More relentless negativity from Tasmanian Liberals Thu 20 September 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Download hi-res version The Premier, Lara Giddings, today rejected the Liberal Party's claim that nothing had been achieved by the Asian Trade Mission as absurd, wrong and a gross insult to the entire delegation. Ms Giddings said Matthew Groom's declaration that the trip was a failure - even before it was over - showed just how low the Liberals would stoop in their relentless attempts to talk down Tasmania. "Matthew Groom's claims are not only absurd, they are plain wrong and naïve in the extreme," Ms Giddings said. "It shows the Liberal Party have no idea about the importance of building long-term relationships overseas to the benefit of Tasmania "Already out of this trade mission we have seen the signing of the share sale agreement between Hydro Tasmania and Guohua Energy for a 75 per cent stake in the $395 million Musselroe Wind Farm. "Is the Liberal Party truly trying suggesting that this massive investment is not worth anything to Tasmania?" The delegation is made up of Hydro Tasmania, King Island Sheelite, Top-Qual, Grange Resources, Australian Cherry Growers, Mineral Resources Tasmania, Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts, University of Tasmania, Bellamy's Organic, Proto Resources, Tasmanian Irrigation, Reid Fruits, GETI (Government Education and Training International), Hobart City Council and Tas'Mania. Ms Giddings said the organisations had found the trade mission to be extremely valuable. "It is an absolute insult for the Liberal party to denigrate the efforts of the businesses, community leaders and educational institutions that have been part of this visit. "Mr Groom's comments show the Liberal Party is not interested in attracting investment and creating jobs - their only focus is talking down the state for political gain. "Will Hodgman should immediately say whether he supports Mr Groom's comments. "If he fails to distance himself from Mr Groom's the ill-informed remarks it will further cement his reputation as the most negative opposition leader this state has ever seen." Other outcomes from the delegation to date include: - Promising progress in negotiations with Chinese quarantine authorities to allow the import of premium Tasmanian cherries to China. Tasmania is fruit-fly free and has strong biosecurity credentials which are recognised Japan, Taiwan, Korea, USA and Thailand. - Strong interest in Tasmania's significant mineral potential at a mining seminar attended by more than 100 Chinese mining executives and investors. - Constructive discussions with Vice Minister for Land and Resources, Dr Wang Min, the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAAA) and the Polar Research Institute of China to increase collaboration on Antarctic research and logistics. - Discussions with Chinese and Vietnamese university and trade training organisations to identify opportunities to share resources, expertise and exchange students. - Investment opportunities in Tasmanian agriculture, mining and other major industries have also been pitched directly to the China Investment Corporation, one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds.