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Liberals Mislead Tasmanians over TEELS Scheme

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

In Budget Estimates today, the Energy Minister confirmed the Westpac credit card scheme the Liberals have fraudulently badged as a cost of living measure won't cost the government a cent.

After initially falsely claiming the $10 million energy efficiency 'loan scheme' was in the Budget papers, the red-faced Minister tried to claim the costs were 'administrative' costs borne by Aurora. 

When we exposed that as a false claim, the Secretary of State Growth clarified that the $10 million is Westpac's money.

2017/18 Budget: No answers, No substance

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The Treasurer’s responses in Budget Estimates today were basically limited to pleas to just trust him.

On the TasWater takeover, the Treasurer disagreed with claims that the accelerated schedule could not be achieved and that the takeover might be unlawful, but provided no evidence to back up his view.

To support these claims he repeatedly argued he had come to that view, without providing any detail of what rationale or evidence had led him there. 

Real Cost of Living Relief in Greens' Alternative Budget

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Tasmanian Greens will continue the roll out of free energy efficiency upgrades to low income households and small businesses, delivering lasting cost of living relief to Tasmanians.

We will also invest in a comprehensive domestic water efficiency roll out to ensure water wastage is minimised and households are only paying for the water they need to use.

A State Budget Bloated with Pork

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

After three years of cuts and neglecting community services, the fourth Hodgman Budget focuses on extinguishing spot fires of community concern and scatters money around like confetti in the lead up to the election.

This is a Budget that's bloated with pork.

The more you look at this Budget, the more cynical you become.  It’s very clear that it is designed to help the Liberals buy their way to the next election.

State Budget Response

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Hodgman Liberals have delivered an unsurprising pre-election Budget.

Having slashed funding to essential services in their first Budget, now the Liberals are trying to repair some of the damage caused in health and education particularly.

The cost of living measures are tinkering that will provide temporary election-year power price relief to Tasmanian households and the promise of cheaper water and sewerage bills through legislation we have yet to see or pass.

Lives at Risk if Ambulance Tasmania Funding Missing from State Budget

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

The median Tasmanian ambulance response time of 14.1 minutes is the worst in the country.  It’s far too long for people who need critical life support.

The national recommended response time is eight minutes, with people suffering cardiac arrest or choking unable to be resuscitated after 10.  Paramedics have pleaded with the government for extra staff and resources to be able to attend to emergencies faster.

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