Premier confirms critical delays to new Spirit of Tasmania vessels

Tasmanian Labor
  • New Spirits delayed by up to two years
  • Premier blindsided by delay
  • Yet another major project off the rails
  • Tasmanians are being kept in the dark about the future delivery of the two new Spirit of Tasmania vessels, with the Liberal Government today revealing critical delays.

    Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure, David O’Byrne, said Budget Estimates hearings this morning revealed the Spirit replacements could be delayed by up to two years.

    “These vessels represent the single largest purchase in the state’s history and it is shameful that the Premier, who is also Tourism Minister, is so hands off,” Mr O’Byrne said.

    “When questioned in committee hearings this morning, the Premier revealed he had not been briefed on the delay, only to say that it was not his fault.

    “This response is not good enough and Tasmanians deserve to know what is going on with the financially troubled shipbuilder contracted to deliver the new vessels.

    “The Spirits are critical to Tasmania’s economy. The project is far too important to fall victim to this Government’s mismanagement.”

    David O’Byrne MP

    Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure

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