Lines Drawn on Major Issues Facing the Tasmanian Electorate

Tasmanian state election independent candidate for Clark Kristie Johnston and independent candidate for Clark Sue Hickey during a press conference in Hobart, Friday, March 8, 2024. Independent and minor party candidates at the Tasmanian election have signed a pledge in conjunction with The Australia Institute to end native forest logging. (AAP Image/Ethan James)
AAP Image/Ethan James


Australia Institute polling research shows a majority of Tasmanian voters support action on integrity in politics, salmon farming, forestry, and housing affordability.

Key findings:

  • More than three quarters of Tasmanians support a new, fit for purpose anti-corruption commission.
  • 69% of Tasmanians support reducing inshore salmon sites, compared to 22% who oppose.
  • 58% of voters support a ban on rent increases above the rate of inflation, compared to 32% who oppose a ban.
  • 57% of Tasmanians support banning political donations from the gambling, salmon farming and property development industries.
  • 57% of Tasmanians are opposed to the Liberal Government’s plan to make 40,000 hectares of native forest available for logging.
  • Only among Liberal voters do more support (70%) than oppose (23%) the proposal (73% of Labor, 96% of Greens, 65% of Jacqui Lambie Network, 77% of independent and 50% of other voters opposed to the proposal).

“With both major party’s ignoring voters’ environmental concerns this election, our polling clearly shows Tasmanian’s will not be satisfied with political jockeying and a continuation of the status quo,” said Eloise Carr, Director of the Australia Institute Tasmania.

“Eight in 10 Tasmanians support a new, fit-for-purpose anti-corruption commission. Tasmanians are witnessing blatant pork barreling by the Government, even after the Integrity Commission found grants at previous elections did not meet the principles of accountability, openness, fairness or value for money.

“Polls have found around 7 in 10 Tasmanians want salmon farming out of inshore waters, and nearly 2 in 3 do not want to see native forests logged. The science on these issues is clear – yet the two major parties keep ignoring the evidence and the will of the people to address the problem.”

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