LABOR is preparing to outline different visions on key policy areas in the hands of the government's two Greens ministers, in a move likely to hasten a split between the power- sharing partners.
Premier Lara Giddings yesterday confirmed Labor MPs would be appointed spokespeople for portfolios managed by Greens Nick McKim and Cassy O'Connor such as education, housing and transport.
"The role of these spokespeople will be to speak proudly about the achievements of this government in partnership with our minority partners and to develop the Labor policies we will take to the election and beyond," Ms Giddings said.
She said it was logical to do so as Labor would be campaigning hard for majority government.
The Labor caucus has not finalised which MPs will be responsible for what areas.
The exact timing of when they will start their new roles has not been determined but it will not take effect until after Parliament rises.
However, it is expected there will be a cross-over period where Labor spokespeople will be in place before caretaker mode in the lead-up to the March election.
Opposition Leader Will Hodgman said it was part of an inevitable "contrived divorce" between Labor and the Greens.
"We could have a situation where there are Labor MPs masquerading as ministers and doubling up against those portfolios currently held by Greens MPs. This is farcical in the extreme. People will wonder who on earth is the minister for education," Mr Hodgman said.
However, Greens leader Nick McKim was unaware of the plan, but said it would make no difference to his handling of the portfolios.
"The Greens have had a similar arrangement in place for the duration of this term of government," Mr McKim said."Anything that encourages a constructive policy debate in the lead-up to the election is a good thing, particularly as there has been so little policy released by the Liberals."