WEDNESDAY'S job summit in Launceston was revealing for many reasons.
It was certainly a coup for the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to join forces with the state government and attract a high-powered group of business, union and industry leaders.
There were 32 speakers and debates over a marathon five hours. It was particularly revealing because it showed a high-level of disconnect between the job and wealth-creating private sector and local and state governments.
Speakers representing local and state government believed they were ticking along pretty well - that wasn't the view of the vast majority at the summit.
A classic example was the government's purchase and procurement process that amounts to $4 billion a year.
There was a high-level of criticism that a local benefits test is not applied to help local companies compete and save jobs.
Premier Lara Giddings pledged to establish a "Central Procurement Board".
Sounds great, except people should be asking why every other state in Australia already has a proactive local benefits test and why it takes a jobs summit to spark the government into action?
The same goes with a review of water and sewerage headwork charges. Developers have been complaining since the water boards were established that paying for these costs up-front was a massive disincentive that has stalled speculative sub-divisions and investment.
The same with compliance and regulation red tape. Ms Giddings has given business two weeks to give her specific examples. Business has been doing this for years but the government hasn't had the will or ability to act.
The Premier also agreed on Wednesday to establish a high-level "business advisory group" - after 14 years in power most people would think that this already exists.
Planning and international freight were repeatedly mentioned but any action is mired in bureaucratic red tape.
It was also revealing that all of the business leaders talked about how their industries had gone through massive transformations and job losses during the past five years in order to survive.
It was starkly obvious that state and local government had failed to keep pace.
We still have too many local councils, too many public servants but there appears no will from either the government, or the councils, to transform the model.
It was interesting that one of the biggest bugbears, shipping, didn't appear anywhere on the government's urgent "to do" list.
Greens leader Nick McKim tried to talk up the benefits of minority government but the overwhelming consensus was not to confuse his "stable government" argument with confidence and certainty within government and cabinet.
The Labor-Green government has just 21 more sitting days in parliament before the summer recess and then next March's election.
Don't hold your breath that any job creating legislation will get passed despite the best efforts of this jobs summit.