Rebecca White MP | Labor Member for Lyons
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Labor Leader Rebecca White today called for the Hodgman Government to ditch its arrogant 2 per cent wage cap for Tasmanian public sector employees.
Ms White said “Labor stands with Tasmanian teachers, nurses, paramedics, park rangers and child safety officers who are among the thousands of committed public service workers currently facing a real wage cut from this Government.
“The Premier and the Treasurer have shown time and time again that they don’t value or respect our hardworking men and women.
“In contrast to that, last week it was revealed that many of the Government owned businesses are paying increases above the cap.
“One GBE is giving its hardworking team a rise of 4 per cent this year.
“In a ‘golden age’, it’s only fair that workers are rewarded for all their hard work – not taken for granted.
“The Treasurer is too arrogant to back away from his unfair and unreasonable pay offer, and the Premier is too weak to make him do it.”
The Government is deliberately trying to protect the new Commissioner for Children and Young People from scrutiny under Right to Information.
Labor Leader Rebecca White said it was no coincidence that a day after the appointment of the new Commissioner, the Government tried to amend the RTI Act.
“The Government is conveniently attempting to exempt this position from Right to Information when it has never been excluded before, “ Ms White said.
“Can the Premier honestly claim this is a coincidence or is this a deliberate attempt to shield the Government from further scrutiny?
“We know that in July last year, the former Commissioner for Children and Young People Mark Morrissey wrote to the Government asking it to consider including the position in the RTI Act.
“Why did it take the Government 16 months to act?
“We can only assume it is because the person appointed to this new role happens to be the Deputy Premier’s former Chief of Staff.
“The Government has interfered and removed the fundamental need for the Commissioner’s role to be entirely independent from government and free from political interference.”