Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

12 March 2020

Peter Gutwein, Premier

Economic stimulus package welcome

The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government welcomes the Federal Government’s $17.6 billion economic response to help offset the impacts of the coronavirus.

Our priority is looking after the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians and safeguarding Tasmanian business and jobs, and we have been working very closely with our Federal colleagues through the development of national stimulus initiatives that will help to provide local support.

We have also been listening closely to Tasmanian businesses and industry, and yesterday’s Roundtable was an opportunity to work together to understand the challenges to various sectors.

We have also committed to responding with a Tasmanian stimulus program to leverage off the Federal Government’s support package.

Today’s announcement by the Federal Government included a number initiatives which will benefit Tasmanians, including wage assistance to small businesses to help keep their apprentices and trainees.

Those needing more support in our community will also be beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s announcements including the one-off payments to social security, veteran and other income support recipients and eligible concession card holders.  This will provide a welcome relief to those in need and support confidence in the Tasmanian economy

Tasmania will not be immune to the challenges of coronavirus, and we are committed to working with business and industry to ensure we minimise the impact on our economy and protect jobs, which is why our response will be measured and directed at those sectors most impacted in the economy.

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