McKim leading state 'a fantasy'

PREMIER Lara Giddings says there is no danger of Greens leader Nick McKim taking her job on March 15.

Responding to a new polling analysis conducted by psephologist Kevin Bonham that showed the Greens had a slim chance of picking up an extra two seats at the election, Ms Giddings said: "It's a fantasy."

Ms Giddings said the Greens lacked support beyond a core base and she was aware of a strong anti-Greens sentiment in the community.

"To be honest they hate the Greens," she said yesterday.

Buoyed by the analysis, Mr McKim said any political leader should be campaigning to lead the state.

"Who wouldn't want to be Premier of this great state, we're on the cusp of something truly remarkable here in Tasmania and it's a very exciting time for this state," Mr McKim said.

After being excluded from three leaders debates during the election campaign, Mr McKim will deliver a speech on "the Tasmania story" tomorrow, which he has promised will not be about politics.

"I think there has been a vacuum in terms of vision, in terms of leadership and in terms of a long term view of Tasmania in this campaign and I'm hoping to redress that."

The Liberals seized on the polling announcement, warning Tasmanians not to underestimate the capacity of the Hare Clark voting system to produce a Green Labor and Palmer United Party Coalition government if there is another hung parliament.


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