Amos spells it out to agency heads

Tasmanian voters faced a clear choice of parties favouring development and growth against those committed to protest and stasis or no progress, Labor candidate for Denison Dr Julian Amos told the state’s head of government agencies today.

Dr Amos, a former Labor minister and director of Hydro Tasmania, told the agency heads that the traditional argument between capital and labour was giving way to this new paradigm.

There were three big picture questions, he said.

·      how to realise the potential of citizens, particularly through education reform, and care for those in need

·      how to create jobs

·      how to manage natural resources like forestry and mining.

“It is my contention that good governance requires an astute mix of politics by consensus, particularly on issues that require a shared understanding of the goals we want to achieve, and strong leadership when we need to cut through and chart a course to achieve those goals.

“There is a cautionary note: consensus can be a two-edged sword if not connected to leadership. And it can be used as an excuse for not having leadership.

“The idea that we need to gain 100 per cent acceptance before anything is approved is a recipe for ensuring nothing gets done at all.

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“The risk in seeking total approval is that it offers to the naysayers an equal place at the table and a foothold on which to launch a protest offensive. All one has to do is say NO and suddenly one is in a position of power.”

Dr Amos also called for a new approach to education.

“…beyond sensible new investments, we need a more radical shift in education policy; one that takes us beyond classroom sizes, teacher autonomy or culture wars about what our children are taught.

“Academy and trade should not be seen in a hierarchical way, with one being dominant over the other. Too often, trade subjects are starved of resources because it does not suit the academic goals set by schools.”

On planning, Dr Amos said:

“I have been a trenchant critic in the past of what passes for our planning laws. They have done little to assist, and much to hinder, the economic wellbeing of this state. A single planning scheme doesn’t cut it.  It needs a more sophisticated approach than that. The building regulations need a complete overhaul.

“The inordinate delays in gaining approval to do things are enough to drive investment from the state. And we are not in the enviable position of saying NO to investment.”

And on Jobs, Dr Amos said it was the state’s responsibility to ensure a fertile investment climate – “investment creates jobs”.  However it is not the State’s job to determine economic viability – that is the investor’s responsibility

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