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Macquarie Point Stadium Proposal - Opportunity for Parliamentary Vote

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 23 May 2023

Tags: Macquarie Point, Stadium, AFL


That was A-grade deflection. We know what the pathway is to parliament having a final say on the stadium: it is an amendment to the State Policies and Projects Act.

Yesterday on ABC radio, Mr Tucker said you had assured him the state significance process would mean - and I quote: 'There will be a vote at the start, public consultation and then a vote and scrutiny at the end'. However, as you just outlined, only under certain circumstances will parliament get a second and final vote.

Premier, did you deliberately mislead Mr Tucker when making this agreement, just like you misled us when you were trying to secure the Greens' support for the state's AFL bid? Will you now commit to amending the State Policies and Projects Act to ensure the parliament has a final say on the stadium, no matter what?



Mr Speaker, I thank the member for her question. As I have said, we will be finding a pathway to see what is possible to make the second vote happen -

Dr Woodruff - It is blindly obvious to everybody else that you can just do that.

Mr SPEAKER - Order.

Mr ROCKLIFF - because I want parliament to have a say. I want as much social licence for this very important project for the future of Tasmania and the Tasmanian people. That is what I desire and why I fought so hard for this project, the Macquarie Point Urban Renewal Project, not only to secure an Australian Football League and AFLW team in Tasmania, as many thousands of Tasmanians have fought for and want. The whole urban renewal project will be the catalyst for the jobs and the future economic benefits which will allow us to grow our economy and fund our essential services.

That is my desire and I will do all I can to see this project come to fruition. I point to my previous answer: we are finding a pathway to ensure parliament has that say.