Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader
Another day, another publicly-owned Tasmanian treasure is up for sale under the Liberals’ privatisation agenda. The Treasury Building, privatising an island in the World Heritage Area, the pinnacle of kunanyi/Mt Wellington, 29,000ha of public plantation forests – and now Elizabeth Street Pier.
No conversation has been had with Tasmanians about the sale of the Elizabeth Street Pier.
The way the owners of the Pier – the people of Tasmania – find out, is when it’s splashed across the front page of the paper.
The Treasurer might as well set up ‘Tas Inc Real Estate’, with a shingle outside the Office of the Coordinator General to let the world know he’s selling Tasmania’s public assets, because that’s exactly how it happens.
The Tasmanian people, the owners of the assets on the table, should be given a say on any sales. Presenting it as a fait accompli is bad practice and an insult to the people of Tasmania.
These treasures are not the Treasurer’s to sell. They belong to Tasmanians.
The Pier fits into a fabric of privatisation story under the Hodgman Government. Whether it’s the Treasury Building, the mountain, our planation estate, Parks and World Heritage Area – or the Elizabeth Street Pier – the Liberals know the price of everything and the value of nothing.