It's time for David O'Byrne to come clean on the process for allocating forest deal funding. We have been contacted by a number of people over the last two days angry that the work they put into applications for funding has apparently been ignored.
Today I met with a Tasmanian business owner who expects to be forced out of business by the end of the year as a result of Labor shutting down forestry to please the Greens.
The forest deal has been a politically motivated disaster right from the start.
It has locked up our vital timber resources, closed down businesses and claimed hundreds of jobs all in the promise of a peace which has never eventuated.
Lara Giddings bet the state budget on the carbon tax remaining unchanged and she has lost.
Ms Giddings must explain how she will deal with a reduction in Hydro revenue of potentially tens of millions of dollars as a result of Kevin Rudd’s plans to remove the carbon tax.*
Today’s unemployment figures are truly shocking and the ultimate proof of how much Labor and the Greens have failed Tasmanians.
8,900 full time Tasmanian jobs have gone since Labor got into bed with the Greens.
The only way to grow the economy and create jobs is to elect a majority Liberal government with our Plan for a Brighter Future.
Regional Councils are right to be upset at the rushed and political process for the allocation of funding from the Forestry Deal.
It’s clear that this program is not a job-creation program, it’s a Labor re-election plan.
There is no proper process for the allocation of this funding, and projects will be decided on the basis of the political whim of Federal and State Labor.