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Abbott’s promises cover up risks to Tasmanian economy

Today Senator Peter Whish-Wilson responded to Tony Abbott's promises on jobs by calling on him to come clean on what the Coalition plans really mean for Tasmania.

"He's apparently here to talk about jobs but what he is covering up is a Coalition jobs and wealth destruction plan.

"How many Tasmanian public servants will lose their jobs under an Abbott government?

"If he scraps the Clean Energy Package, how will he replace the $70m per annum boost from Hydro Tasmania used to help pay for healthcare, education and policing in this state?

"Further, will Abbott reverse his support for the Uni cuts that risk 150 UTAS jobs and $10 million per annum?

"You can't talk about a jobs plan in Tasmania without talking about the importance of the University of Tasmania and higher education.

"UTAS directly employs over 2,700 academic and professional staff and delivers up to $500 million into the local economy per annum. It is the third biggest employer in the state.

"We also need increased funding for UTAS to help deliver the research and innovation necessary to help build Tasmania's new industries and jobs of the future.

"University cuts are dumb cuts.

"Tony Abbott must come clean on what the Coalition plans really mean for Tasmania," Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.


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