Power sharing `never again'

A LABOR-GREENS power sharing arrangement in the last government would never have occurred if David Llewellyn had been elected back in 2010.

David Llewellyn

David Llewellyn

This is according to the newly re-elected Mr Llewellyn, a former Labor deputy premier, who at the Lyons declaration of the poll in Launceston yesterday said Tasmanians made it clear to his party on March 15.

``Electors sent a very strong message to the Labor Party and that message was that they didn't approve of the power sharing arrangements with the Greens party,'' he said.

``I believe the Labor Party has heard that message loud and clear.

``I certainly, if I was elected in 2010, can say categorically, that that situation with the Greens, would not have occurred, but it did and I think the Labor Party has learnt a very strong message, which actually we learnt before in 1992 and yet repeated in 2010,'' he said.

Second highest vote-getter in Lyons, Guy Barnett, said he was surprised by Mr Llewellyn's comments.

``I'd say it's implausible,'' Mr Barnett said, ``they were totally committed to each other in government, Labor and the Greens.

``The question is, has the Labor Party learnt that lesson and that's a matter for the Labor Party.

``We're getting on with the job, we have a mandate for change, we're going to implement our plan, we're focused on the economy and getting this state back on track.''

The seats of Bass and Braddon were also declared yesterday, while those of Denison and Franklin will occur today.


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