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Tasmania bucks national growth trend on trade

  • Tasmania’s international trade goes backwards
  • Figures show we’re the worst in the nation
  • Will Hodgman fails to take Tasmania to the ‘next level’

Figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that Tasmania’s international trade is down over the year to November 2019.

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment Rebecca White said the result was the worst in the country, with international trade falling by 4.5%.

“The national average for international trade was 14.6% growth.

“At a time when the strength of the dollar is favourable for exports, it’s alarming that Tasmania is doing so poorly.”

Ms White said South Australia was the only other state to go backwards, falling 3.1%.

“Tasmania is renowned overseas for our high-quality products, including dairy products, meat, wine, seafood, minerals and timber products.

“We have quality products to market overseas but thanks to Will Hodgman’s inaction, figures have gone backwards putting Tasmanian jobs and businesses at risk.

“The Liberals came into Parliament and said the Premier was taking personal responsibility for taking trade to the next level. He has failed.”

Rebecca White
Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment