Alexander ‘vindicated’ over decision to stand as an Independent following rally of thousands opposed to the proposed stadium.

Independent Member of Parliament for Bass, Lara Alexander, said her decision to resign from the Liberal Party and to continue as an Independent in the electorate of Bass has been vindicated.

“If I had any doubts about my decision to continue as an Independent, it has been vindicated by the thousands of concerned citizens who gathered on the lawns of Parliament House to voice their opposition to the Rockliff government’s plan to build a $715 million stadium at Macquarie Point,” Mrs Alexander said.

“The proposed, shady deal to build a stadium in Hobart has sharply divided the community. It is not often that I agree with Tasmanian Labor and the Greens, but if we are going to spend upwards of one billion dollars of taxpayer’s money, it should be allocated to essential services such as health and priorities like housing. As it stands, the only way homeless Tasmanians can look forward to a roof over their heads is to buy a ticket to watch the footy at the Rockliff’s stadium.

“I stand with every Tasmanian who questions the priorities of the Rockliff government. The lack of transparency surrounding this stadium deal is deeply concerning. As an elected representative, it is my duty to ensure that the voices of the people are heard and that their needs are met. Unfortunately, the Liberal Party has failed to fulfil this responsibility.

“If the AFL stadium deal has caused political turmoil, the Premier has no one to blame but himself. He has refused to share details of the contracts he signed with the AFL with his parliamentary colleagues, the parliament, and the community. There is zero transparency or accountability in his decision-making process. As a result, the Premier must understand that the government’s actions have consequences.

“The rally on the lawns of Parliament House highlights the growing discontent among Tasmanians about the stadium debacle. It will go down in history as another Franklin Dam and Pulp Mill moment where the government needed to be reminded that they work for the people, not vice versa.

“I reiterate the sentiments of other politicians, from across the political spectrum in stating that the proposed stadium comes at a tremendous cost to our community. We cannot afford to prioritise a billion-dollar stadium while our fellow Tasmanians are left without proper housing and healthcare.

“The proposed stadium at Macquarie Point is not only a misguided project but also a decision that will burden future generations with an insurmountable mountain of debt. Building such an extravagant facility comes with a hefty price tag of at least $715 million, and it is our children and grandchildren who will be left to bear the financial consequences. This irresponsible allocation of resources is not in line with the needs and expectations of the Tasmanian community. We should be investing in vital services like healthcare and education, ensuring a brighter and more sustainable future for all Tasmanians.

“In addition to the enormous financial burden, the ongoing maintenance costs of the stadium will drain millions of dollars from our budget each year. This is money that could be used to address pressing issues such as homelessness, mental health, and infrastructure upgrades. The decision to prioritise an extravagant stadium over the basic needs of our people is not just foolhardy but morally bankrupt. It reflects a disregard for the well-being and livelihoods of ordinary Tasmanians, whose concerns and hardships are being overshadowed by this ill-conceived project. We must refocus our efforts on initiatives that genuinely serve the interests of our community and ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for all,” Mrs Alexander said.

The recent resignation of two conservative Liberal backbenchers, John Tucker and Lara Alexander, has left the once-majority Liberal government in a state of minority. Mrs. Alexander’s decision to leave the party was motivated by her belief that the government’s handling of the stadium issue was indicative of a broader disregard for the concerns of the Tasmanian people; and that accountability, consultation, and transparency is lacking in the decision-making process within government.

As always, please call me at any time to discuss the above or any other matter on: 0414 015 966.

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