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Hodgman COAG April Fool

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Tags: COAG, Health, Education, Gonski

That the House:—

(1)           Notes the Council of Australian Government's meeting held in Canberra on 1 April 2016 - April Fool's Day.

(2)           Understands the ludicrous proposal of the Commonwealth Government that States be responsible for their own income tax, a position that would hurt Tasmania more than any other State.

(3)           Recognises that after the Commonwealth Liberal Government slashed $1.8 billion from our health budget, they intend to return a mere $54million, leaving a massive black hole in the already underfunded Health budget.

(4)           Further notes:—

(a)           Premier Hodgman's statements before he headed off to COAG, that he would stand up for the State and would not accept any changes that would leave Tasmania worse off; and

(b)           that Premier Hodgman returned to Tasmania with a $1.8 billion health funding gap and serious uncertainty about Gonski funding.

(5)           Understands that the Premier let the State down at COAG, leaving Tasmania as COAG's biggest April Fool.