Wednesday, 10 May 2023
Statements by Senators
Workplace Relations: Qantas
Thank you for your protection, Acting Deputy President. I feel much safer now. I'm sure Senator Urquhart is interested in this as a Tasmanian. I wasn't going to mention her by name, but she has invited that reference.
We've had $350 million taken out of road funding in Tasmanian. We've had no provisions for essential health services in regional communities. Do you know what the centrepiece was of Labor's budget for Tasmania? It was a stadium on Hobart's waterfront—$240 million to go into a stadium. So they made their decision. A deed is being signed. We've got a team. You know what? That's good news, but there was a point that others in this chamber have made—and I include Senator Tyrrell in this point. All of us in Tasmania have a list of priorities, and we made the point that if you're going to fund the stadium, if you're going to fund the 'nice to haves'—
Honourable senators interjecting—