Barnett’s slip up spells bad move for Antarctic Division

Tasmanian Labor

Minister Guy Barnett appears
to have accidentally announced the Rockliff-Ferguson Government wants to move
the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) from Kingston to Macquarie Point.

Mr Barnett’s announcement in
the Parliament today foreshadows a bad move that would uproot up to 300
scientists, researchers and other workers from their purpose built facility at

The AAD’s Kingston base houses
science, electronics and electron microscopy labs, a krill research aquarium
and other operational and support facilities.

Just because the Macquarie
Point development is a mess and something has to be seen to be done, that should
not be the catalyst for such a move.

This move will make congestion for Kingborough and Huon Valley commuters worse, as a very high number of AAD staff live at Kingston and will only add to the already congested Southern Outlet.

Dean Winter MP

Shadow Minister for Economic Development

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