Labor Leader Rebecca White is calling for the formation of a bipartisan group to manage COVID-19 during the election.
Ms White has written to Peter Gutwein offering the assistance of Labor members in the management of COVID to ensure the safety of Tasmanians and provide confidence to businesses.
“Holding an election during the ongoing management of COVID will bring some challenges and it is important Tasmania’s focus firmly remains on protecting our community and businesses from another outbreak,” Ms White said.
“The Sorell market is an example of one business that was closed for nearly a year due to COVID and has only just started to recover.
“Tasmania doesn’t need another setback due to the Liberal Government being more focused on going to an election rather than continuing to govern for its full term.
“Working together in a bipartisan manner will provide clarity and confidence for Tasmanians by avoiding politicisation of decisions relating to COVID-19 during the election period.
“Tasmanian Labor is ready to work with the Liberal Government on any COVID decisions that may be required during the next five weeks if there is another outbreak here or interstate that needs a swift response.
“I urge Peter Gutwein to make the right decision and take up Labor’s offer to ensure the safety of all Tasmanians.”
Rebecca White MP