‘Minority government does not work’: Rebecca White, Peter Gutwein fire up in debate

Follow the action as Premier Peter Gutwein and Labor Leader Rebecca take part in the first Leaders’ Debate of the State Election campaign at the Property Council of Tasmania’s luncheon at Wrest Point Casino. FULL DEBATE WRAP: THE leaders of both of Tasmania’s major political parties say they will reject the verdict of voters if they don’t win a majority of seats at the May 1 … Continue reading ‘Minority government does not work’: Rebecca White, Peter Gutwein fire up in debate

Bastian Seidel and Sarah Lovell given new roles in Rebecca White’s Labor team

Labor’s shadow ministry has taken on a new look for the new year, as the party prepares to tackle a looming election in 2022. Newly elected MLC Dr Bastian Seidel will be taking on the health portfolio, bringing with him years worth of medical experience, while former health spokesperson, Sarah Lovell, has been given the child safety and workplace relations portfolios. Dr Seidel said he … Continue reading Bastian Seidel and Sarah Lovell given new roles in Rebecca White’s Labor team

‘Nightmare scenario’: Labor concerned about ambulance chief’s exit

Labor is lamenting the looming departure of the Ambulance Tasmania boss, saying his exit could not have come at a worse time. The organisation’s acting chief executive Matthew Eastham announced to staff on Wednesday his intention to resign, after accepting another job interstate. It comes two weeks after a massive data breach sent shockwaves through Ambulance Tasmania. Huon Labor MLC Bastian Seidel, a former president of … Continue reading ‘Nightmare scenario’: Labor concerned about ambulance chief’s exit

New MLCs Jo Palmer and Bastian Seidel take seat in Legislative Council for the first time

TASMANIA’S two newly-elected members of the Legislative Council have taken their seat in the chamber for the first time. Member for Huon Bastian Seidel (Labor) and Rosevears MLC Jo Palmer (Liberal) were sworn in and were given a warm welcome by fellow MLCs. The return of Legislative Council sittings followed the elections for those divisions on August 1, which had been scheduled for May but … Continue reading New MLCs Jo Palmer and Bastian Seidel take seat in Legislative Council for the first time

Tasmanian Parliament to restart, with busy agenda ahead and new faces set for debut

Tasmania’s Parliament hit the pause button to manage the coronavirus pandemic, but this week it’s back to business. Parliamentarians sat through one “normal” week of sittings at the start of March, before the COVID-19 took centre stage and this year’s legislative agenda took a backseat. Sitting days were cut back, little was tabled, and opposition MPs relinquished their Private Members’ time, when they usually move … Continue reading Tasmanian Parliament to restart, with busy agenda ahead and new faces set for debut

Bastian Seidel, Jo Palmer elected to Tasmania’s Legislative Council

Former television newsreader Jo Palmer has been elected to Tasmanian Parliament with a wafer-thin margin. Ms Palmer went into Tuesday’s count for the upper house election in Rosevears with a lead of 2577 primary votes ahead of independent candidate Janie Finlay. In the end, just 260 votes separated them. This means Ms Palmer will take a seat on plush red couches in the Legislative Council … Continue reading Bastian Seidel, Jo Palmer elected to Tasmania’s Legislative Council

Major parties set to dominate Tasmanian Legislative Council as elections usher in Labor, Liberal members

Labor and Liberal MPs look set to dominate Tasmania’s Legislative Council for the first time after weekend elections for the Upper House seats of Huon and Rosevears. Key points: Voters in Huon and Rosevears went to the polls on Saturday. Counting so far indicates Labor will take the seat of Huon while the Liberals will win Rosevears — replacing two independents with two party-aligned MPs. Long-serving … Continue reading Major parties set to dominate Tasmanian Legislative Council as elections usher in Labor, Liberal members

Labor has claimed victory in Huon for local GP Bastian Seidel as political parties hold majority of seats for the first time

FOR the first time in Tasmanian history, political parties are set to hold the majority of seats in the state’s traditionally independent Upper House. The 15-member Legislative Council will comprise eight party MLCs and seven independents following elections held in Huon and Rosevears on Saturday. An update from the Tasmanian Electoral Commission on Sunday showed Labor’s Bastian Seidel had 31.5 per cent of votes – … Continue reading Labor has claimed victory in Huon for local GP Bastian Seidel as political parties hold majority of seats for the first time

Independents out, Liberal and Labor in, as Huon and Rosevears voters have their say

Tasmania’s Upper House appears set to be dominated by the major parties for the first time in its history, with new faces looking likely to enter the state’s Parliament from the divisions of both Huon and Rosevears. After a campaign prolonged by the coronavirus pandemic, voters have finally had their say on representation in the Legislative Council seats of Huon, south of Hobart, and Rosevears … Continue reading Independents out, Liberal and Labor in, as Huon and Rosevears voters have their say