Welcome to the September edition of the Tasmanian Business Reporter. After a crazy week in Federal politics, this month you'll read about the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce's request to new Prime Minister Scott Morrison for action on more than $133 million of promises made to Braddon in July's by-election. You'll also find details of Tasmania's construction boom, which is predicted to continue for the foreseeable future, the launch of I-PREP, a University of Tasmania program set to align businesses with talented international students and a powerful column from TCCI Chair Susan Parr reinforcing the Chamber's call for local council amalgamation.
SEPTEMBER 2018 T A S M A N I A’ S L E A D I N G B U S I N E S S P U B L I C A T I O N . C I R C U L A T I O N 12,000 M O N T H LY SHOW US THE MONEY An artist’s impression of the Devonport City Living Project which has been promised $10 million. Chambers call for action on by-election promises By TOM O’MEARA ONE of the first items to come across new Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s desk will be a letter from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry requesting action on more than $133 million of promises for Braddon. The staggering list of 27 commitments (see page 2) were made during the Super Saturday by-election campaign and start from the $30 million for assisting construction of the Cradle Mountain cableway project down to $20,000 for upgrades of the Irishtown Community Centre. The TCCI and three North West Chambers are putting pressure on Mr Morrison and his new ministers to release the timing of the infrastructure and community developments on the massive list. TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said with the support of Burnie, Devonport and Cradle Coast Chambers, the heat would be on the Government from now until the Federal election. Prime Minister Scott Morrison And while successful Labor candidate for Braddon, Justine Keay, doesn’t have to answer for the Opposition’s commitments she is working very hard for her electorate. In question time on August 16, in the House of Representatives, Ms Keay asked the Prime Minister and the appropriate Ministers, for a timeline around when each of the 27 commitments would be honoured and if not, why not? The questions are unanswered at this stage but it is now on the agenda which is significant. Mr Bailey said the days of fake promises and commitments were now of the past and the Chamber movement would be holding government to account. “These commitments are in stone regardless of the individual changes in prime minister and ministers,” Mr Bailey told the Tasmanian Business Reporter. Continued page 2 How TCCI MEMBERSHIP benefits your business The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an independent membership organisation that positively leads and supports the Tasmanian business community. TCCI provides valuable support to its members through advocacy and a range of programs and services including: > Customised membership to achieve your business objectives > Workplace relations advice > Workplace health and safety > Networking and promotion > Training and workforce development > Events Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hobart | Launceston Ph: 1300 559 122 www.tcci.com.au JOIN TODAY!