Data released by State Treasury has revealed that international exports have gone backwards by 0.3 per cent in the last year.
With Tasmania’s jobless rate the worst in the country, this points to an economy in dire need of leadership from Government.
Labor Leader and Shadow Trade Minister Rebecca White said Tasmanian jobs were at risk but Will Hodgman was not acting.
“Tasmania is renowned overseas for our high-quality products, including our amazing meat, wine, seafood, minerals and timber products,” Ms White said.
“Despite favourable internationals economic conditions, with the exchange rate being at its lowest level in a decade, we are just one of two states and territories to have exports drop in the last year, which means fewer jobs for Tasmanians.
“Will Hodgman was asked a series of questions about support for exporters in budget estimates. More than two months later and he still hasn’t provided any details.
“Last year the Liberals came into Parliament and said the Premier was taking personal responsibility for taking trade to the next level. He has failed.”
“Tasmanians deserve a Government that will stand up for jobs, particularly in our regions – but Will Hodgman and the Liberals have waved the white flag.”
Rebecca White MP