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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson
The Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, is being dishonest with Tasmanians about the State's budget outlook. Either that, or he genuinely believes he is a magician.
Unless Mr Gutwein and his Liberal colleagues stop gouging a 90% dividend out of profitable Government Business Enterprises (GBEs) and find a way to cover the $2.1 Billion cuts to Health and Education delivered in the first Abbott Budget, they are likely to oversee one of the most temporary surpluses in living memory.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson
Forestry Tasmania's Annual Report 2014-15 paints a blithely optimistic picture of the GBE's financial fortunes, glossing over a continuing reliance on public subsidies and bailouts at public expense.
Tasmanians will rightly be wary of the Liberals' claims that their forest 'policy' has turned around the GBE's fortunes, after decades in which FT has been unable to turn a profit and has relied continuously on public subsidies to destroy forest ecosystems.