No Confidence In A Directionless Government

No Confidence In A Directionless Government

Tasmania Leader Of Opposition Business in the House of Assembly Rene Hidding

Green-Labor Government Gag No Confidence Debate

Victor P Taffa

In an unprecedented move, the Green-Labor Government today gagged debate on a no-confidence motion against the Government. This is the first time in living memory that a Government has proved unprepared to allow a full debate on the serious issue of Want of Confidence in the State Government, Leader Of Opposition Business in the House of Assembly Rene Hidding said.

“The fact is, Labor and the Greens were unable and unwilling to defend themselves against our serious charge that they are incapable of dealing with the serious problems Tasmania faces.”

“A Want of Confidence Motion by the State Opposition, recognised as the alternative Government, is the most serious motion that can be moved and the House must proceed to debate and decide the matter.” Mr. Hidding said.

“Motions of No Confidence, or censure against ministers are different matters and can be treated differently, although in almost all previous occasions are brought on immediately.”

“The Westminster System of Parliament is the most admired system of representative democracy in the world. At its heart sits the need for the Government of the day to hold the confidence of the House any question over that, such as the motion we moved today, must be dealt with immediately and comprehensively.”

“Further, guillotining the most important debate in the system to a minimum three hours simply does not deal with the matter comprehensively as most members of the House are denied the right to speak and that alone is a breach of convention and an example of the sheer arrogance of this Government that Tasmanians have come to hate.” Mr. Hidding said.