Failed former Health Minister cannot fail Tasmanians on crucial infrastructure

Tasmanian Labor
  • Ferguson must guarantee Tasmanians he will build after disaster in health
  • Hodgman Government’s infrastructure agenda was already in chaos
  • Ferguson must produce immediate results after being dumped from health
  • The Minority Hodgman Liberal
    Government is risking crucial infrastructure projects by placing the
    responsibility to build in the hands of the failed former Health Minister
    Michael Ferguson.

    “While patients and health and
    hospital staff may be cheering at the news that they will no longer be at the
    mercy of an incompetent Minister, commuters stuck in traffic or traveling on
    dangerous roads will now have cause to worry,” Shadow Infrastructure Minister
    David O’Byrne said.

    “The government’s infrastructure
    agenda is already in chaos and it cannot be allowed to slip into further
    disarray on the failed Minister’s watch.

    “Michael Ferguson’s disastrous
    tenure as Health Minister is well documented but he cannot be allowed to bungle
    the critical job of building for Tasmania’s future.

    “Tasmanians want and deserve to see
    things built and they cannot be let down yet again.

    “But already, the Spirit
    replacements are in crisis, local projects are being delayed and the Bruny
    Ferry remains an unacceptable headache for commuters.

    “July 1 was deadline day for
    delivering the Liberals 30-year infrastructure strategy but yet again it has
    been delayed and is now six months overdue.

    “Over the past five years, not one
    road infrastructure project has been commenced or completed in Tasmania that
    was not already announced by the previous Federal and State Labor Governments.”

    Infrastructure projects that have been delayed include:

    • The TT Line Spirit replacements
    • The Hobart Airport Interchange
    • The Midland Highway
    • A South East Traffic Solution
    • Binalong Bay Road
    • The Mowbray Interconnector

    “Michael Ferguson has another thing
    coming if he believes he can now take it easy after his five years of failure
    on the health and hospital system,” Mr O’Byrne said.

    “Just as he was held to account for his chaotic handling of Tasmania’s health system, he will be held to account for the critical lack of an infrastructure agenda from the Government.”

    David O’Byrne MP

    Shadow Minister for Infrastructure

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