Tasmania - Present Prospects Opportunities and Constraints

Tasmania is not just a place, it is a state of mind. More than most places, conversations in Tasmania are peppered with connotations of “place”. It is made up of a number of communities that coalesce into three logical and distinctive regional entities, but from an economic perspective these populations are relatively small. The people that live here and the people that visit here, all recognize it is as being unique, both physically and socially. As Sir Bede Callaghan remarked in his 1977 report “Tasmania is beautiful, Tasmania is tranquil, Tasmania is economically vulnerable”.

Tasmania is wallowing in the comfort of mediocrity, a mendicant state, fast becoming an aged care facility in a national park. It need not be so. There is hope – there is a way forward.

But it will require change.

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