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Gutwein, Duniam fail to deliver jobs for Northern Tasmania

  • Secure, high-paying jobs go begging as Canberra ignores Tasmanian Liberals
  • Massive missed opportunity as each other state and NT secure public service jobs
  • Weak, ineffective Gutwein has all the influence of a churchmouse in Canberra 

The Tasmanian Liberals’ abject failure to secure high-paying, secure public service jobs for Tasmania’s North is the latest evidence that they are weak and ineffective lobbying Canberra.

The 2017-18 Federal Budget prioritised decentralisation of public service jobs to regional areas but after grandstanding from Peter Gutwein and Senator Jonathan Duniam, Tasmania was the only state to miss out while Adelaide, Perth, Western Sydney, Darwin, Wodonga, Dubbo and Toowoomba we all beneficiaries.

The news comes as Malcolm Turnbull moves to outsource visa processing services from Hobart with more than 100 Tasmanian public sector jobs at risk.

Deputy Labor Leader Michelle O’Byrne said the Tasmanian Liberal Government and Liberal Senators have no influence in Canberra.

“Peter Gutwein’s local chest beating about relocating Federal public Service jobs to Northern Tasmania has come to absolutely nothing,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“This is a man who has all the influence of a churchmouse in Canberra.

“Every state and the NT have had jobs boosts, only Tasmania has missed out.

“Tasmanians deserve representatives who will fight for and secure Tasmania’s fair share from Canberra.

“It is clear that Malcolm Turnbull and the Federal Liberals don’t care about Tasmania and can’t be swayed by ineffective lobbying from the likes of Peter Gutwein and Jonathan Duniam.

“Peter Gutwein lost on GST, lost on TasWater and now he’s lost on bringing high-paying, secure, full time jobs to Tasmania.”