The Hodgman Liberal government needs to stop hiding from the Tasmanians who will be hardest hit by the Abbott Budget, Greens Health and Human Services spokesperson, Cassy O'Connor MP said today.
"The Greens, Labor and Andrew Wilkie joined more than 100 people gathered on Parliament Lawns to voice their opposition to the Abbott Budget, but there wasn't a Liberal MP in sight," Ms O'Connor said.
"It beggars belief that of 15 elected Liberal MPs in the Lower House, not one had the time to front Tasmanian pensioners on the lawns of Parliament today.”
"Premier Hodgman and his Liberal colleagues had all that lacklustre spin ready today in Parliament, knowing there was a rally to be held, but not one had the courage to show up."
"There is a real contradiction in the Liberal government's behaviour. They are happy to load up Question Time with self-promoting Dorothy Dixers, but not one Liberal had the courage to go out and face the people and see the very human face of the impact of the Abbott budget."
"Premier Hodgman's federal colleagues have handed down a punitive budget that will hit Tasmanians hardest of all and drive people already living close to the poverty line, even closer still."
"The changes to pension indexation and disability income support, cuts to family payments, the $7 GP copayment and higher prescription costs will all hit Tasmanians hard.”
"These Tasmanians are being ignored, shut out and let down by the Hodgman Government as it ducks and weaves the consequences of the first heartless Abbott Budget," Ms O'Connor said.