Premier sits by while Labor does all work to protect Temco jobs

Tasmanian Labor
  • Premier ignores major threat to the Tasmanian economy
  • Labor forced to organise crucial meetings to protect smelter jobs
  • What support is the Premier offering to keep the smelter open?
  • The
    Hodgman Liberal Government has been so consumed by chaos and dysfunction that
    it has ignored a major threat to the Tasmanian economy.

    Premier revealed last week that he hadn’t met with South32 since May 30,
    despite the fact that 300 jobs are on the line at the Temco smelter in
    Tasmania’s north east.

    trying to mount a defence, the Premier said he had a meeting with South32
    executives tomorrow.

    Member for Bass, Michelle O’Byrne, said the only reason South32 executives were
    in Hobart tomorrow was because Labor had organised a meeting with them.

    “It is
    dishonest for the Premier to claim he is fighting for the jobs of 300 people at
    Temco when the Labor Opposition has to organise important meetings for him,” Ms
    O’Byrne said.

    hands off approach to this major threat to Tasmania’s economy is alarming and
    he doesn’t seem to care about the devastating impact this closure would have on
    George Town and across the north of the state.

    “The Premier needs to update Parliament on what measures the Government has put on the table to keep the smelter open and protect the 300 jobs.”

    Michelle O’Byrne MP

    Shadow Minister for Economic Development, Jobs and ICT

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