Ahead of Tasmania’s budget on Thursday, we’re looking back at some of the key policy announcements made by the state Liberals during this year’s election campaign.
- Investment of $95 million into mental heath care over six years, including the employment of 125 frontline staff, the opening of two adolescent units in Launceston and Hobart, and 25 new mental health beds at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
- An additional $757 million into the overall health budget over six years, including the employment of 802 nurses, 158 doctors, and 128 allied health professionals. The money will also see 298 extra beds opened of which 250 will be allocated to the Royal Hobart Hospital, 40 at the Launceston General Hospital and eight at the North West Regional Hospital.
- Investment of $125 million in ambulance services over the next six years to hire 62 more paramedics and operations centre staff, upgrade rural ambulance stations, and build new ambulance stations in Glenorchy and Burnie.
- Investment of an extra $324 million over 6 years into education which will fund the employment of 358 extra new staff, including 250 new teachers. There will be $179 million allocated for education infrastructure
- Year 11 and 12 classes in every high school by 2022
- Investment of $16 million into school farms
- The investment of an addition $125 million into the Tasmanian Affordable Housing Strategy which will allow for 1500 new affordable homes. Within the funding allocation, $20 million will be set aside for purpose-built homes for people living with disability. The plan is expected to create 900 construction jobs.
- Cutting stamp duty charges by 50 per cent for first-home buyers purchasing properties worth less than $400,000 over 12 months.
- Abolishing land tax for three years for new properties built to be used for long-term rental accommodation.
- Employment of an additional 125 police officers, including an increase of frontline police at all main police stations. This will include 15 more officers in Launceston, and 10 each in Burnie and Devonport.
- Funding the construction of a $270 million Northern prison and $70 million for a new remand centre in the south.
- The establishment of a full-time Special Operations Groups
- Imposing greater bail restrictions on violent offenders
- Introduction of a new law to deal with fatal one-punch assaults
INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT
- An additional $92.5 million in transport infrastructure in Launceston and the Tamar Valley, including $12 million to upgrade the West Tamar Highway
- A $47.5 million commitment, matched by the federal government, to clean up the Tamar River, including making improvements to Launceston’s combined sewerage and stormwater system.
- $40 million to upgrade the Bass Highway between Wynyard and Marrawah.
- $70 million for a third stage of irrigation schemes which will support thirteen schemes; of which eight would be new and five augumentations of existing schemes.
- A $72 million funding package to improve Tasmania’s iconic tourism roads
- $20 million to develop and construct the Tasmania’s next “iconic” walk, following the success for the Three Capes Track and Overland Track.
- $30 million for a Cradle Mountain cableway
- $31 million investment in the state’s national parks, including a funding allocation to hire 15 new rangers
- Leave the National Energy Market which is expected to lower power prices by between 7 and 10 per cent.
- Review the solar feed-in tariff
- 100 per cent self-sufficiency in renewable energy generation by 2022