Tasmanian parliament delayed a week

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Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff has delayed the return of parliament to avoid trying to govern in a minority.

Parliament was scheduled to resume from winter recess on Tuesday, but on Monday Mr Rockliff announced he would push it back a week until August 16.

Without delaying the return to parliament, Mr Rockliff's government would be outnumbered by non-government members.

The predicament comes after the resignation of MP Jacquie Petrusma late last month for personal reasons.

A recount will be held on Monday 15 August.

"This is important so that we can have the new Liberal member for Franklin in the parliament," Mr Rockliff told reporters on Monday.

"We have a strong agenda ahead of us - housing authority bill, family violence legislation and climate change legislation.

"It is important we do that with the full complement with the Liberal majority team."

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