Latest News from the Tasmanian Liberals
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
Labor Leader Rebecca White has seemingly walked away from all but one of her Election promises.
Who could blame her, after Ms White and her policies failed Labor and led them to their third worst election defeat.
Ms White released about 100 headline policies during the election, yet today she is only spruiking one single policy: industry advisory councils.
Ms White must use her Budget in Reply speech to detail exactly what Labor stands for and which Election promises Labor is walking away from.
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
Any promise Labor’s Rebecca White makes today is not worth the paper its scribbled on without an Alternative Budget.
Without an Alternative Budget, Ms White’s promises mean nothing.
Without an Alternative Budget, Ms White has zero credibility when it comes to budget management.
Without an Alternative Budget, Ms White can never seriously be considered leader of an Alternative Government.
Will Hodgman, Premier
Tasmania will host four games of the inaugural Hockey Pro League season, a new international competition, involving the Australian Hockeyroos and Kookaburras.
The competition will generate significant international exposure for Hobart, with games broadcast live around the globe.
The Government has provided $200,000 to host games in 2019 and 2020, which will be held in February.
The inaugural season of the Hockey Pro League begins on 19 January 2019, with 152 matches scheduled to take place between January and June.
Michael Ferguson, Leader of the House
It is one thing for Labor to whinge about the State Budget, however to outright lie on social media is a new low, and a sign of Rebecca White’s increasing desperation. Last week’s budget confirms that we will deliver on everything we committed to at the election, that our commitments are fully funded and that they will be delivered on time.
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Will Hodgman, Premier & Minister for Trade
The Tasmanian Government welcomes the announcement today that the Turnbull Government is launching negotiations with the European Union on a Free Trade Agreement.
Today’s announcement will support our objective to support Tasmanian businesses to increase their international export potential into new markets with a level playing field that the FTA should provide.
Sarah Courtney, Minister for Primary Industries and Water
The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) is investigating the detection of an introduced soft-shell clam on a beach at the Prosser River, at Orford.
This represents the first detection of this species, Mya japonica, in the Southern Hemisphere and the response is being managed is accordance with the National System for the Prevention and Management of Marine Pest Incursion with nationally agreed protocols.
Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health
The new $7 million ward at the Hobart Repatriation Hospital will be operational within weeks, helping to ease pressure on the Royal Hobart Hospital and deliver more capacity for the health system.
The 22 new beds, as part of the Repat upgrade, come on top of the roll out of 298 new beds across the state, outlined in the Budget. The beds will be progressively rolled out as new wards and redevelopments are completed, to deliver the physical space to enable capacity to expand.