Saturday, April 17, 2010

Nick McKim rejects government ministry offer

From ABC News online this afternoon

Nick McKim has said no to the Tasmanian Premier's offer of a ministry position.
Labor pains deliver first Green minister Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKim has rejected Premier David Bartlett's invitation to become the state's first Green minister.
Mr McKim says he believed the negotiations were conducted in good faith but he could not agree to the deal.
The Greens leader says tomorrow's deadline was too short and he was concerned the offer of one ministry position would not give the Greens a fair representation in cabinet.
Mr McKim says the door is still open for further negotiations.
"I've indicated in my letter that should he be prepared to make a more reasonable offer, one that better reflects the will of the Tasmanian people and better delivers government stability we would of course be prepared to consider such an offer," he said.

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