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Tasmanian News

Petition for King Is secession 'bizarre'

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Disgruntled residents of King Island are pushing to secede from Tasmania.

Lack of reliable shipping services means the local pub often runs out of beer, and it impacts on tourism and produce.

Residents are petitioning the Prime Minister and the Queen to back the move and put Victoria in charge.

Tasmanian economist Saul Eslake said many islanders consider themselves Victorians.

"King Island people look to Victoria and Melbourne more than they do Hobart, they tend to read Melbourne papers, they tend to listen to Victorian and Melbourne radio stations and TV stations and they have a better air service to the mainland than they do to the rest of Tasmania," Mr Eslake said.

Petition founder Jill Monro believes many people on King Island 'have never felt part of Tasmania', coming from interstate as part of soldier settlement schemes, the island's mayor, Duncan McFie, is having none it.

"It's just bizarre; 20 years ago there was some talk of the island seceding and what happens is, when people don't really understand how government works and they get upset about things not being the way they want them to [be] they jump up and down and make a noise like this," Councillor McFie said.

Image: By Chris Hadfield @ NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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