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Re-post Will Hodgman Promises to Only Govern in Majority

Will Hodgman, like Tony Abbott has said that the Tasmanian Liberals will only govern in a majority.

Hodgman began his electoral campaign straight after the federal election with this:
Will Hodgman rallies Tasmanian Liberals

“They’ll run a dirty campaign because they can not run on their record, they don’t have one,” he said.
“We will have no part in a bidding war with the Labor, or indeed the Greens.”

He again promised to only govern in majority.

What this means is that they intend on performing like Abbott, Bishop and Hockey are, and possibly Newman are now, they intend to take Tasmania and then slip into a cone of silence. We will be treated like the proverbial mushrooms that the Governments of Australia always view Tasmanians to be.

We do not rate a mention unless it is election time, state and federal.

  • They will promise jobs to keep the youth here, but there are no jobs in Tasmania to maintain the type of workforce that they will promise.
  • They will promise better health-care facilities and more doctors and teaches, but they won’t, because the wages in Tasmania are sometimes half the wage that is available for the same job on the mainland, and you cannot tell a teenager that in relation to cost of living expenses, the wage ratio between Tasmania and the mainland is no different.
  • They, like Tony Abbott will promise everything but their own arses to lead Tasmania down a very dark path, just to win an election and then everything they promised will be subject to a 3 year audit of commission, or they will say “things are worse than we thought, it can’t be done.”

    Australia is becoming a very scary place under the Liberal governments that are in power now, and if I see the Governor general jumping ship, I’m outta here.

    I say to you, don’t be fooled into believing Liberal rhetoric in Tasmania, anywhere for that matter, because they are all talk and they end up like Newman in Queensland or Abbott in Canberra.

    Choose wisely for Tasmania’s future. We are a quiet farming community that is the place for retirees to enjoy, away from the rat race that is the mainland and a lovely serene tourist spot.

    If Liberals win at the next state election, we can say goodbye to this beautiful way of life, like the mainland Liberal states, we will become more focused on and interconnected with their politics.

    How much more damage can Liberal governments do before the Australian people say this is enough?

    The federal Liberal government has been in for what seems like 3-years already, but in fact its only been a couple of months.

    I’m ready to vote them out, I don’t know about anyone else and this is not entirely due to my Labor leaning. This is because of what the Liberal governments are doing to Australia, with unfettered access to our ‘lucky’ country, to our identities.

    And whilst the federal Liberal government maintains their secrecy and silence, the state level Liberal governments are destroying the joint.

    My fear is that is has been about a generation since Tasmania has been under a Liberal government, and the reason that is, is because it was so traumatic for Tasmanians under their rule, that they have refused to re-elect them to any real power and below is one of the major reason why

    What is fearful is that just because the mainland has done it, is doing it, it does not mean that Tasmania should.


    Detail for your interest below

    1982: Tasmanians elect Liberals as government in their own right for first time in state’s history.

    In 1978, the Hydro-Electric Commission, then a body owned by the Tasmanian government, proposed the construction of a hydro-electric dam on the Franklin River, in Tasmania’s rugged south-west region. The dam would have flooded the Franklin River. In June 1981 the Labor state government created the Wild Rivers National Park in an attempt to protect the river.

    In May 1982, a Liberal state government was elected which supported the dam. The federal government at the time, also Liberal (under Malcolm Fraser), made offers of compensation to Tasmania, however they were not successful in stopping the dam’s construction.

    Franklin Dam controversy

    In November 1982, UNESCO declared the Franklin area a World heritage site. During the federal election of 1983, the Labor party under Bob Hawke had promised to intervene and prevent construction of the dam. After winning the election, the Labor government passed the World Heritage Properties Conservation Act 1983,[2] which, in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975 enabled them to prohibit clearing, excavation and other activities within the Tasmanian Wilderness World heritage area.

    The Tasmanian government challenged these actions, arguing that the Australian Constitution gave no authority to the federal government to make such regulations. In May and June 1983, both governments put their case to the High Court of Australia.

    1989: State election ends with Labor-Green accord involving five independents; their no-confidence vote in Robin Gray’s minority Liberal government gives Labor’s Michael Field premiership

    1981: Inquiry, referendum, and Tasmanian state election

    In 1981, Australian Democrats Senator Don Chipp initiated a Senate inquiry into “the natural values of south-west Tasmania to Australia and the world” and “the federal responsibility in assisting Tasmania to preserve its wilderness areas of national and international importance”.

    In early 1981 Aboriginal caves were discovered in the area which would be flooded if the dam were to be built. The area contained important Aboriginal hand stencils as well as remnants of campfires and stone tools that were between 8,000 and 24,000 years old. Concerns also began to be raised about habitat loss for endangered species.

    On 12 December 1981, the state government held a referendum, the Power Referendum 1981, in an attempt to break the deadlock. The referendum gave voters only two choices, one for each dam proposal. In rounded figures, 47% voted in favour of the original Gordon below Franklin scheme, 8% for the compromise Gordon above Olga scheme, and 45% voted informally. There had been a significant campaign for voters to write “No Dams” on their ballot papers, and in total more than 33% of voters did this; these were initially all counted in the informal vote, but some were later recounted as formal as they also included a valid vote for one of the two dam options.

    The ongoing crisis resulted in the replacement of Lowe as premier by Harry Holgate, a Labor politician who was markedly more supportive of the dam proposals. In response, both Lowe and Mary Willey, another Labor MP, resigned from the party and sat in the parliament as independents. This resulted in the loss of a Labor majority in the lower house. Norm Sanders, an Australian Democrats MP and anti-dam campaigner, moved a no-confidence motion, and a state election was called for 15 May.[citation needed]

    In May 1982 the Holgate Labor government was defeated by the strongly pro-dam Liberal Party under Robin Gray. The new Premier immediately ordered the original plan to go ahead and passed the necessary legislation. Gray attempted to dissuade the federal government from intervening by threatening to secede from the Commonwealth if they did so. The federal government initially declined to intervene in the dispute

    1982:The campaign broadens

    During 1982, active membership of anti-dam organisations increased a hundredfold in mainland states. The iconic “No Dams” triangle sticker was printed.[8] Rallies and events were held in cities around Australia. Bob Brown toured the country raising support for the anti-dam campaign, attempting to convince Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser to intervene and override the state legislation allowing the dam’s construction. British botanist and TV presenter Professor David Bellamy addressed 5,000[citation needed] people at a Melbourne rally.

    By the end of 1982, any perception that “greenies” equated with hippies had been greatly challenged, for example in Sydney, Brown and Bellamy addressed 500 people at a candle-lit dinner serenaded by string quartet,[9][10] ABC’s classical music radio station featured a Concert for the Franklin, and electronics entrepreneur Dick Smith committed to civil disobedience. Many people who had not previously considered conservation issues decided that wilderness was a vote-worthy issue, as evidenced by the following ballot paper write-in campaigns.

    In the federal Lowe by-election in Sydney, March 1982, volunteers[11] at every polling booth encouraged voters to write “No Dams” on their ballot paper, and 9% did so.[12] At that first ‘Write-in’ campaign, few people knew that they could write a message on their federal ballot paper without invalidating their vote.[13] In the ACT House of Assembly mid-1982 election, 25% of voters wrote “No Dams” on their ballot paper[citation needed]. In the federal Flinders by-election in Victoria in December 1982, 42% of voters wrote “No Dams” on their ballot papers

    Post script:

    In April 1983 the Federal Government tasked an RF-111 and later a Mirage jet, from the Royal Australian Air Force, to perform a reconnaissance mission over the dam as part of its case that the Tasmanian Government was not complying with Federal legislation to stop work. A photograph of the Franklin River taken on one of these missions (and showing the construction road) was signed after the case by all the judges involved and a copy is displayed in the Australian National University College of Law staff library. On 1 July 2008, twenty five years after the High Court decision that saved the Franklin River an anniversary dinner was held at Hobart’s Grand Chancellor Hotel where former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke stated that the campaign to protect the Franklin River had important lessons for the struggle against global warming: “And as you look at the arguments and the positions of political parties today you see a complete replication of what we experienced back there in 1983. The conservatives: they never change, they never learn. What was their argument back then? You can’t do this, it will cost jobs. It will cost economic growth. You can’t do it, you mustn’t do it.”


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