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Compare the pair: politics and public policy in Tasmania and the ACT : Comments

By Brendan O'Reilly, published 11/3/2014

Both illustrate what you can expect from a Greens/Labor Left dominated state/territory Government, and the leverage in being a swinging state.

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Comparing serial non performers, is arguably an exercise in abject futility! Other than that, we can expect lots of non core promises, and an audit, immediately following a coalition win, to see which of those promises can be safely abandoned or revised downward?
What can't be revised downward is education, and the access by education, to a world connecting, very fast broadband!
Tassie has the highest illiteracy rate in Oz. And a basket case economy. And there is a connection between the two!
Both those conditions need to change, and only value added products need to leave the tiny Island community. A federally funded fast ferry service, would assist that outcome, and boost day tripping tourists!
We can't continue to export wood-chips at an endless subsidized loss; we simply cannot compete with places like China or Vietnam.
Or send wood chip offshore, to be processed into paper, that we then import.
We used to have a paper mill and other vital industries in Burnie; meaning, we should rebuild one there?
Where almost everyone would be in favor, rather than in the Tamar valley, where almost everyone is opposed?
Tasmania needs more energy, and very cheap energy at that!
There are really only two virtually carbon free options, cheaper than coal thorium, or new Hydro!
In any event, Tasmania needs to use the election, to squeeze much more money from the Abbot lead govt; always providing, his verbal promises are worth the paper they're written on? Nudge, nudge, wink wink, say no more?
Posted by Rhrosty, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:02:04 PM
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