Sabtu, 06 September 2014

ALP critical of Abbott Government*s first-year efforts in Tasmania (ABC)

A Tasmanian Labor MP has accused the Federal Coalition, led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, of achieving little for the state in its first year.

One year ago the Coalition came to power promising to turn Tasmania into an economic powerhouse.

Federal Labor MP Julie Collins accused the government of breaking promises on health and education and failing to start work on key Tasmanian projects, including the Midland Highway upgrade and Hobart airport runway extension.

"I don't think that the Federal Government can do anything but improve after this dismal first year," she said.

The state's unemployment rate fell slightly in the past year, but Ms Collins said the anniversary was no cause for celebration.

"Nothing is happening to actually improve jobs and productivity in Tasmania," she said.

However, Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz defended the Government's efforts.

"If you want good, sound policy you don't rush it all out the door without thinking about it without doing due diligence," he said.

He blamed the slow start in delivering promises to Tasmania on a hostile Senate, claiming the Government was hampered by a Labor Green majority in the Senate until July.

"So nine months was denied us in that important space, but having said that I think there's a new mood of optimism," he said.

Senator Abetz said the Government had laid the foundations and was working to restore the Tasmanian economy in a methodical way.

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