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Rockliff’s Reset Just More Hollow Words

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 20 July 2023

Tags: Housing, Health, Environment

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Acting Greens Leader

Premier Jeremy Rockliff’s so-called ‘reset’ on ‘back-to-basics’ issues are hollow words, and won’t change anything for people struggling to make ends meet or unable to access crucial health services.

The Liberals have been in government for nearly a decade now, and in this time they’ve overseen a huge backwards slide on the issues that matter to Tasmanians. While the Premier and his ministers have focused on maximising the profits of big corporations and donor interests, everyday people struggle more and more to meet basic needs.

If you’re one of the tens of thousands of Tasmanians desperately trying to find a home, waiting anxiously for an ambulance, spending hours in hospital waiting rooms, or unable to pay your power bill, you know this government has failed you.

In the past decade we have seen three Liberal Premiers, and more so-called “resets” than you can count.  The result has always been the same – more policies to benefit the top-end of town and big corporations, while things get more difficult for everyone else.

The government’s own statistics don’t lie. Critical measures in healthcare, housing, child safety, carbon emissions, and environmental protection are all significantly worse than they were when the Liberals took office.

If Jeremy Rockliff was serious about delivering a better future for Tasmania, he’d be focused on employing more healthcare staff, tackling the rental crisis head on, delivering real cost of living relief, and protecting Tasmania’s unique environment and wildlife. Instead, he’s hung his hat on selling a massive debt-ridden stadium as the answer to these problems.

Unfortunately, it’s all too obvious the only future the Premier is worried about is his own.