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Political Chronicles: Tasmania, July to December 2012


Alessandrini, M, Political Chronicles: Tasmania, July to December 2012, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 59, (2) pp. 314-319. ISSN 0004-9522 (2013) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2013 School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland and Wiley Publishing Asia

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajph.12016


Tasmania’s ailing economy continues to lag behind other states, and the Premier has taken steps to address this, despite a resultant impact on the state debt. Much of the debate centred on the possibility of alternative models for GST distribution to the states, a serious threat to Tasmania. Polling continues to favour the Liberal opposition in the event of an election, despite a cabinet reshuffle which has relieved the Premier of some of her workload and allowed her more time to connect with businesses and the wider community. The failure of several important bills with apparent wide public support to be passed in the Legislative Council was followed by expressions of dissatisfaction with upper house structure and process. The gay marriage bill that passed the lower house and was vocally anticipated by supporters failed to pass the Legislative Council in September, much to the regret of Labor and Green lower house members. The failure of the Legislative Council to pass the bill giving the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement the force of law, referring it to a committee for consideration several months later also drew wide criticism. As a result calls for reform to the Upper House are gaining some traction, with suggestions for abolition and reform discussed.

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
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:Alessandrini, M (Dr Megan Alessandrini)
ID Code:85273
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-06-24
Last Modified:2014-08-14
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