If you were aboard the Titanic as the third officer and you knew what was about to happen, and that sinking was inevitable, why would you want to take over the captaincy of the ship? That appears to be the incredible situation in which Tasmanian Labor minister David O’Byrne has placed himself as speculation mounts that he will seek to overthrow Premier Lara Giddings.
Labor is in a coalition government with the Greens. It has 10 seats in the 25-seat House of Assembly. So do the Liberals, led by Will Hodgman, son of Michael. The Greens have the other five.