Rebecca White MP 
Tasmanian Labor Leader
Labor Member for Lyons

Shadow Minister for Federal State Relations

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Regional communities are the heart and soul of Tasmania.

Whether you live in Sheffield or Sorell, Bridgewater or Bicheno, the wide open spaces, safe streets and friendly neighbours you find in small towns and local communities make them great places to raise families.

I want regional communities to thrive. I have the energy and vigour to drive growth for regional Tasmania.

Now more than ever, people throughout Lyons need job security, better transport – more buses and better roads – and better access to services.

I want parents to raise their children secure in the knowledge there is a future for their community.

We must work harder to support our towns’ small businesses and our farmers who are the lifeblood of regional Tasmania.

It is important that Tasmania continues with improvements to water infrastructure with the aim of making Tasmania Australia’s food bowl.

This is a program I fully support. It offers great opportunity for communities throughout Lyons.

The rollout of the NBN will help connect us to the world and provide new ways for communities to engage with Government, private enterprise and each other.

As someone born in Lyons and raised on my parents’ farm ‘Redbanks’ in Nugent I know the issues that confront regional Tasmania.

I have built my own home in the electorate and have a personal stake in ensuring the concerns of country people are heard, listened to and acted upon down in Hobart.

Rebecca White

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Hodgman’s health crisis hurting the North West

  • Mersey Hospital under severe pressure from Hodgman’s cuts
  • Cuts will put lives at risk
  • Hodgman and Courtney must come clean on cuts to services

Will Hodgman and Sarah Courtney must come clean with Tasmanians over cuts to health and hospital services on the North West coast.

Labor held a roundtable with local health stakeholders in Ulverstone today, and despite invitations to Sarah Courtney and Jeremy Rockliff, no one from the Government decided to show up.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the Government was trying to pay off its $1.1 billion in debt by cutting health and hospital services on the coast.

“What we have seen this week is a Government desperately trying to hide a dramatic downgrade in services at the Mersey,” Ms White said.

“Will Hodgman is completely out of touch and the facts at the Mersey are startling.

“Average wait times for elective surgery are already longer at the Mersey than all other hospitals in Tasmania.

“The average wait time for elective surgery for the Mersey region has increased by 50 percent for urgent Category 1 patients.  

“Put simple – the community cannot cope with more cuts to elective surgeries from this Government.

“The Government has also shut all eight rehabilitation beds at the North West Regional Hospital with an internal THS 2019 project update confirming the decision was due to cost.

“This change will mean more travel time for people living in our rural and regional communities which is just unacceptable.

“While more beds have been opened at the Mersey, the Government hasn’t increased the hospital’s budget to meet this extra demand.

“Why is it that Will Hodgman and the Liberals think that hard working hospital staff can get better outcomes with less funding and cuts to services?

“Will Hodgman needs to come out today and tell the community exactly where his reckless cuts are coming from and what they will mean for health and hospital services.

“Tasmanians on the North West coast deserve a lot better.”

Hodgman in denial over jobs

  • Jobless rate worst in the nation
  • Premier has no answers, denies he has a serious problem
  • Women, young people and regional Tasmanians worse off

Today in Question Time the Premier failed again to stand up for Tasmanian jobs.

More than 6,200 full time Tasmanian jobs have been lost in the past year and the jobless rate is the worst in the country.

Labor Leader Rebecca White asked the Premier why his chaotic, dysfunctional Government had abandoned Tasmanians looking for work.

“The Premier promised before the last election to deliver the lowest jobless rate in the country,” Ms White said.

“Now his expert advice is that unemployment rates go up and they go down.

“Under his weak leadership, full time Tasmanian jobs are being destroyed in their thousands and the Government has no plan to turn things around.

“Contrary to his regular boasting, there is now fewer people in full time work than when Mr Hodgman took office in 2014.

“One in fourteen women working full time last year no longer have their jobs.

“The Premier must stop denying he has a problem.  He needs to come out and tell Tasmanians how he plans to turn his terrible jobs numbers around.

“Tasmanians deserve a Government focused on fighting for their jobs, not fighting amongst themselves.”

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