Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania



23 July 2020

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Finance

More cheap politics from Labor

The last person who the Tasmanian Government will take economic and financial advice from is David O’Byrne, the former and failed Economic Development Minister, and someone who has proven repeatedly he cannot read a Budget Paper.

Now he’s campaigning hard for jobs to stay overseas, rather than supporting any chance we have to put Tasmanians back into work in the aftermath of a pandemic.

While the Tasmanian Government is responding to an unprecedented pandemic by making decisions that present the greatest opportunity for our local and Australian manufacturers, David O’Byrne and the Labor Party want to play politics by cherry picking data based on highly volatile monthly small regional samples.

What’s more, Mr O’Byrne is only interested in being negative and talking down our recovery, when in fact Tasmania currently has the equal-lowest unemployment rate in the country at 6.9%, lower than the national average of 7.4%.

Everyone knows the only real jobs plan David O’Byrne has is to take Rebecca White’s job.

All regions in Australia have been severely impacted by the coronavirus - but Mr O’Byrne is carrying on as if nothing has changed.

What’s more, our sensible roadmap to recovery saw Tasmania have the highest monthly employment growth in the nation.

Unfortunately, time and time again, Labor has chosen cheap politicking over bipartisanship during this emergency – and here they go again.

We all remember the Labor-Green minority experiment killed jobs, hurt business, drove away investment and forced Tasmanians to leave the State in droves.

We will continue to deliver our plan to rebuild a stronger Tasmania, while David O’Byrne continues to work on his mutinous plan to become the captain of the Labor party ship.



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