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More Abbott job promises cover up risks to Tasmanian economy from Coalition policies

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 28 Aug 2013

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

"He's apparently here to talk about 'jobs, jobs, jobs' but what he is covering up are Coalition plans that would be a post-election wrecking ball to jobs and wealth in Tasmania," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

"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 university 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.

"And if Tony Abbott wants to talk about jobs why has he been silent on the national Container Deposit Legislation (CDL) that hangs in the balance this election?

"A cash-for-containers scheme for Tasmania would mean new commercial investment and up to 300 new jobs in Tasmania, while cleaning up the bottles and cans that hurt both our brand and our wildlife," Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.


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