Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Tasmanian Labor Minister Misguided

Media Release


13 November 2013

Tasmanian Minister, David O'Byrne, has today released an extraordinary statement about the Australian Government's commitment to the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth plan.

It is unfortunate that his statement is full of assumptions and falsehoods.

The Australian Government is moving quickly to deliver the $100 million in funding to recipients under the plan.

I have already contacted each recipient personally to begin the process of funding these commitments; a fact Mr O'Byrne seems to have missed, or ignored.

Of course all projects will be subject to the usual risk assessment and analysis to ensure the projects represent value for money.

It may come as news to Mr O'Byrne and the Tasmanian Government, but when this Australian Government funds projects, it will do so prudently.

Furthermore, we are not going to blindly handover $100 million to the Tasmanian Government to deliver the grants which are 100% funded by the Australian Government.

For Mr O'Byrne to make this request is at best ambitious, but mostly misguided.

If the Tasmanian Government wants a stake in these commitments, it should provide some funding.

Mr O'Byrne also claims to have been shut out of the process. He can thump his chest all his likes, but he should at least be honest and admit that rather than being avoided, he is actually meeting with both the Deputy Prime Minister and I following the State Transport Ministers meeting in Brisbane on Friday.

Mr O'Byrne needs to choose whether he wants to play Labor Party politics or look after the interests of the Tasmanian people.

The Australian Government is committed to building a strong, prosperous economy and a better future for Tasmania.