Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

31 May 2020

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

O’Byrne Labor-Green with infrastructure envy

In another desperate bid for relevance and to help manufacture his leadership ambitions, David O’Byrne has attempted to talk up a big game when it comes to infrastructure expenditure.

As try as he might to rewrite history, Tasmanians haven’t forgotten that Mr O’Bryne was Minister for Infrastructure in the Labor- Green Government, which coughed up just $288.9 million in their last full year of Government. This compared to our $676.2 million in the 2018/19 financial year.

In fact, the Tasmanian Liberal Government is investing 230 percent more than Mr O’Byrne’s Labor-Green Government.

It is well on the public record that Mr O’Byrne underspent and failed to deliver the Midland Highway upgrades, the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment and the refurbished Spirit of Tasmania ships, which this Government is delivering.

It seems the very ambitious, but incapable Mr O’Byrne, has a case of infrastructure envy. But we won’t be distracted as we move to get a number of key projects underway, to help our State rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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