Leader's debate highlights lack of detail from the Liberals Wed 20 March 2013 Lara Giddings Premier Download hi-res version Download hi-res version Tasmanians have been presented with a choice between a Premier that is responsibly responding to the state’s challenges and an Opposition Leader full of empty promises. The Premier, Lara Giddings, today went head to head with Will Hodgman during the Property Council debate. Ms Giddings said Mr Hodgman repeatedly dodged questions about the detail behind his so-called policies. "When asked what boards and committees he would cut, Mr Hodgman drew a very uncomfortable blank," Ms Giddings said. "When asked how he would fund his promises, Mr Hodgman bluffed his way through his 100 second answer. "In contrast, Ms Giddings said the State Government is getting on with delivering a positive agenda which is driving Tasmania’s recovery. “We’re taking real action to ensure Tasmania reaches its potential by creating jobs, looking after people, and building opportunities for the next generation. “The developments we are supporting and investing in are creating the jobs of the future including: • 2000 new jobs in dairy; • 1000 new jobs in wine; • 1000 new jobs in aquaculture; • 1000 jobs in mining; • 800 jobs through the roll-out of the NBN. “That’s in addition to the Tasmanian Jobs Package, which is creating more than 3300 jobs through initiatives such as the First Home Builder’s Boost and payroll tax exemptions, including 750 jobs at Vodafone." Ms Giddings said Mr Hodgman had made a career out of running from tough decisions and hiding from detail. “He is good at the slick slogans but falls flat on his face when the pressure is applied. “Tasmania needs a leader who is prepared to face challenges head on, rather than hiding from scrutiny as Mr Hodgman does every time. “I have never shied away from the fact that Tasmania is facing challenges, and my Government has a strong track record of providing strong and responsible leadership. “The question arising from today’s debate is whether Will Hodgman has what it takes to lead when the going gets tough?"