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Taxpayers fund $800K bill – and a car – for former TT Line boss

David O’Byrne MP
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport


  • Government fobs off teachers and nurses with 2 per cent pay offer while TT Line workers given almost 3 per cent
  • Taxpayers foot huge bill for redundant boss
  • Tasmanians would never have known without Rockliff put under scrutiny

The Hodgman Liberal Government charged taxpayers almost $800,000 and covered the costs of a car for a TT Line executive despite a promise to crack down on golden handshakes.

Shadow Infrastructure and Transport Minister David O’Byrne said it had also been revealed today that TT Line employees enjoyed annual pay increases of almost three per cent while the government refuses to budge on its two per cent offer to Tasmanian public sector workers including teachers and nurses.

“The Hodgman Government’s twisted priorities have been well and truly exposed in today’s scrutiny of Government Business Enterprises,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“Almost five years ago the Treasurer Peter Gutwein committed to stop excessive golden handshakes and today that broken promise has been exposed with a payout of $761,000 and a car to this executive.

“Tasmanian families cannot hope to ever see that sort of money and certainly no-one is receiving a free vehicle.

“This unfair and unreasonable government has also been exposed in what it wrongly claims is a fair and reasonable pay offer to workers at the frontline of public service.

“The TT Line have paid their workers a fair wage increase of 2.45 per cent last year rising to 2.95 per cent this year yet the government is offering teachers, nurses, paramedics, firefighters and thousands of other public servants who are working tirelessly only two per cent

“Mr Rockliff now must explain why he is treating the vast majority of public servants so shabbily.”

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