Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

12 January 2018

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer

Bumbling Bacon admits Tasmania worse off under Labor

Bumbling Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon has blundered again, admitting that Tasmania would be worse off under a Labor-Green minority government.

In today’s Fairfax newspapers, economist Saul Eslake states that he believes it would be easier for Tasmania to be short-changed on the GST if a Labor government were elected in Tasmania.

Mr Eslake is also reported to have rubbished the idea that the ALP could make sure no state or territory lost out.

In response, Mr Bacon is quoted as saying the comments are  “very concerning but accurate”.*

There is no doubt that the best way to protect Tasmania’s share of the GST is through a strong, Hodgman majority Liberal Government who will fight for Tasmania at every turn, and who also has a strong relationship with the Federal Government.

We have already demonstrated with a record $730 million Mersey Hospital deal that we are able to get great outcomes for Tasmania from the Federal Government – does anyone really think Mr Bacon could have secured $730 million off Scott Morrison?

The only way to protect Tasmania’s fair share of the GST is to re-elect a strong, majority Hodgman Liberal Government.

Even Mr Bacon agrees.

*Examiner/Advocate 12/1/18

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