Tasmanian MPs shun Canberra

Most of Tasmania's MPs will skil an emergency sitting in Canberra this week in a bid to avoid unnecessary travel. Around a third of Lower House members are expected to attend tomorrow's sitting, which has been called to implement the Federal Government's $130 billion JobKeeper payment. Although federal politicians are exempt from Tasmania's strict mandatory 14-day isolation period as they are deemed essential travellers, some have already been voluntarily isolating. 

A spokeswoman for Braddon Liberal MP Gavin Pearce said Mr Pearce was not going, as he was due to emerge from 14 days' vountary self-isolation today, which he entered after returning from the last sitting of parliament. 

Mr Pearce's liberal collague, Bass MP Bridget Archer, will travel to Canberra, as will Labor Franklin MP Julie Collins, Independent Clark MP Andrew Wilkie and Labor Lyons MP Brian Mitchell will be staying home.