Tasmanian Premier and Opposition Leader face-off during public debate

The state’s two major party leaders went head-to-head for the first time in a public debate on Monday, each proposing different ways to encourage further development and jobs growth in Tasmania.

But the debate also revealed some agreement between the Liberals and Labor on a number of policy positions.

Both promised to fight any change to GST payments, which has recently been proposed in a government-ordered Productivity Commission report – a move that could cost the state an estimated $1 billion over four years.

On council amalgamations, Mr Hodgman and Ms White maintained their parties’ positions there would be no forced amalgamations under a government they led and councils would retain their authority over planning decisions.

But Ms White said there needed to be a review of fees and charges, and services, to ensure there was consistency across councils.

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