Labor’s big guns abandon White

Elise Archer,Liberal Member for Clark

Labor Members of Parliament this afternoon sought to distance themselves from the disastrous leadership of Rebecca White, declining the opportunity to vote on a motion to back their leader.

Despite having ample opportunity to stand up and defend Rebecca White’s ailing leadership during a private Member’s motion, not one senior member of her Shadow Ministry spoke in her defence.

Nor did David or Michelle O’Byrne enter the House of Assembly to defend Rebecca White or show solidarity.

After five and a half years in Opposition, and two and a half years with Ms White as leader, Labor still has no long-term plan for Tasmania’s economic future, nor apologised for the 10,000 jobs lost under the last Labor-Green Government.

Following the unprecedented public intervention of former Labor senior figures, including former Premiers, Paul Lennon and David Bartlett, to restore policy consistency, it is clear Rebecca White has lost control of her caucus.

Labor is in chaos.

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