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DEVELOPMENTS   IN TASMANIAN     POLITICS

Dr. Turnbull Withdraws  

Support      

HOBART, Thursday.  

There were further dramatic

developments in the Tas-  

manian political situation to-

day, when Dr. Turnbull indi-   cated that he could not sup-   port the new Premier (Mr.   Brooker), and, as a result, the Labour Party is likely to be   without a majority.  

Early to-day, the Premier (Mr.   Cosgrove) handed his resignation to     the Governor, who called on Mr.     Brooker, the Minister for Lands and   Works, and Deputy Premier, to form

a Government.             Mr. Cosgrove later received a tele-     gram from Dr. Turnbull stating    

that "as no assurance is forthcoming

from you or Mr. Brooker, regarding health matters and party funds, I regret that I cannot support Mr. Brooker, and the Governor should be

informed that Mr. Brooker no longer   has a majority."  

Mr. Cosgrove told Dr. Turnbull   that it would be for the House of   Assembly to say whether or not Mr.

Brooker's Government had the confi-    

dence of the House.      

The Labour Party has a majority   of only one on the floor of the   House and, therefore, depends on Dr. Turnbull's support.         Dr. Turnbull said that in the event  

of an election next year, he would not seek endorsement as a Labour  

candidate as he considered he would

not be acceptable.      

Mr. Cosgrove said this afternoon  

that he had decided to resign in what he believed to be the best in-   terests of the Premiership and the Labour Party.    

There was nothing more to say except to remind people that he had not yet been heard in his defence.

"I am certain that my innocence will be fully established, Mr. Cos- grove added.

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