While businesses and the Tasmanian community wait to see who will be Tasmania’s next Premier, the Liberals continue to fight amongst themselves.
Labor Member for Braddon Shane Broad said it was time the Liberals put Tasmania first.
“The Liberal Party-room meeting, whenever that’s actually going to be held, is going to be a very nasty place to be,” Dr Broad said.
“With Jeremy Rockliff not up for the top job, the next Premier is likely to be decided by a battle between Michael Ferguson and Elise Archer from Senator Eric Abetz’s conservative faction, and Peter Gutwein and Jeremy Rockliff, the architects of the Liberals $450 million cuts to frontline jobs and essential services.
“They’re currently fighting amongst themselves and shoring up personal support at the expense of their colleagues. It’s all very ugly.”
Outgoing Premier Will Hodgman said in 2011 following David Bartlett’s resignation as Premier:
“The people of Tasmania were promised following last year’s election that there would be political stability. Now, the Premier of the day resigning by any stretch is not stable government.”
“This ugly factional conflict over the past years inside the Liberals in Canberra is now on full show in Tasmania’s Parliament.
“The message to the Liberals from the community is clear: sort your mess out, and do it quickly.”
Labor Member for Braddon