A chameleon focussed on short-term fixes and lacking in sincerity and substance.
That's the impression David Bartlett has created of himself in his 100 days as Premier.
Mr Bartlett's first 100 days have been characterised by more backflips than an Olympic gymnastics routine.
He has made the former Premier, Paul Lennon, look like a man of strength and substance. For all his faults, at least Tasmanians knew where Mr Lennon stood.
"In his desperation for short-term fixes and a media headline, Mr Bartlett has flip-flopped all over the place such that no one knows where he stands," Leader of the State Opposition, Will Hodgman, said.
"This is not the strong leadership that Tasmania needs particularly after the debacles and scandals that have engulfed Labor during ten long years in office."
Some of the remarkable backflips performed by Mr Bartlett over the past 100 days include:
The chameleon " Mr Bartlett wavering in his support for the pulp mill; " Mr Bartlett flip flopping on whether the Forestry Tasmania wood supply agreement with Gunns should be extended; " Mr Bartlett indicating he would consider expanding forestry reserves, only to back away from that under pressure; " Mr Bartlett's "evolution of thought" on the need for an anti corruption body that he has previously opposed; and " Mr Bartlett's to-ing and fro'ing on public funding of the Gunns' water and effluent pipeline.
So far as a long term vision for Tasmania's future is concerned, Mr Bartlett is more concerned with tomorrow's headline.
As a result, the last 100 days have also been marked by policy on the run and a decided lack of substance. Examples include:
All talk and no action " Mr Bartlett's ten point plan to "restore trust" that has no detail attached whatsoever; " Mr Bartlett's policy to pay "super teachers" that was not backed up with any costings or budget commitments; " Mr Bartlett's stunt at the Local Government Association conference declaring his support for compulsory voting, that has not been backed up with action in any way and " Mr Bartlett's announcement of a new merit-based appointments regime but he cannot explain how it works.
Mr Hodgman said Mr Bartlett's lack of sincerity and substance was showing through after 100 days in the job, and this was increasingly grating with Tasmanians.
Lack of sincerity and substance " Announcing a new "policy" for merit-based appointments that apparently doesn't apply to his own office; " Announcing a master plan will be developed for the Hobart waterfront but that development can continue in the absence of the blueprint and a new hospital will be built on the waterfront regardless; " Promising a new era of transparency and accountability, but refusing to answer simple questions in Parliament or even allowing a vote on an Opposition move to establish a Commission of Inquiry into current allegations of corruption embroiling the government; " Finally accepting that Tasmania does needs an independent investigative body for allegations such as corruption - but he says it is not needed for current police investigations into government corruption, even though Mr Bartlett says police are not "truly independent" and; " Promises to introduce legislation to establish the three new educational organisations for his Tasmania Tomorrow Reforms, but when he doesn't deliver, appoints people to these boards that don't exist anyway.
In addition, Mr Bartlett's handling of the Pacific National rail pull-out, the debacle that was the announcement of the redevelopment of the Brooke St Pier on the Hobart waterfront, and the challenges confronting the pulp mill show naivety and inexperience.
Mr Hodgman said one thing was clear after 100 days of the Bartlett Premiership - Tasmania had a new Premier and the same old rotten Labor Government that has been in office for ten long years.
Mr Bartlett's 100th day as Premier is tomorrow.