Gutwein, Morrison face off in JobKeeper showdown

Tasmanian Labor
  • Peter
    Gutwein facing major test at National Cabinet
  • Premier
    must back up pledge to fight for JobKeeper extension
  • Economic
    recovery depends on Tasmania’s voice being heard
  • Today’s National
    Cabinet meeting is shaping up to be a major test for Peter Gutwein.

    On the weekend the
    Premier finally committed to fighting to extend the JobKeeper program beyond
    September.

    This is
    particularly important for Tasmania where just over 17 per cent of direct and
    indirect employment is reliant on tourism. Without an extension of the
    JobKeeper there is a real risk of further economic contraction and more job
    losses.

    Today’s meeting
    will be a showdown between Peter Gutwein and Scott Morrison, who has given the
    strongest indication yet that he has no intention of extending Job Keeper
    beyond September.

    The Prime Minister
    will deliver a speech to the National Press Club today in which he is expected
    to outline changes to industrial relations, skills and training and tax.

    “Now, more than
    ever, it is important that Tasmania’s voice is heard.

    “In addition to
    fighting to extend Job Keeper, Mr Gutwein must ensure that workers’ rights are
    not eroded by changes to industrial relations.

    “He must fight for
    skills funding to be prioritised to public training providers.

    “And he must ensure
    that Tasmania does not lose out in any tax changes.

    “There is every
    indication the Prime Minister is going to play hardball with Tasmania – using
    any leverage he can to force the state to lift border restrictions earlier.

    “Peter Gutwein has
    talked tough, but he has a poor track record when it comes to lobbying Scott
    Morrison.

    “Those two have history – who could forget Scott Morrison’s reported insult to Peter Gutwein during negotiations over the GST?”

    Rebecca White MP

    Tasmanian Labor Leader

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