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Tasmania January to June 2018


Lester, M and Bolwell, D, Tasmania January to June 2018, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 64, (4) pp. 693-700. ISSN 0004-9522 (2018) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajph.12527


The year started as 2017 ended with the Liberal government and Labor neck‐and‐neck in the polls, signalling the likelihood of a hung parliament. But, as the old saying goes, the only poll that counts is the one on election day and in March the Hodgman Liberal government stormed home for a strong win at the state election, albeit with a reduced majority. As foreshadowed in the previous chronicle, the poker machine debate was a "game changer" but not as Labor would have hoped. Former Lord Mayor of Hobart, Sue Hickey, shoe‐horned into the Liberal team to help win a seat in the Denison electorate, provided a post‐election shock that raised questions about the government’s ongoing stability. Meanwhile a good‐news budget and strong economy had the government heralding "a golden age" ahead. However, not all was looking rosy, with an escalating housing crisis, unseasonal and damaging floods and growing pains for the tourism industry.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:Tasmania, political chronicles
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Australian government and politics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lester, M (Mr Michael Lester)
UTAS Author:Bolwell, D (Mr Dain Bolwell)
ID Code:130182
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-01-15
Last Modified:2019-01-15

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