Premier stumped by basic budget question

Tasmanian Labor

Premier Jeremy Rockliff has fallen at his first Question Time hurdle, completely unable to outline the impact of yesterday’s interest rate rise on the economy and the budget.

After a 40 day absence from Parliament following the resignation of his predecessor Peter Gutwein, Mr Rockliff was immediately stumped when asked about the impact of the first rate rise in more than 11 years.

What Tasmanians needed to hear is what his government will do to help Tasmanians struggling more and more with the cost of living.

The chaos of the Rockliff-Ferguson government has contributed to an ongoing worsening of the Tasmanian economy, with the latest CPI data showing the highest inflation in over 20 years at 5.8 per cent, well above the national average.

And while the cost of living soars, a record number of Tasmanians are moving to the mainland, business and consumer confidence is falling, the Tasmanian budget is weighed down with record debt and more taxpayer money will now have to be spent on interest repayments.

The Rockliff-Ferguson government does not have a plan to ease the cost of living for Tasmanian households.

This is not what Tasmanians voted for a year ago.

Rebecca White MP

Labor Leader

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