COAG Discussions Focus On Terrorism, Federation And Taxation

The Council of Australian Governments met in Canberra and discussed a range of issues, including terrorism, reform of the Federation and the taxation system.


The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, held a joint press conference following the meeting. He was accompanied by Premiers Baird, Napthine, Newman, Barnett, Weatherill and Hodgman, as well as the Territory Chief Ministers Gallagher and Giles. Felicity-Ann Lewis represented Local Government. [Read more…]

Premiers Rebel Over Federal Budget Cuts; Demand COAG Meeting Before July 1

The States have rebelled over Federal Government Budget cuts, claiming that the impact will be felt on July 1, and demanding Prime Minister Tony Abbott convene a COAG meeting before then.


The State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers met in Sydney today at a meeting called by the Queensland LNP Premier, Campbell Newman. The Western Australian Premier, Colin Barnett, was the only leader not to attend. [Read more…]

Liberals Win Outright Majority In Tasmania; Labor Crushed, Greens Punished

The Liberal Party will form a new government in Tasmania, following today’s election which crushed the ALP and punished the Greens.


Will Hodgman will become the first Liberal Premier of Tasmania since 1998, bringing to an end 16 years of Labor government. For the last four years, the ALP has governed in coalition with the Greens, first under Premier David Bartlett and then Lara Giddings.

The Liberal Party appears on track to win three seats each in Braddon, Bass, Lyons and Franklin and two seats in Denison, giving it 14 seats in the 25-seat House of Assembly. [Read more…]

Tasmanian Election: Giddings And Hodgman Meet In Televised Forum

Tasmania’s Labor Premier, Lara Giddings, and the Liberal Opposition Leader, Will Hodgman, have met in a televised forum, just nine days before the state election.


The forum was telecast on Sky News and moderated by Kieran Gilbert.

The two leaders took questions from an audience of purported swinging voters chosen by a polling company. [Read more…]

Hodgman Says Tasmanian Liberals Are Ready To Govern; Offers First 100 Days Plan

Will Hodgman, the Tasmanian Leader of the Opposition, has released a plan for the first one hundred days of government if the Liberal Party wins the March 15 election.


The First 100 Days Plan is shown below.

  • Listen to Hodgman’s speech (in progress – 14m)

Statement from Will Hodgman, Leader of the Opposition, Tasmanian Liberal Party leader.

Liberals are ready to govern

Today I released our First 100 Days Implementation Plan, should we be elected to govern on March 15.

This election is the most important election in a generation.

Tasmanians have a clear choice at this election: a choice to change the direction our State is heading in, a choice for a brighter future – or more of the same.

We can’t fix the challenges our State faces overnight, which is why we have released a comprehensive Plan for Tasmania’s future. [Read more…]

Tasmanian Election On March 15; Giddings Sacks Greens Ministers And Recalls Parliament

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings has called a state election for March 15.


Parliament will be recalled on January 28 to vote on a bill to facilitate the Bell Bay pulp mill.

Giddings has also sacked the two Greens ministers, Nick McKim and Cassy O’Connor, bringing to an end the formal Labor-Greens alliance established by former premier David Bartlett after the 2010 election. [Read more…]

David Bartlett Announces Resignation as Tasmanian Premier

4.30pm AEDT – Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett will resign tomorrow. It is expected that his deputy and Treasurer Lara Giddings will succeed him. [Read more…]