LABOR has made a final pitch to its traditional voters, announcing extra money for health and education and urging Tasmanians to see Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government as a ``warning'' of what would happen under a state Liberal government.
Premier Lara Giddings used yesterday's campaign launch at Bridgewater to announce new policies, including a $100-a-student grant for low income families to replace the axed Schoolkids Bonus that would be doubled if the student had a 95 per cent attendance record.
She also announced a stamp duty rebate of $10,000 for aged care pensioners looking to downsize, and $10 million to help people on the elective surgery waiting list be transferred to another hospital if the wait times were shorter than at their local hospital.
But opposition health spokesman Jeremy Rockliff said the policy of shuffling patients was ``an admission Labor has failed'' to manage elective surgery waiting lists.
Ms Giddings also said Opposition Leader Will Hodgman would ``rubber stamp'' federal polices, dismissed the Palmer United Party as ``a wasted vote'' and said Tasmanians should not vote Green because ``we need a government that cares more about people than trees.''
Mr Rockliff said Ms Giddings' address ``failed to outline a plan'' for the state.
``All she did was launch a negative, personal attack on Will Hodgman,'' he said.
``All Labor are offering is smear, scare, and fear.''
Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told Labor supporters at the launch that Tasmania needed a Labor government to defend it against reductions in policy commitments by the Federal Government.
``What the last six months of an Abbott Government has taught us is that it's not what the Liberals say that will hurt this state, it's what they'll do,'' Mr Shorten said.
``You need a fighter in your corner.''