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Former minister Jane Howlett eyes Lyons seat to support Liberal re-election bid

Pulse Tasmania
Jeremy Rockliff and Jane Howlett

Current Legislative Council member Jane Howlett is changing course in an attempt to boost the Liberals’ chances of securing a majority government.

A former government minister, Howlett aims to aid the re-election of a Rockliff majority Liberal Government by contesting the seat of Lyons.


“Tasmania needs certainty and stability and I will be running to help secure the re-election of a majority Rockliff Liberal Government so we can take action on the issues affecting you right now,” she said.

“I believe my record of achievement, particularly in the southern parts of Lyons, will help the Liberal team to win four seats in the electorate.”

Firefighters fight a bushfire near Risdon Vale. Jane Howlett trailer. Image / Pulse

Howlett is a familiar figure in southern communities and despite facing controversy in her political career, her decision to run for the Lyons seat has been met with support from Premier Jeremy Rockliff.

“Jane and I both grew up on farms.  It’s in our blood,” he said.

Labor say Jane Howlett has questions to answer from when she was the Sport Minister and oversaw the establishment of the Jackjumpers. Image / Pulse

“She knows the value of regional Tasmania, and the power it has when given certainty and stability.”

“Jane’s putting her hand up for Lyons in this upcoming election and I believe she’ll make an excellent addition.”


Labor say Howlett’s announcement is another example that confirms the Liberals have ‘run out of new ideas’.

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