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Labor Wins Landslide Victory In Tasmania; Liberals Decimated; Second Term For Jim Bacon

The Labor Party had won a landslide re-election victory in Tasmania, securing a second term and decimating the Liberal Party.

Whilst not winning any extra seats in the 25-seat House of Assembly, the ALP easily won the election with 14 seats, compared to just 7 for the Liberal Party. The Liberals lost 3 seats. The Opposition Leader, Bob Cheek, was one of the Liberal casualties, losing the Denison seat he had held since 1996.

Tasmania has 5 electorates each returning 5 members, using a system of proportional voting.

The ALP increased its primary vote by 7.09% to poll 51.88%. The Liberal Party primary vote fell by 10.67% to 27.38%.

The big winners were the Greens, whose vote increased by 7.95% to 18.13%. The Greens won an extra 3 seats and now hold 4, just one less than the number it held in 1992 and 1996. [Read more…]


Bob Cheek’s Verbal Gaffe In Tasmanian Election

As the Tasmanian State election drew to a close, the hapless Liberal leader, Bob Cheek, delivered what turned out to be a prophetic statement about Tasmania remaining with Labor.

Unfortunately for Cheek, he made his gaffe in the presence of John Howard. [Read more…]