Tasmanian premier and opposition leader trade barbs in People’s Forum

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has defended his government’s record on COVID-19 and the ongoing economic rebuild, while Opposition Leader Rebecca White blasted the state’s health system at the People’s Forum hosted by Sky News and The Mercury.

Sky News and the Mercury hosted the People’s Forum with the Tasmanian Premier and Opposition Leader taking questions from Tasmanian voters five days out from the state election.

In her opening statements, Ms White said under the current Liberal government the health waiting list in Tasmania has blown out to the “worst it’s ever been” with 50,000 Tasmanians waiting to see a specialist.

The opposition leader said a Labor government would “reinvest into the services that Tasmanians need” and invest in TAFE courses, making them free for people in areas with workforce shortages.

Premier Gutwein spruiked the state’s record on COVID-19 to make Tasmania a “place on the planet that is safer than anywhere else in the world” and highlighted the state’s fast economic growth.

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