Today in parliament Peter Gutwein failed to provide any merit to the government’s pledge to build the state out of the COVID-19 recession.
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Shane Broad, said when it comes to the infrastructure, the Premier’s talk is cheap.
“How can the government build its way out of this crisis when it has demonstrated a complete inability to build anything?” Dr Broad said.
“On average, the government has underspent at least 20 per cent of the infrastructure budget every year for the past six years.
“The long list of projects that have stalled under the government include the Bridgewater Bridge, the Hobart Airport Roundabout, the fifth lane on Hobart’s Southern Outlet, the Tamar River Bridge and the phantom underground bus mall in Hobart.
“On top of this, the March Quarterly Report shows the Liberals had spent just $300 million on infrastructure in the first 9 months of this financial year – meaning they will have to spend an improbable $400 million in the last three months to reach their target.
“We know the building and construction industry’s cries for help have gone ignored by the Liberals, who have needed a global economic crisis to be finally pushed into action.
“Master Builders Tasmania and the Civil Contractors Federation have called out the Liberals for underspending $630 million since coming to government.
“Tasmanians are sick of the Liberals’ multi-million dollar infrastructure spending promises continually falling short and today in parliament Peter Gutwein couldn’t even explain how he intends to reverse the Liberals’ appalling record for infrastructure.
“The only thing the Premier has done is put Treasury in charge and sideline the Minister for Infrastructure and leadership contender, Michael Ferguson.
“Tasmanians deserve a government that not only plans effectively for the future but actually delivers.”
Shane Broad MP
Shadow Infrastructure Minister