Tasmanian State Election 2018

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman has officially called the 2018 state election to be held on Saturday 3 March.

The timeline for the election will see:

  • Issue of the Writs & Close of Roll – 6pm, Monday 5 February
  • Nominations Close – 12 noon, Tuesday 13 February
  • Announcement of Nominations – 12 noon, Wednesday 14 February
  • Pre-poll voting commences – 8:30am, Monday 19 February
  • Polling day commences – 8:00am, Saturday 3 March
  • Polling day closes – 6:00pm, Saturday 3 March

Polling by Enterprise Marketing and Research Services (EMRS) suggests that the election will be very tight. Most commentators and pundits are predicting a hung Parliament with the Greens or possibly the Jacqui Lambie Network holding the balance of power with independents.

The Hare-Clark system utilised in Tasmania makes confidently predicting outcomes, particularly in tight contests, extremely difficult.  Analysis by the ABC suggests that of the 25 seats, 17 are safe, leaving eight up for grabs.

There are five House of Assembly, lower house, divisions: –

  • Bass,
  • Braddon,
  • Denison,
  • Franklin, and
  • Lyons.

They have the same boundaries as the five Commonwealth House of Representatives divisions for Tasmania. Each division is represented by five Members of the House of Assembly.

Southern Christian College is located in Franklin, Capstone College in Lyons and Geneva Christian College in Braddon.

CSA is working with member schools in Tasmania to ensure that our concerns are raised with the major parties through the election campaign.