Liberals’ cuts and project delays keep on coming

  • Budget update shows huge underspends on key projects
  • Government’s “infrastructure budget” exposed
  • Hodgman and Gutwein still headed for $1.1B in debt
  • The Minority Liberal
    Government’s Preliminary Outcomes Report 18-19 (POR) has exposed lies and
    financial recklessness from Will Hodgman and Peter Gutwein.

    Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon
    said despite a massive underspend on infrastructure, the Liberals were still
    driving Tasmania into $1.1 billion of debt.

    “We have heard years of
    promises about debt from Will Hodgman and Peter Gutwein but it’s clear they
    aren’t worth the paper they’re written on,” Mr Bacon said.

    “The Liberals have banked
    savings of more than $65 million from disability payments, almost $10 million
    from health and launched a $15 million raid on GBEs.

    “Peter Gutwein’s reputation
    for economic management is in tatters.

    Shadow Roads and
    Infrastructure Minister David O’Byrne said it was unforgiveable that the
    Government had chosen to delay key projects when Tasmania was stuck in the
    middle of a jobs emergency.

    “Will Hodgman has sidelined
    spending in affordable housing, in school buildings, in trades and skills, and
    in tourism,” Mr O’Byrne said.

    “The Bridgewater Bridge,
    Hobart Airport interchange and Mowbray connector are all on the list of
    projects that have been delayed, some many times over.

    “Will Hodgman has pushed
    around $150 million in infrastructure spending out of 2018-19 and into the
    never-never.

    “The Liberals claim to be an
    infrastructure Government but today’s announcement shows this is absolute
    rubbish.”

    The POR
    also shows a significant underspend on infrastructure. Projects include:

    • Hobart Airport interchange ($22.6m)
    • Roads of Strategic Importance ($8.2m)
    • Mowbray Connector ($6.1m)
    • Bridgewater Bridge ($5.3m)
    • Midland Highway ($4.7m)
    • School infrastructure projects ($34.8m)
    • Cradle Mountain Experience ($15.4m)
    • Affordable Housing Strategy ($20.2m)
    • TasTAFE Drysdale and other training infrastructure ($15m)

    Scott Bacon MP

    Shadow Treasurer

    David O’Byrne MP

    Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure