THE state government has hit back at opposition criticism of the timing of the Premier's Asian trade mission.
Premier Lara Giddings left for Indonesia on Sunday, missing the crucial final week of the federal campaign - a move the Tasmanian Liberals said was deliberate.
Acting Premier Bryan Green said it was astounding the Liberals thought the Premier should put the chance to help represent Tasmanian trade opportunities with Asia on hold to get involved in the politics of a federal campaign.
"The Liberals have allowed their own shallow politics to again blind them to the opportunities in Asia," Mr Green said.
Mr Green said the trip had been planned for months.
Liberal MHR Rene Hidding yesterday alleged Prime Minister Kevin Rudd did not want her around because she was "toxic".
Mr Green described the Liberals' claims as "baseless assertions and conspiracy theories".
"Never mind the fact that just days ago the Premier was standing side-by-side with the Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese as he announced a $40 million Tasmanian freight solution," Mr Green said.
"If Will Hodgman thinks it is a better use of his and his MPs time to join the ranks of the politicians and candidates nodding furiously in the background of press conferences, it shows his priorities are only for his party's politics, not the interests of Tasmanians," Mr Green said.
Ms Giddings yesterday announced the state government would develop a partnership with Indonesia to help the country overcome its challenges generating electricity.
Ms Giddings and officials from the University of Tasmania and Hydro Tasmania will attend a meeting with Indonesia's Vice-Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Susilo Siswoutomo.
A memorandum of understanding between Tasmania and Indonesia on renewable energy will be developed as a result of the meeting.