FORMER Tasmanian Labor leader Neil Batt has added his voice to an increasingly vocal section of the party calling for an immediate end to the Labor Green partnership.
The former deputy premier has gone one step further, hoping the state government is crushingly defeated at the March election and endorsing the Liberal Party's economic plan for the state.
``It is a good document and deserves to be implemented. Tasmania cannot afford to wait,'' Mr Batt writes in an opinion piece for The Examiner .
In a wide-ranging piece Mr Batt also declares there are too many trees in Tasmania and calls for a discussion about moving the state's capital to the North.
``If we were making sensible decisions Hobart would never have been made the Tasmanian capital. It is on the wrong end of the island and faces the Antarctic and not the vibrant economy of Victoria,'' Mr Batt writes.
The 76-year-old blames the ``whims of trendy greenies'' for the job-destroying changes in the forestry industry and says a convincing defeat would help ensure the disaster was not repeated.
His comments follow Labor backbencher Brenton Best's outspoken campaign against Labor's minority government partners the Greens and Labor's Dick Adams, who lost his federal seat of Lyons at the election and has suggested an end to the alliance of the Greens be considered at the next party state conference.
A Greens spokesman rejected Mr Batt's analysis.
``Mr Batt clearly does not believe in co-operative politics and has abandoned his Labor heritage to campaign for the Liberals.''
Mr Batt was first elected in 1969 and retired from politics in 1989.