Political Chronicles 349 Tasmania July to December 2017 MICHAEL LESTER, DAIN BOLWELL AND RICHARD ECCLESTON Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania DOI:10.1111/ajph.12474 Overview While a final date had not been set, Liberal Premier Will Hodgman confirmed in December the government would go a full term with the election due in March 2018, marking an end to the phoney campaign and the start of the election campaign proper. Labor continued to consolidate its gains in the opinion polls while the government suffered further setbacks with State Growth Minister Matthew Groom announcing that he was stepping down from Cabinet and would not recontest his seat in Denison at the next election, the loss of a key upper house by-election, and the failure to get several pieces of key legislation through Tasmania’s upper house. Opinion polls throughout this period continued to predict a hung parliament after the next election with the ALP level- pegging with the Liberal government for the first time during the parliamentary term. All this came against a background of a strong economy, the budget in surplus, the elimination of net debt, a booming tourism industry and modest jobs growth. Pembroke By-election Labor increased its
Australian Journal of Politics and History – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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