Tasmania could have a new premier by this afternoon, more than two weeks after the March poll delivered a hung Parliament.
Caretaker Premier David Bartlett is due to meet Governor Peter Underwood about 3:00pm after the declaration of the polls.
Mr Underwood will consider who should govern the state in a minority government, with the Greens holding the balance of power.
Three scenarios could play out: the Governor could take Mr Bartlett’s advice and invite the Liberals to form a goverment; he could send Mr Bartlett to Parliament as Premier to test his support on the floor; or he could seek guarantees from all parties on how they would achieve stable government.
Greens leader Nick McKim has this message for the Governor: “It remains open to us to offer our support to the existing government, the Labor government of the day,” he said.
On the eve of today’s poll declarations, Mr McKim again invited both leaders to negotiate a power-sharing deal.
He has promised to pass budgets no matter what but will not rule out no-confidence motions without a formal agreement.
“I’m not going to hypothesise today about what might happen in the future,” he said.