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Tourism industry slams government delays on ‘Spirits’

Written by on September 18, 2020

  • Delays
    putting tourism investment and jobs at risk
  • COVID
    does not justify the government’s action
  • TT-Line
    proposal should be supported

The tourism
industry says investment and jobs are being put at risk because of delays
imposed by the government in replacing the Spirit of Tasmania vessels.

Tourism
Industry Council CEO Luke Martin has come out strongly in support of the
TT-Line’s original ship replacement proposal and has questioned the
government’s moves to undercut the board’s decision-making.

Shadow Minister
for Infrastructure Shane Broad said we heard in the Public Accounts Committee
today that the government had twice signed off on the TT-Line board’s
recommendation for the Spirits, before it did a total backflip and pulled the
contract.

“Peter Gutwein
has used COVID-19 as the justification for his decision,” Dr Broad said.

“But today Mr
Martin made it clear delaying the delivery of the new Spirits until 2028 would
hurt the tourism industry.

“We agree with
the Tourism Industry Council’s view that it’s all well and good to examine ways
of having more Australian input but this shouldn’t be justification for
changing the business case and putting jobs and investment in key Tasmanian
industries at risk.

“The government’s chaotic decision making and a delay until 2028 is damaging TT-Line, with potential long term fallout for the tourism and fresh freight sectors.”

Shane Broad MP
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure

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