TASMANIA'S business community doesn't care who is in government after next year's state election, so long as it's a majority government.
That's the message Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industries chief executive Michael Bailey said he was hearing from members of the organisation.
``What our members tell us is that they don't particularly care if it's Labor or Liberal, but the majority is important,'' Mr Bailey said.
``With a minority government there's a lack of confidence in what the government can and can't deliver.''
Mr Bailey said situations like the escalating outbursts of rebel Labor backbencher Brenton Best were a distraction from the serious issues facing the state.
Both major parties are campaigning for majority government, with the Liberal Party on track to pick up as many as three seats.
Political analyst Kevin Bonham agreed that ``not even a sex scandal could deliver majority government to the Labor Party in March''.
``You don't like to say it's impossible, but no, it's not a realistic chance,'' Mr Bonham said. ``It would be absolutely incredible.''
With no such scandal looming, Premier Lara Giddings is instead warning Tasmanians off her opponents based on their record interstate.
``A week is a long time in politics and there are plenty of examples of victories against the odds,'' Ms Giddings said.
``My team is united in its campaign against the Liberal Party because we have seen what they have done in other states.
``We know they will say one thing before an election and slash jobs and privatise services afterwards.''
Opposition Leader Will Hodgman is standing by his refusal to countenance any deals with any minor parties, despite a direct challenge from Palmer United Party senator-elect Jacqui Lambie yesterday.
``Our position has been consistent, it's the same as the position we took to the last election: we're not into deals, we're not into doing what it takes to form government,'' Mr Hodgman said.
Mr Hodgman would not say whether, if the Liberal Party won 12 seats, he would prefer to see another Labor-led minority government than to govern in minority himself.
Mr Bailey said Mr Hodgman's refusal to consider an agreement with any other party was unwise, given that the Palmer United Party, Bob Katter's Australia Party and the Nationals all intended to stand candidates in the state election.
``If the people of Tasmania vote in a whole bunch of people from a whole bunch of parties, it's the responsibility of those with the most seats to try and form government,'' Mr Bailey said.