/ 04 October 2023

Tasmania’s case of the wobbles


Australia’s last Liberal government is hanging by a thread after claims of bullying triggered a sacking and a whole lotta questions about an early election… Tasmania’s Premier Jeremy Rockliff forced his Attorney-General Elise Archer to quit last Friday after it came to light that she was facing bullying claims and had written offensive text messages. Without Archer, the Libs go deeper into minority government territory, control 9 out of 25 seats in Tassie’s lower house, and can’t rely on enough independents to get crucial money bills through. Rockliff is pushing Archer to leave parliament altogether (meaning another Lib would take her seat) or guarantee to vote with the government – so far, the former AG is keeping everyone guessing. The next Tassie election isn’t due until 2025, but Rockcliff’s conceded he’ll have to face voters as early as this year if he can’t sure up his numbers. 

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