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Liberals continue to mislead on state of the economy

  • Regional Tasmanians doing it tough
  • Liberals cannot pretend everything is rosy
  • Wages nearly $12,000 below national average

Tasmanian workers continue to do it tough with the latest ABS data confirming high regional unemployment and that wages across Tasmania are stuck well below the national average.

Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said the Liberals cannot continue to spin their way out of the COVID recession and the Gutwein Government must act to address the crisis in regional Tasmania. 

“Today’s figures reveal job losses in many of our state’s regional communities over the past month, including 200 in Launceston and the north east and 700 in the south east. Alarmingly, Tasmania’s unemployment rate outside Hobart is now 7.7 per cent.

“Behind each one of these numbers is a Tasmanian who deserves better.

“For those with a job, the latest data shows they’re getting paid nearly $12,000 less than the national average yearly income and there’s been zero growth over the past six months.

“The wage gap has grown by nearly $1000 under this State Liberal Government.

“The Government cannot continue to cherry pick data and ignore the growing number of Tasmanians who are struggling under its go-nowhere policies.”

Labor has a plan to create 35,000 new jobs with an ambitious program of projects, direct investment and skills training especially targeted at the regions.

“Labor will build a better and fairer Tasmania.”

David O’Byrne MP
Shadow Treasurer