Time for White to get off fence

Michael Ferguson,Leader of the House

The Opposition Leader must use today’s State of the State reply to make clear whether there are any remaining Labor policies, and if so what they are.

Six weeks on from dumping her signature pokies policy at the request of Bill Shorten and confirming that every Labor election policy is being reviewed, there is no excuse for Ms White not being able to clarify today which policies have been axed and which still remain.

Ms White’s capacity to sit on the fence and run away from taking a clear stance on the hard issues has become a running joke in the Tasmanian community.

More than 12 months on from the State Election, it will be another clear blow to her leadership and her credibility if she can’t explain or articulate what policies Labor stand behind.

There’s no doubt the policy paralysis and failure to take a stand on the tough issues stems from the internal turmoil in the Labor party room.

It’s hardly surprising there is increasing doubts amongst Labor MPs over Ms White’s leadership following the ditching of her pokies policy on radio without advising her colleagues and her refusal to allow some of her own colleagues to see the internal review of Labor’s election disaster.

We know the pokies policy has gone, but up until today Ms White has still refused to confirm if they are ditching their policy of putting sick people into hotel beds, or their opposition to mandatory sentences for serious child sex offenders.

Today is the day that Ms White must answer all of the questions Tasmanians have over what policies Labor actually have.

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