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Taking Tasmanian jobs to the next level

Will Hodgman, Premier
Michael Ferguson, Minister for Science and Technology

The Government has a Plan to take Tasmania to the next level. It is a Plan which builds on the momentum of our first four years in office.

Tasmania is stronger, prouder and more confident than ever before and our economy is one of the strongest in the nation.

Tasmanian businesses are also the most confident in the country, and they are investing in our future.

Today in Mornington, the Minister for Science and Technology and I, officially opened the new, state of the art Fuji Xerox Acrodata Archive and Digitising facility, which will support more jobs in our important ICT sector.

Acrodata is a great example of a business investing and expanding because they are confident in the direction of our economy and the opportunities available here in Tasmania.

Since coming to Government there have been over 11,000 jobs created for Tasmanians.

Our Plan is delivering a stronger economy and a balanced Budget, which means we can invest more into essential services  like health and education, into making our communities safer,  and building the infrastructure our growing state needs.

With the State Budget soon to be handed down, my Government will continue to strongly encourage economic growth and investment which creates more jobs and opportunities for Tasmanians.

Commencement of consultation process for additional paramedics

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to providing Tasmanians with the health services they need and deserve.

During the election campaign we made a commitment to recruit 42 additional paramedics, to be stationed in regional communities around the State and help provide 24 hour on duty coverage for these areas.

Today, I can announce that the consultation process for these additional paramedics will commence in coming weeks with Ambulance Tasmania staff and unions.

This will allow the Government to listen to the staff on the frontline and help identify the areas around the State in greatest need.

This significant investment represents one of the largest paramedic recruitment drives in Tasmania’s history and, most importantly, will reduce paramedic fatigue, increase ambulance responsiveness and reduce overtime costs.

It is a key part of our $125 million ambulance package that will help us to reach our bold target of reducing emergency ambulance response times to the national average waiting time by 2025.

Statistics for the December 2017 quarter showed median emergency response time for ambulances was 12.8 minutes, down from 13.2 minutes from the previous quarter, but our commitment will continue to drive down response times.

Polling shows only the Liberals can win majority government

Today’s ReachTEL opinion poll shows only the Liberal Party can win majority government.

It is impossible for Labor to win 13 seats when their primary vote is just 31 percent.

The poll also confirms that our strong Plan to take Tasmania to the Next Level, which focusses on jobs, the economy, and more investment in essential services, is resonating.

So next Saturday, if you want strong, stable majority government, you will need to vote Liberal.

Hospital health care decisions back in local hands

Improving our health system is a priority of the Hodgman Liberal Government.

We remain committed to our single statewide health system which is delivering better health outcomes for Tasmanians – outcomes like shorter surgery waiting lists and more beds. It’s clear however that decision-making is too centralised.

We are determined to deliver better hospital management with a focus on strong, local leadership and that’s why a re-elected Hodgman Liberal Government will strengthen local hospital decision-making. It’s the medical, nursing, allied health and staff across our hospitals who know how the system can work to best benefit patients.

Our plan to strengthen local hospital decision-making will deliver better health services across Tasmania while retaining a statewide health system. Our commitment means they can get on with the job and make the day-to-day decisions necessary to support patient care. read more…

Major West Tamar Highway upgrade if Liberal Government re-elected

A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will widen and reseal the West Tamar Highway from the Brisbane Street intersection, all the way through to the Legana Park Drive roundabout. It will improve the surface for all road users and also cut down commuting time.

This is a fantastic plan for the Bass electorate and beyond.

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