March 5, 2014
A new Tasmanian Liberal Government is the best chance of reducing the state's unemployment rate, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, told Parliament today.
Senator Colbeck told the Senate the combined influence of Labor and the Greens had left Tasmania at the bottom of the pile of almost every economic indicator.
"We need to turn around these terrible statistics. We need to turn around the lowest wages in the country, the highest unemployment in the country. We need to have an economy that is growing, rather than having a 0.7 per cent reduction, as it did in 2012-13," he said.
Senator Colbeck said regional communities have been devastated by the Tasmanian Forests Agreement (TFA) and mismanagement by Labor and the Greens.
"It (TFA) does not, as members on the other side like to tell us, provide for a sustainable forest industry in the future. It actually signs the death warrant of the forest industry in Tasmania by 2030," he said.
Senator Colbeck said the Coalition had a sustainable forestry policy that would create benefits for regional communities, the environment and the industry.
"It's time that common-sense was put back into forestry policies," he said.
Senator Colbeck said Tasmanians have an opportunity to send a strong message that the job is only half done.
"I look forward to Saturday week, when the Tasmanian people will have the opportunity to have their say, to turf the Labor Party and the Greens out and put Will Hodgman and his team in.
"We know that the Coalition, the Liberals, are strong economic managers and we will not have a situation where the Tasmanian economy will go backwards as it is now under Labor-Greens stewardship," he said.