Coalition Government will Deliver for Tasmania

Media Release

JB012/2013

26 November 2013

Today I visited Tasmania to speak with local businesses about the Australian Government's commitment to a strong and prosperous Tasmania.

As previously announced by the Australian Government, we will deliver on our pre-election commitment to provide more than $100 million towards a long list of planned projects that support the economic development of Tasmania.

This is in addition to other initiatives associated with the Australian Government's Economic Plan for Tasmania, including $38 million to expand the Hobart International Airport, $24 million to establish a new Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research Centre and $400 million to upgrade the Midland Highway, among others.

With my parliamentary colleagues Brett Whitely, Andrew Nikolic and Eric Hutchinson, I met with a number of prospective project proponents to discuss how their projects will best be assessed by the Australian Government and implemented in a timely manner.

As a ‘no surprises’ Government, we have been clear from the outset that all projects will be subject to a value for money assessment and risk analysis.

Sadly, due to the incompetence of the previous Labor Government and its total lack of community consultation, proposed projects throughout Tasmania have continued to be delayed creating uncertainty and deteriorating confidence throughout the regions.

Yesterday's comments by Anthony Albanese once again show Labor is back to its chaotic ways of promising money towards projects without doing the necessary homework to ensure they're delivered.

Mr Albanese is well aware that if Labor was re-elected, it would need to conduct a similar assessment of proposed projects as the Australian Government is now undertaking.

The Australian Government is getting on with the job of delivering for Tasmania by properly engaging with project proponents to provide them with the confidence and certainty of how these projects can best be assessed and successfully implemented.

I look forward to working with the Tasmanian Government and the broader community to ensure our ambitious investment programme is delivered for the benefit of all Tasmanians.