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Tasmanians fighting for their fair share belittled by Premier’s office

  • Premier’s office ridicules people lobbying for funding in the Budget
  • Tasmanians should be encouraged to stand up for their share

 Tasmanian organisations and individuals arguing for their voice to be recognised in next week’s state budget have been ridiculed by Premier Will Hodgman’s office.

The Premier’s Chief of Staff used Twitter to say “Somewhat bemused by groups calling for funding in next week’s budget at this late stage. Tip: it’s already written. #politas”.

Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon said it’s a slap in the face to the people and groups who have been using the lead up to the budget to argue for their share of funding.

“People are arguing passionately for more funding for things like hospitals, ambulance services, child protection workers and disability support in our schools,” Mr Bacon said.

“For the Premier’s office to respond in that way is belittling.

“Tasmanians are entitled to make their case for what they believe should be in the Budget.

“In some cases, the evidence that more funding is urgently needed has only been brought into sharp focus this week.

“Is the Premier’s office suggesting those people should wait until the next budget cycle before speaking up?

“Do Will Hodgman and Peter Gutwein endorse this attitude towards Tasmanians standing up for what they believe in?”