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Tasmania July to December 2011
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 13:10 authored by Megan AlessandriniMegan Alessandrini
This has been a period of unprecedented economic difficulty for Tasmania. While political opponents have blamed the current government, particularly the Premier, for this, the reality is that the Global Financial Crisis has begun to hit the state. Any advantages from the stronger Australian currency are damaging to Tasmania, reducing international tourism and causing a collapse in prices for exports. This has flowed through to a reduction in domestic spending that has led to a reduction in GST collection. Our aging population with nationally poorest levels of health in most indicators, coupled with poor educational outcomes [although there has been some improvement here] have combined to push our health system close to the brink. These are difficult times for Tasmania with the battles being fought by politicians who in many instances had no part in the creation of these problems. The program of reform proposed by the government is rigorous but arguably overdue and now essential.
Publication titleAustralian Journal of Politics and History
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
PublisherBlackwell Publ Ltd
Place of publication108 Cowley Rd, Oxford, England, Oxon, Ox4 1Jf
Rights statementCopyright 2012 School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.