Tasmania's new Premier Will Hodgman speaks at the tally room in Hobart, Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Tasmania's new Premier Will Hodgman speaks at the tally room in Hobart, Saturday, March 15, 2014. AAP Image - Rob Blakers

Coalition ends 16 years of Labor Government

TASMANIA is now firmly Coalition territory, after the state's Liberal party swept to power in its best election result in six decades, ending 16 years of Labor rule.

But after two state elections on Saturday, the result in South Australia is less certain, with Labor negotiating with two independents in a bid to maintain power.

With only 80% of the Tasmanian vote counted, the state's longest-serving Opposition Leader, Will Hodgman, will be the state's next Premier, with 14 seats in the 25-seat parliament confirmed.

Mr Hodgman told reporters in Hobart, Tasmanians had "voted for change" after Labor held minority government through a deal with The Greens.

The change of government could also see the end to a long-negotiated forestry deal, with Mr Hodgman saying the state wanted a "change" on the controversial issue.

In SA, more than 260,000 postal votes could yet see the Liberals in government, but a buoyant Premier Jay Weatherill has indicated he thinks Labor may govern again.

Both Mr Weatherill and SA's Liberal leader Steven Marshall are now in talks with two key independents, Geoff Brock and Bob Such, who could soon hold the balance of power.


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