Liberals' freight plan a quick fix: O'Byrne

BASS Labor MHA Michelle O'Byrne has sledged the opposition's freight policy as a "quick fix for a media outcome".

Ms O'Byrne's comments came after a leaked copy of the recommendations of a government-funded freight advisory body, published in The Examiner yesterday, were criticised for being weak.

Ms O'Byrne said she would not comment on the Freight Logistics Co-ordination Team report itself, which The Examiner understands went before cabinet yesterday, but said in any structural review it was important to get the process right before barging ahead.

"I would rather, in whatever the policy area, that we spend the time to get it right, than come up with a quick fix for a media outcome," she said.

Opposition infrastructure spokesman Rene Hidding said the leaked recommendations showed the government did not have a plan for Tasmania's freight industry.

The Liberals' plan is to spend $33 million over three years to attract an international shipper to Bell Bay, a solution the government says will only last so long as there's funding available.

"In contrast, the leaked final freight report shows that after 2 1/2 years and millions of dollars, Labor and the Greens have no plan," Mr Hidding said.

The Freight Logistics Coordination Team recommended the government form a freight strategy and establish an ongoing advisory group, as well as prioritising spending on the Burnie to Hobart road link and focus on Burnie as the main domestic container port.

The report and the government's response is expected to be publicly released this week.

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