Liberals continue to mislead on state of economy

Tasmanian Labor
  • Regional
    Tasmanians doing it tough
  • Liberals
    cannot pretend everything is rosy
  • Wages
    nearly $12,000 below national average
  • Tasmanian
    workers continue to do it tough with the latest ABS data confirming high
    regional unemployment and that wages across Tasmania are stuck well below the
    national average.

    Shadow
    Treasurer David O’Byrne said the Liberals cannot continue to spin their way out
    of the COVID recession and the Gutwein Government must act to address the
    crisis in regional Tasmania.

    “Today’s
    figures reveal job losses in many of our state’s regional communities over the
    past month, including 200 in Launceston and the north east and 700 in the south
    east. Alarmingly, Tasmania’s unemployment rate outside Hobart is now 7.7 per
    cent.

    “Behind
    each one of these numbers is a Tasmanian who deserves better.

    “For
    those with a job, the latest data shows they’re getting paid nearly $12,000
    less than the national average yearly income and there’s been zero growth over
    the past six months.

    “The
    wage gap has grown by nearly $1000 under this State Liberal Government.

    “The
    Government cannot continue to cherry pick data and ignore the growing number of
    Tasmanians who are struggling under its go-nowhere policies.”

    Labor has a plan to create 35,000 new jobs with an ambitious program of projects, direct investment and skills training especially targeted at the regions.

    “Labor will build a better and fairer Tasmania.”

    David O’Byrne MP

    Shadow Treasurer

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