Tasmanian politics 2008

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Major developments and issues in Tasmanian politics during 2008 were:

August 2008

  • Cost overrun of the $340 million Tamar Valley gas station: the proposed buyout of the power station by the Tasmanian Government may cost $90 million more than previous estimates.[1] (See Tamar Valley gas station for further details.

December 2008

  • December 9:
    • The release of the Tobacco in Australia report. Tasmanian smoking rates are approximately 23% compared to a national average of 19%.[2]
    • The Tasmanian Liberals responded to David Bartlett's "vision" statement about the Hobart waterfront by seeking details of exactly what was proposed.[3]
  • December 13: Premier David Bartlett foreshadows that as a result of the global financial crisis the Tasmanian government may cut public service expenditure. "We will focus on job-creating, growth creating projects but that will mean there might be some belt-tightening within the public sector." In October Bartlett had announced a moratorium on the creation of new positions in the public service.[4]

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  1. Nick Clark, "Power station blowout:Tamar Valley project cost up $90 million", The Mercury, August 27, 2008, page 9.
  2. David Killick and Tamara McLean, "Tassie quit push lags", The Mercury, December 9, 2009.
  3. Sally Glaetzer, "Libs demand details on waterfront plan", The Mercury, December 9, 2009.
  4. Sue Neales, "Pinch on public sector", The Mercury, December 13, 2008.