Tasmanian state election, 2014

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Tasmanian state election, 2014
Tasmania
2010 ←
15 March 2014

All 25 seats in the House of Assembly
13 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Will Hodgmanzoom.jpg Lara Giddings.jpg NickMcKimzoom.jpg
Leader Will Hodgman Lara Giddings Nick McKim
Party Liberal Labor Greens
Leader since 30 March 2006 24 January 2011 7 July 2008
Leader's seat Franklin Franklin Franklin
Last election 10 seats; 38.99% 10 seats; 36.88% 5 seats; 21.61%
Seats won 15 7 3
Seat change Increase 5 Decrease 3 Decrease 2
Popular vote 167,051 89,130 45,098
Percentage 51.22 27.33 13.83
Swing Increase 12.23 Decrease 9.55 Decrease 7.78

Premier before election

Lara Giddings
Labor

Elected Premier

Will Hodgman
Liberal

The 2014 Tasmanian state election was held on 15 March 2014 to elect all 25 members to the House of Assembly.[1] The 16-year incumbent Labor government, led by the Premier of Tasmania Lara Giddings, attempted to win a fifth consecutive term against the Liberal opposition, led by Opposition Leader Will Hodgman. Also contesting the election was the Greens, currently led by Nick McKim.

The House of Assembly uses the proportional Hare-Clark system to elect 25 members in five constituencies electing five members each. Upper house elections in the 15-seat single-member district Legislative Council use full-preference instant-runoff voting, with election dates staggered and conducted separately from lower house state elections. The election was conducted by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.

By 10:00 pm on election night, Giddings had conceded defeat on behalf of Labor, after the Liberals had claimed victory with at least fourteen seats in the 25-seat legislature.[2]

Results[edit]

Tasmanian state election, 15 March 2014[3]
House of Assembly
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Enrolled Voters 366,442
Votes Cast 346,423 Turnout 94.54 +0.68
Informal Votes 16,432 Informal 4.74 +0.30
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 167,051 51.22 +12.23 15 +5
  Labor 89,130 27.33 −9.55 7 −3
  Greens 45,098 13.83 −7.78 3 −2
  Palmer United 16,198 4.97 +4.97 0 0
  National 2,655 0.81 +0.81 0 0
  Christians 1,215 0.37 +0.37 0 0
  Socialist Alliance 664 0.20 +0.00 0 0
  Independent 4,152 1.27 −1.05 0 0
Total 326,163     25  

Primary vote percentages by division[edit]

Bass Braddon Denison Franklin Lyons
Australian Labor Party 23.27% 23.24% 33.79% 28.61% 27.69%
Liberal Party of Australia 57.22% 58.76% 38.28% 49.84% 51.94%
Tasmanian Greens 12.72% 7.03% 21.19% 16.79% 11.40%
Other 6.79% 10.97% 6.74% 4.76% 8.97%

Current distribution of seats[edit]

Electorate Seats held
Bass          
Braddon          
Denison          
Franklin          
Lyons          
  Labor
  Liberal
  Green

Damage to ballot papers[edit]

On 16 March, the day after the election, the Tasmanian Electoral Commission announced that a machine being used to open envelopes containing postal votes from the Denison electorate had been operated improperly, resulting in damage to 2,338 ballot papers. Whilst 2,175 ballot papers were repaired and admitted to the count, 163 papers were too badly damaged to be used and were counted as informal.[4]

Date[edit]

Under section 23 of the Constitution Act 1934, the House of Assembly expires four years from the return of the writs for its election, in this case 7 April 2010.[5] The Governor must issue writs of election between five and ten days thereafter.[6] Nominations must close on a date seven to 21 days after the issuance of the writ,[7] and polling day must be a Saturday between 15 and 30 days after nominations close,[8] making the last possible date 7 June 2014.

On 16 January 2014, Premier Lara Giddings announced she would recall Parliament for a single session on 28 January for the sole purpose of ensuring the validity of permits for the Bell Bay Pulp Mill. She said that once the legislation was passed, she would ask the Governor of Tasmania to prorogue the parliament and issue writs for an election to be held on 15 March. Giddings announced that Greens Nick McKim and Cassy O'Connor would be expelled from cabinet as of 17 January, that the power sharing arrangement between Labor and the Greens was over, and that Labor would no longer govern with Greens in cabinet.[9]

The 2014 South Australian state election occurred on the same day for the third time in a row.

Background[edit]

The results from the previous election saw a tie between the two major parties, who both won ten seats. The Greens, led by Nick McKim, won five seats and held the balance of power. The outcome in all five multimember seats was two Labor, two Liberal, and one Green. Governor Peter Underwood commissioned David Bartlett to form a government, detailing several reasons for his decision including incumbency and a higher chance of stability.[10] The Liberal Party have tabled motions of no-confidence in parliament against the Labor government, but these have been unsuccessful.[11]

The Bartlett cabinet was sworn in on 13 April 2010, with Bartlett as Premier and Lara Giddings as Deputy Premier.[12] On 24 January 2011, Bartlett stood down from the premiership to be replaced by Giddings who was elected unopposed as Tasmania's first female Premier.[13][14]

Retiring MPs[edit]

Labor[edit]

Polling[edit]

Polling is regularly conducted for Tasmanian state politics by Enterprise Marketing and Research Services (EMRS). Unlike other pollsters, EMRS don't "prompt" their respondents for an answer on the first request, contributing to the large "undecided" percentage. The sample size for each poll is 1,000 Tasmanian voters.[17]

House of Assembly (lower house) polling
Political parties
ALP Lib Grn PUP Ind Undecided
Feb 2014 16% 39% 14% 5% 3% 23%
Nov 2013 18% 41% 16% 4% 3% 17%
Sep 2013 23% 44% 12% 0% 3% 17%
May 2013 19% 40% 9% 2% 30%
Feb 2013 17% 46% 15% 3% 20%
Nov 2012 20% 43% 12% 2% 24%
Aug 2012 18% 38% 17% 2% 25%
May 2012 17% 38% 17% 4% 25%
Feb 2012 19% 39% 14% 3% 25%
Nov 2011 17% 42% 15% 2% 24%
Aug 2011 16% 44% 14% 4% 22%
May 2011 19% 38% 17% 4% 22%
Feb 2011 20% 36% 20% 2% 23%
Nov 2010 23% 35% 20% 3% 19%
Aug 2010 29% 30% 23% 3% 14%
May 2010 23% 38% 24% 3% 12%
2010 election 36.9% 39.0% 21.6% 2.5%
Feb 2010 23% 30% 22% 2% 23%
Polling conducted by EMRS.
Preferred Premier polling^
Labor
Giddings
Liberal
Hodgman
Green
McKim
Feb 2014 21% 48% 13%
Nov 2013 22% 47% 12%
Sep 2013 18% 48% 12%
May 2013 25% 46% 10%
Feb 2013 24% 46% 13%
Nov 2012 25% 47% 11%
Aug 2012 22% 45% 15%
May 2012 21% 43% 17%
Feb 2012 24% 44% 15%
Nov 2011 19% 48% 14%
Aug 2011 19% 52% 13%
May 2011 22% 42% 18%
Feb 2011 27% 38% 16%
Nov 2010 23%1 39% 21%
Aug 2010 27%1 34% 22%
May 2010 26%1 40% 23%
2010 election
Feb 2010 29%1 34% 21%
Polling conducted by EMRS.
^ Remainder were "uncommitted".
1 David Bartlett.


See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tasmanian Premier names election date as March 15". ABC News (Australia). 16 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Atherton, Ben (15 March 2014). "Liberals swept to power in Tasmania, Labor fights to the death in South Australia". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "2014 House of Assembly Results". Tasmanian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Damage to Denison ballot papers, Tasmanian Electoral Commission, 16 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Parliamentary Elections, 2007–2010". Tasmanian Electoral Commission. 
  6. ^ Electoral Act 2004, section 63.
  7. ^ Electoral Act 2004, section 69.
  8. ^ Electoral Act 2004, section 70.
  9. ^ Denholm, Matthew (16 January 2014). "Lara Giddings sets March 15 as date for Tasmania election". The Australian. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Hon Peter Underwood AC (9 April 2010). "The reasons of the Governor of Tasmania for the commissioning of the Honourable David Bartlett to form a government following the 2010 House of Assembly Election" (doc). Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  11. ^ Labor, Greens defeat 'no confidence' move, ABC News, 5 May 2010.
  12. ^ Media ban as Bartlett government sworn in, ABC News, 13 April 2010.
  13. ^ "Bartlett confirms resignation on Facebook". Abc.net.au. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Tasmanian premier to resign". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  15. ^ Prismall, Barry (6 June 2013). "Polley retires with House in order". The Examiner. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Smith, Matt (30 June 2013). "Giddings' agenda for change". The Mercury. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  17. ^ [1], EMRS, November 2013.