The Government should fully fund frontline emergency services.

Independent Member for Bass, Lara Alexander, MP and Independent Member for Lyons, John Tucker, MP.

The Rockliff Government should fully fund frontline emergency services, including the fire service and SES from the state budget, the Independent Member for Bass, Lara Alexander, MP told parliament today.

“If the Government has all this spare cash to afford a 55% increase in staff numbers in the Premier’s office, there is no excuse for this fire tax on Tasmanians’, Ms Alexander said.

“Tasmanians don’t pay for police. We are not required to pay for treatment in public hospitals and we don’t pay for ambulance services.

“There is no reason the fire service should be any different.

“This is the biggest spending Government in Tasmanian history.

“The Government has repeatedly criticised Labor for failing to control budget spending 10 years ago, but it is now spending $3.7 billion a year more than the Labor Government.

“That is a 74% increase and a lot of it has been wasted on bureaucracy rather than invested in frontline and support services.

“The biggest increase has been in central government bureaucracy with a 55% rise in the number of staff in the Premier’s own department.”

The Independent Member for Lyons, John Tucker, MP weighed in saying it was “time for the Government to exercise spending discipline and prioritise Government spending with frontline emergency services at the top of the list.

“This will require a fundamental change of approach. The government currently is addicted to spending and its answer to every problem is to send the bill to taxpayers.

“That is outrageous in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis and demonstrates just how out of touch this Government is.” Mr Tucker said.

Wednesday November 15th, 2023

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