Scott Bacon knows Labor’s reckless spending would immediately drive Tasmania into deficit and almost double net debt across the forward estimates – that’s why he has refused to deliver an alternative Budget.
When costed, Labor’s State Budget thought bubbles, including a blanket 3 per cent per annum public sector wage rise and opposition to the government efficiency dividend, would blow a $790.5 million hole in the Budget bottom line, driving State net debt to more than $1.9 billion by 2022-23.
If yesterday’s Budget Estimates hearings were anything to go by, the remainder of the week is certain to be an unnecessarily tedious and repetitive affair.
In what can only be due to a lack of preparation and imagination, both Labor and the Greens have continuously asked the exact same questions across all hearings – not because the answers were not provided, but simply because they did not like the answers.
Will Hodgman, Premier & Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Tasmania’s visitor economy is stronger than ever before, and the 2019-20 State Budget is focused on maintaining the momentum with investments that will drive growth in tourism across every region of the State.