Tasmania Deputy Opposition Leader Jeremy Rockliff
Another Broken Promise – Hospitality Industry Let Down By State Government
Victor P Taffa
“The Labor-Green Government has broken yet another election promise. Rather than delivering the promised $30,000 to implement the proposed Pub Watch scheme, the Government is now demanding that the hospitality industry get their own legal advice over the issue.” Deputy Opposition Leader Jeremy Rockliff said today.
“What a cruel joke.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“For the State Government to make such a big deal over the scheme in the lead-up to the election, and then turn around and tell hotel owners that they will need to spend up to one third of the funds on legal costs is simply not good enough.”
“This is a Government that has a shocking record of public policy implementation. Time after time it has failed to deliver on its commitments, it has broken its promises and it has neglected vital Tasmanian industries, all while the taxpayer suffers as a result.”
“Hospitality Minister Brian Wightman needs to come clean to the industry not only over why the State Government will not foot the bill, but why the legal ramifications of the program weren’t investigated prior to the election promise being made.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“Either Mr. Wightman doesn’t understand how this decision will hurt the industry, or he is simply too swamped trying to grasp a hold of his new Ministerial workload.”
“The hospitality industry in Tasmania has been let down time and time again by a Labor-Green Government that has failed to take it seriously. The industry and the thousands of people that it employs deserve better.” Mr. Rockliff said.