Government that can’t build and can’t deliver essentials wants to waste money on pointless Games bid

Tasmanian Labor

The
Gutwein Government needs to focus on its significant failures in delivering on
infrastructure and health and housing and education instead of throwing money
at a pointless unbudgeted thought bubbles like bidding for a role in the
Commonwealth Games.

Shadow
Treasurer Shane Broad said the government had late today attempted to launch a
massive distraction from recent events including Sarah Courtney resigning as
Education Minister after failing to do her job while holidaying in Europe by
announcing it would attempt to secure a role as a host state for the 2026
Commonwealth Games.

“This
is nothing more than a deeply cynical attempt at distraction which comes from a
government already borrowing $2 million a day every day for the next four
years,” Dr Broad said.

“This
is a pointless plan with absolutely no ability to deliver and any money spent
on a bid would be money wasted.

“Peter
Gutwein, in writing to the Commonwealth Games CEO, has not even thought through
the most basic details like where would we accommodate thousands of athletes
and spectators? Where could he possibly hold an opening and closing ceremony of
any size?

“Tasmanians
are expected to believe that the government could fund and organise massive
upgrades to state sporting facilities in only four years when their record on
health and housing and education is abysmal and their efforts on infrastructure
are characterised by underspends and constant delays.

“This is a ridiculous suggestion from a government that cannot even build a bridge or fix potholes properly.”

Shane Broad MP

Shadow Treasurer

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