LIBERAL backbenchers will get double the opportunity to question their own ministers than the Greens, under proposed new parliamentary question time arrangements.
Plans to restrict the Greens to asking two questions of the new government a day have outraged the minor party's leader.
The Labor opposition will get seven opportunities to grill the government's front bench each session.
Greens leader Kim Booth claimed the move was an attempt to muzzle the Greens.
``Under the Westminster parliamentary system question time is the key accountability mechanism by which opposition parties scrutinise the government of the day on behalf of the voter,'' Mr Booth said.
After 16 long years in opposition, the Liberals will face the questions for the first time as the new government this morning.
But the attack from the opposition and Greens will be broken up by four questions from Liberal backbenchers.
These questions from their own side, known as Dorothy Dixers, are usually scripted and planted by a minister to give them a chance to promote the government's work.
The new rules were circulated during the formalities of yesterday's opening of the 48th Tasmanian Parliament.
The day began with many awkward handshakes as members found their new seats in Parliament and ended with a lavish afternoon tea and souvenir cupcakes for all participants.
In the afternoon, MHAs crowded into the Legislative Council to listen to Governor Peter Underwood's address.
Governor Underwood's entrance to Parliament was heralded by a military band and Federation Guard.
His speech, written by the new government as is standard practice, praised the efforts of the new government during its first weeks and reaffirmed its priorities in the first year were to rebuild the economy.