Constantly changing the story about why we need Marinus does little to make it sound convincing or credible.
In 2016 a single cable was proposed as a back-up after Basslink failed. That sounded reasonable.
Before any further details arrived, someone figured out if the Australian Government were going to pay, why stop at one, why not two cables. Why not double our renewable energy production, send it northwards, help the nation, save the planet and make a motza.
Guy Barnett will need to explain how the interconnector will help deliver services for the state, writes Ruth Forrest
The proposed $4bn Marinus interconnector will foreshadow a second wave of hydro industrialisation, will lower power prices, and fill the government's coffers to the brim so we can house everyone in need, provide timely health care to all and fix all the state's current woes.
I am currently chairing a Joint Parliamentary Committee into Tasmanian experiences of gender bias in health care.
The Committee is still accepting submissions and I encourage members of the public who would like to have input to do so, acknowledging the very personal and sensitive nature of individual experiences.
The Committee offers the opportunity to provide confidential submissions. First Public Hearings start next Tuesday.
You can read more about the Inquiry in an article on the Advocate website:
If this past year has been tough, brace for worse years ahead.
Expenses in 2026-27 are expected to be less in nominal terms than what the government is promising to spend next year, in 2023-24. Remove the extra interest on the increased debt and it's even less. Adjust for inflation expected to average around 3.5 per cent makes it a looming disaster.
As a service deliverer it can only mean one thing - less services.
Revenue will grow by less than one per cent a year. We will continue to spend more than we receive. The promise of achieving an operating surplus has been deferred. The chances of an overall surplus in the future, calculated by including infrastructure and other capital outlays, has vanished.
Premier Rockcliff couldn’t have chosen a worse time to propose building the Macquarie Point stadium.
The State budget paints a bleak picture. Next year, 2023/24 will see the fourth operating deficit in a row.
There’s not enough cash coming in the door to pay operating expenses - the cost of day-to-day operations not including new buildings and infrastructure. The latter funded from a mixture of Federal capital grants plus more borrowings.
Paying interest on the debt requires further borrowings.
It's often said a week is a long time in politics. Last week certainly proved the point.
With the state facing so many problems needing urgent attention the government chose the bread and circuses option to divert attention from our more serious woes with a pig-headed decision to proceed with little consultation to build a stadium at Macquarie Point.
A stadium which few regard as deserving priority. A stadium that is yet to be designed or costed properly.
The AFL stadium has made people realise just how the GST system works, writes Ruth Forrest.
If you want to know what people are thinking, try door knocking.
Having spent the best part of the past month doing just that, I, as part of my recent election campaign, from Burnie to Smithton, across Somerset to downtown Queenstown and Tullah, I discovered that encountering a thylacine was more likely than meeting a stadium supporter.
WHAT is the role of a member of parliament as opposed to a politician?
For some, parliamentarians are mere delegates, proxies who carry out the wishes of those in the electorate with the loudest voices, or in some case, the most money.
For me a representative's role couldn't be better described than by unashamedly plagiarising the words Edmund Burke delivered almost 250 years ago after being elected to the House of Commons.
Our parliament is not a congress of members from different and hostile interests; which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates; but Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one state, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purposes, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole.
The state government's recently released Revised Estimates Report was expected to reveal the estimated effects of the new mandatory pre-commitment card to cap player losses that occur when moderate risk and problem gamblers play the pokies.
A fall in government revenue would indicate the likely fall in player losses - and be a welcome outcome.
Alas the Revised Estimates Report omitted the likely outcome of the proposed changes.
This underlines the difficulty venues are facing when trying to decide whether to apply for licences to own and operate their own machines from July 1 following the end of Federal Hotels' monopoly.
As the end of 2022 rapidly approaches, our community prepares for the festive season and for many, a break from work and time for family and reflection.
After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic many people are feeling tired and feeling the pressure of rising costs of living, housing shortages, prolonged waiting times for healthcare and ever-increasing power bills, just to name a few.
In an illuminating answer on November 10th to my Question on Notice, Resources Minister Barnett gave a fresh insight into Hydro Tasmania.
Without Marinus, Battery of the Nation (BotN) projects proposed by Hydro won’t proceed leaving Hydro struggling to maintain its “existing and ageing assets”, Minister Barnett revealed.
The glory days of the first wave of hydro industrialisation are over.
It’s been 30 years since the last hydro power station was built, yet Hydro still owes $720 million and is finding it more difficult to hang onto funds needed to look after its ageing assets, in part due to the point-blank refusal by successive governments to find other sources of revenue, instead using Hydro as a convenient ATM.