No pain in poll data a gain for Hodgman

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

THE Hodgman government would be satisfied with EMRS polling that shows the wheels did not fall off after a year of budget pain.

Premier Will Hodgman yesterday set out the government’s agenda for the year, which seems consistent with a desire to be a predictable government with few to minimum shocks that might disturb a content electorate.

The Hodgman language is laced with a mantra about getting on with it and implementing the government’s agenda. We hope so. It was tiresome last year to always hear lazy slogans about the evils of the previous Labor-Green government. It is time the Premier’s office relayed this to its media office. They are fasting approaching a milestone whereby the last “Labor-Green budget” is more than two years old.

The State of the State agenda includes popular reforms to the DPP’s tenure and tough restrictions of firearm storage and theft. A new crime levy will be applauded; while finalising a statewide planning scheme and merging the Tasmanian Health Organisations seem long overdue.

We will get a new police boat, more work on the Midland Highway and revamped Spirit ferries to delay costly replacements.

Much of the agenda is laudable while the government grapples with manageable debates such as a recycling scheme.

This is minimalist reform at a snail pace, but election results interstate are a warning to governments that want to move too quickly. It’s more evolutionary change than revolutionary, but that’s what people want.

Having said that, the government needs to explain why it wants to legalise a military-style war game that actually hurts if paint balls hit the skin.

As Greens leader Kim Booth says, why would the government want to legalise another game which in this case realistically teaches our youth to shoot people.

Good question.

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