FORMER premier David Bartlett has issued a statement backing Premier Lara Giddings comments in question time that a senior Liberal staffer called his office after the 2010 election, asking for support for a Liberal minority government.
Mr Bartlett posted the statement on his blog as the Tasmanian parliament debated a no-confidence motion on the issue, after Opposition Leader Will Hodgman alleged that Ms Giddings had misled parliament.
``My recollection of the events confirm that Lara Giddings was in my office at the time my then Chief of Staff Terry Field received a phone call from opposition advisor Don Morris,'' Mr Bartlett's statement read.
``I recall this phone call was one of a number of calls made by Mr Morris to Mr Field during the period following the 2010 election.
``My recollection was that Mr Field recounted the contents of this call specifically due to its apparently extraordinary content.
``Mr Field asserted that Mr Morris had asked the Labor party to provide support in the form of 'supply and confidence' to a Liberal minority government to be formed by Mr Hodgman.''
Mr Hodgman had already tabled a statutory declaration signed today by Mr Morris in parliament, which said that the alleged conversation did not take place.
``That conversation did not take place and we have proof of that,'' Mr Hodgman said.
Mr Hodgman said Ms Giddings could not prove that she heard the conversation and should admit to behaviour that, were it to happen outside parliament, would be perjury.
He made a plea to the Greens to ``reclaim the high moral ground'' and support the no confidence motion.
Ms Giddings' responses in question time also quoted from a letter from Mr Hodgman to Mr Bartlett on April 7, 2010, asking that he would not block supply, and to Governor Peter Underwood asking to be able to form government.
The letter to His Excellency said: ``experience shows that minority governments _ where no party or grouping has an absolute majority on the floor of Parliament _ can also be stable governments.''
The letter to Mr Bartlett urged him to reassure the Governor that he would not block supply to a Liberal minority government.
Mr Hodgman said he stood by the decision at the time to make the letters public.
``We said at the time what we would do and we make very clear now what we will do,'' he said.
The debate is expected to continue thought the afternoon.