Rebecca White MP | Labor Member for Lyons

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Budget Reply Speech 2019

Madam Speaker, 

A year ago we were told by this Minority Liberal Government that the state was on the cusp of a golden age. 

Tasmanians were promised that they would all share the benefits of economic prosperity and good budget management. 

Tasmanians were promised that services would be improved and infrastructure delivered – all while keeping the budget in surplus and out of net debt. 

At that time, the Treasurer’s words rang hollow for the people living in tents at the Hobart show grounds. 

His brash statements were cruel to hear for the patients stuck in hospital emergency departments. 

His comments showed scant regard for the thousands of Tasmanians looking for work. 

The cry of a golden age with spoils to share was empty rhetoric for thousands of teachers, nurses, paramedics, firefighters and park rangers who were told they did not deserve a pay rise that kept up with the cost of living. 

The Treasurer’s words rang hollow then. 

And they certainly ring hollow now. 

Just a year after the Treasurer promised the dawning of a golden age, he has plunged our state into debt and budget cuts due to his financial incompetence. 

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Liberals spend like drunken sailors while the state is plunged into debt

  • Government wastes money while Tasmania goes into debt
  • Excessive spending on Ministerial staff and credit cards
  • Premier has his priorities all wrong

Spending on Ministerial staff and credit cards has exploded at the same time the Liberal Government is sending the state into debt and taking the axe to the public service.

The Premier has no coherent explanation for the bloated spending across Ministerial offices.

Ministerial staffing has blown out by 27.6 per cent in three years.

The Government Media Unit has grown by 50 per cent in the same period.

In the year to March, $42,436.99 had been racked up on credit cards by Ministerial staff.

In a single year, the Chief of Staff to Guy Barnett spent $14,846.64 on the credit card.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the level of government waste was appalling.

“The Liberals claim to be responsible financial managers and yet they are spending like drunken sailors and have plunged Tasmania into $1.1 billion in net debt,” Ms White said.

“The axe is hanging over the jobs of teachers, nurses and park rangers at the same time that Ministerial staff numbers have ballooned.

“The priorities of this Minority Liberal Government are all wrong.”

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