Border reopening date good for business

Tasmanian Labor
  • Labor
    welcomes border reopening date, subject to public health advice
  • Move
    consistent with Labor’s calls to provide certainty to business, get people into
    jobs
  • Premier must
    expedite talks to secure direct flights to safe states
  • Tasmanian Labor welcomes the Premier setting a date
    for the reopening of borders, subject to public health advice.

    Labor Leader Rebecca White said the move is
    consistent with Labor’s calls in recent weeks for the Premier to provide more
    certainty for business and get people back into jobs.

    “The setting of Friday 24 July for our border to
    reopen will provide the clarity businesses have been asking for so they can
    start taking bookings to welcome visitors to Tasmania again and get people back
    into jobs,” Ms White said.

    “While subject to public health advice like all other
    stages of the roadmap to recovery have been, having a date to work towards will
    allow businesses to begin planning to restart their operations.

    “This announcement is particularly important for the hospitality and tourism
    sectors which have suffered some of the biggest job losses throughout the
    pandemic.

    I would urge the Premier to expedite
    discussions with airlines to secure direct flights to states that have
    successfully suppressed the virus so we can help get people back into jobs in
    Tasmania and support businesses to recover.

    “Quite frankly, it is surprising that after attacking
    Labor for suggesting we set a date to reopen borders to safe states, the
    Premier has announced he is contemplating opening up all borders, including to
    Victoria.

    “The Premier accused Labor of playing politics in
    calling for a date, only to announce our suggestion the very next day.

    “We are simply backing Tasmanian businesses and
    workers and we will continue to put the jobs of Tasmanians first.

    “Labor’s COVID-19
    Recovery Package
    ,
    which has been submitted to the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Council, is
    designed to get people into jobs, help those hardest hit by the pandemic and
    create a better, fairer state for everyone.

    “I would urge the Premier to look beyond politics and seriously consider Labor’s ideas so that all Tasmanians benefit from our recovery.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

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