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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

the massive threat

Media Release

Leader of the State Opposition
Tuesday January 17, 2006

Putt confirms the massive threat to Tasmania posed by a vote for Labor or Green at the next election

Greens leader Peg Putt has let the cat out of the bag confirming the massive threat to Tasmania posed by a possible Labor Green accord and a vote for either Labor or Green at the next State election.

Mr Hidding said Tasmanians would be reeling at the prospect of a Premier Lennon and Deputy Premier Putt leadership team in the unfortunate event for the future of Tasmania that a stable majority Hidding Liberal Government is not elected at the looming state poll.

“Tasmanians can now visualise just how serious a threat to the future of our State a Lennon-Putt Labor-Green accord would pose with Ms Putt’s self-serving statements in the media today about how she would seek the Deputy Premier’s position in any such alliance, and her disturbing statements that other Greens members would need key portfolios presumably Nick McKim as Environment Minister, and heaven forbid, possibly the anti-farmer, anti-water-development Kim Booth as Primary Industries Minister.

“Such a Labor Green accord would be an unmitigated disaster for Tasmania. Labor and the Greens would squabble over everything and nothing would get done. And Ms Putt would be seeking to exert her influence, as she has confirmed in the media, to implement such whacky and disastrous policies as death taxes, legalised drugs and heroin injecting rooms.
“We could kiss goodbye to announcements like that yesterday of a $60 million investment in the forestry industry and the pulp mill would never see the light of day, let alone the thousands of jobs that would go with it.

“Tasmanians only need to look back to the disastrous Labor Green accord of the early 90s to understand that such a shocking pairing of political parties leads to higher taxes, massive job losses and a stunting of economic growth.

“This is the last thing we need in Tasmania. We need a plan and a vision for Securing our Future and Securing our Economy not a Labor-Green accord to lead us into recession.”

Mr Hidding said Ms Putt’s comments in the media today only made more urgent the need for Premier Lennon and all of his Labor colleagues and candidates to sign a pledge like the State Liberals have, to govern in majority or not at all.

The State Liberal Team have all signed a guarantee that we will not govern in minority with the Greens or anyone else.

“Premier Lennon is clearly entertaining a Labor Green accord to cling to power in the event that the State Liberals do not achieve majority government because despite significant pressure from the State Liberals, he and all of his Labor colleagues and candidates have refused point blank to sign a pledge ruling out minority government with the Greens.

“The State Liberals on the other hand understand that stable majority government is in the best interests of Tasmania, and that is why every Liberal candidate for the next election has committed to governing in majority or not at all.

“Today’s revelations from Ms Putt underline the danger to Tasmania by voting Green or Labor it will lead to a Lennon-Putt accord that will be an unmitigated disaster for our state.

“The revelations only heighten the need for Tasmanians to vote Liberal at the next election for a stable Liberal majority government, for a Liberal State Government that will get its priorities right, and for a Liberal State Government that has a plan and a vision for Securing Tasmania’s Future.”

For more information, please contact:
Georgia Warner (03) 6233 2370 or 0418 564 073


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