Tasmanian election: Hodgman secures second term under claims of being ‘bought’ by pokies lobby

Will Hodgman hugs his wife Nicky

The Tasmanian Liberals have landed a second term of majority government under Will Hodgman, as opposition parties cry foul over a state election they claim was “bought”.

The Liberals have secured at least 13 seats, enough to govern in their own right, despite a projected 5.5 per cent swing to Labor.

Mr Hodgman is only the second Liberal in Tasmania to win consecutive elections with a majority.

In his victory speech he said it was a privilege to be the premier of Tasmania.

“Four years ago they [Tasmanians] voted for change, tonight they have voted for no change,” he said in the Hobart tally room.

“[They voted] to stick to the direction this state is heading in and take our state to the next level.”

For Mr Hodgman, it was a bittersweet victory.

via Tasmanian election: Will Hodgman secures second term under claims of being ‘bought’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)