ANDREW LEIGH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES
MEMBER FOR FENNER
LEADER OF THE TASMANIAN OPPOSITION
MEMBER FOR BRADDON
TASMANIAN SHADOW TREASURER
MEMBER FOR DENISON
LIBERAL GOVERNMENTS IN HOBART AND CANBERRA ARE NEGLECTING TASMANIA
Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh has today met with Tasmanian Labor Leader Bryan Green and Tasmanian Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon to discuss the importance of federal and state collaboration on crucial regional development and infrastructure projects.
Andrew Leigh said the Federal Government had neglected Tasmania when it came to budget priorities.
“The Liberals failed to address Tasmania’s infrastructure needs in the lead-up to the last election and paid the price by losing all three of their lower house seats,” Mr Leigh said.
“In contrast, Labor committed $75 million to water and sewerage upgrades in Launceston, $150 million for the redevelopment of UTAS and a to $44 million tourism infrastructure fund.
“In government, Labor would work collaboratively to deliver Tasmania’s infrastructure, creating much needed employment across the state.”
Bryan Green said that Tasmania was being let down badly by the Liberals when it came to regional development and infrastructure investment.
“You only have to look at the debacle around Macquarie Point for an example of the Liberals’ incompetence,” Mr Green said.
“In government, Labor provided $50 million to kick start the redevelopment project which has the potential to unlock a billion dollars’ worth of investment.
“But under the Liberals the project is in danger of complete collapse, with a bungled planning process and no progress in moving the sewerage works off the site.
“It is the same story in our regions, which were badly let down by the Liberals during the recent Federal election.
“It has been proven that Tasmania always does better when Labor Governments in Tasmania and Canberra work together.”
TUESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2016
TAIMUS WERNER-GIBBINGS (LEIGH) 0437 323 390
ALEX JOHNSTON (GREEN) 0407 522 737