Will HodgmanLIBERAL Leader Will Hodgman will announce a suite of fully-costed, detailed policies this year, starting this week, in a bid to prove his party is a credible alternative.
Mr Hodgman used his first day back at work to launch the “future directions” strategy, which he said would provide details about how the opposition would implement its economy-focused agenda to ensure Tasmania was “open for business”.
“In 2012 we will be focusing a lot on how we would be different and what a Hodgman Liberal government would look like,” Mr Hodgman said.
He declined to reveal the topic of his first policy announcement to be made later this week.
“Our future directions statements will be be bold, they’ll be major policy announcements and they’ll go to the heart of where Tasmania should be heading – and that’s a place that is self-reliant and open for business.”
The state government, which has continually criticised the opposition as being too negative, seized on Mr Hodgman’s announcement.
“I welcome the fact that it has finally dawned on him that it is not enough to simply oppose everything,” acting Premier Bryan Green said.
Mr Green reminded Mr Hodgman of some of his past “plain dumb” policies including paying former Tasmanians $5000 to return home.
“And his plan to continue all high schools to year 12 will send shudders through all our secondary colleges,” Mr Green said.
Mr Hodgman said more details on his party’s education policy would be revealed and it would not include closing any colleges.
He acknowledged it was not enough to only criticise the government.
“When a government is shutting schools, shutting down hospitals of course we are going to be critical but I recognise also that Tasmanians want to see an alternative,” Mr Hodgman said.
Voter opinion polls indicate the Liberal Party would form a majority government if an election were held now, but they also show a significant amount of undecided voters.
“This is about explaining to Tasmanians better exactly what we would do in government.”
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