Treasurer Peter Gutwein and Premier Hodgman must show some honesty and tell Tasmanians where jobs and services will be axed as they embark on a $450 million program of cuts across the public sector.
Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon said the government would likely attack essential services like health and education with their latest bout of axings, which follow former cuts of more than $740 million staged after its first budget half a decade ago.
“It’s not enough that Peter Gutwein has broken a massive promise to Tasmanians by taking the state into net debt of more than $1 billion with no pathway to recovery,” Mr Bacon said.
“Now he has foreshadowed another $450 million but has not specified where the axe will fall.
“Peter Gutwein has still not told Tasmanians why he has landed us more than $1 billion in debt and his new program of slashing the public service is nothing more than a disgraceful admission that they have failed to manage Tasmania’s economy through the good times and now we will all have to pay for it.
“The health system remains in crisis, more than 1,600 Tasmanians are sleeping rough each night because the Hodgman Government has not planned for homelessness prevention and has not tackled housing affordability.
“After already slashing and cutting health, education and other services over their half a decade in government, Premier Hodgman and Treasurer Gutwein will now go deeper and they need to tell Tasmanians which areas of the essential frontline service will be attacked.”
Scott Bacon MP