The 2018 State election is not about any single issue; it is about who has the best plan for all Tasmanians; their future, and all the things they care about, whether that is jobs and the economy, health and education, the cost of living, or supporting Tasmanians when they need it.
The Liberal plan is about building on the past four years of growth and solid budget position we have now, to continue to create employment, opportunity and an improved quality of life for all Tasmanians.
We know a healthy budget and a healthy economy is the only way we can deliver record investment into the education and health services Tasmanians deserve, keep the costs of living down and provide a hand-up for Tasmanians who need it.
The Liberals’ plan to build your future invests heavily in these areas.
Our jobs policies include continuing our innovative jobs action partnership with TasCOSS and TCCI in regional communities, payroll tax cuts for small and medium-sized businesses, and creating an army of apprenticeships and traineeships to help young Tasmanians into their first job.
Our health plan focuses on delivering 298 more hospital beds, 25 more mental health beds, 30 alcohol and drug rehabilitation beds, over 1000 more health staff from nurses to paramedics, and a new rapid response program providing short-term care in the home or community to take pressure off emergency departments.
Our education plan delivers record funding, 250 teachers and $179 million for upgrading and building new schools, while continuing our successful plan to extend every Tasmanian high school to year 12, and keeping colleges open. We’ll provide free pre-school for three year olds from disadvantaged families, and help kids with participation in sport through our Tickets to Play plan.
Our cost of living plan includes putting Tasmanians first by de-linking the State from the National Electricity Market, capping power prices, freezing then capping bills after our TasWater takeover and free national park passes for Tasmanian seniors.
To support Tasmanians in need we’re continuing our investment in neighbourhood houses, the disability sector, men’s sheds, our peak organisations, seniors, mental health, bus services to regional centres, our $125 million Affordable Housing strategy and tax relief to encourage more long-term rentals.
Every day, our community sector works on the ground to support some of Tasmania’s most disadvantaged. They do it with professionalism and skill, but we recognise the sector is undergoing a period of significant reform. We will provide TasCOSS with $350,000 to develop a 10-year Community Sector Development Plan, to ensure we have a strong community sector that has the capacity and capability into the future.
Today, Tasmania is a much stronger place, with 10, 900 new jobs created since our election. It has taken a majority Liberal Government to deliver positive change, and we cannot risk changing the direction of our State and going backwards again.
The fact is only the Liberals can secure a majority on 3 March. I respectfully ask our community sector to help keep our State moving ahead, with a strong stable team than can be trusted to deliver.
Will Hodgman MP