Assistant Minister Jonno Duniam said the Morrison Government’s Budget provides a plan for Tasmania’s economic recovery.

“This is the right budget for these extraordinary times,” Assistant Minster Duniam said.

“The COVID-19 global pandemic has hit Tasmania hard. We need a plan for jobs, and that’s what this budget delivers.

“This Budget unashamedly backs Tasmania’s competitive strengths to lead the state on a road to recovery, with significant investments in energy, tourism, primary producers and small businesses.

“Tourism is a massive winner, with Tasmania’s industry receiving $13.5 million through the Recovery of Regional Tourism program and access to $100 million dedicated to tourism through the Building Better Regions Fund.

“Tassie’s primary producers, from our fishers to our farmers, will continue to be able take to the skies and reach hard-won overseas markets, with $317 million committed to extend the hugely successful International Freight Assistance Mechanism to June 30, 2021.

“Tasmania’s Marinus Link is a major step closer, with the Budget confirming Marinus is one of three projects to share in $250 million for transmission projects and the Commonwealth Government will establish a Special Purpose Vehicle to progress delivery of the design and approval phase of this important infrastructure.

“The more than 38,000 small businesses that are the backbone of our cities and the lifeblood of our regions will be supported by a number of business tax incentives, giving them a chance to get back on their feet, create more economic activity and jobs across the state.

“The $360 million for bridges, roads and causeways across the state is a massive investment in Tasmania’s road to recovery and will support thousands of jobs, boost construction and stimulate local economies.

“This Federal Budget will assist Tasmania to rebuild by creating jobs, driving investment and growing the economy.”