Hodgman vows to deliver on promises

PREMIER Will Hodgman is determined not to be tainted by the federal government's shattered reputation on promises using a speech to Tasmanian business leaders today to vow to deliver all of his party's ambitious commitments.

As Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces scathing criticism for breaking pre-election promises not to cut health and education funding or touch aged pensions, Mr Hodgman wants to distance himself from his federal counterpart on that score.

``There is a great cynicism in the community about politicians breaking promises and we are determined as a government to keep faith with Tasmanians,'' he will tell the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry forum.

The firm commitment comes despite an unexpected $2.1 billion hit to the state's budget bottom line over 10 years, including a $27 million cut to the health budget in 2014-15, due to the Commonwealth abandoning deals with the states. 

Handing down a scorecard of the new government's progress as the first 100 days deadline approaches on Sunday, Mr Hodgman said all but one of the 40 items on the list had already been ticked off.

The one remaining task - to call for expressions of interest in developments in national parks - will be achieved on Saturday.

While advertisements had been planned for earlier this month, they will be published in state and national newspapers on Saturday.

Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin has strongly endorsed the government's new approach to encourage development in the state's wilderness and said it was important the message was promoted to industry and potential investors. 

``The risk is that people sit back and see if it works and we end up with everyone sitting back and we don't see anyone going for it,'' Mr Martin said. 

Other goals will be reached today with a meeting of community sector representatives to discuss the government's ``hand up approach for vulnerable Tasmanians'' and the release of a discussion paper on a review of so-called right to farm legislation. 

Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive Jan Davis said the review of the act was a priority for farmers. 

``It needs to be updated and given a bit more teeth,'' Ms Davis said. 

Opposition Leader Bryan Green said there had been little tangible action, firm decisions or concrete results from the new government. 

``The Liberals promised to protect front-line services but in their first 100 days they have halted elective surgery, directed Tasmania Police to make budget savings and are preparing to slash the jobs of 1500 hardworking Tasmanians,'' Mr Green said.

Mr Hodgman said the Liberals' plan had been endorsed by voters.

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