TAS Greens to go

The Minister for Sustainable Transport has been kicked out of State Parliament

TAS Greens to go
Nick McKim

Tasmania State Government has announced the State Election will be held on March 15, though the agreement between Labor and the Tasmanian Greens will come to an end.

The Premier Lara Giddings says the agreement was made solely in response to the outcome of the 2010 election, in order to provide stable government for the life of the current Parliament.

Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim was the Minister for Sustainable Transport – effectively including public transport.

The party’s second and only other Member of Parliament Cassy O’Connor’s will also have her Ministerial commission withdrawn – both effective from today.

Giddings says with the next election date now the party has reached the logical end of the agreement between Labor and the Greens.

"We have succeeded in providing responsible government and strong leadership through difficult times but this was never an arrangement that was intended to continue beyond the current term."

She says the caucus has endorsed her motion that Labor will not have Greens in Cabinet again, regardless of the result of the March election.

Giddings is also recommending Labor member Craig Farrell become the new Minister for Sustainable Transport.

She says while the election date has now been set, the government still has important business to attend to and will not enter caretaker mode until February 12 when the House of Assembly is dissolved.

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