SENATE HEARING INTO ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE HEADS TO HOBART

Labor Senator for Tasmania, Helen Polley will question key energy and infrastructure organisations as well as individual witnesses at the Senate Select Committee into the Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures hearing in Hobart tomorrow.

The public hearing is looking into the issues surrounding energy and infrastructure in Tasmania, and in particular, the energy crisis that has been mismanaged by the State Liberal Government. 

Senator Polley says that tomorrow’s hearing is critical and hopes that it will provide answers to the mounting list of unanswered questions.

“Tasmania is being overwhelmed by an energy crisis that is having a detrimental impact on our economy,” Senator Polley said.

“The Liberal State Government saw this train wreck coming but neglected to put a backup plan into place.

“You would think that with such a serious issue facing the state that the Government would do what it’s supposed to do and be on top of things, but unfortunately this hasn’t been the case.

“Now we have budget situation which is much worse than the Tasmanian Government would have us believe.”

The energy crisis will add about $216 million to Tasmania’s energy costs over the March quarter and could cost the island state's economy more than $400 million.

The Government’s lack of planning and leadership has also impacted local employment with many contractors and employees lingering in limbo,  with many being forced to leave the region for work.

It’s time for the state Government to wake-up and start treating this issue with the importance that it deserves.