CommSec’s October 2019 State of the State’s report shows some sections of the Tasmanian economy is doing well but the Hodgman Minority Government was failing to do the heavy lifting.
Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said that the Liberals were not delivering on promises on jobs, housing and infrastructure.
“Tasmania’s economy is heavily reliant on increasing housing prices and population growth – but with continued Government inaction, these will become some of our greatest weaknesses,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“Will Hodgman and Peter Gutwein have failed to deliver on their promise to deliver the lowest jobless rate in the country.
“More than 3,500 full time jobs have been lost since the election, and if you don’t have a job you will take longer to find one than anywhere else in the nation.
“Population growth is a good thing but if you can’t put a roof over their head, or if they can’t get a job, or if they’re stuck in traffic, then economic growth will be stifled and people will suffer.
“The Liberals have underspent their infrastructure budget every year by about 25%, and many of their major projects, like the Bridgewater Bridge, the new TT-Line vessels and the Hobart Airport roundabout, are in disarray.
“Public housing waiting lists, on average, are almost 500 days long and rental affordability is the worst in the country.
“Tasmania has been losing ground on most economic measures this year, thanks to the complacency of Will Hodgman and Peter Gutwein.
“Tasmania needs leadership and vision, not gloating and spin.”
David O’Byrne MP – Shadow Treasurer