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Ending secrecy should be Hodgman’s first act in parliament

  • Liberals continue to keep crucial information hidden from Tasmanians
  • RTI process used as a plaything of the Government
  • Liberals should reveal detail of 200 policies kept secret during election

The first parliamentary action of the Hodgman Government must be to end the secrecy and make a commitment to running a genuinely open government.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said Premier Will Hodgman needs to end the Liberals’ culture of secrecy, and should commit today to introducing changes when Parliament sits from May 1.

“Since the election we have already seen the Liberals keeping key information secret from Tasmanians,” Ms White said.

“Whether it’s fruit fly, Basslink, housing or health, the spin, secrecy and lies have come thick and fast.

“Tasmanians want a government that will get on with the job of governing, rather than one that is obsessed with spin.

“Tasmanians can have no faith in their government if it is not prepared to release data in full when it is requested by the Opposition, media or members of the public.

“The Liberals were caught out manipulating the RTI process in the last term of government and they’re off to a shocking start this term.”

Ms White called on the Liberals to reveal full details of the almost 200 Liberal policies kept secret prior to the state election.

“The Liberals hid 200 policies from the community before the last election, including changes to firearms laws,” Ms White said.

“The details of these policies must be released as a matter of priority, particularly in light of Legislative Council election campaigns which are in full swing.

“Tasmanians are fed up – the Liberal secrecy has to stop.

“Labor is committed to electoral donations transparency reform and took a policy to the election to clean up Tasmania’s donations legislation while the Liberals ran a record-setting campaign funded by donations from the pro-poker machine lobby.

“Labor is prepared to look at changing the current blackout laws surrounding elections.”