A PHONE call made more than three years ago is at the centre of a debate about trust that has dominated State Parliament this week.
Premier Lara Giddings claimed the Liberals attempted to strike a deal with Labor in the days following the 2010 state election when it was uncertain which party would be able to form government.
As proof Ms Giddings revealed Liberal advisor Don Morris had called then Premier David Bartlett's chief of staff, Terry Field, requesting Labor provide support in the form of ``supply and confidence'' to a Liberal minority government.
``This is the man who wants the Tasmanian people to trust him. Come on!'' Ms Giddings shouted across the chamber at Will Hodgman.
``That has been shattered by the evidence produced today of exactly what happened and how Mr Hodgman, the opposition leader, wanted to be the 54th premier of this state under a Will Hodgman-led Liberal minority government.''
That prompted fiery denials from the Opposition who moved a no-confidence motion in the Premier for misleading the Parliament and produced a statutory declaration from then chief of staff Don Morris rejecting Ms Giddings' ``characterisation'' of the conversation.
``That conversation did not take place and we have proof of that,'' Mr Hodgman said.
Mr Bartlett and Mr Field then issued statements confirming Ms Giddings' account.
The Liberals have hammered the Labor-Green minority government, repeatedly blaming the power-sharing arrangement for the state's struggling economy.
The federal Liberals campaign focused heavily on linking Labor to the Greens and the state Liberals are expected to continue the strategy in the lead up to the March election.
Mr Hodgman yesterday confirmed the party would not do any deals with any minor parties or attempt to govern as a minority government post the 2014 election.