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Community engagement and listening to Tasmanians at top of Labor agenda

  • Labor’s immediate priority to set foundations for government
  • Labor will engage with community where Liberals refuse to
  • Labor’s priorities must reflect the priorities of all Tasmanians

Labor will focus on widespread community engagement and filling the void left by the Hodgman Liberal Government by listening to Tasmanians and their priorities, Labor Leader Rebecca White told the ALP State Conference today.

Ms White said Labor’s immediate priority is to set the foundations for government.

“That depends on continuing engagement with our community, building trust and listening to Tasmanians,” Ms White said.

“Labor is determined to ensure our priorities reflect those of the Tasmanian people.

“Developing a shared understanding of Tasmania’s brand and the future direction of our state requires conversation.”

Ms White said Labor has already started a program of community engagement with Shaping our Future Together forums which will be held across the state and provide an opportunity for members of the community to share their ideas for what they want a future Tasmania to look like.

“Our greatest asset is our people and we want to tap into that resource to ensure all of our policies reflect the needs and ambitions of Tasmanians.

“We can make a positive difference together and improve the lives of people right across our beautiful state.

“That starts with a Federal Election just around the corner where I am confident we will see the election of Bill Shorten as the next Prime Minister of Australia.”

At the same time Ms White said Labor will be doing the crucial job of holding a Liberal Government which is failing Tasmanians to account.

”It’s not a golden age when sick Tasmanians are trapped in hospital hallways for hours because there are no beds and mental health patients can’t get the support they need, when and where they need it.

“We have just kicked off a campaign calling on Health Minister Michael Ferguson to be sacked.

“He has been given too many chances and after nearly five years has shown that he simply will not listen to health professionals and patients who all say the system is broken.

“If he can’t acknowledge the problem then he can’t be trusted to fix it and that’s why it is time for him to go.”

Rebecca White MP
Labor Leader