Skip to content

Chaos in Tasmania as Election Looms!

January 16, 2014


The Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings has sacked the Greens from cabinet, as a day of drama unfolds.

The Gutter Trash understands the Premier called Greens leader Nick McKim and fellow Greens minister Cassy O’Connor into her office this morning.

Ms Giddings then told them that they are no longer needed as ministers and their commission will be terminated as of tomorrow.

Mr McKim is Tasmania’s Education and Corrections Minister; Ms O’Connor holds the portfolios of Human Services, Climate Change and Aboriginal Affairs.

The Premier has also visited the Governor this morning, but her office would not say why.

It has been widely tipped Ms Giddings will announce the state election date this afternoon.

Giddings has an abysmal reputation with a track record of high unemployment, poor education, and few job prospects for the State’s dwindling population.

Liberal leader Will Hodgman is a clear favourite to win the election with voters practically salivating at the prospect of giving Giddings the boot.


Giddings  is also expected to confirm she is going to recall parliament before the election, to shore up the Tamar Valley pulp mill project.

Ms Giddings is considering legislation to strengthen the mill’s permits.

Several international buyers are eyeing off Gunns assets and bids close at the end of March.

Ms Giddings says she wants to do everything she can to make the project as attractive as possible and recalling parliament is an option.

But this will make the Premier vulnerable to a no confidence motion and the Greens MP Kim Booth says he is considering moving one.

If supported by the Liberals, it means Tasmanians could get an election earlier than the date tipped for March.

The Opposition has previously labelled a Greens split as a “fake divorce.”

The Opposition has not ruled out its own no confidence motion in the Premier if she recalls parliament.

“I’m not going to discuss parliamentary tactics, but we have no confidence in this government and if parliament is recalled it’s quite obvious we have no confidence in the government,” Mr Gutwein said.





10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2014 2:30 pm

    How prescient. Lara has set the election for March 15.

  2. Dianne permalink
    January 17, 2014 7:14 am

    Reb – it seems nobody is interested in Tasmania so I thought I would put the car on the Spirit and here I am to join you down here.

    I love Tas. It is my fave bit of the land.

    I imagine more people will move to the Emerald Isle as he rest of the place turns into an Anzac biscuit left in the oven too long.

    Did anyone hear a fascinating Background Briefing on our ABC about illiteracy rates in Tas?

    Some survey claims half the population cannot read or write proper-like.

    They have a different school system apparently which involves special effort and moving if a child is to progress beyond Year 10.

    Anyway I hope the surveyors do not include me in any research about numeracy. I would swell the dunces’ column.

  3. egg permalink
    January 17, 2014 7:26 am

    We could lease the island to the Chinese for 99 years.

  4. Dianne permalink
    January 17, 2014 7:42 am

    It would be much prettier if we let the French run it for a while.

    Communist-concrete-block-utilitarianism has knocked it out of the Chinese.

    What a pity the Frogs didn’t raise the tricolour here. I often imagine what the S Harbour foreshore would look like. Delightful. Local sandstone. No nasty meat coloured bricks. Hideous wedding cakes.

  5. Dianne permalink
    January 17, 2014 7:44 am

    Knocked an aesthetic sense out of the C.

    Herr v Fahrenheit has set the oven too high. Again.

  6. Walrus permalink
    January 17, 2014 8:36 am

    “Some survey claims half the population cannot read or write proper-like.”

    So one head nodded in affirmation at the questions and the other one shrugged ?

  7. Dianne permalink
    January 17, 2014 8:46 am

    I laughed.

  8. January 17, 2014 9:25 am

    So did I…. 🙂

  9. TB Queensland permalink
    January 17, 2014 10:49 am

    We in Taswegia … 😉

    I luv the place too … luvly people … said to have improved as some people moved to Melbourne! 😆

  10. January 19, 2014 9:49 am

    Just got this in me`inbox,

    JohnB commented on: Andrew Bolt: the globe-trotting weather presenter.
    Further evidence that Bolt’s report back from LA is dishonest.
    I sent a link to this article to my sister who lives in LA, and today (19/1/2014) got this reply:

    “This guy didn’t make the news over here. He is out of his mind, saying it is so cold he can’t even type! We got one week of really cold weather back in December…[..]… but that is it! We had a record hot November……hottest in 30 years and December and Jan have been hotter than I can remember. Today is heading toward 90[F]……so much for his bullcrap! If he cares to listen to the news we have bushfires burning in many parts of L.A. and the Gov has declared drought conditions here and a cut back on water use for everyone. We had no winter this season so Andrew Bolt is totally wrong and misleading…..I suppose that what he is being paid to do!”

    The man’s a fraudulent misinformer.
    Enough said.

    Limited-News is now making-up teh-usa weather for its `blogs`,
    anything to keep the lock-steppers happy l suppose.
    Nicely caught-out by JohnB and his Sister, but we won`t hear a whisper from the embedded-media, for sure.

Go on say something, you'll feel better...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: