A MOVE by the Greens to restore the House of Assembly to 35 members was knocked back yesterday with both Labor and the Liberals voting against the proposal.
Greens leader Nick McKim maintained that boosting MP numbers from 25 was worth the estimated $3million annual cost because it would create a more robust democracy.
"We can't afford not to do this reform," Mr McKim said.
"Both sides of the House are a disgrace because you think it's more important to sponsor an already very rich football club than to support this bill to improve the quality of our Parliament."
Deputy Premier Bryan Green said supporting the proposed increase would send the wrong message when the state was grappling with 8.6 per cent unemployment.
Mr Green said Labor would like to be able to support the reform - particularly as it would lower the electoral quota and probably guarantee all sitting MPs would be returned to their seat.
But he said that was "not what we're about".
"We are not prepared to say to the Tasmanian people that we would want to pay an additional 10 politicians in this state, and the people that support them, at a time when we are focusing on those people not being able to get the jobs that they want," Mr Green said.
Opposition Leader Will Hodgman said increasing Parliament was "unconscionable" given the cuts to other public services like health and police.