Latest News from the Tasmanian Liberals
Elise Archer, Acting Treasurer
Tasmania’s thriving economy is continuing to create opportunities throughout the State with Australian Bureau of Statistics showing job vacancies increasing by a nation leading 16.7 per cent in the November 2018 quarter.
Compared to the previous year, job vacancies in Tasmania are up 40 per cent, a growth rate second only to Western Australia.
The Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority is jobs. Under our long-term plan, around 14,500 jobs have been created since March 2014.
Roger Jaensch, Acting Minister for Building and Construction
The Australian Bureau of Statistics today confirmed that the extraordinary momentum in Tasmania’s building and construction sector is continuing.
The latest data from the ABS shows that the number of dwelling approvals in Tasmania for the November 2018 quarter was 14 per cent above the level of a year ago, in contrast to double-digit declines in most other jurisdictions and nationally.
The total value of building work approved in Tasmania also increased by 39 per cent over the year to November 2018.
Will Hodgman, Premier & Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
The Tasmanian Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey released today confirm our tourism industry continues to grow at a sustainable rate across every region of the State.
The Government’s strategy is to encourage our visitors to stay longer, see more of our State, and spend more while they are here. These results show our Plan is working.
Guy Barnett, Minister for Primary Industries and Water
Thanks to the single largest biosecurity action of its kind in Tasmania, the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in Northern Tasmania have been lifted.
This means that from 12:01am on 9 January 2019 normal movement of fruit around the State have resumed.
Lifting of restrictions on mainland Tasmania is a huge respite for fruit growers and our economy more broadly, especially within rural communities.
Will Hodgman, Premier & Minister for Trade
Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics’ International Merchandise Exports figures confirm Tasmania’s incredibly strong international trade results continue, with the value of our exports surging by 17.7 per cent compared to the previous year.
Tasmania’s exports hit $3.8 billion in the year to November 2018 – the highest level ever recorded for the State.
Elise Archer, Minister for Racing
The 2019 TAB Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival is now underway after being officially launched in Launceston today.
The Summer Racing Carnival is a terrific time for Tasmanians to get trackside, have a great day at the races, and support an industry that sustains thousands of jobs across the State.
The Carnival kicks off with the Simons Design Devonport Cup tomorrow and continues with the 2019 TAB Hobart Cup on Sunday, 10 February and the TAB Launceston Cup on Wednesday, 27 February.
Will Hodgman, Premier & Minister for Parks
Since coming to Government in 2014, there has been an increase of 29.89 FTE in staff across the Parks and Wildlife Service. Union claims suggesting otherwise are false.
It is disappointing, but sadly not surprising, that unions have chosen to criticise and politicise the response to a significant bushfire and extreme weather event.