No time to waste: Hodgman

TASMANIA'S new government's leadership team has told department officials they have no plans for ``radical'' change.  

Premier-elect Will Hodgman, deputy Liberal leader Jeremy Rockliff and the state's soon-to-be treasurer Peter Gutwein met the heads of Treasury and the Department of Premier and Cabinet yesterday afternoon.  

The tightly controlled style that distinguished the Liberal campaign from Labor continued yesterday with the Premier-elect refusing to take questions from the media. 

MR HODGMAN, who has followed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's approach in setting out a 100-day plan, instead made a statement at the start of the meeting.   

``We are not proposing anything radical. We want to understand very much from you how we can best implement our plan, how we work with our bureaucracy,'' Mr Hodgman said.

``Having spent some time in opposition, there'll be a lot we need to hear from you about what's required from us.''

He also handed them a copy of the Liberals' plan for a brighter future. 

``We understand there are significant challenges facing the budget and we want to talk with you today about the extent of the challenge and also what we propose to do to get the budget back under control.''

Outgoing premier Lara Giddings was not impressed. 

``Discipline in not answering questions is not good for democracy, discipline in terms of not even being available on your first day as next Premier is not really acceptable,'' Ms Giddings said.

This week, Mr Hodgman will meet with forestry industry representatives to discuss how to support the industry and unwind the Tasmanian Forests Agreement. 

The Liberals are yet to explain how their plan to tear up the deal will be implemented. 

The new-look state Parliament could be recalled as early as the start of next month. 

Under the 100-day action plan, the Liberals will this week issue a directive that reducing unemployment to the national average is its top priority, start setting up a state growth department, appoint a planning reform taskforce and begin to recruit 108 more police officers.

Within a month, the new government will act to crack down on illegal forest protesters, create mandatory jail for assaults on emergency service personnel, and conduct an audit of government boards to find savings.

Work will also start on establishing Infrastructure Tasmania, creating laws for an annual audit of red and green tape, and putting a call-out for expressions of interest for development in national parks within the 100-day period. 


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