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Media release – Tasmanian Liberals, 22 April 2021 White Back-Tracks On Resignation Pledge In Examiner Debate Last week at the First Debate Ms White said she would resign if Labor didn’t win majority Government. Tonight, Ms White back-tracked on that pledge. It is clear that she sees there is a chance of a minority Government […]

Media release – Tasmanian Liberals, 22 April 2021

White Back-Tracks On Resignation Pledge In Examiner Debate

Last week at the First Debate Ms White said she would resign if Labor didn’t win majority Government.

Tonight, Ms White back-tracked on that pledge. It is clear that she sees there is a chance of a minority Government and is now setting herself up to be Premier in a Labor-Green minority Government.

If Ms White is prepared to change her position on something as significant as this from one week to the next, how can she possibly be believed when she claims she won’t do a deal with the Greens?

In contrast, the Premier has been clear – if the Liberals don’t win majority, he will step down as Leader because he is strongly of the view that Tasmania needs majority government to make the decisions our state needs.

This means, the only way to keep Peter Gutwein in the Premier’s Chair, is to vote Liberal.

Also at tonight’s debate, the Premier demolished Labor’s land tax policy, exposing a gaping hole in the policy’s costings which Ms White was unable to explain.

I once again challenge Labor to submit their land tax policy for costing by Treasury. What are they afraid of?


Rebecca White MP, Labor Leader, 22 April 2021

Desperate Gutwein now just lying to Tasmanians after his uninspiring performance at debate

A desperate Peter Gutwein is clutching at straws and now only misleading Tasmanians after his uninspiring and lacklustre performance at tonight’s debate in Launceston.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said Mr Gutwein was now resorting to reckless lies in claiming Labor would govern with the Greens because he knows Tasmanians are seeing through the clear spin of his government and its failure to deliver over seven years.

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Ms White said Tasmanians understand that Mr Gutwein’s government has failed to keep important promises to deliver critical infrastructure and had neglected essential services including health and housing.

“I made it clear tonight that Labor intends to win majority government,” Ms White said.

“I don’t need to speculate about what happens under any other outcome because unlike Peter Gutwein I don’t plan to lose.

“The one in eight Tasmanians waiting for health care deserve better than another four years of Liberal neglect and with a Labor Government people know they will have an expert Health Minister in Dr Bastian Seidel who can actually solve the problems.”

Ms White said Peter Gutwein was also attempting to intentionally mislead Tasmanians or, at worst, simply could not understand Labor’s plan to reduce land tax would place downward pressure on rent while helping out landlords and shack owners.

“Peter Gutwein’s atrocious attempt to mislead Tasmanians about Labor’s land tax policy is nothing more than conflating the number of taxpayers with the number of tax accounts.

“The truth is that a Majority Labor Government will deliver big land tax cuts for all land taxpayers with holdings of up to $3 million.

“These cuts will have a focus on shack owners, mum and dad investors and landlords in the lower and middle tiers of the rental market.

“The cuts will ease the cost of living pressures on small land owners and provide incentives for medium scale property investors to cap or reduce rental increases.

“If Mr Gutwein has failed to read the policy – or failed to get a grasp of it – I again offer to provide him a copy of our policy so that he can read it and get across the detail.”

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Media release – Bob Brown Foundation, 22 April 2021

People burst on political lockout of environment

The comfortable Labor-Liberal club was split open by environmentalists at Launceston Casino’s ‘leaders (no Greens) debate’ tonight.

“While neither Gutwein nor White had a thing to say on forests, climate change or Tasmania’s world-renowned environment, the campaigners put all three vital topics on the people’s election agenda. Bravo campaigners for democracy!” Bob Brown said.

“The Liberal and Labor parties deserve disruption as long as they not only fail to protect the environment and climate. Worse, these two parties are responsible for the destruction of Tasmania’s precious environment and loss of wildlife,” Erik Hayward, Bob Brown Foundations Campaign Organiser said.

“The Labor and Liberal leaders need to know that we will not let them keep forests and environment off the agenda,” Erik Hayward said.

A large banner was displayed outside the venue and unfurled on the stage as the two leaders debated.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/04/leaders-debate-in-launceston/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=leaders-debate-in-launceston

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