Tasmania no leech: Premier

Tasmania's Premier wants to dispel the perception that the island state is a "leech" on the rest of the country.

Lara Giddings is in Canberra to address the National Press Club.

She says there is a dark cloud hanging over Tasmania because of the debate over the distribution of the goods and services tax.

Ms Giddings says Western Australia is wrong to claim Tasmania is a mendicant state.

"We are a vibrant state, a state with a strong future, a state that's looking to the opportunities that are presented in Asia, the opportunities presented off the back of our investment in irrigation and renewable energy and,, of course, the NBN as well," she said.

"So there's a lot for us to be looking forward to." Ms Giddings is not allowing yesterday's grim public opinion poll to distract her.

Support for Labor has dropped three points since November and now sits at just 17 per cent.

Over the same period its minority government partner, the Greens, gained three points to 15 per cent.

Political analyst Tony McCall says the Greens are benefiting from the Government's progressive social agenda.

"Marriage equality, euthanasia and indeed the forestry reform is not actually benefiting Labor." Ms Giddings says she is proud of the agenda and it will be a focus of her address today.

"It's time to remind other Australians about that." The speech will be telecast live on ABC-1 and ABC News 24 from 12.30pm.

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