08 October 2019

Shorten must apologise to Tasmanians

Bill Shorten must use his Bass visit today to finally apologise to Tasmanians for the distress caused by his threat of $387 billion in new and higher taxes.

This week, Mr Shorten belatedly recognised he was to blame for Labor’s election loss – it’s now time he apologised too.

“Mr Shorten’s tax grab put untold stress on thousands of Tasmanians, especially retirees, mum and dad investors, and small business owners,” Senator Duniam said.

“Today is Mr Shorten’s chance to properly right the wrongs of his election campaign and say sorry, once and for all.”

Senator Wendy Askew said Mr Shorten’s $387 billion in new and higher taxes would have hit hard in Bass.

“Countless Tasmanians told me their worries of what a Shorten Government would mean for them and their families,” Senator Askew said.

“In Bass alone, more than 3,600 retirees would have been hit by Mr Shorten’s retiree tax, and more than 3,300 affected by his devastating housing tax.

“It’s simply not good enough for Mr Shorten to show his face today without apologising for the harm he caused.”