Greens leader Cassy O’Connor is demanding the government make public memoranda of understanding signed with China and has accused Premier Will Hodgman of “making an international fool of himself on matters of Antarctic security.”
In parliament on Tuesday Ms O’Connor questioned why Mr Hodgman was not in parliament this week.
The Premier is on an Asian trade mission.
“Why he has prioritised cosying up to the Chinese communist government over his responsibilities to the Tasmanian people?” Ms O’Connor asked.
Acting Premier Jeremy Rockliff accused the Greens of being “anti-jobs, anti-economy and anti-trade.”
“It is important the Premier accompany businesses on international trade and investment missions,” Mr Rockliff said.
“The Premier is doing a fantastic job leading the state and leading that delegation.
“For the first time ever, we have 250,000 Tasmanians employed.
“That is all about the Hodgman Liberal government getting on with the job, growing our economy domestically and increasing international trade.”
Ms O’Connor accused Mr Hodgman of “currying favour with the Chinese communist government” and asked for MOUs to be tabled in parliament
“There has been no commitment to make those MOUs public and in the last term of the parliament it was exactly the same story,” she said.
“The reason that we should be concerned is that for example, last week the state government signed a MOU with the State Oceanic Administration of China.
“All the research tells us that the State Oceanic Administration of China works very closely with the People’s Liberation Army and that their activities in Antarctica have a strong military bent.
“The people of Tasmania should see what Tasmania’s government is agreeing to with the Chinese government.
“Why the secrecy?”