Jo Siejka MLC
Transparency Committee Chair
4 October 2018
  • Closed debates at State Council – what don’t the Libs want heard?
  • Critical reports into gutted health funding kept secret
  • Will the Premier vote to sell the ABC again? 

“The Government is a very transparent and open government, very much so and much more so than has been the case before.” – Michael Ferguson Sept. 26, 2018

The Liberal Party is treating Tasmanians like fools as it continues to run a shady, secretive agenda.

The Chair of Labor’s Transparency Committee, Jo Siejka, said Health Minister Michael Ferguson was showing contempt for the Tasmanian public by not releasing the RDME and KPMG reports into the gutting of health funding in Tasmania.

The Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, will not release modelling which shows Tasmania’s share of the GST could plummet under a new deal proposed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison despite claiming for months that the deal was good “on face value”.

And today it has been revealed that debates on motions at the Liberal State Council will be closed debates.

“What are the Liberals planning to debate that must be kept secret?” Ms Siejka said.

“The Liberals obviously want clear air to debate the radical motions put forward by the likes of Eric Abetz and Michael Ferguson.

Will the Premier again be voting with Eric Abetz to sell the ABC?*

“Are the Liberal Leadership worried about public recriminations after their loss in Braddon?

“Unlike the Labor Party, which releases its agenda, in full, to members and the media, the Liberals’ State Council has been shrouded in secrecy.

“The hypocritical Health Minister Michael Ferguson has previously slammed the Greens for running secretive state conferences yet now the Liberals are just as bad.**”