I warmly welcome this afternoon’s announcement by Premier Rockliff that his Government will introduce a bill to restore the size of the House of Assembly to 35 by the end of the year.
I acknowledge the Tasmanian Greens for initiating the motion for in principle support, and the Tasmanian Labor Opposition for supporting it.
What I witnessed this afternoon was political parties putting politics aside for a moment to doing the right thing. That is how it should be.
It is widely acknowledged that the move to reduce the parliament in 1998 from 35 to 25 members was a mistake.
It has impacted on the parliament’s ability to function, unsustainable ministerial workloads, and the ability of committees to scrutinise issues that matter to Tasmanians.
I look forward to seeing the detail of the bill but this should be a straightforward matter of reversing a previous bad decision.
Kristie Johnston MP
25 May 2022