State calls an early election for May 1
Tasmanians will head to the polls on May 1 after Premier Peter Gutwein called an early election for the state.
Liberal Premier Mr Gutwein and Labor Opposition Leader Rebecca White will now begin their campaigns to each try and convince Tasmanians that they should be running the state.
The election call comes after controversial MP Sue Hickey was kicked out of the Liberal Party this week, putting the government in minority.
After Mr Gutwein told Ms Hickey she would not be endorsed by the Liberals for the next election, she began her campaign to run as an independent.
Using parliamentary privilege, she alleged Mr Abetz said Ms Higgins "put the security of the nation at risk" by being so "disgustingly drunk" that she would "sleep with anybody".
Ms Higgins, a former Coalition adviser, alleges she was raped inside a minister's office in Parliament House by a colleague.
Mr Abetz categorically denies making the comments.
He said Ms Hickey was "trying to destroy the party" on the way out by accusing him of saying "horrendous" things.
The Tasmanian Liberal Party is preferred at 52 per cent against Labor's 27 per cent, the Launceston Examiner reported earlier in March.
Mr Gutwein in the preferred premier ratings was at 61 per cent, against Ms White's 26 per cent.
Originally published as State calls an early election for May 1