Tasmanian Times

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More politicians not the priority

Increasing the size of Parliament isn’t a priority, and we won’t be voting in support of the Greens Bill which is being debated later this month.
The Tasmanian Government’s priority is investing in health, education and essential services, including employing 1300 more health staff and 250 more teachers.
Increasing the Parliament would come at significant cost to the taxpayer, which has not been canvassed with Tasmanians by Labor or the Greens.
If the Greens or Labor want to increase the size of Parliament they should properly consult with the Tasmanian public and make their case rather than trying to rush legislation through Parliament now which won’t even take effect until 2022.
Will Hodgman is Premier

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  1. Robert Rands

    November 14, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Rob Halton … I suggest you take the time to read Greens’ policies, of which there are many, across the relevant spectrum of political and social issues.

    Then, if you choose, you can spout the same narrow-minded twaddle about the Greens, and at least sound hypocritical rather than grossly ignorant.

  2. Rob Halton

    November 13, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Just as I thought before picking up the Mercury this morning, Hickey voted with the Greens. Good on her in respect of considering a fairer go!

    It’s good to see the issue will be raised again in Parliament before the end of the year. What? It’s almost the end of the year now!

    The issue needs to be taken into the public arena for a vote, that’s my opinion!

    I will bet any money that during this term of government, Hickey, unless she “busts” Hodgman in the meantime, could threaten a coup among the Liberal diehards if they don’t budge on improving Parliament’s outcomes for the Tasmanian people during this term.

    Hickey, treading on the toes of her inept colleagues and a lazy Opposition, could threaten to run as a high profile Independent to better manage portfolio distributions. Given that this state is intending to move ahead with population growth, all forms of infrastructure need to match those objectives. At present the government can’t even handle the basic requirements for public health and low cost housing.

    It’s good to see Hodgman being challenged by one of the Liberal’s own who is on the ball!

  3. Rob Halton

    November 13, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Given the Premier is not up to the job, I would like to ask the Liberals’ fresh face of intelligence, Sue Hickey, what she thinks is the problem with delivering good government to the people of Tasmania!

    I would suggest the Liberals have been used to creating their own internal self-serving agenda for too long under the hard right regime of Eric Abetz. Labor is a similar pack animal creating only for itself, and although David O’Byrne is relatively new, he is unimpressive as a recycled candidate!

    I think that the Greens are making the case for their own gain. There is little hope for more Greens as their appearance is less relevant in a modern parliament where recycling their same old ideas is utterly boring in following the likes of Jenny Weber on her anti this, that, and the other forest protest campaigns!

    The government needs to be more sprightly. Within the entire Parliament Sue Hickey, and Josh Willey from the Opposition, are the only two that impress me at all. Sad isn’t it, that only these two have some sort of solid grounding at all!

    We urgently need people who are prepared to move into the current set of social, infrastructure, jobs and business circumstances facing the state.

  4. Luca Vanzino

    November 13, 2018 at 6:43 am

    So Will wants proper consultation with the Tasmanian public, eh?

    He must have ‘forgotten’ about those missing 200 policies!


  5. John Hawkins

    November 13, 2018 at 6:30 am

    This is certainly true for the Liberals as they would surely lose their majority.

    The smaller Parliament was deliberately introduced to keep out the Greens, and to give the Lib/Labs a majority.

    The poor quality of the current incumbents with their backsides on the seats is evidenced by inept governance, the Hobart Hospital debacle being but one piece of evidence.

    We do need more sitting members, or a vastly improved quality of candidates, and not time-wasting ex-mayors.

  6. Rob

    November 12, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Will Hodgman, what have you done about the recommendations from the Senate Inquiry into Industrial Deaths? Remember the Inquiry that you failed to attend when it was in Hobart?

    When will you be introducing the recommendations? Industrial Manslaughter Laws are long overdue in Tasmania. What have you done regarding the petitions that have been sent to you with thousands of signatures demanding Legislative changes that would protect the lives of Tasmanian workers?

    Are you going to continue to ignore issues that are brought to your attention? How many more lives need to be lost? How many?

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