Albanese's warning over sale of Hydro

FEDERAL Opposition Infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese

FEDERAL Opposition Infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese

FEDERAL Opposition Infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese has offered up some advice to the Liberal State Government ahead of its August 28 State Budget.

''Don't be bribed into doing something by the federal government that you have no mandate to do,'' Mr Albanese said in Hobart this morning.

Mr Albanese has added his voice to the chorus of concern over the potential privatisation of Hydro Tasmania.

The state government has repeatedly ruled out selling off Hydro's assets despite a personal visit from Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey, who offered Tasmania $600 million to sell the state's energy assets.

Mr Albanese said while the offer had so far been refused, comments made by Lyons Liberal MHR Eric Hutchinson, who said selling off the assets should be considered, demonstrated the sustained pressure the state government was under.

Mr Albanese also took aim at Premier Will Hodgman over his handling of ''a shocker'' federal budget.

''He (Premier Hodgman) rolled over and had his tummy tickled,'' Mr Albanese said.

''If Premier Hodgman had an ounce of ticker he'd be out there screaming from the rafters ... other premiers, like Colin Barnett, certainly have been from time to time, but Mr Hodgman seems to be quite happy to get less from this government.''

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