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Government spending reined in

Sarah Courtney, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to openness and transparency.

We are the first Tasmanian Government to proactively release information on Government spending.

Today, we are releasing an update on spending through ministerial and parliamentary support for the six-month period from March to August 2017.

The Government reports on this type of spending every six months and it shows conclusively that we are keeping spending down, as we promised, so that we can invest in essential services.

Households and small businesses have to live within their means so it is equally appropriate for the Government to do the same.

The report shows that we are maintaining our strong focus on financial discipline, with spending down in a number of key areas like FTE staff in Ministerial and electorate offices and credit card expenses for Government chiefs-of-staff.

Spending was also down on intrastate, interstate and overseas travel expenses, entertainment expenses and the use of taxis is also down compared with the same six-month period in the previous year.

The information is available here - http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/rti/MPS_routine_disclosure_log