Libs say they're on a roll, Labor scoffs

THE state government has awarded itself top marks for its first 30 days in power, but the Opposition has accused the Liberals of being "all talk and no action".

Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff yesterday praised his government's first month in office.

"Quite clearly Tasmanians expected action, and from day one we were very decisive," Mr Rockliff said yesterday.

On the list for the first month was creating a Planning Reform Taskforce, cracking down on illegal forest protesters and people who assault emergency service personnel, as well as those who desecrate war memorials.

Jeremy Rockliff.

Jeremy Rockliff.

Also flagged for the first 30 days was writing to regional high schools inviting expressions of interest to extend to year 12, separating elective and emergency surgery streams, reintroducing an international shipping service and auditing government boards and committees.

"We've ticked every single box we said we'd tick," Mr Rockliff said.

Opposition Leader Bryan Green said there was nothing to celebrate.

"The Liberals are making a song and dance about their first 30 days in office, but there is nothing to celebrate," Mr Green said.

"They have written letters to themselves about reducing boards, while at the same time establishing new planning and energy committees.

"They have talked about reducing red tape but are proposing new regulation."

Mr Green said the government had achieved nothing, and had shown it was too weak and indecisive to take on big issues like forestry.

Greens leader Kim Booth said Mr Rockliff's "self- congratulatory" assessment smacked of attention seeking and masked a deep sense of insecurity.

"The community will see through this and evaluate it against the actual track record which consists of backflips, indecisiveness and abandonment of vulnerable Tasmanians," Mr Booth said.


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