Positive reaction to Budget that maintains the momentum and invests for growth
 

24 May 2019

The 2019-20 State Budget is the next step in the Hodgman Liberal Government’s long-term plan to grow our economy, create jobs, invest in essential services and protect our way of life.

It unashamedly invests record amounts to build the infrastructure our growing State needs and to deliver our vision for Tasmania’s future.

It will underpin a strong economy, support businesses large and small, attract investment and it will create more jobs.

It maintains the momentum and invests for growth.

And it has been endorsed by the following;

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Michael Bailey – ABC Hobart 24 May 2019

“What we have here is a Budget that keeps the economy moving, it keeps infrastructure moving, it keeps people working and brings more people into work.”

“Looking through the numbers, there is $700m more than last year in infrastructure. I think it shows the intent to keep the foot on the pedal.”

Burnie Chamber of Commerce, Ian Jones – Advocate 24 May 2019

“I think the Treasurer has done a good job to deliver another surplus after having GST and stamp duty revenue cuts – it seems like he’s found ‘the magic pudding’".

Cradle Coast Authority, Daryl Connelly – Advocate, 24 May 2019

“We welcome the Government’s investment in roads, health, tourism education and other areas of importance to the Cradle Coast Authority and our member councils."

Small Business Council, Rob Mallet – Examiner, 24 May 2019

“I think the Tasmanian budget is a fantastic budget.  I think the important thing is that small business have the chance to participate in the tender processes for infrastructure projects”.

Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania, Luke Martin – Twitter @lukemartin83, 24 May 2019

“Easily the best tourism budget in Tasmanian history. Investing in our pressure spots, delivering on election promises and stimulating investment in regional destinations.”

Master Builders Association of Tasmania Inc, Matthew Pollock, Executive Director – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“Master Builders welcomes the increased commitment by the government in today’s State Budget to support growth in the building and construction industry. The budget again showed a record commitment to infrastructure investment of $3.6 billion.  This will boost jobs and ensure the building industry keeps growing”.

Property Council of Australia, Brian Wightman, Tasmanian Executive Director – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“The 2019-2020 State Budget’s significant investment in infrastructure is necessary to meet the challenges of our growing state and leverage the opportunity for a more prosperous and liveable Tasmania. This Budget is easing congestion, and supporting the immediate supply and affordability of Tasmanian homes”.

TFGA, Peter Skillern, CEO – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“Agriculture has been a winner in today’s State Budget. Commitments to irrigation infrastructure are crucial to the ongoing success of the sector and today’s commitment of $70 million is a significant step in the right direction.The funding commitment to address concerns with quad bike safety is to be highly commended. Further funding for Biosecurity shows an additional investment in an area that the TFGA has advocated for over many years.”

“We welcome the acknowledgement and the Minister’s genuine commitment to protecting Tasmanian agriculture”.

Fruit Growers Tasmania, Nic Hansen, President – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“Today’s Government budget announcement is an important milestone for Tasmanian agriculture and horticulture.  These extra funds will be vital for making sure Biosecurity Tasmania has enough biosecurity officers to help protect our state from pests, particularly Fruit Fly. We welcome the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to funding additional education programs around Biosecurity in the Tourism space”.

Master Builders Association of Tasmania, Executive Director, Matthew Pollock – Media Release, 22 May 2019

“This new funding for TasTAFE will provide for an additional 230 places and go a long way to addressing skills shortages in the construction industry over the medium term. It is great to see a commitment by the government, not only to greater investment in infrastructure and social and affordable housing programs, but also investing in local talent to deliver these programs”.

Master Plumbers Tasmania, Suresh Manickham, CEO – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“Tasmania is undergoing incredible growth in building and construction with the demands outstripping our supply of local tradespeople. It’s imperative that we position ourselves to be able to provide the skilled labour locally and that requires additional resources for apprentice training which this additional government funding will go a long way in delivering.  

“…the State Government’s announcement to extend the successful Payroll Tax rebate to support employers to take on new apprentices and trainees in key growth industries … is another win for our members running small to medium businesses in Tasmania”.

Police Association of Tasmania, Colin Riley, President – Examiner, 24 May 2019

“Police Association of Tasmania President Colin Riley welcomed $6 million over the next four years to update residential accommodation for police officers and families in remote locations.

“We welcome strong support for the progress towards establishing a full-time core SOG”.

Damian Smith, CEO Hockey Tasmania - Media Release, 23 May 2019

“The Tasmanian State Government are fantastic supporters of Hockey in Tasmania and this funding agreement is a massive financial boost to our Tassie Tigers, our senior elite representative women’s and men’s team, as they seek to continue their national success in the new Hockey One league.”

Trisha Squires, AFL Tasmania chief executive officer and Tasmanian Football Board member – Mercury, 23 May 2019

“We are strongly supportive of the regional sports co-ordinator program. It will assist all sports in Tasmania, including football, to encourage children in schools to participate in all sports,”

Housing Industry Association, Stuart Collins, Executive Director – Media Release, 22 May 2019

“The Tasmanian Government’s announcement that it will set aside $2.9 million in additional funding for TasTAFE to train more construction apprentices has been welcomed by the HIA. With the housing industry continuing to perform strongly it is essential that there is ongoing investment in skills training. This not only includes provision for apprentices but also the trainers needed to deliver the skills that enable the current and future workforce”.

Tasmanian Transport Association, Executive Director, Michelle Harwood – Media Release, 23 May 2019:

“The continued commitment to improvements to roads, bridges, rail and infrastructure for key freight corridors is welcome for our industry and supports those industries we serve”.

Master Builders Association of Tasmania, Executive Director, Matthew Pollock – Media Release, 22 May 2019

“The construction industry employs more apprentices than any other industry. The Payroll Tax Rebate is critical in assisting building businesses take on new apprentices and develop the skills of the future leaders of our industry”.

The Australian – 24 May 2019

“The Hodgman Government deserves applause for maintaining a healthy surplus and keeping a lid on spending.

“Tasmanians will rejoice to see progress in fixing hospitals, schools and roads …”

The Advocate Editorial, 24 May 2019

“It’s the perfect time for a tough love budget… in essence it’s not bad, as long as that debt is for genuine infrastructure and there is a projection of when it will be paid off”.

The Mercury Editorial, 24 May 2019

“… Mr Gutwein deserves credit for his obvious determination to find a way to continue to deliver that surplus and to not walk away from any significant infrastructure funding commitments in the face of a massive half-billion dollar write-down to state revenues…”

“Mr Gutwein also deserves support from taxpayers for his decision to impose a 0.75 per cent efficiency dividend on the public service. Despite what the unions might claim, it’s hardly the end of the world. In the private sector, most managers would be pretty happy if the number crunchers from head office came knocking and asked you to ONLY cut 75c in every $100 from your budget next year.”

Font PR, Becher Townsend – Budget Wrap – 23 May 2019

“The 2019-20 Budget shows the contradiction that we currently have – on one hand the economy continues to boom with some of the best economic numbers we’ve see in the history of the State, but on the other hand revenue is falling.  

“This is because the State is becoming a victim of its own success. … GST is going down because Tasmania is performing better relative to the rest of the country."

“Given the circumstances a steady as she goes budget from Peter Gutwein is not such a bad thing”.

Small Business Council, Rob Mallet – Examiner, 24 May 2019

“I think the Tasmanian budget is a fantastic budget. I think the important thing is that small business have the chance to participate in the tender processes for infrastructure projects”.

Master Builders Association of Tasmania, Executive Director, Matthew Pollock – Media Release, 22 May 2019

“The construction industry employs more apprentices than any other industry. The Payroll Tax Rebate is critical in assisting building businesses take on new apprentices and develop the skills of the future leaders of our industry”.

Master Builders Association of Tasmania Inc, Matthew Pollock, Executive Director – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“Master Builders welcomes the increased commitment by the government in today’s State Budget to support growth in the building and construction industry. The budget again showed a record commitment to infrastructure investment of $3.6 billion.  This will boost jobs and ensure the building industry keeps growing”.

Property Council of Australia, Brian Wightman, Tasmanian Executive Director – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“The 2019-2020 State Budget’s significant investment in infrastructure is necessary to meet the challenges of our growing state and leverage the opportunity for a more prosperous and liveable Tasmania. This Budget is easing congestion, and supporting the immediate supply and affordability of Tasmanian homes”.

TFGA, Peter Skillern, CEO – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“Agriculture has been a winner in today’s State Budget. Commitments to irrigation infrastructure are crucial to the ongoing success of the sector and today’s commitment of $70 million is a significant step in the right direction. The funding commitment to address concerns with quad bike safety is to be highly commended. Further funding for Biosecurity shows an additional investment in an area that the TFGA has advocated for over many years.”

“We welcome the acknowledgement and the Minister’s genuine commitment to protecting Tasmanian agriculture”.

Fruit Growers Tasmania, Nic Hansen, President – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“Today’s Government budget announcement is an important milestone for Tasmanian agriculture and horticulture. These extra funds will be vital for making sure Biosecurity Tasmania has enough biosecurity officers to help protect our state from pests, particularly Fruit Fly. We welcome the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to funding additional education programs around Biosecurity in the Tourism space”.

Master Builders Association of Tasmania, Executive Director, Matthew Pollock – Media Release, 22 May 2019

“This new funding for TasTAFE will provide for an additional 230 places and go a long way to addressing skills shortages in the construction industry over the medium term. It is great to see a commitment by the government, not only to greater investment in infrastructure and social and affordable housing programs, but also investing in local talent to deliver these programs”.

Master Plumbers Tasmania, Suresh Manickham, CEO – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“Tasmania is undergoing incredible growth in building and construction with the demands outstripping our supply of local tradespeople.  It’s imperative that we position ourselves to be able to provide the skilled labour locally and that requires additional resources for apprentice training which this additional government funding will go a long way in delivering.  

“…the State Government’s announcement to extend the successful Payroll Tax rebate to support employers to take on new apprentices and trainees in key growth industries … is another win for our members running small to medium businesses in Tasmania”.

Housing Industry Association, Stuart Collins, Executive Director – Media Release, 22 May 2019

“The Tasmanian Government’s announcement that it will set aside $2.9 million in additional funding for TasTAFE to train more construction apprentices has been welcomed by the HIA.  With the housing industry continuing to perform strongly it is essential that there is ongoing investment in skills training. This not only includes provision for apprentices but also the trainers needed to deliver the skills that enable the current and future workforce”.

Tasmanian Transport Association, Executive Director, Michelle Harwood –Media Release, 23 May 2019:

“The continued commitment to improvements to roads, bridges, rail and infrastructure for key freight corridors is welcome for our industry and supports those industries we serve”.

Traffic Management Association of Australia, Stephen O’Dwyer, National President – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“It’s fantastic to see the investment infrastructure in Tasmania and how this will positively reflect on opportunities for the traffic management industry”.

RACT, Executive General Manager, Stacey Pennicott – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“This budget sees the government funding its election promises.  While there are no new major announcements, the budget sets out a funding path for a number of key commitments, including the delivery of the Hobart Airport interchange by 2021”.

Roads Australia, David Stuart-Watt, President – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“We’re especially pleased to see the Government investing in transport infrastructure, with a $1.6 million commitment for crucial projects like the Midland Highway upgrade, the new Bridgewater Bridge and essential rail infrastructure. It’s not just about having safe, reliable transport infrastructure, it’s also about creating and maintaining jobs for Tasmanians”.

Australian Logistics Council, Kirk Coningham, CEO – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“The Tasmanian Government is to be congratulated for making a record $1.6 billion investment in transport infrastructure projects that will allow Tasmania to meet a growing freight task and plan for continued growth over the years ahead. Tasmania faces a unique set of freight logistics challenges as an island State. Improving the efficiency and safety of its supply chains will be essential to lock-in the economic gains of recent years and accommodate the freight demands of a growing population”.

Civil Contractors Federation Tasmania, Hugh Maslin, President – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“The Civil Contractors Federation Tasmania (CCF) welcomes the commitments delivered today in the State Budget by the Hodgman Liberal Government, highlighting a strong focus and spend on Infrastructure Projects. CCF Tasmania’s President Hugh Maslin said ‘the Government’s investment would build a number of important projects right across the State’.”

Tasmanian Salmon Growers Association, Andrew Gregson, Chief Executive Officer – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“… the passage through the Lower House of the Biosecurity Bill coupled with resource commitment in the Budget is a significant positive initiative for the salmon farming industry. Additional funding in the Budget for an enhanced biosecurity inspection regime is certainly positive. Complacency in this area could have devastating consequences for our industry, so we welcome the announcement”.

Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania, Luke Martin – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“The Government has made a series of big tourism commitments during last year’s state election, and the budget delivers on those promises.The regional attraction loans scheme is a positive initiative to stimulate new experiences in regional areas.  We also welcome the additional funding for the West Coast Wilderness Railway which secures the future of this iconic regional attraction”.

Advocate Editorial – 22 May 2019 – On $16m investment into West Coast Wilderness Railway

“This magnificent railway – venturing as it does through breathtaking natural scenery – is not only important to regional tourism, it is keeping alive our heritage; our history. It’s costly to run and therefore, costly to experience, but how can you put a price on its value to our community”.

Tasracing, Paul Eriksson, CEO – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“Tasracing has welcomed today’s announcement by Treasurer Peter Gutwein that the government will introduce a Point of Consumption Tax on the net wagering of betting companies on Tasmanian racing. It will assist to place Tasmania in a level playing field with interstate jurisdictions that have already introduced such a tax”.

Commissioner for Children and Young People, Media release, Stakeholder, reference, 22 May 2019

“It’s excellent to see the government recognising the additional needs of children and young people with disability,” Ms McLean said.

“Most importantly, a needs-based model will focus on the individual needs of children and the support they need to learn. This represents a major, positive shift in practice and culture for Tasmanian schools and families”.

Examiner Editorial – 23 May 2019 (on $34m for needs-based disability funding)

“It’s an amazing win for Tasmania and will go a long way to support teachers who are dealing with the complex needs of students with a disability”.

Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby, Kristen Desmond – Examiner, 23 May 2019

“A shift to a needs-based funding model for students with a disability is ‘a real victory’ for those whose voices were not being heard, according to a long-time student campaigner.  It takes the pressure off [teachers and schools],” Ms Desmond said.

Property Council of Australia, Brian Wightman, Tasmanian Executive Director – Media Release, 23 May 2019 (on Affordable Housing)

“The Hodgman Government’s decision to allocate $40.5 million from the existing four-year action plan is a timely response to housing stress”.

Master Builders Association of Tasmania Inc, Matthew Pollock, Executive Director – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“Master Builders welcomes yesterday’s announcement to fast track new funding for social housing and bring the total investment in 2019-20 to $68 million.  The only way to address housing affordability is to boost supply and this announcement means we will see more supply of affordable housing at a time when the community needs it.  This additional investment into social and affordable housing is well time to keep the momentum going in the construction industry”.

Housing Industry Association, Stuart Collins, Executive Director – Media Release, 13 May 2019

“The Tasmanian Government’s recent announcement that it will extend the $20000 grant to first home buyers has been welcomed by HIA.  It is a positive scheme that addresses the rising problem of housing affordability and will help Tasmanians achieve the Aussie dream of owning their own home faster”.

Shelter Tasmania, Andrea Witt, Chair – Media Release, 23 May 2019

“Tasmania is confronting a housing crisis.  To solve the problem, we urgently need greater investment in social and affordable rental housing and this fast-tracked investment in capital is very welcome”.

Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania – Facebook 24 May 2019

“Today the Tasmanian State Government has committed to providing extra recurrent core funding to Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania Inc.  This additional funding will be used to support our strategic activities. Thank you for the State Government for their ongoing support …”

Law Society of Tasmania, President, Evan Hughes – ABC Radio, 24 May 2019

“It’s good news in the legal sector.  We have funding that’s been allocated towards the Legal Aid Commission, funding towards the Director of Public Prosecutions and their office, and some funding that will obviously be of assistance in helping manage some of those systemic issues within the criminal justice and court system generally”.

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