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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State of the State Reply: Labor will work hard to make Tasmania a better and fairer place

  • “Normal” wasn’t great for thousands of Tasmanians pre-pandemic
  • Gutwein’s abysmal failures on skills, housing, health and infrastructure remain
  • Labor’s fully-costed jobs plan will create 35,000 jobs

The Liberal Government’s pledge to return Tasmania to “normal” in the wake of the COVID pandemic will mean a return to broken promises, cuts, disappointments and a failure to deliver across the critical areas of health, housing and skills and infrastructure delivery.

Delivering the State of the State reply today, Labor Leader Rebecca White said Tasmanians understood they were already at a vast disadvantage before the pandemic under the Gutwein Government which had failed the health and hospital system, done nothing to address the housing and homelessness crisis, failed abysmally to deliver key infrastructure and now had a plan to blow up TAFE which would set back our state’s economic recovery. 

“For too long Tasmanians have been conditioned to accept mediocrity - we have been desensitised to having the worst outcomes in health and education in the country,” Ms White said.

“Intergenerational poverty and regional disadvantage have been normalised and put in the policy too-hard basket.

“A regional breakdown of jobs data shows Tasmania’s economic recovery is highly uneven and, outside Hobart, much weaker than the rest of Australia.

“The unemployment rate on the west and north-west coast is 8.3 per cent. 

“It’s 7.9 per cent in the south-east. And it’s 7.1 per cent  in Launceston and the north-east.

“Whatever the Premier says about jobs coming back, it’s clear regional Tasmania is being left behind.

“Returning to normal means returning to mediocrity.”

In health, the most recent Report on Government Services found 52 per cent of category one patients for surgery wait more than the recommended 30 days – up from 16.1 per cent in 2015.

Almost 3,600 Tasmanians are on the public housing waiting list – up 65 per cent.

The Liberals have failed to deliver a single major infrastructure project that they promised including Hobart’s underground bus mall, the Northern Suburbs Passenger Rail, Project Marinus and Battery of the Nation, the Northern Prison, the Tamar River Bridge, the fifth lane on Hobart’s Southern Outlet, the duplicated Sorell causeways or the duplication of the Charles Street Bridge.

“The Liberals promised to address traffic congestion in our cities, they promised to deliver more affordable housing. they promised to improve the delivery of mental health services, they promised to be more transparent and more accountable – after seven years with Peter Gutwein as Treasurer the Liberal Government has failed on every measure,” Ms White said. 

“Only Labor has a fully costed jobs plan that will deliver 35,000 jobs across all regions and sectors of the Tasmanian economy.

“Unlike the Gutwien Government, Labor would not just sit back and hope that jobs return – we will partner with businesses and the public sector to drive innovation and create jobs.

“And at the heart of Labor’s plan – unlike Mr Gutwien’s plan to blow up TAFE – Labor will rebuild TAFE from the ground up, employ more teachers, expand course delivery to the regions and make TAFE free in areas of known skills shortages including building and construction, tourism, hospitality, agriculture and aged and disability care.”

Labor's Plan for Jobs - Working for Tasmania

Here’s what you need to know about Labor’s fully costed Jobs Plan.

Labor’s Plan for Jobs will

  • 🛠 Provide free TAFE courses 
  • 📈 Support small business
  • 👷‍♀️ Create more jobs and apprenticeships 
  • 🎉 Build a better and fairer Tasmania

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