Tourism industry warns against minority arrangement after Tasmanian election result

Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin says the next term of government is critical for the long-term development of tourism in the state.
Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin says the next term of government is critical for the long-term development of tourism in the state.

Tourism head Luke Martin says the next three or four years was critical for the industry’s long-term development for the next 10 to 20 years.

Mr Martin said the last minority government put tourism businesses in limbo with constant compromising of positions over three-and-a-half years to keep the government afloat.

He said the industry required a government with strategic policies,d not short-term policies and brokered deals.

Mr Martin was reacting to the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s recent change of view on minority governments.

This came with some provisions, however, including stipulations that a minor party should not receive a ministry, that the minor party agree to the policy intentions of its majority partner, that the minor party should not block supply or move or support a no-confidence motion in the government.

Chief executive Michael Bailey said minority governments could work, though its preferred option was a majority government.

“We must all remember that minority governments can work really well,” he said.

The Tasmanian Small Business Council and the Launceston Chamber of Commerce have disagreed with the view.

TasCOSS chief executive Kym Goodes said it was the state’s voting community that would choose the parliament that best represented them.

“We expect our next government to run Tasmania fairly, equitably and with the best interests of Tasmanians and their communities at the centre of all they do.”