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Hapless Hodgman Government barely raises a whimper on a legislative agenda

  • Number of Bills introduced by Liberals in 2019 one of lowest on record
  • Hodgman Government proves it has no legislative agenda
  • Will Hodgman fails to make life better for Tasmanians

As the parliamentary sitting year draws to a close, the Hodgman Government has reinforced its reputation as a notoriously unproductive and dysfunctional Government for yet another year.

The Liberals have introduced just 55 Bills in 2019, the least amount of Bills on record for a non-election year*. Fewer again have been progressed beyond their initial reading.

Leader of Opposition Business, David O’Byrne, said the shocking figure was testament of the Hodgman Government’s clear lack of agenda. 

“This is a Government with no legislative agenda and whose go-to move has been to recycle unsuccessful Bills in a desperate attempt to distract from their inability to address the real issues facing Tasmanians,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“Historically when in Government, Labor has introduced an average of 86 Bills to Parliament versus the Liberals 61 Bills – but this year the Hodgman Government has been in particularly poor form and introduced just 55 Bills.

 “Even amidst the chaos of an election year it is typical that the Government would introduce more than 55 Bills. 

“While Tasmania’s jobless rate gets worse and the health crisis amplifies and thousands can’t get a roof over their heads, Will Hodgman and his Government are doing nothing in Parliament to make lives better for Tasmanians and they should be ashamed.

“Tasmanians deserve better than this notoriously unproductive and dysfunctional Government.”

David O’Byrne
Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Assembly