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Tasmania July to December 2019

Lester, Michael and Bolwell, D 2020 , 'Tasmania July to December 2019' , Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 66, no. 2 , pp. 356-361 , doi: 10.1111/ajph.12688.

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OverviewThe second half of 2019 saw improved fortunes for the governing Liberals in the stateparliament, and a further decline in prospects for Labor, while the two Greens maintained theirhigh profile by challenging the government, especially on its development plans inenvironmentally sensitive areas. A reshuffle at the end of June designed to inject new blood andvigour into the Hodgman ministry did little to mend a fractious relationship with rebel Liberalspeaker Sue Hickey or to quell the considerable instability within the parliamentary LiberalParty that was a hallmark of the first six months of 2019. Against a background of a boomingeconomy, hospitals and housing continued as major social issues and Premier Will Hodgmanearned criticism from Liberal insiders for failing to make more progress on conservativeeconomic development and social policies. Despite that, the government emerged lookingmore stable towards the end of the year after a substantial shift in the dynamics of parliament.This followed a surprise resignation by Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon and the election in hisplace of former Labor MP-turned conservative independent Madeleine Ogilvie, whoseparliamentary support gave the government some key legislative wins.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lester, Michael and Bolwell, D
Keywords: Tasmania, Tasmanian politics, 2019
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Politics and History
Publisher: Blackwell Publ Ltd
ISSN: 0004-9522
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/ajph.12688
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