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SCOTT MORRISON SILENT ON MOBILE PHONES AND RECREATION FISHING BY-ELECTION PROMISES

December 04, 2018

SCOTT MORRISON SILENT ON MOBILE PHONES AND RECREATION FISHING BY-ELECTION PROMISES 

Uncertainty remains over promises made by the Coalition during this year’s Braddon by-election relating to West Coast mobile phone coverage and recreational fishing

Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “During the Braddon by-election the Coalition promised $700,000 to the West Coast Council to improve mobile phone coverage in the region and $50,000 to the Tasmanian Government to bring forward consultation on the location of two artificial reefs and fish aggregation device on the North West Coast.

“At the first parliamentary sitting following the by-election, I placed questions in writing to the relevant Ministers relating to these promises.

“I simply asked will the promises will be kept and if so when will the funding be delivered?

“Four months later these questions remain unanswered and I have been forced to take the action in the parliament by asking the Speaker to write to the relevant Ministers.

“The lack of answers calls into question whether these commitments will actually be delivered.

“The local community, business and visitors to the West Coast are suffering through terrible mobile phone coverage.

“I also understand West Coast Council wrote to the government in August only to receive a reply talking about roads and not mobile phone coverage.

“Improving mobile phone coverage on the West Coast should be a priority for Scott Morrison but it appears the Coalition is too wracked by chaos, dysfunction and division to actually get this work completed.

“Labor knows how important fixing mobile phone reception is across the entire region which is why we have announced a $2 million fund to fix mobile phone black spots in Circular Head, the West Coast and King Island.”

Justine Keay also said, “Local recreational fishers would also be disappointed at the lack of progress on establishing the potential of artificial reefs and fish aggregation devices in North West Coast waters.

“In February this year, the State Liberals announced they would purchase fish aggregation devices and in July, the Federal Liberals said they would fund consultation on where they would be located but nothing has happened.

“Once again local recreational fishers appear to have been let down by state and federal Liberal Governments.

“Labor acknowledges the value of our recreational fisheries to local business and the wider community.

“A Shorten Labor Government has committed $10 million over five years in a Supporting Recreational Fishing Fund to improve fishing infrastructure and 750,000 for research in to the health of Tasmania’s oceans as part of Labor’s support for fishers and healthy oceans in Tasmania."

TUESDAY 4 DECEMBER 2018

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 Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.