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Liberals scramble to plug Bridgewater Bridge funding shortfall

  • Funding news welcome but Liberals have poor track record on delivering
  • Scramble to make up shortfall another dent in Gutwein’s Budget
  • Latest spend comes on top of $2.7 billion election splurge – where’s the money coming from?

The Tasmanian Liberals have another funding promise to factor into Budget considerations after this morning scrambling to plug a $69 million shortfall to build the Bridgewater Bridge.

Shadow Infrastructure Minister David O’Byrne welcomed the announcement but queried why the updated funding announcement from the Hodgman Government came through so late.

“Will Hodgman and the Tasmanian Liberals were clearly caught on the hop and scrambled to make up the funding shortfall,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“Today’s announcement is another dent in the Peter Gutwein’s Budget in the wake of $2.7 billion in irresponsible promises from a Liberal party desperate to win the March election.

“Far from being responsible economic managers, the Liberals continue to throw money around like it is confetti.

“Where is the money coming from?

“While Labor welcomes investment in infrastructure after years of neglect by both State and Federal Liberals, it would be more reassuring to see an actual infrastructure plan rather than splashy announcements that may not even happen.

“Let’s not forget the Federal and State Liberals’ promises for a Hobart airport roundabout that has yet to happen, and Liberal promises for fantasy bridges and underground bus malls during the state election.

“No sod has been turned on these projects so it is reasonable to be sceptical about today’s announcement.

“The Bridgewater Bridge is too important to all Tasmanians to be used as a political football.”