Vote tipped for MLC seat

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - DAVID KILLICK

THE ex­pected res­ig­na­tion of Lib­eral mem­ber Vanessa Good­win is likely to prompt a by-elec­tion in the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil di­vi­sion of Pem­broke in Novem­ber.

Ms Good­win has re­signed from Cabi­net due to ill health.

Her for­mal res­ig­na­tion from Par­lia­ment is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered to Gov­er­nor Kate Warner on Mon­day.

Tas­ma­nian Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner An­drew Hawkey said he pro­ce­dures for a by­elec­tion re­quired it to be com­menced within 40 days of the va­cancy.

“The mem­ber wish­ing to re­sign from the House would pro­vide a for­mal let­ter to Her Ex­cel­lency the Gov­er­nor to that ef­fect,” he said.

“The Gov­er­nor would then in­form me and di­rect we hold a by-elec­tion.”

The last Up­per House by­elec­tion was in Pem­broke in Au­gust 2009, when Ms Good­win was elected ahead of Greens can­di­date Wendy Heat­ley after the de­par­ture of Ali­son Ritchie.

Ms Good­win was re-elected in 2013. An elec­tion in Pem­broke was not sched­uled un­til 2019.

Mem­bers of the 15-seat Up­per House are elected for six-year terms.

Elec­tions are gen­er­ally held on a ros­ter of three seats in one year, and in two the next.

This year elec­tions were held in Launce­s­ton, Murchi­son and Rom­ney. Next year will be the di­vi­sions of Ho­bart and Prosser.

Pre­mier Will Hodg­man said the Lib­er­als would run a can­di­date to “fill the big shoes” of Vanessa Good­win.

“The party or­gan­i­sa­tion will make a de­ci­sion. Need­less to say it’s a seat that’s been well­held by Vanessa Good­win for some time.

“I would ex­pect the party would move to en­dorse a can­di­date as soon as pos­si­ble to con­test the elec­tion.”

La­bor leader Re­becca White said her party would also stand a can­di­date.

“We will be look­ing to run a can­di­date in ev­ery elec­tion that oc­curs be­tween now and the state elec­tion and be­yond,”

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant that peo­ple have the op­por­tu­nity to vote for a La­bor can­di­date if there’s an elec­tion and we’re look­ing to find a suit­able can­di­date to put their hand up.”

The Gov­er­nor will swear in the Gov­ern­ment’s new min­istry on Mon­day, Gov­ern­ment House said in a state­ment.

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