Tasmanian Labor Party Leader
Re - State Election 2018
Dear Rebecca and Labor Party Colleagues.
Firstly I would like to congratulate you all on taking a responsible and progressive stance on the Poker Machine issue. I am of the firm belief that most Tasmanians share great concern regarding the impact of poker machines on society, and that the broader community does support the reduction, if not total removal of this insidious gaming.
I am of the firm belief that most Tasmanians share great concern regarding the impact of poker machines on society, and that the broader community does support the reduction, if not total removal of this insidious gaming.
Although the Poker Machine debate is imperative, I personally don’t see it as the major election issue, and certainly not a single issue that should determine the government that manages all Tasmanians over the next 4 years.
Most Tasmanians without question have great concerns over the state’s ailing health system, the under-funded education systems, employment, environment and the economy.
In my view the state Liberals don’t have any answers or interest to resolving the current health crisis.
Polarising Tasmanians on issues such as gambling and native forest logging seems the Liberal’s modus operandi.
The 2018 election issues of concern for me are the ailing health system, particularly mental health and elective surgery, and the ongoing destruction of the state’s wonderful environment and its natural assets. These issues seem to inextricably linked.
The public health system seems to be in a perpetual state of chaos, and the main cause of this is due to the lack of funding.
In 2017 the public hospital healthcare reform issue was consistently and broadly advocated.
The health sector needs an injection of at least $100 million per annum to provide proper care and facilities.
Concurrently the state is wasting an alarming amount of taxpayers funds on supporting the essentially insolvent, dysfunctional and unaccountable public native forest industry.
$1billion has been lost propping up Forestry Tas since 2004. (see below link tasfintalk)
The argument that we need to continue logging our state forests at a great financial loss does not stack up. Most of the employment in the forest industry is now in the private plantation sector, yet Tasmanian governments have continued to prop up an environmentally destructive native-forest industry through habit, cronyism and corporate influence.
I am confident that the Tasmanian Labor Party desires to provide a good public health system, though it appears it presently has no means of supplying the finances to do so.
Dissolving ‘Sustainable Timber Tasmania’ would be the first step to rectifying the ongoing and unnecessary state debt, which would allow taxpayers assets to be channelled into more productive means such as the state’s ailing health system.
One of Tasmania’s most respected economists John Lawrence explains STT debt comprehensively -
It is time for the Tasmanian Labor Party to also make a responsible and firm stance towards economic and environmental management within the state.
I would appreciate a response!
Peter T Mead