Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader
Lutruwita/Tasmania and its people have been sorely let down by Scott Morrison’s pre-election budget.
On climate, health, housing, education and social disadvantage, it’s a slap in the face to Tasmanians.
The enormous challenges the state faces remain without a policy or budgetary response from the Morrison Government.
We have an unpopular Prime Minister more concerned about desperate electioneering than the wellbeing of Tasmanians.
While there is plenty of cash for roads, roads and more roads, as well as some short-term bribery ahead of the upcoming election, there’s no willingness to address Tasmania’s health, housing, education and poverty remediation needs.
There are thousands of people suffering on the state’s housing and elective surgery waiting lists. Tasmanians are literally being left out in the cold and waiting, in pain, for healthcare while the Federal Liberals pour hundreds of millions into roads.
Social inequality is growing and the climate emergency is looming, already hitting many Australians hard.
Thousands of Tasmanians are struggling to pay their rent and bills, and keep food on the table, and today many in New South Wales are facing another climate-induced catastrophic flood while still cleaning up after their last one.
You won’t see that reflected in Scott Morrison’s Budget. Instead of providing support or policy change for the future, the Liberals are using public funds to buy votes and prop up their fossil fuel industry donors’ profits.
There is nothing future-focussed about Scott Morrison’s Budget. We hope this is his last, and urge all Tasmanians who want change to vote Green at the upcoming election.