Independents commit to support Rockliff Liberal Government

Premier Jeremy Rockliff has secured a commitment from Tasmania’s two new independent MPs to support the Liberal Government.

The Independent Member for Bass, Lara Alexander, and the Independent Member for Lyons, John Tucker will guarantee supply, vote to pass all appropriation and revenue bills and vote in favour of the government on any confidence motions.

Premier Rockliff said he is pleased that Lara and John will continue to support the Liberal Government and provide the stability the state needs to ensure its future.

“My focus will always be on making sure we continue to build a strong economy and a safe, caring community,” the Premier said.

Independent Member for Bass, Lara Alexander, said the agreement will ensure more transparency in decision-making.

“It provides an immediate dividend for Tasmanians on our decision last week to resign from the Government and seek a new way forward,” Mrs Alexander said.

“Along with the Independent Member for Lyons, John Tucker, I am confident this agreement will ultimately prove beneficial to both the Government and the people of Tasmania.”

Independent Member for Lyons, John Tucker, said he is delighted that an agreement has been reached with the Premier.

“It will make government more transparent and reinforce the role of Parliament as the key decision-maker for projects of state significance, like the proposed AFL stadium at Macquarie Point,” Mr Tucker said.

“This is a landmark agreement that paves the way for a new era of consultative cooperation. It will open a new era of engagement as we work together across the Parliament to deliver better government for all Tasmanians.”

The Premier has addressed Mrs Alexander’s and Mr Tucker’s concerns, summarised in a memorandum of understanding below:

  • The Macquarie Point Stadium project to be progressed through the Projects of State Significance and removed from Major Projects. Mrs Alexander and Mr Tucker will not support any motion or legislation seeking to stop the Macquarie Point Stadium project pending the outcome of the Project of State Significance process.
  • The AFL agreements to be published as soon as possible, subject to confidentiality requirements, and any material not published will be provided to Members of Parliament on an in camera basis.
  • The government to brief Mrs Alexander and Mr Tucker on any Legislation or other significant matters as requested.
  • The Premier to engage weekly with Mrs Alexander and Mr Tucker to work together in a positive and constructive manner.
  • Mrs Alexander and Mr Tucker to provide supply by voting to pass all Appropriation and Revenue Bills.
  • Mrs Alexander and Mr Tucker reserve their rights regarding the Government’s non-Budget legislation and all other Government matters before the Parliament.
  • Mrs Alexander and Mr Tucker to provide confidence by voting in favour of the government on any no confidence motion.
  • Subject to negotiation with the Premier, not support any Labor or Greens legislation in the house.
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