Federal budget to slug Tasmania $2bn

State Health Minister Michael Ferguson addresses parliament this morning. Photo by Georgie Burgess

State Health Minister Michael Ferguson addresses parliament this morning. Photo by Georgie Burgess

It has been revealed in state parliament this morning that the federal budget will cost the state more than $2 billion over 10 years.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said it would have ``significant and material impacts'' on the state.

Health Minister Michael Ferguson was grilled on the impact on the state's health system, set to cost $1.7 billion.

Mr Ferguson received more than 10 questions from members on his portfolio.

Lyons MHA Rebecca White asked Mr Ferguson how much of the $76 million set aside for elective surgery over four years would be available in the new financial year, before the state budget was handed down. 

Mr Ferguson did not answer, but said the government would increase surgery commitments.

Denison MHA Scott Bacon asked Mr Ferguson how much had been spent on the hiring of an external public relations firm to handle the Royal Hobart Hospital staffing issues.

Mr Ferguson said he was ``not happy'' about the PR firm being used but did not give a figure.

It was confirmed the state will lose $8.5 million over for years as part of the Move Well Eat Well partnership.

Three members competed at once to ask a question, and Speaker Elise Archer chose Braddon Liberal MHA Joan Rylah.

Ms Archer said she was not favouring the government side of the chamber, and that it was a ``split second'' difference.

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