Tasmania Opposition Leader Will Hodgman
Majority Government Needed To Restore Confidence And Create Jobs
Victor P Taffa
It’s clear that a new approach is needed to fostering job creation in the state.
Today in Budget Estimates, the Minister for Economic Development admitted that his Department created just over half the number of jobs they promised in 2010-11, according to Opposition Leader Will Hodgman.
“Labor’s 15,000 new jobs election promise is now totally trashed, with 5,900 jobs disappearing in the last 12 months alone.”
“Worse, the Minister has also shrunk his jobs target over the next few years, because he knows this Green-Labor Government can’t create the jobs that Tasmania needs, especially when they are shutting down the forestry industry.” Mr. Hodgman said.
“Under the Liberals’ Roadmap to Recovery and Growth, we will aggressively refocus the state service on creating jobs by merging two Departments to create a Department of State Growth, and a position of Co-ordinator General to attract investment and get things done.”
“We will also grow the economy and create jobs by investing in our pillar industries, and helping make Tasmania the most competitive place to do business by being the only state where small business doesn’t pay the carbon tax on electricity.” Mr. Hodgman said.