Talk:Tasmanian state election, 2010

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Seven-day time limit for Governor to make a decision[edit]

I keep seeing reference to some 7-day time period in which the Tassy Governor must decide whether to continue the current government or to commission the Libs. Where does this 7 day limit come from, and what's it all about? -- (User:JackofOz not logged on = 202.142.129.66 (talk) 02:34, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

  • Got it. Constitution Act 1934 (s. 8B) – Appointment and tenure of office of Ministers of the Crown:
  1. No person shall be appointed a Minister of the Crown unless he is a member of the Council or the Assembly, and, subject to the following provisions of this section, a Minister of the Crown ceases to hold office as such on ceasing to be a member of the Council or the Assembly.
  2. Where a member of the Council, on the expiry of his term of office as such in any year, also holds office as a Minister of the Crown he may continue in the office of Minister of the Crown until the expiration of the period of 7 days following the day of the return of the writs for the periodical election of members of the Council in that year.
  3. Where, at the dissolution of the Assembly, or on its ceasing to continue, a member thereof holds office as a Minister of the Crown he may continue in the office of Minister of the Crown until the expiration of the period of 7 days following the day of the return of the writs for the ensuing general election.
  4. If, as provided in subsection (2) or subsection (3), a person continues in office as a Minister of the Crown until the expiration of the period of 7 days following the day of the return of the writs referred to in either of those sections, he then ceases to hold office as a Minister of the Crown unless, since the return of the writs, he has again been appointed a Minister of the Crown.
So it looks like David Bartlett can retain the position of (caretaker) Premier for seven days after the return of writs for the election, but all ministerial positions become vacant after that time, hence the need for the Governor to appoint a Premier and Cabinet within seven days. --Canley (talk) 03:57, 8 April 2010 (UTC)
Excellent response, thanks Canley. -- Jack of Oz ... speak! ... 12:03, 8 April 2010 (UTC)


The Governor's reasons for decision are here (Governor's website) and here (ABC). I think it's important Wiki at least link to the former even if our reportage is from secondary sources. Orderinchaos 09:14, 9 April 2010 (UTC)
An expert view (from 2 days ago, but correctly predicted the decision) from Professor Herr of University of Tasmania here. Sorry I'm not doing the updates myself but I'm incredibly busy offline ahead of an overseas trip next week. Orderinchaos 09:32, 9 April 2010 (UTC)
Have rewritten "Outcome" based on these and other sources. Review would be welcome. Orderinchaos 17:30, 10 April 2010 (UTC)

Discrepancy between ABC and Tas EC results[edit]

I was using this for the infobox but noticed that party totals are lower there than the ones used in this article's results table, but the only link is to the Tas EC and I can't find a statewide vote count on there, only by division. Can anyone assist/fix? Thanks. Timeshift (talk) 19:14, 10 April 2010 (UTC)

Tasmanian Election - Final Summary of the Results by Antony Green at the ABC has the statewide final vote count. --Canley (talk) 03:08, 11 April 2010 (UTC)