MORE evidence emerged yesterday that the Liberal Party tried to do a deal in a bid to form government in the wake of the uncertain 2010 election result with revelations two newly-elected Liberal and Greens backbenchers took a car ride in the North-West.
Greens Braddon MHA Paul O'Halloran signed a statutory declaration explaining he received a phone call from Liberal Braddon MHA Adam Brooks before the arrangements for the current government were finalised.
``The purpose of Mr Brooks' phone call was to invite me to accompany him on a car drive,'' Mr O'Halloran's statement read.
``It is my clear recollection that he was sounding me out about the possibility of the Tasmanian Greens supporting a Liberal minority government.''
Mr Brooks later issued a media statement.
In it he agreed the car ride took place in his car, but said Mr O'Halloran was the first to make contact and during the meeting was ``begging for me to get the Opposition Leader to pick up the phone to Nick McKim''.
Both party leaders backed their colleagues' differing version of events.
Greens Leader Nick McKim said Mr Hodgman's credibility was in tatters.
Opposition Leader Will Hodgman, who is adamant the Liberals will not enter into any minority government arrangements no matter what the outcome of the next state election, dismissed the allegation as ``absurd''.
Mr Hodgman could not rule out other similar conversations occurring between other Liberal and Greens MHAs.
``All members of parliament were no doubt contacted by people right across the community about what may or may not happen. The facts are we didn't do a deal.''
The latest revelations follow a debate on Wednesday about an alleged phone call from then senior Liberal advisor Don Morris and then Premier David Bartlett's chief of staff Terry Field.
Premier Lara Giddings maintains Mr Morris asked if Labor would consider supporting a Liberal minority government by providing ``supply and confidence''.
The Liberal Party denied the phone call took place at first, but later accepted the call was made, but rejected Ms Giddings' allegation that any deal with Labor was sought.