Tasmania Deputy Opposition Leader Jeremy Rockliff
ALP Yet To Decide Best’s Fate
Victor P Taffa
Yesterday, Brenton Best crossed the floor to support the Liberals’ motion of no confidence in Giddings Cabinet Minister Nick McKim, Deputy Opposition Leader Jeremy Rockliff said.
“In doing so, Mr. Best became the first Labor Member since Terry Martin* to vote against his party. Labor rules are very clear you face expulsion if you cross the floor.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“Labor Whip and ALP State President, Rebecca White, sent Mr. Best a clear message on radio today the Party is yet to meet and decide what they will do to discipline him for voting against a Government Minister:”
“We haven’t yet met as a PLP to discuss what they might be.” Friday Forum, ABC 936, 24 May 2013
“Greens’ members have given a written commitment not to support no confidence motions against Labor; is the Premier now somehow claiming that the reverse doesn’t apply, and that a vote of no confidence in one of her Ministers is a “conscience vote” for Labor members? Talk about a shambles.” Mr. Rockliff said.
The only reason that the Giddings Labor/Greens Coalition Government has indecision on this matter is the finely tuned numbers in the House Of Assembly. Following the last State Election in March 2010 the Labor Party won 10 seats. The Liberal Party also won 10 seats with the Greens Party holding 5 seats.
Labor and the Greens subsequently formed a formal coalition Government with the Greens sitting in Cabinet. The next State Election is due in March 2014.
* Terry Martin was booted from the Labor Party for crossing the floor to vote against the Pulp Mill.