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Labor’s offer to work with the Government on legislation

  • Labor has written to the Premier requesting a meeting to discuss legislation                  
  • Tasmanians deserve a parliament that works effectively
  • Offer to sit down to find common ground           

Labor Leader Rebecca White has written* to Premier Will Hodgman to demonstrate Labor’s willingness to negotiate with the Government on legislation.

“With an increased number of votes in the Legislative Council, Labor has an obligation to be constructive,” Ms White said.

“With increased power comes increased responsibility.

“I have written to the Premier to request an urgent meeting to discuss the Government’s legislative agenda, in an attempt to find common ground.

“I was alarmed by the Treasurer’s defeatist attitude last week. No matter who’s in power, Tasmanians deserve a parliament that operates effectively.

“While we have opposed some politically motivated bills in the upper house, the record shows we have helped to pass the majority of legislation.

“Of the 204 bills put before the upper house, just six have been voted down. The evidence does not support the Government’s claim that the independents and Labor have been obstructive.

“In government, and with just one member of the Legislative Council, Labor was proud of our ability to negotiate with independent members to progress bills through the house.

“We will adopt the same constructive attitude if we are fortunate enough to win government in March.

“I’d urge the Premier to sit down with Labor to discuss what can be achieved in the remaining weeks of the term.”

*Premier Will Hodgman re Pembroke result