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Rockliff’s Continued Obfuscation on Stadium

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Monday, 5 June 2023

Tags: Stadium, Transparency, AFL, Macquarie Point

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

There was very little but the usual Liberal stadium cheerleading and obfuscation at today’s Estimates hearings. 

Premier Rockliff continued his refusal to provide real answers on his fiscally irresponsible blank cheque stadium. This is despite his government being plunged into minority government over the unpopular, unneeded proposal. 

When the Greens asked about the impact of the Federal funding for the proposal on Tasmania’s GST receipts, the Premier even compared managing that massive blackhole to managing his farm budget. 

This is not the same as building a farm shed. It’s the biggest publicly funded project in the State’s histor, a project that will likely cost Tasmania more that a billion dollars. 

The Premier answered detailed questions about planning for the project by citing a future precinct plan, and saying it was only just starting. The Rockliff Government have clearly not only signed a blank cheque, but done very little work to determine what the stadium might look like and whether it’ll actually fit in Macquarie Point.

There were no answers on whether agencies had given the Premier advice about the project, following last week’s failure to table Departmental advice in Parliament. 

Just saying you’re being transparent, isn’t transparency. 

Jeremy Rockliff needs to wake up, and change the way his government does business. In a minority government, that’s lost two votes on the floor of Parliament in the last two weeks, the usual Liberal opacity won’t cut it.