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17 May 2017

Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said a push from King Island residents to secede from Tasmania proved the State Government had completely mishandled shipping arrangements.

“The extraordinary incompetence of Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding and the failure of the Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff  to placate the residents of King island, resulting in them wanting to secede from Tasmania, leaves the Premier no choice but to stand down Minister Hidding immediately,” Ms Keay said.

“King Islanders have demonstrated a complete lack of confidence in the State Government following the introduction of these interim arrangements, which are clearly not working.”

Ms Keay said while the process of succession would be a difficult process to achieve, King Islanders were feeling increasingly isolated as a result of the State Government’s ability to resolve the shipping issue. 

“This comes on the back of TasPorts chief executive Paul Weedon failing to express his confidence in Mr Hidding on radio,” Ms Keay said.

“While he later clarified his comments, this adds weight to the fact that the Government’s so called solution and recent six point plan have completely failed to address King Island residents’ concerns.

“This is a real crisis and the only option is for the Premier to intervene to ensure King Island is provided with an adequate and sustainable shipping service.”

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