THE PALMER United Party has challenged Opposition Leader Will Hodgman to do his worst after Mr Hodgman warned Tasmanians not to support any minor parties if they wanted to see majority government.
Mr Hodgman told the Liberal Party State Council yesterday that minor parties, including the Palmer United Party, were a path to another Labor-Green minority government.
``Tasmanians also need to know this: a vote for another party, the Palmer United Party, the Nationals, some other minority party or even an independent - a vote for any of those is also a vote for another minority government, another Labor-Green minority government,'' he said.
``So I say to Tasmanians: don't risk it. Don't waste your vote on those minority parties because they will deliver another hung parliament.''
Mr Hodgman repeated his promise not to deal with any other parties to form government - even if it was traditional coalition partner the Nationals.
But the Palmer United Party is the most likely to win a seat.
Braddon candidate Kevin Morgan received 9.29 per cent of the primary vote in the federal election and candidate Jacqui Lambie secured the state's sixth Senate spot.
Mr Morgan said he intended to run as a state candidate in Braddon and the party would announce all its candidates for the state election next month.
He said it was unwise of Mr Hodgman to rule out dealing with any minor party before he knew the make-up of State Parliament.
``The people will decide who will represent them.'' Mr Morgan said.
``If (Mr Hodgman) is not prepared to deal with the people who voters decide to give him in a minority government, then he will have to decide if he wants to be in government.''
The Nationals will unveil their candidate list later this week and Bob Katter's Australia Party has also said it will run in the state election.
Political analyst Kevin Bonham said on current polling the minor parties did not threaten Mr Hodgman's chances of becoming premier next year.
``He will need to pick up people who haven't voted Liberal since 1992,'' Mr Bonham said.
``Every poll for years would provide a Hodgman majority government. He might only get there by one seat, but he's winning.''
Mr Hodgman did not speak to the media yesterday.