Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area
I thank Senator Whish-Wilson for this motion. I'm able to stand up and say that I don't support keeping Arthur-Pieman closed for the people to enjoy. I won't lock off areas of my great state so that nobody gets to enjoy them. I say clearly that I don't support the motion. My question is whether or not the state Labor leader, Bec White, will do the same, instead of sitting in the middle. When she was asked for her thoughts yesterday, she offered no position whatsoever. We are now going into a state election. Labor wants to have a foot in both camps—for and against. It wants to look like it is friends with the Greens and keep its options open in case it needs some extras to make sure it can make government.
An honourable senator interjecting—
I can tell you now, the last government of the Greens and Labor in the state of Tasmania was an absolute disaster. And I won't be standing for it.