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Uncertainty over laser tag policy hits small business

  • Small business hit hard by Liberals’ laser tag ban
  • Liberal Government failed to consult with wider community
  • Minister Rockliff should stop meddling in school decisions

The Liberal Government’s poor handling of a controversial decision to ban school excursions to laser tag venues has hit small business operators on Tasmania’s North West Coast.

Shadow Education Minister, Josh Willie, said while the Government later overturned its ridiculous decision, the uncertainty had already negatively impacted on small businesses.

“This was a case of bureaucracy gone mad and although the decision was eventually overturned, unfortunately for some businesses the damage had already been done,” Mr Willie said.

“We now have a business in Burnie threatening to close its doors and reporting that the uncertainty created by the Government resulted in the cancellation of several bookings.

“The Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff failed to consult with the wider community before implementing the ill-advised ban and failed to think about the consequences for local business and students.

“As a former teacher, I advise the Minister to in future stop meddling in decisions that are best left with professional educators and their school communities.”

Josh Willie MLC
Shadow Minister for Education and Early Years