Tasmanians are heading to an election poll that promises that the leaders of the two major parties will not rule in the minority.
The Liberal Party’s administration is calling for a historic third term on Saturday after calling for elections a year ahead of schedule.
However, feeling that Labor’s level of support for the opposition is rising, a prominent independent member of Clark’s Hobart constituency could hang Congress.
Prime Minister Peter Gutwein, who said the Liberal Party would not rule in the minority, voted with his wife Amanda in Launceston.
“Voters can choose between certainty, stability, and either the majority Liberal government or the minority government that retreats us,” he told reporters.
The Liberal Party regained power in 2018, winning 13 seats in the 25-seat House of Representatives and a majority of one narrow seat.
An early election was held in April after Chairman Sue Hickey resigned from the Liberal Party and became independent, plunging the government into a minority.
On Friday, Labor opposition leader Rebecca White said she would not lead a minority government and that no one in her party would.
“We’re campaigning to win. Throughout this campaign, I said that’s all I’m working on,” she said.
“My only focus, and my team’s only focus, is to win a majority Labor government.”
Gutwayne and liberals have skyrocketed in popularity due to the management of the coronavirus, but recent voter surveys have shown that their support may be on the slides.
A poll by uComms at the Australian Institute found that 41 percent were Liberal, 32 percent were Labor, 12 percent were independent, and 11 percent were independent.
The mayors of Hicky and Glennoke and fellow independent Christie Johnston were able to get a fair amount of votes at Clark.
After voting in the northern suburbs of Hobart, Hicky said on Saturday, “I’m more confident because it was a great campaign with so many people working together.”
“People have been very disillusioned with the majority government. They want change and I hope it can.”
Gutwayne, who first confronted voters as prime minister after becoming leader in early 2020, pointed to the state’s strong economic recovery from COVID-19.
The nine-seat Labor Party says Tasmania’s expanded health care system means that the time has come for change after seven years of the Liberal government.
Gutwayne continues to support the embarrassed Braddon candidate Adam Brooks, who has been accused of using his pseudonym to create an online profile and dating a woman using an alias.
“Mr. Brooks … strongly denies these claims,” Gutwayne said.
Of Tasmania’s 392,000 registered voters, more than 45,000 have already voted by pre-voting and postal voting, which is estimated to reach 60,000. Voting ends at 6 pm.