Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Tanner, S. J.. "Media, minority government, politics and policy." Minority Government: The Liberal Green Experience in Tasmania. Ed.K. Crowley. Hobart: University of Tasmania, 2012, 83-97.


Between 1989, when five Green independents were elected to the Houseof Assembly, and 1998, Tasmania experienced two three~year periodsof minority government during which the Greens held the balanceof power. The purpose of this chapter is to look at the media's treatmentof the most recent of these periods, 1996 to 1998, when government wasin the hands of the Liberal Party under Tony Rundle and the Greens werein an informal, co~operative relationship with the Liberals. The particularfocus of the chapter is the nature of the relationship between journalistsand politicians in the context of Tasmania and from the perspective of thekey politicians. The intent is not to provide a balanced view, but rather toprovide an insight from the point of view of the politicians involved.