14 years in Opposition and Liberals deliver nothing Wed 29 August 2012 Lara Giddings Premier The Premier, Lara Giddings, today celebrated Labor's strong record in Government as the Liberals lamented their 14 lacklustre years in Opposition. "The 1998 election was the catalyst for the State's transformation, which included essential social reform, ambitious infrastructure projects and strengthening Tasmania's brand interstate," Ms Giddings said. "In particular, Labor has been at the forefront of key social reforms including the introduction of the Anti-Discrimination Act, recognising same-sex relationships, cracking down on domestic violence and making formal apologies to members of the Stolen Generation and people who had been abused in State care." "In contrast Will Hodgman has again shown he is simply too scared to take on the responsibility of governing Tasmania." Ms Giddings said it was laughable that just days after Mr Hodgman told his party's conference that he regarded his own weakness at knocking back the chance to govern as a virtue, the Liberals were now lamenting their time in Opposition. "The credibility of the Tasmanian Liberals is at an all-time low," Ms Giddings said. "They have sat in Opposition for 14 years and despite their constant obsession with negativity and weak criticism of everything the State Government does, when Mr Hodgman had the chance to implement his own agenda, he didn't step up. "And now he tries to parade it as some sort of virtue. "Weakness is not a virtue. It is just weakness. "Mr Hodgman presents no ideas, no solutions and does nothing but drive negativity and division. "He has shown he isn't interested in the will of the electorate - and isn't interested in taking office until the Tasmanian voters deliver him what he wants. "Unlike Mr Hodgman, the State Government does not pretend there aren't challenges that face Tasmania. "And whereas Mr Hodgman isn't interested in solutions or ideas, the State Government is determined to be strong and take the action this State needs. "I'm not surprised the Liberals don't like being in Opposition - but it's entirely on Mr Hodgman's conscience that they are," Ms Giddings said.