Greetings and welcome to 2015!
I trust that you have all had (or are having) a relaxing break with family and friends over the Christmas-New Year period.
After a busy 2014, I have enjoyed a refreshing break with my family, holidaying on Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast and brushing up on my fishing and cycling.
The time away from the office has given me the opportunity to recharge my batteries and reflect on the year gone by.
And what a year it was.
An election campaign, an historic return to Government for the Tasmanian Liberals under Will Hodgman, a new job as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier in a new Government and then nine months of hard work, starting the process of bedding in the policies we took to the Tasmanian people to build a brighter future for our state.
Although not yet one full year into our term, the Liberal Government has already delivered on many of our election commitments.
We’ve started the hard work of putting our State Budget back on a sustainable footing with the 2014-15 Budget cutting the four year cumulative deficit of $1.1 billion left by Labor and the Greens by around $450 million.
We’ve budgeted to deliver on each and every one of the more than 200 commitments we made to the Tasmanian people in the lead up to and during the election campaign.
We’re rebuilding the forest industry, tearing up the job-destroying forest agreement forced on our State by Labor and the Greens.
Since coming to Government, we’ve seen business confidence rise to the highest in the nation, retail spending at a record high and around 6 000 jobs created.
Whilst there’s still a lot more work to do, these achievements show that we’re on the right track and that the economy is recovering.
With 2015 now upon us, I’m looking forward to continuing to work to represent the people of Lyons.
In my role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, I have responsibility for Tasmania’s veterans and ex-serving community.
For them—and us—2015 is a special year.
It marks exactly one hundred years since the very first ANZACs landed at Gallipoli, birthing a tradition of service and sacrifice that still lives with us today.
I also look forward to helping grow the volunteering ethos in our State.
Volunteers are the backbone of our communities and deserve our support and recognition.
We all have an important part to play in building our communities and State.
I feel rejuvenated and ready for the year ahead.
Best wishes for 2015!
To read Opinion Piece published in Mercury 16 June 2015 "Defending life, justice, liberty and property" Press here
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