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Tasmanians put last by Liberal Government

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson responds to the latest modelling from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) released by TASCOSS today, showing that Tasmanian households will be the most affected households of anywhere in Australia from Tony Abbott’s horror budget.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Economic modelling is showing that Tasmanian households will be made $420 worse off by the Liberals' budget hit on families.”

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Tasmania takes biggest budget hit

Tasmania will take the biggest hit from the government’s budget of broken promises, with public sector jobs, families and welfare recipients bearing the brunt of the pain, Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said today.

“Our young people, students, unemployed, pensioners and families all suffer under this budget, while the government delivers tax cuts to its big business mates,” Senator Whish-Wilson said.

“We already have one of highest unemployment rates in the country and now the government wants to rip more jobs out.

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Liberals sneak through $28.9 million cut to Bass Strait Equalisation Schemes

On top of all the cruel cuts and increases in the costs of living for struggling Tasmanians, Greens Senator for Tasmanian, Peter Whish-Wilson lashes the Liberal Government over their attempts to sneak through a reduction of $28.9 million from the Tasmanian Freight and Passenger Vehicle Equalisation schemes over the next three years.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Liberal Party campaigned at the Federal election last year on finding a solution to the Bass Strait issues. A twenty-nine million dollar cut is not a solution, it’s a travesty.

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National Broadband Network crucial for Tasmanian economic future

Today in Hobart, Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson asked questions of the IT industry at the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network (NBN) about what the NBN means for Tasmanian business.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Federal government needs to put politics aside today, keep the promises it made about the NBN, and deliver an outcome for the Tasmanian people and Tasmanian business.

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NSW Senator-Elect Leyonhjelm's radical views raises alarm for Tasmania's future with new Senate

 

Tasmanian politicians of all stripes will be need to be cautious of any deals that emerge in the post-July Australian Senate because of the radical agenda driven by the Senator-elect for NSW David Leyonhjelm.

In an article published in farmweekly.com.au, Senator-elect Leyonhjelm called upon "Tasmania to stop being a leech on the mainland", "to base GST payments to the states on their population" and to "reduce the State's minimum wage".

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NSW Senator-Elect Leyonhjelm's radical views raises alarm for Tasmania's future with new Senate

 

Tasmanian politicians of all stripes will be need to be cautious of any deals that emerge in the post-July Australian Senate because of the radical agenda driven by the Senator-elect for NSW David Leyonhjelm.

In an article published in farmweekly.com.au, Senator-elect Leyonhjelm called upon "Tasmania to stop being a leech on the mainland", "to base GST payments to the states on their population" and to "reduce the State's minimum wage".

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Unprovoked attack on Tasmanian resident highlights Liberals’ ideological obsession

The Australian Greens today said the Liberals should stop attacking Tasmanians and get on with delivering for the State.  The unprovoked attack on Tasmanian Colin Russell by Liberal MP Brett Whiteley highlights just how out of touch the Abbott government has become.

Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said, "In a week where Senator Bernardi takes it upon himself to attack single parents, Liberal MP Brett Whiteley has come out and attacked Tasmanian resident Colin Russell for simply getting caught up in the corrupt Russian legal system.

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Abbott must rule out public money for Liberals’ reckless obsession with failed Tamar Valley pulp mill

The Australian Greens today called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to rule out any payouts from the public purse to prop up the Tasmanian Liberals' reckless, self-interested obsession with the failed Tamar Valley pulp mill.

"Everyone who drank from the poisoned chalice that is the corrupt Tamar Valley pulp mill debacle has paid the price and I'd suggest Tony Abbott heed that advice," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

"This project is not financially viable and would return our community to conflict and a failed business model.

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Abbott shows his true colours on Tasmanian jobs and it's 'cuts, cuts, cuts'

Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson criticised the Abbott Government for taking the razor to jobs in Tasmania's vital science and research sector on the same day that Greens Education and Skills Minister Nick McKim announced $16M in funding to help train the Tasmanian scientists of the future.

"Now that the election is over we can see what the Abbott 'jobs plan' really means for Tasmania - sending the state backwards and derailing our transition to a diversified and resilient economy," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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