. Tasmanians are masochists”

    Tasmanians are no different to everyone else, and they had no options other than vote how they did. Most voters certainly didn’t want a lab-green coalition. When you consider what a debacle it was, no wonder they stuck with the libs and their insanity.

    Could be the lab vote only rose because of the pokie issue. Other than that if you look at the policies of all the parties, they are very much the same.

    Business as usual, support for vested interests and nothing to address the real future. Their parties are all purely ideological, so they can’t step off that delusionary merry go round.

    To wrest power from the incumbent system we need a well organised alternative which provides the people with policies they can see will work for them. Until, and if, that happens, there is a chance to change things.

    The biggest problem with creating an organisation to do that is finding the right people to get involved. Then developing a strategy to make it impossible for any of the current parties to win.

    That’s a massive ask as most people are deeply in denial, are ideologically controlled and have no real understanding of the reality we face.

    Tasmanians masochists?No, just no alternatives of any use to vote for. The people need something to follow, not just more airy-fairy ideological crap.

  4. john hayward

    March 3, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Will’s post-election speech spoke of Tasmania’s pride in the result.

    He could only have been referring to his heroic High Court loss on his bid to curtail Australia’s only guaranteed form of free speech, his failed attempt to revoke World Heritage status for some of our rarest wilderness, his vast and economically inexplicable gratuities to Federal Hotels and the woodchip industry, his inspiring promise to return Martin Bryant-style semi-auto rifles to all itching to use them, and his restoration of legalised political bribery as the cornerstone of Tassie policy. It clearly has TGC bursting with something.

    John Hayward

  5. Dave Parsell

    March 3, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    It must be a relief for the Farrell family to know that they will have hundreds of millions of dollars coming to them in the future, they need more money.

  6. Doug Nichols

    March 3, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I agree with you regarding informal votes, TGC (#2). If I read too many of your TT offerings I would probably lose the will to vote!

  7. Carol Rea

    March 3, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    #1 not sure what election results or coverage you are following TGC but Libs have a reduced majority from 2014. And remember they still have to provide a Speaker, so it’s a very narrow result. If it’s only 13 then do the maths.

    Labor has 4 seats in the Legislative Council and Libs have 1. The remaining 10 Independents will be listening hard to the community about the tenor of this election.

    Hobart and Prosser Divisions are up for election on the first Saturday of May. Prosser is East Coast, and that area has some very active people right now, and with no sitting member as it’s a new distribution.

    Interesting times !

  8. Casey

    March 3, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Sunday a.m.
    13,8,1 with 3 to allot.
    If it ends up (a chancey) 13,10,2 and Libs provide Speaker, then it’s 12-all on the floor. What majority?

    It’s a close run, but I expect it’ll be 14,10,1 or just maybe 14,9,2.


  9. Mark Temby

    March 3, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Hopefully the prediction that our pokies problem is now on the natiomal stage will eventuate.


    All are aware of the “sea of blue” advertising particularly across the north of the state paid for by the gambling industry. While still unknown, it is expected details of donations will show not only local industry such as the Federal Group and hotels, but interference from national and interstate organisations like the AHA and Clubs Australia.

    Yet again we have donors and lobbyists having undue influence on our democracy. Will Hodgman’s responses on disclosure laws have been not just weak but irresponsible for a Premier. I personally noted a low level campaign by the ALP. Was this due to it be being outspent, or did the ALP tighten the purse strings on a lost campaign as per internal polling? Or was it due to the Federal ALP withholding dollars in response to lobbyists?

  10. TGC

    March 3, 2018 at 11:07 am

    ABC Radio, in it’s early morning news (at least on Classic FM) led by saying how well Rebecca White had done – ABC is obviously devastated she didn’t win – although her (so close to victory) speech made it seem that the Liberals pretty well lost except they managed an extra seat – ignoring the overall vote across the State.
    Noticeable the Informal vote in some electorates – reflecting no doubt the influence of TT contributors on ‘voters’!

  11. Russell

    March 3, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Four more years of social misery. Tasmanians are masochists.

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