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Bovver Boys Behaving Badly

Kim Booth

Kim Booth  -  Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Tags: Political Leadership, Tasmanian Forest Agreement, Native Forest Logging, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

The first 200 days of the Hodgman regime has been marked by ideology, revenge and zero statesmanship Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.

“Behaving like bovver boys and bullies is no substitute for good governance and the Hodgman regime has now trashed both our international reputation, our  brand and our democracy; damage that will have profound effects on our economy in the long term” said Mr Booth.

“The first act of revenge was the, thankfully, unsuccessful attempt to unwind, and then log, our internationally famous World Heritage extension.”

“The second act of revenge was to destroy any value in the native forest sector by tearing up the TFA.”

“The third act of revenge was to try and ban protests, now thankfully stalled in the Upper House.”

“The fourth act of revenge was to attempt to destroy the Industrial Commission under the guise of a ‘wage freeze’.”

“Legislation coming includes interfering in the judiciary by removing sentencing options and now, incredibly, seeking to abolish the Integrity Commission; the very body set up to deal with corruption – which typically emerges under majority governments.”

“So arrogant and power drunk has the Liberal Regime become, that they are even talking about seizing private property at Triabunna, an act of revenge normally reserved for tin pot dictators of totalitarian regimes.”

“What sort of appalling message is Hodgman sending to investors?  Come here and if we don’t like your politics we will seize your assets and shut you down?”

“An arrogant, revengeful and ideologically driven government are the first words that spring to people’s lips when talking about the Hodgman Regime.”

“Big on talk, big on revenge and ideology, but very, very small on acting on the real challenges that face the State” Mr Booth said.