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Pressure builds on Minister Hidding

  • TasPorts CEO asked if he supports the Minister   
  • Not the answer the Rene Hidding wanted to hear
  • King Island situation an utter shambles

 Pressure is mounting on Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding to step aside over his handling of the King Island freight fiasco.

Shadow Primary Industries Minister Shane Broad said the CEO of TasPorts wouldn’t offer his support to his Minister.

“Twice the CEO of TasPorts was asked if he supported the Minister and twice he wouldn’t answer the question,” Mr Broad said.

“If the head of TasPorts doesn’t support the Infrastructure Minister, how can Tasmanians?

“Rene Hidding’s handling of the King Island freight situation has been incompetent.

“He has not provided the island with a reliable shipping service and has put its economy at risk.

“The public does not have confidence in Rene Hidding as Tasmania’s Minister for Infrastructure.

“There are reports that the Deputy Premier has been sent to King Island to clean up Minister Hidding’s mess.

“That’s a clear vote of no-confidence in Minister Hidding.

“How can the Premier continue to have confidence in his Minister if he’s lost the support of TasPorts and the public?”