Premier must explain how he plans to pay for his State of State shopping list

Tasmanian Labor
  • Big black hole in privatisation agenda
  • Premier needs to release numbers to give confidence Treasury was aware of announcements
  • Figures should be readily available if Treasury was consulted
  • Premier and Treasurer Peter Gutwein should release updated Treasury financial statements showing Tasmanians how he plans to fund his blow up of TAFE and other commitments announced in his State of the State address.

    Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said Mr Gutwein’s only clear plan is a privatisation plan and even then he doesn’t know how he will fund it.

    “The Gutwein minority government’s plan to blow up TAFE is just one of the uncosted items on his shopping list from within the State of State speech last week,” Mr O’Byrne said.

    “Peter Gutwein hasn’t included any additional funds or resources to progress his privatisation agenda and the impact on the budget is an unknown big black hole.

    “Peter Gutwein must release updated Treasury financial statements outlining the full cost of his commitments to adopt lock, stock and barrel all 52 recommendations of the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council.

    “Mr Gutwein needs to tell Tasmanians whether or not Treasury officials were aware of his swathe of announcements before his State of the State speech or if they were only made aware of them after they were announced.

    “If the sums were done before he committed Tasmania to tens of millions of dollars, then the Treasurer and Premier should have no issue with releasing full details from the Treasury.

    “If not, he needs to explain why not and tell Tasmanian how his announcements will be paid for.

    “In Question Time today, all the Premier could muster was that Tasmanians would need to wait until the August budget for all to be revealed – that is not good enough.

    “This Liberal Government has made an art form of making announcements and talking a big game but has proven to be abysmal at actually delivering and Tasmanians require proof that his State of the State commitments are funded or just another stunt.”

    David O’Byrne MP

    Shadow Treasurer

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