A LABOR backbencher has said he would sit on the crossbench rather than be part of another minority government.
Braddon MHA Brenton Best has made his contempt for his Green colleagues - particularly ministers Nick McKim and Cassy O'Connor - clear in a series of increasingly venomous question time debates.
Mr Best told The Examiner his lack of confidence in the Greens was such that, if next year's state election came down to another minority government, he would withdraw his support.
Premier Lara Giddings said in March that she would campaign for a Labor majority government but would not rule out dealing with the Greens again if the election delivered another hung parliament.
``What Mr Best decides to do in the event of a hung parliament is a matter for him but if he runs as an endorsed Labor candidate he will be bound by the decision of the caucus,'' Ms Giddings said yesterday.
Mr Best's latest comments come as the Police Association ramps up its campaign against Police Minister David O'Byrne, off the back of a no-confidence motion last year, and the government faces a challenging three months trying to push a dozen pieces of key legislation through parliament.
Mr Best said the close association with the Greens was damaging the Labor brand, and backed comments by outgoing federal Labor MPs Sid Sidebottom and Dick Adams that it was also responsible for Tasmania's low Labor vote at the recent federal election.
``I don't think minority government works, because it becomes a government of compromise,'' Mr Best said.
``I would not sit with the government in minority government ever again.
``It might mean that I sit on the crossbench.''
Mr Best said it was likely voters would punish Labor for what it saw as an ``undermining of traditional Labor values,'' unless Ms Giddings ruled out another minority government.
Opposition Leader Will Hodgman has consistently ruled out forming minority government, even if traditional partner the National Party was to successfully run candidates in Tasmania.
``It would be unfair for me to say that the Premier is not firm on Labor values, but they seem to get lost because the main focus seems to be about lasting four years,'' Mr Best said.
Braddon Greens MHR Paul O'Halloran said it was up to Mr Best whether he decided to support a future government.
``The Greens made a promise to provide stable, co-operative government and that's exactly what we are doing,'' Mr O'Halloran said.