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Labor calls for action on PESRAC recommendations

  • No response from government more than a week after interim report’s release
  • Jobs data increases need for urgent action
  • Tasmanians need to know government’s plans for social, economic outcomes

Tasmanian Labor is calling for the government to act on key recommendations from the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC).

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the government’s failure to respond to PESRAC’s recommendations is leaving Tasmanians in the dark and causing more economic uncertainty.

“The government has had PESRAC’s interim report for more than a week now,” Ms White said.

“And yet, even though it contains a number of urgent initiatives to get Tasmanians back into jobs and restore confidence in the economy, we still have no indication from the Premier of when or even if he plans to act on the recommendations.

“Priority actions include recommendations for the government to explain to the community its future COVID-19 management strategy, including how any future outbreaks will be managed, and immediate measures to promote buying local, supporting local jobs.

“The Premier’s silence on these urgent recommendations is concerning, particularly in light of the latest jobs data showing 2,300 jobs were lost in Tasmania in the past fortnight alone.

“We know we have a long road ahead to recovery and that’s why Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package contains numerous measures to create jobs in industries needing it most, including free TAFE courses to upskill workers.

“But we need to take the right measures now to ensure our recovery leads to better social and economic outcomes for everyone.

“If the Premier is going to act on PESRAC’s recommendations, he needs to do it now. And if he is not, he needs to explain why he is ignoring the first recommendations of his own advisory council.”

Rebecca White MP
Labor Leader