2024 Tasmanian state election

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2024 Tasmanian state election

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All 35 seats in the House of Assembly
18 seats needed for a majority
 
Jeremy-Rockliff.jpg
Rebecca White in Hobart (April 2021) (cropped) 2.jpg
Rosalie Woodruff in 2020.jpg
Leader Jeremy Rockliff Rebecca White Rosalie Woodruff
Party Liberal Labor Greens
Leader since 8 April 2022 7 July 2021 13 July 2023
Leader's seat Braddon Lyons Franklin
Last election 13 seats, 48.7% 9 seats, 28.2% 2 seats, 12.4%
Current seats 11 seats[a] 8 seats[b] 2 seats
Seats needed Increase 7 Increase 10 Increase 16

Election results and largest party by first preference by division

Incumbent Premier

Jeremy Rockliff
Liberal



The 2024 Tasmanian state election will be held on 23 March 2024 to elect all 35 members to the House of Assembly.

The House of Assembly uses the proportional Hare-Clark system of voting, with the 35 members elected from five seven-member constituencies. The Assembly's size was increased from 25 to 35 seats at this election, under the provisions of the Expansion of House of Assembly Act 2022, assented to in December 2022.[2][3]

The Liberal government, led by Premier Jeremy Rockliff, will attempt to win a fourth term against the Labor opposition, led by Rebecca White. Minor parties the Greens and the Jacqui Lambie Network will also contest the election, as well as several independents and other minor parties. The election will be conducted by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.

Elections for the 15-seat single-member district upper house, known as the Legislative Council, which use full-preference instant-runoff voting, are staggered each year and conducted separately from lower house state elections.

Date[edit]

Under section 23 of the Constitution Act 1934, the House of Assembly was to expire four years from the return of the writs for its election, which took place on 1 May 2021.[4] The Governor must issue writs of election between five and ten days thereafter.[5] Nominations must close on a date seven to twenty-one days after the issuance of the writ,[6] and polling day must be a Saturday between 22 and 30 days after nominations close.[7]

In May 2023, Premier Jeremy Rockliff ruled out holding an early election, in contrast to his predecessor (Peter Gutwein), who called the last state election a year early.[8] However on 14 February 2024, Rockliff visited with Governor Barbara Baker to request that an election be called a year early after the Liberal government was forced into a minority, a request which was accepted. It was the second consecutive occasion the Premier of Tasmania called a snap election after Gutwein called the previous state election a year early for a similar reason.

Key dates[edit]

Important dates in relation to the election are:[9]

  • Wednesday 21 February: Issue of the writs, close of rolls and opening of candidate nominations
  • Thursday 29 February: Candidate nominations close
  • Friday 1 March: Announcement of nominations in ballot paper order
  • Monday 4 March: Early voting opens
  • Friday 15 March: Postal voting applications close
  • Thursday 20 March: The People's Forum (Rockliff v White) broadcast on Sky News Australia
  • Saturday 23 March: Polling day

Seats for Election[edit]

The upcoming election is to elect 7 MP's per electorate. The parties contesting this election are as follows:

Parties with candidates in each electorate
Clark Franklin Lyons Bass Braddon
Liberals Liberals Liberals Liberals Liberals
Labor Labor Labor Labor Labor
Greens Greens Greens Greens Greens
Lambie Lambie Lambie Lambie
Animal Justice Animal Justice Animal Justice Animal Justice Animal Justice
Shooters Shooters Shooters Shooters
Local Local

Background[edit]

Previous election[edit]

After the snap 2021 election, the Liberal Party successfully won a majority of seats in the Tasmanian House of Assembly.[10] A Liberal MP for Braddon, Adam Brooks, resigned on 14 May 2021 after being charged with firearms offences by Queensland law enforcement. These offences were unauthorised possession of a Category H weapon, unauthorised possession of explosives, and dealing with identity documents. Premier Peter Gutwein said that "I made the decision that under the circumstances of both his mental health and in terms of the fact that he's now facing these new charges, that he won't take his seat in parliament." Greens leader Cassy O'Connor said that "there are now very serious questions to answer about whether or not he was ever considered a legitimate candidate by the Liberal Party", given he resigned "the day the polls [were] declared". Prior claims from women were made before the 2021 election, saying they were catfished by Brooks under the alias "Terry Brooks".[11] Despite the resignation, the Liberal Party's numbers in the House of Assembly were unchanged, due to the replacing member being a member of the party.

David O'Byrne (left) served as Labor leader for 22 days, resigning over sexual harassment allegations. His predecessor as leader, Rebecca White (right) ended up returning to the leadership role after O'Byrne's resignation.

Rebecca White resigned as Labor leader on 15 May 2021, endorsing shadow treasurer David O'Byrne to replace her.[12][13] On 15 June 2021, it was announced that O'Byrne had been elected as leader of the Tasmanian Labor Party against opponent Shane Broad, winning 72% of the members' vote and 75% of party delegates.[14] After allegations of him sexting and kissing a woman without her consent were revealed, David O'Byrne stood aside from his role as leader of the Labor Party for the length of an investigation on 30 June 2021, with Anita Dow acting as leader during the interim.[15] This was followed by O'Byrne announcing he would resign as leader on 4 July 2021.[16] On 7 July 2021, Rebecca White was elected as leader after a meeting of the Labor parliamentary caucus.[17]

Resignation of Peter Gutwein[edit]

On 4 April 2022, Premier Peter Gutwein announced he would quit politics, resigning as Premier and as a member for Bass following the appointment of a new Premier.[18] Jeremy Rockliff, who had been the deputy Liberal leader for 16 years, officially replaced Gutwein as Premier on 8 April 2022, with Bass MP Michael Ferguson as his deputy.[19]

Restoration of 35 seats in Assembly[edit]

On 25 May 2022, Premier Rockliff announced his intention to table a bill in State Parliament to restore the state's House of Assembly to 35 seats before the end of 2022.[20][21] The bill restored the size of parliament to its original number before the reductions to 25 seats was implemented at the 1998 election. The change will come into effect at this election. The legislation was supported by the Liberals, Labor, Greens and independent Kristie Johnston.[22] It became law upon its assent by the Governor in December 2022.[2]

Minority government and a snap election[edit]

On 11 May 2023, MPs Lara Alexander and John Tucker resigned as members of the Tasmanian Liberal Party and from all parliamentary committees, and served the remainder of their terms as independents on the crossbench. This left the Liberal party in minority government and requiring 7 seats to reach a majority in the next state election.[23] Tucker and Alexander both agreed to provide the government with confidence and supply.[1]

On 4 January 2024, Tucker threatened to withdraw his support for the government if it failed to act on his demands for mandatory CCTV in all abattoirs in the state and the cessation of planning for a professional sports training facility at Rosny Parklands and a 25,000-seat stadium at Macquarie Point for an Australian Football League (AFL) team in 2028.[24] In response Rockliff stated in an interview on 2 February, that he would ask the Governor for a snap election if Tucker and Alexander failed to agree on a new governing deal that required the two MPs to not support support proposals or changes to legislation raised by Labor, Green or other independent MPs in parliament without the permission of the government.[25] On 13 February, Rockliff announced that the Liberal party room had endorsed a snap election due to there being no agreement reached between the government and the independent MPs.[26] The following day Rockliff visited Governor Barbara Baker at Government House, who accepted his request for an election to be held on 23 March 2024.[27]

Changes in parliamentary composition[edit]

Since the 2021 election, there were a number of changes within the Tasmanian Parliament that effected the balance of power in the chamber.

Seat Before Change After
Member Party Type Date Date Member Party
Braddon Adam Brooks Liberal Resignation 14 March 2021 3 June 2021 Felix Ellis Liberal
Franklin David O'Byrne Labor Defection 23 August 2021 David O'Byrne Independent Labor
Bass Sarah Courtney Liberal Resignation 10 February 2022 25 March 2022 Lara Alexander Liberal
Bass Peter Gutwein Liberal Resignation 8 April 2022 25 April 2022 Simon Wood Liberal
Franklin Jacquie Petrusma Liberal Resignation 25 July 2022 16 August 2022 Dean Young Liberal
Bass Lara Alexander Liberal Defection 11 May 2023 Lara Alexander Independent
Lyons John Tucker Liberal Defection 11 May 2023 John Tucker Independent
Clark Cassy O'Connor Greens Resignation 13 July 2023 1 August 2023 Vica Bayley Greens
Clark Elise Archer Liberal Defection 29 September 2023 Elise Archer Independent
Clark Elise Archer Independent Resignation 4 October 2023 24 October 2023 Simon Behrakis Liberal
Franklin David O'Byrne Independent Labor Defection 4 February 2024 David O'Byrne Independent

Candidates[edit]

A record 167 candidates nominated.[28]

Parties[edit]

Seven parties are registered with the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC).[29] The list of parties registered are:

Status[edit]

Parties Leader(s) Ideology Seats Status
Last election Before election
Liberal Jeremy Rockliff Liberalism
Liberal conservatism
13 / 25
11 / 25
Minority government
Labor Rebecca White Social democracy
9 / 25
8 / 25
Opposition
Greens Rosalie Woodruff Green politics
2 / 25
2 / 25
Crossbench
Independents
1 / 25
4 / 25
Crossbench

Opinion polling[edit]

Polling is regularly conducted for Tasmanian state politics by Enterprise Marketing and Research Services (EMRS). The sample size for each EMRS poll is 1,000 Tasmanian voters.[30]

Voting intention[edit]

House of Assembly (lower house) polling
Date Firm Political parties
Liberal Labor Greens JLN Ind/Other
15–21 February 2024 EMRS[31] 39% 26% 12% 9% 15%
21 December 2023 – 4 January 2024 YouGov[32] 31% 27% 15% 20% 7%
30 November 2023 EMRS[33] 39% 29% 12% 19%
15–19 August 2023 EMRS[34] 38% 32% 14% 15%
15–19 May 2023 EMRS[35] 36% 31% 15% 18%
14–19 February 2023 EMRS[36] 42% 30% 13% 15%
8–15 November 2022 EMRS[37] 42% 29% 14% 16%
8–11 August 2022 EMRS[38] 41% 31% 13% 15%
27 May – 2 June 2022 EMRS[39] 39% 30% 13% 18%
28 February – 1 March 2022 EMRS[40] 41% 31% 12% 16%
28 November – 5 December 2021 EMRS[41] 49% 26% 13% 12%
7–9 August 2021 EMRS[42] 49% 28% 13% 10%
1 May 2021 2021 election 48.72% 28.20% 12.38% 10.71%

Preferred Premier[edit]

Preferred Premier polling
Date Firm Party leaders
Rockliff White Unsure
15–21 August 2023 EMRS[34] 42% 39% 18%
15–19 May 2023 EMRS[35] 38% 40% 18%
14–19 February 2023 EMRS[36] 44% 36% 17%
8–15 November 2022 EMRS[37] 46% 34% 18%
8–11 August 2022 EMRS 47% 35% 16%
27 May – 2 June 2022 EMRS 47% 34% 18%
Jeremy Rockliff replaces Peter Gutwein as Premier and Liberal leader
Date Firm Party leaders
Gutwein White Unsure
28 February – 1 March 2022 EMRS 52% 33% 14%
28 November – 5 December 2021 EMRS 59% 29% 12%
7–9 August 2021 EMRS 59% 28% 11%

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In May 2023 Liberal MHAs Lara Alexander (Bass) and John Tucker (Lyons) resigned from the party and left the government to sit on the crossbench as independents. They agreed to provide the government with confidence and supply.[1]
  2. ^

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