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Restoration of Tasmania’s Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Tags: Democracy, House of Assembly, House of Assembly Restoration, Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

Advice from the Tasmanian Electoral Commission confirms the best and cheapest way to restore the numbers in the House of Assembly is to simply reverse the legislative change made in 1998.

Premier Rockliff today released the TEC advice to MPs, with a commitment to introduce legislative amendments that deliver a straight fix.

This will mean at the next State Election seven MPs, instead of the current five, will be elected in each of Franklin, Clark, Lyons, Bass and Braddon. 

The alternative, supported by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is complicated, disruptive and very costly. It also has no clear benefit.

The TCCI has egg on its face that’ll take some time to wash off. 

The Greens are very pleased common sense has prevailed, and thank the Premier for resisting TCCI pressure on this occasion. 

A restored House of Assembly will deliver a deeper talent pool, better community representation and stronger governance for all Tasmanians. 

We very much look forward to the day.