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In light of Burdens thread about North Queensland becoming a State of its own - we could go one further:

Tasmanian Independance.

When inspecting the concept of independence, we must look at the steps leading to federation and the prior conditions in the colony. . After doing so, we will look at the situation since federation. Is there enough justification to seek independence? How could it be done? What would the Commonwealth's response be? How could we not only survive, but survive successfully? It may be, that independence will NOT result in a "nightmare", but usher in, after an obvious period of adjustment, a prosperous, stable and healthy nation. We could remain as a Constitutional Monarchy or if the people decide, through the process of referendum, some form of a republic.

Independence for Tasmania from Australia would move rather smoothly. For instance there would be no problems with arranging or squabbling over borders and there is no reason why relations with the rest of Australia should not be co-operative, cordial and convenient to both sovereign nations. Our Premier would then become Prime Minister elected constitutionally by the People of Tasmania and our State flag would remain the same if the people so desired. The Governor of Tasmania would remain as executive head of our State. As an independent country, we could join the Commonwealth of Nations.
It's interesting to see how often, and over what issues, calls for independance from Canberra have come up - not to mention the level at which it has been raised from time to time.

Should it?

Could it?

Would it?
 

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cordial? HAH! Just wait til Canberra insists Hobart share its burden of federal debt.

You are the weakest link, good bye.
 

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There'll be a squabble over Hogan Island. But really, there are a few smaller countries, with bugger all resources, so there's no reason it couldn't survive as an independent country. I can't see the point though.
 

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We should plunder that hole first, and rape its women, or men if that suits you (which might actually help to widen the gene pool and add a few extra needed people, unless you targeted the barren shute of course, - win all around)
 
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Amazing that people think of such time wasting things that are probably not going to happen. Then again makes a break from writing non-stop crap about Zara.

Do something useful Tassie - remodel your airport instead of waste of time rubbish that won't happen.
 

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We're subsidizing Tasmania's existence and lifestyle by a big margin, even in times when people are belt tightening.

What resources do they have that the world needs anyway? Whale fishing? Timber? Dairy in King Island?
 
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cordial? HAH! Just wait til Canberra insists Hobart share its burden of federal debt.

You are the weakest link, good bye.
Interesting. What would determine its share of said debt - population or some other factor? If it were population and being the debt stands at around $200b that gives a figure of about $5/6b based on Tasmanias 2-3% of Australian population.

We're subsidizing Tasmania's existence and lifestyle by a big margin, even in times when people are belt tightening.

What resources do they have that the world needs anyway? Whale fishing? Timber? Dairy in King Island?
One example:

Zinc is the fourth most common metal in use, trailing only iron, aluminium, and copper with an annual production of about 12 million tonnes. The world's largest zinc producer is Nyrstar, a merger of the Australian OZ Minerals and the Belgian Umicore. About 70% of the world's zinc originates from mining, while the remaining 30% comes from recycling secondary zinc. Commercially pure zinc is known as Special High Grade, often abbreviated SHG, and is 99.995% pure.

Corrosion-resistant zinc plating of steel (hot-dip galvanizing) is the major application for zinc. Other applications are in batteries and alloys, such as brass. A variety of zinc compounds are commonly used, such as zinc carbonate and zinc gluconate (as dietary supplements), zinc chloride (in deodorants), zinc pyrithione (anti-dandruff shampoos), zinc sulfide (in luminescent paints), and zinc methyl or zinc diethyl in the organic laboratory.
Nyrstar is in Hobart, and is the largest zinc smelter on the planet.

Iceland is usually the comparison drawn - similar sized island and population... though with much less to go on than Tasmania. Should point out this - secession - hasn't rated a mention likely since the 1990's (as mentioned in the link in the op), though coming across Watsons piece, it was surprising how often it had cropped up prior through the 20th C.
 

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Interesting. What would determine its share of said debt - population or some other factor? If it were population and being the debt stands at around $200b that gives a figure of about $5/6b based on Tasmanias 2-3% of Australian population.
thats what TAsmania would like, but factor in the decades - a century since federation actually - of all the money that's generated in a different state and transferred to Tasmania over that timeframe and population base and you'd probably come up with a figure the Federal Government / other state governments would be happy with. Exactly the same argument as any other state except NSW and VIC.
 

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