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A majority Hodgman Liberal government will drive our economy and create jobs by investing strategically in productive infrastructure.
We will create a new, independent body called Infrastructure Tasmania to manage and invest in vital infrastructure including rail, major roads, energy, ports, and water and sewerage.
Establishing Infrastructure Tasmania is an important part of our long-term plan for the future of Tasmania.
To encourage investment and create jobs, investors need to have confidence that the planning system is fair for all parties.
Under Labor and the Greens, the balance has swung too far in favour of those who are against development.
A majority Hodgman Liberal Government will make our planning system fairer for all, encouraging investment and job creation, while protecting the rights of Tasmanians.
Population growth is a Liberal priority. We recognise that increasing our population is essential for a prosperous Tasmania, to generate wealth, jobs and opportunities to grow our economy.
We have already set a long-term target to increase Tasmania’s population to 650,000 by 2050.
An important component of our Big Tasmania Plan is increasing our share of business and skilled migrants.
A majority Liberal Government will:
The Liberals will reduce serious anti-social behaviour and aggression in our communities by implementing a three strikes and you're out rule for public housing tenants.
While the vast majority of public housing residents are great neighbours, there are some who display severe and aggressive anti-social behaviours, or maliciously damage public housing property.
A majority Liberal Government will implement a three-strikes warning system for those who continue these behaviours.
A majority Liberal government will have creating jobs as its number one priority.
As part of our plan to reduce unemployment, we will partner with Whitelion in a new $360,000, three-year program to tackle Tasmania’s high youth unemployment rate.
The partnership will help up to 200 at-risk young people to become job-ready and find long-term employment, or re-engage in vocational education and training.
While Tasmania’s unemployment rate is the worst in the nation at 7.7 per cent, Tasmania’s youth unemployment rate is nearly three times that at 20.5 per cent.
A majority Liberal Government will invest an additional $3 million into targeted and proactive suicide prevention strategies.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Tasmanians aged between 15 and 45.
Tasmania has the second highest rate of suicide in Australia, and we are concerned at comments by Lifeline that Coroners believe suicides in Tasmania to be under reported by as much as 30 per cent.
The Liberals are the strongest and most consistent supporters of Tasmania’s vital mining industry.
As part of our long term Plan to back mining and the jobs it creates, a majority Liberal Government will relocate Mineral Resources Tasmania from Hobart to Burnie.
Relocating Mineral Resources Tasmania to Burnie will ensure it can provide the most effective contribution to managing the State’s expansive minerals and petroleum resources, right from the industry’s heartland.