Buck stops with Premier for ‘essential’ workers

Tasmanian Labor
  • Gutwein hiding behind State Controller
  • Tasmanian jobs and public health must be priority
  • ‘Essential’ worker process needs overhaul
  • Peter Gutwein must stop
    using the State Controller as a human shield and take responsibility for the
    essential worker process.

    Shadow Minister for Building
    and Construction Jen Butler said the Premier’s comments this afternoon show a
    man trying to distance himself from a scandal.

    “Peter Gutwein can’t on one
    hand be the Premier and front man of the COVID-19 crisis and on the other
    pretend the essential worker process is nothing to do with him.

    “It’s laughable for him to
    say that a consultant needed to be physically present in Tasmania to ‘sign off
    on the opening of a hotel’, at a time when stringent border requirements are
    supposed to be in place.

    “The entire essential worker
    process needs to be reviewed, and recalibrated to put Tasmanians first.

    “Peter Gutwein handballs
    responsibility to the State Controller, who has made it very clear he and his
    department are not responsible for workforce capacity testing.

    “The Premier of Tasmania should be standing up for Tasmanian jobs, and standing up for public health. That means overseeing a process that means nobody enters the state on a quarantine exemption unless they are genuinely an essential worker.”

    Jen Butler

    Shadow Minister for Building and Construction

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