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Tasmania Deputy Opposition Leader Jeremy Rockliff

Out-Of-Touch McKim At It Again: $3M Is Just “Parking Meter Change”

Victor P Taffa

Deputy Opposition Leader Jeremy Rockliff said that today, in debating his proposal to increase the size of the Parliament, Government Minister Nick McKim described the $3M per year cost as “parking meter change”.


“Tasmanians will be appalled that Nick McKim thinks $3 Million is just “parking meter change”, let alone the fact that he wants to spend it on more politicians.”


“Tasmanians are crying out for more nurses, more elective surgery operations, more Police and better roads.  That’s where we should be spending our money, not trying to get more of Nick McKim’s anti-jobs Greens mates into Parliament.” Mr. Rockliff said.


“Labor and the Greens have trashed the budget and we shouldn’t be using Parliament’s precious time debating this doomed bill until the budget is consistently back in the black.” Mr. Rockliff said.


Plans to increase the size of a Parliament to potentially improve a parties chance of re-election is not new.


The New South Wales Labor Unsworth Government approved through the redistribution process in 1987 to increase the size of the Legislative Assembly from 99 seats to 109 seats in time for the 1988 State Election. The Unsworth Government had hoped that by increasing the size of the Parliament by an additional 10 seats that it would sand-bag it chances and stave off defeat. The public were not fooled by this move and Labor was soundly defeated at the 1988 Election after 12 years in office.


Similarly the people of Tasmania will not be fooled by this attempt to increase the size of the Parliament simply to prop up the ailing Giddings Labor Government from defeat at the General Election in March 2014.


According to the latest EMRS poll of primary State voting intentions results are as follows:


  • Liberal 52% (Down 2 Points)
  • Labor 28% (Steady)
  • Greens 15% ( Up 1 Point)


The polls are conducted quarterly.

The Greens and Labor are in a formal coalition with Greens MPs sitting in Cabinet.


The state of the parties in the 25 seat House of Assembly is as follows:


  • Labor 10 Seats
  • Liberal 10 Seats
  • Greens 5 Seats


The makeup of the House of Assembly has remained unchanged since the March 2010 Election.


Plans to increase the House of Assembly are a completely different matter to increasing the size of the Federal Parliament to make way for The Northern Territory becoming Australia’s Seventh State.


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