Infrastructure investment under threat from Tony Abbott's wrecking ball Tue 28 August 2012 Lara Giddings Premier The Tasmanian Government's strong record of investment in social and economic infrastructure would be threatened by any changes to the GST. The Premier, Lara Giddings, said the most recent Budget includes a $437 million general government infrastructure program. "Over the Forward Estimates the combined investment by Government its business enterprises amounts to a massive $4.4 billion, which will make us a more productive and healthy community," Ms Giddings said. "Appropriate investment in infrastructure remains vital to the effective delivery of services to the community, to promote economic growth and to avoid asset erosion and the creation of financial burdens for future generations." Planned general government infrastructure investment in 2012-13 includes: - $37.4 million for schools and education infrastructure; - $171.5 million for hospitals and health infrastructure (including the new Royal development); - $29.0 million for housing;o $148.9 million for roads infrastructure (including our Community Roads program); and - $24.4 million for tourism, recreation and culture. "We also invest in keeping our assets in good working order, with almost $90m this year allocated to maintaining our infrastructure stock." Ms Giddings said the State Government's infrastructure program would be wiped out under Tony Abbott's plans to rip up to $700 million per year out of Tasmania. "If the Liberal's GST rip off is realised, that would be equivalent to having no State Roads program for 6 years. "It would be the equivalent of no public housing program for the next 50 years. "In fact it is almost two years' worth of no Tasmanian infrastructure budget full stop. "That means no infrastructure spending for two years on schools, libraries, hospitals, ambulance, prisons, roads and bridges." Ms Giddings said it was time for Will Hodgman to stand up for his state and tell Tony Abbott to keep his hands off Tasmania's share of the GST. "It is not good enough that Mr Hodgman has virtually ignored this potentially catastrophic threat to the Tasmanian economy. "Perhaps he could start by making a submission to Tony Abbott's new Tasmanian Liberals economic working group, which he was excluded from."