1989 Tasmanian State Election

The 1989 Tasmanian State Election brought the Liberal government of Robin Gray to an end and delivered a Labor government in alliance with the Greens.

The Liberal government was first elected in 1982 and re-elected in 1986. In 1989, it went into the election holding 19 seats in the 35-seat House of Assembly.

The Liberals lost 2 seats, retaining 17, one short of an outright majority.

The ALP also lost a seat and held 13.

The Greens gained 3 seats to hold a total of 5. Bob Brown had been a member of the House of Assembly since 1983. Christine Milne joined him at this election.

Under Michael Field, the ALP was able to form a minority government with the support of the Greens. The ALP-Greens Accord lasted until the government was defeated in 1992.

1989 Election Advertisements

  • ALP free-time advertisement on the ABC – features Michael Field:
  • “Can you afford the Gray government?” – ALP advertisement:
  • ALP radio advertisements: