Latest News from the Tasmanian Liberals
Guy Barnett, Minister for Energy
David O’Byrne’s ridiculous fearmongering on federal energy legislation is nothing but another attempt to outshine Rebecca White and get himself in the news.
O’Byrne’s scaremongering is completely baseless. The legislation is designed to crack down on energy companies responsible for skyrocketing mainland power prices.
There is no way in the world Hydro will be privatised. It’s an important Government asset and plays a key role in helping Tasmanians get the lowest power prices in the nation.
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Infrastructure
TT Line and the Spirit of Tasmania ferries are delivering record freight volumes, record passenger numbers and economic growth and jobs for our state.
This is a commitment that has been delivered by the Hodgman majority Liberal Government as we take tourism and economic growth to the next level.
The Spirit of Tasmania ferries carried a record 448,764 passengers for 2017-18, which is three per cent more than the previous year.
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
Another month, and Tasmania’s record-breaking run of retail trade has once again continued, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirming 48 months of consecutive growth.
Tasmanians continued to spend more in October, with retail trade coming in at $550 million in trend terms, an increase of 0.3 per cent over the previous month – the second fastest growth rate in the nation.
Tasmania’s retail trade was 5.8 per cent higher than a year ago - the second highest annual growth rate in the country.
Will Hodgman, Premier and Minister for Trade
Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics’ International Merchandise Exports figures, for the year to October 2018, confirm that Tasmania leads the nation with the value of exports surging by 19.5 per cent compared to the previous year.
This represents the largest annual growth rate in the nation, and growth at more than double the national rate.
In the year to October 2018, Tasmanian exports totalled $3.748 billion.
Sarah Courtney, Minister for Resources
Sustainable Timber Tasmania has achieved its first operational profit in 10 years demonstrating the sound management of the company under the Hodgman Majority Liberal Government.
An underlying net profit of $5.948 million has been delivered for the period
The company is also now debt-free and has delivered the State of Tasmania a $15 million special dividend.
STT’s operations and the forest production it generates make significant economic and social contributions including:
Guy Barnett, Minister for Energy
Tasmanians can rest assured that the Hodgman Majority Liberal Government will do nothing that compromises the Tasmania First Energy Policy or the State’s energy security, nor will we privatise Hydro Tasmania.
I am not concerned that the Federal Government’s legislation will impact on Hydro Tasmania, given the regulatory framework in place in Tasmania.
Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts
Large-scale dinosaurs will be on display at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) following the opening of a new touring exhibition called Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival.
Tasmanian-based company Gondwana Studios developed the exhibition, transforming TMAG into the ancient world of dinosaurs with animatronic models, giant skeletons, large-scale murals and fossil casts that visitors can touch.