Mar 17, 2014

Tasmania wakes to a new era — now comes the hard part

The Liberals have won the Tasmanian election after a long time in the wilderness, consigning Labor and the Greens to history. Here are the biggest challenges they face this term ...

Cathy Alexander — Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Cathy Alexander

Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

The last time the Liberals were in power in Tasmania, Google had not been invented. Bill Clinton was in trouble over his relations with a certain intern, the Spice Girls were on the radio, and Pete Sampras triumphed at Wimbledon.


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9 thoughts on “Tasmania wakes to a new era — now comes the hard part

  1. johnd

    Just watch. Hodgman will be a puppet leader with the strings being pulled by Abetz, the real ruler of the Tasmanian Liberal Party.

  2. mikeb

    JohnD beat me to the punch.

    The only surprising thing about this result is that it is 3 years late. Hodgman should have won the last time around but looked behind before breasting the tape. What he’ll now find, in common with Abbott, is that it’s much harder to actually be in power as catchy slogans are not enough. You can’t blame the former Govt forever.

    Forestry is a real worry. Everyone knows that the model espoused by the old dynasties just won’t work. Nobody wants to buy that wood anymore. If the Libs are hell bent on not supporting unprofitable industry then they can’t tear up the current agreement. They also can’t use the “natural disaster” cop-out clause because forestry has been a mess for so long it doesn’t matter. War in the forests is the last thing Tassie needs. Will has to swallow his rhetoric (if it is a labor/green initiative then it must be bad) and tread very lightly on that particular “promise”.

  3. Wexford

    Why do journalists always use expressions like “Tim Morris could fight back” when writing about the vote counting process. They’re in a totally passive state once the booths close, aren’t they?

  4. Griffiths Karen

    Will is just like the rest…POWER! now what? who knows???

  5. AR

    The Mouth-from-the-South jnr is the dog that caught the car – now WTF?
    He cannot possibly be as dumb as his voters, else he’d not be able to manage to think & breathe simultaneously.
    Tas forestry is (and always has been)a miniscule proportion of the Tas economy and even less of gainful employment – as distinct from wildly over subsidised.
    If ever there was a case for abolishing one-moron-one-vote, it has been well demonstrated on Saturday. Not to mention Sept 7th, 2013 – the Nation’s Day of Shameful Stupidity.

  6. fractious

    Presumably the hole in the budget will mean Toady, Erica and co will have Hodgman by the short and curlies at COAG, so any further extension of GST funding will come with conditions. Not least of which will revolve around the tories’ intense hatred of bushland and especially forests.

    I wish there was a way of putting a proper, honest $ value on “irreplaceable”.

  7. Cathy Alexander

    Interesting point fractious. Not sure economists have ever nailed calculating the ‘non-use value’ of wilderness. They prefer ‘use’ values.

  8. Cathy Alexander

    And wexford, you’re right in a way; journalists do use stock phrases. It’s hard not to but we could all do it less.

    The reference to Tim Morris ‘fighting back’ refers to his history; he may not poll that well on first preference votes, but he holds up particularly well on preferences. My theory is that people know his name in Lyons, and some people think he’s a decent bloke – they won’t put the Greens number 1, but they might put Morris in the top 5. So you shouldn’t write Morris off on his primary vote just yet. Hence the ‘fighting back’ on preferences, where as you point out, he is a totally passive presence as the votes are counted.

  9. klewso

    All Heil the Hodgman Error.

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