Labor talks lure Best

PREMIER Lara Giddings is expected to make a statement about future arrangements with the Greens after a pre-election ``strategy meeting'' with Labor politicians and party officials yesterday.

Ms Giddings shrugged off suggestions of a pending caucus meeting on Sunday and government spokesmen have said yesterday's meeting - which included most of the parliamentary Labor Party _-was not a caucus meeting and therefore didn't result in any firm resolutions or decisions.

However, it was enough to entice Labor backbencher Brenton Best, who has not attended a caucus meeting for two years, from Devonport on one day's notice.

Mr Best said it was a ``good meeting''.

``I thought I was listened to,'' Mr Best said.

``I didn't get everything I wanted, but it was a good meeting. I understand the Premier will be making some statements in the near future.''

Mr Best has been outspoken against the deal with the Greens, saying last year that Ms Giddings should resign as Premier over the arrangement.

He said last week he was keen to take part in meetings again after Ms Giddings said last month that she was becoming frustrated with having Greens in cabinet.

Denison Labor MHA Graeme Sturges, who is retiring at the election, did not attend the meeting.

He said it was not appropriate to speculate on what caucus might later decide.

 Denison Liberal MHA Elise Archer said the electorate would see through any attempt by Labor to rule out a power-sharing deal with the Greens.

``They will go straight back into bed with the Greens given half a chance,'' Ms Archer said.

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