PUP in Tasmania. It should be difficult to imagine a more propitious time for the Tasmanian Liberal Party. With an election due next March the coalition Labor-Green government is deeply unpopular. The polls are showing it as a no-contest. Almost daily there are public calls from within the Labor parliamentary ranks for an end to the alliance. That rare thing in the island state -- a majority Liberal government -- looks a certainty but for one thing -- the Palmer United Party.

Tasmania's multi-member electorates provide the PUP with a great opportunity to build on the success of its recent federal Senate campaign which saw it win a seat in the state. Should the big fellow Clive find  a few more millions to spend on a campaign his party might once again become the holder of a balance-of-power.