McKim unsure of keeping role

EDUCATION Minister Nick McKim says he's not sure if he will have a job next week, after Labor insiders said Premier Lara Giddings had pledged to remove the Greens from cabinet.

The Greens leader would not say yesterday if he had spoken to Ms Giddings this week about the pending split, and said Tasmanians were getting sick of the speculation.

``What we have heard recently is just politicians politicking, and I think people are sick and tired of it,'' Mr McKim said.

``People actually want to know what people stand for, what our vision is, what our values are, what our policies are, not the relentless political babble we're seeing from both Labor and Liberal at the moment.'' 

Asked if he would be minister this time next week, Mr McKim said: ``I don't know.''

Deputy Premier Bryan Green said on Thursday that Labor had decided its position in a meeting on Tuesday, and would announce it before the election.

 The Examiner  reported on Thursday that Ms Giddings had promised caucus before Christmas that she would split from the Greens and remove them from cabinet this month, in an effort to salvage seats at the election.

Mr McKim would not say if he had spoken to Ms Giddings about that decision, but said party room confidentiality must be maintained.

``I've never asked the Premier what goes on in the Labor party room and I don't talk to her about what goes on in the Green party room,'' he said.

Opposition treasury spokesman Peter Gutwein said Ms Giddings, who has not fronted the media since Wednesday, had gone into hiding.

``It's clear, senior ministers have confirmed, that the government have a strategy for what they're going to do with the Greens: they're just not prepared to tell anybody about it. This is not good enough,'' Mr Gutwein said.

Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown  put  his money on a Labor-Liberal power-sharing deal. ``The closest friends, as I see it, in Tasmanian politics, are Labor and Liberal,'' he said.

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