Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader
With no viable options on his limited backbench, the Premier has had to pull Elise Archer from the Speaker's chair in order to maintain his Cabinet, which is now short one Minister.
The ministerial reshuffle has reduced numbers at the Cabinet table from nine to eight. This comes after the heavy Ministerial burden, in an already small Cabinet, was a noted factor in Matthew Groom's resignation from Cabinet.
This reshuffle sees the Premier taking on the Attorney General portfolio and Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, the State Growth portfolio. These are portfolios with massive workloads, and it's unrealistic to think Tasmanians will get the best outcomes with overloaded Ministers at the helm.
Today's reshuffle highlights, once again, the urgent need to restore the numbers in the House of Assembly. The talent pool is currently too small and too shallow. It leads to less than quality governance of the State.
MPs and Ministers should be able to give their portfolios and parliamentary responsibilities their full attention and focus.
The shortage of talent on the Liberal backbench, and the untenable burden of numerous weighty portfolios for some Ministers highlights the need to restore the number of seats in Parliament to 35.
Restoring the numbers would be an investment in the good governance of Tasmania.