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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Politics

A government in denial?

Will Hodgman Libs leader
The most recent Access Economics report warned that the number of unemployed people in Tasmania was tipped to rise from 12,000 people in 2007/08 to 20,000 in 2009/10. It said Tasmania’s unemployment rate would soar. And the most recent ABS unemployment statistics showed that in December, the number of people employed dropped by up to 2000 on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Will Hodgman MP
Leader of the State Opposition
Sunday February 1, 2009

Employment and the economy; a Government in denial

Leader of the State Opposition, Will Hodgman, has today challenged the State Government over its Mid-Year Financial Report released this week.

The Report did not update unemployment estimates from the figures contained in preliminary report released back in December. The figures in that report were out of date, and stated that employment would grow this financial year and unemployment would fall.

However, since then there have been job losses in the mining and resources industry, the civil construction industry has started laying off workers and job losses are being warned of in the tourism sector.

The most recent Access Economics report warned that the number of unemployed people in Tasmania was tipped to rise from 12,000 people in 2007/08 to 20,000 in 2009/10. It said Tasmania’s unemployment rate would soar. And the most recent ABS unemployment statistics showed that in December, the number of people employed dropped by up to 2000 on a seasonally adjusted basis.

“Surely the Premier and Treasurer can see that things have changed since its previous financial report? People are losing their jobs!,” Mr Hodgman said.

On another front, the Premier and Treasurer have been saying for months that they will find savings within Government departments, but up to now have not been able to identify how or what they will cut.

As recent as yesterday Mr Aird was saying he is still waiting for specific advice from Government departments on how they would deliver the needed cost savings.

“While the State Government dithers, Tasmania’s economic situation worsens and jobs are at risk,” Mr Hodgman said.

“The Bartlett Government’s so-called response to the global financial crisis has been piecemeal, poorly implemented and based on overly optimistic forecasts.

“What Tasmania needs is a State Government that is capable of implementing a clear and effective action plan that protects Tasmanian businesses and jobs, and is less worried about making itself look good.

“Whilst David Bartlett and Michael Aird deny reality and the seriousness of the current situation, and Tasmanian jobs are at risk, their hollow response to the economic crisis stands condemned.”

Mr Hodgman said that as a first step, the State Government must now commit to reviewing its forecasts and providing updated information to the Tasmanian people on the true state of unemployment.

“If it can’t admit to the problem, it won’t find a solution,” Mr Hodgman said.

Office of the Tasmanian Leader of the Opposition

Will Hodgman MP

Parliament House

Hobart TAS 7000

www.willhodgman.com.au

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