 Hostile, dishonest takeover rejected by the Legislative Council
 Government’s failure to work constructively with stakeholders results in 4-10 defeat
 Labor will work with all tiers of government to make sure TasWater succeeds

The Liberal Government’s failure to work with the local government sector has led to a resounding defeat of its TasWater takeover.

The failed plan was voted down ten votes to four in the Legislative Council this afternoon.

Shadow Minister for Local Government Madeleine Ogilvie said it was a resounding defeat for the Hodgman Government.

“This is the sinking of the Government’s flagship policy,” Ms Ogilvie said.

“The takeover was rushed and hostile and the Liberals did not build a case that it was in the best interests of Tasmania.

“They should have worked with local government and TasWater to improve infrastructure across the state, instead of starting an ugly political fight.

“The challenges facing water and sewerage infrastructure in Tasmania don’t go away. Labor is committed to working with TasWater, local government and the federal government to complete key projects.

“Outside of TasWater’s work schedule; Launceston’s storm water challenge, Macquarie Point and Cameron Bay for Mona stage two are Labor’s priorities.

“The Liberals have wasted four years in government without addressing these key projects. Labor will not make the same mistake.”
Madeleine Ogilvie MP Shadow Minister for Local Government and Planning