The Tasmanian election result was an emphatic win for Will Hodgman, but he lost a fair bit of skin along the way.
Pokies, housing, hospitals and gun laws might have been the specific issues that dominated the campaign, but the decisive factor was Tasmanians’ enduring apprehension about minority government.
The Hodgman government has been returned for a second term.
The Liberals went from a losing position in Tasmanian polls months ago to a comfortable victory on election day.
On the stated figures, the Will Hodgman-led Tasmanian Liberals are most likely to win 13 or 14 seats out of 25.
The Liberals should win a majority at Saturday’s Tasmanian state election.
Tasmanians Greens leader Cassy O'Connor (centre) on the hustings.
Both major parties have declared they will not form minority government in Tasmania – talk that should be taken seriously, but not literally.
Tasmanians experience some of the poorest health outcomes in the country.
The Jacqui Lambie Network plan is short on detail and unlikely to improve the health system or outcomes for Tasmanians over the longer term.
Bob Brown was arrested under an anti-protest law after refusing to obey police directions to leave a forestry coup at Lapoinya State Forest.
Bob Brown’s successful High Court challenge to an anti-protest law in Tasmania will cause many states to review their own protest laws.
Like its Tasmanian predecessor, the marriage plebiscite has been engineered by the leader’s intransigent opponents.
Malcolm Turnbull’s postal plebiscite on marriage equality is on the cusp of recreating the mistakes of Doug Lowe’s Tasmanian dams plebiscite.
Australia is fortunate to have had the recent Labor minority government to draw lessons from.
Minority governments can successfully prosecute their policy agendas even while being destabilised.
Bill Shorten revisited his PR triumph of ten years earlier in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, early in the 2016 campaign.
All three Tasmanian Liberal-held House of Representatives seats – Bass, Lyons and Braddon – will be critical to the election result.
Christine Milne with her successor Richard Di Natale after stepping down as the Greens’ federal leader.
Christine Milne has been seen as an ideological politician. But her record of working with minority governments of both stripes showed she could deliver on her agenda from outside the mainstream.
Criminals the lot of them: that is what people who stand against government plans ‘to rebuild Tasmania’s forestry industry’ could become under the new anti-protest law.
The Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Bill – locally known as the “anti-protest” bill – was passed by Tasmanian parliament late on Tuesday night. The law was introduced as part of the government’s…