Pollies get out and about as poll looms

TASMANIA has a new Premier and Deputy and the state will go to the polls to elect the next federal government in five weeks.

In a big week in politics, Braddon MP Jeremy Rockliff was elected unopposed as Premier following the shock resignation of Peter Gutwein.

Bass MP Michael Ferguson was elected unopposed as his deputy after Clark MP Elise Archer back-flipped on her plan to stand for the deputy position.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison flicked the switch and called the election for May 21.

Bass, Braddon and Lyons are considered in play for both major parties so locals can expect to see plenty of political activity in the area.

Even prior to the election being called local candidates were out on the hustings.

Labor Lyons MP Brian Mitchell holds the seat by a margin of 5.5 per cent and is being challenged by Liberal Susie Bower and Green Liz Johnstone.

More candidates may emerge before in the next week.

Local businessman Ray Williams will be the lead Senate candidate for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.

In his first speech as Premier, Mr Rockliff said his “vision for Tasmania is simple. It is to be a place where everyone feels valued, included, encouraged and supported to be the best they can be “I love Tasmania, I Iove our people.

“I was born and bred here, I’ve farmed the land here, Tasmania is in my blood.”
“I am very pleased to have Michael Ferguson as Deputy Premier and Treasurer, and I thank him for his support and his encouragement. I value his experience – Michael’s economic and infrastructure credentials, and his very strong work ethic.”

On Monday he announced Bass MHR Jo Palmer would be elevated to Cabinet as Minister for Primary Industries.