lowest on record
parliamentary sitting year draws to a close, the Hodgman Government has
reinforced its reputation as a notoriously unproductive and dysfunctional
Government for yet another year.
The Liberals have
introduced just 55 Bills in 2019, the least amount of Bills on record for a
non-election year*. Fewer again have
been progressed beyond their initial reading.
Opposition Business, David O’Byrne, said the shocking figure was testament of
the Hodgman Government’s clear lack of agenda.
“This is a
Government with no legislative agenda and whose go-to move has been to recycle
unsuccessful Bills in a desperate attempt to distract from their inability to
address the real issues facing Tasmanians,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“Historically when in Government, Labor has introduced an average of 86
Bills to Parliament versus the Liberals 61 Bills – but this year the Hodgman
Government has been in particularly poor form and introduced just 55 Bills.
“Even amidst the chaos of an election year it is typical that the
Government would introduce more than 55 Bills.
“While Tasmania’s jobless rate gets worse
and the health crisis amplifies and thousands can’t get a roof over their
heads, Will Hodgman and his Government are doing nothing in Parliament
to make lives better for Tasmanians and they should be ashamed.
“Tasmanians deserve better than this notoriously unproductive and dysfunctional Government.”
Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Assembly