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Rockliff Accuses Liberal Colleagues of Being Anti-Tasmanian

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 29 March 2023

Tags: Stadium, AFL

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

In Parliament today, Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff has launched a remarkable attack on those opposing the proposed Hobart stadium – including five of his Federal Liberal colleagues.

In an uncontrolled rant, Premier Rockliff railed against opponents of the billion-dollar stadium he plans to build on Hobart’s waterfront, and angrily accused MPs who are campaigning against this project in Canberra of being “anti-Tasmanian”.

We wonder what Jonno Duniam, Bridget Archer, Wendy Askew, Claire Chandler, and Gavin Pearce will think of Mr Rockliff’s massive sledge of them?

The Premier seems to be losing the plot. It’s one thing for him to attempt to make an argument in favour of spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on a new stadium in Hobart, but claiming those who have a different view of being “anti-Tasmanian” is laughable. It also smells of desperation.

When have we ever seen this Premier – or indeed either of his predecessors – argue so strongly for anything that would genuinely benefit Tasmania and its people?

Jeremy Rockliff knows his political life is on the line, and he’s getting desperate.

Running short of allies inside his own party room, the Premier is clearly too scared to hold any of his dishonest, incompetent, or dodgy Ministers to account. 

Just as he could stand up to Gill McLachlan and the AFL over the stadium, Jeremy Rockliff could take on the problem people in his Cabinet, reset a new course for his government and give his legacy a chance but, like a rabbit in the spotlight, he seems incapable of doing so.