All 64 COVID-19 recovery recommendations made by the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council have been accepted by the government.
Premier Peter Gutwein told the Parliament on Tuesday six of the recommendations had already been implemented and 28 were in progress.
“The remaining 30 recommendations proposed by PESRAC are supported by the government and will be implemented as soon as possible,” Mr Gutwein said.
In the first question time after the winter recess, the government was grilled over a number of matters including the state’s essential worker quarantine exemption process.
Labor leader Rebecca White called on Premier Peter Gutwein to commit to a review of the process which she said lacked transparency and was in in dire needs of an overhaul.
“Almost daily we are hearing stories of workers being granted exemptions for reasons that are all but essential,” Ms White said.
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She said the fact essential workers entering Tasmania from Victoria and designated hotspots did not have to quarantine while awaiting the results of their mandatory COVID-19 test was an unacceptable risk.
Mr Gutwein said criticism of the exemption process had been largely unfair.
“There have been some difficult decisions that have been made. I know that the people that make them wrestle with them,” Mr Gutwein said.
“The rules underpinning these exemptions are put in place by public health.
“I’m not going to second guess those decisions because they were made on advice.”
Labor infrastructure spokesman Shane Broad questioned why the Liberals had broken their 2018 election promise to deliver the new Spirits of Tasmania vessels by 2021.
Infrastructure Minister Michael Ferguson said a lot had changed since 2018 including the fact one of the world’s biggest shipbuilders had gone belly-up and there was a global recession due to COVID-19.
“I would have thought it was so obvious to members here that a lot had changed,” Mr Ferguson said.
When asked how many Tasmanian jobs would be created should the vessels be built in Australia, Mr Ferguson said this was something the group tasked with reviewing the build options would determine.
Braddon Liberal MHA Felix Ellis was sworn in for his first day of Parliament.
Mr Ellis was elected on Monday on a countback following the resignation of Liberal Joan Rylah last month.
Mr Gutwein said Franklin Liberal MHA Jacquie Petrusma and Lyons Liberal MHA John Tucker would replace Ms Rylah as Parliamentary secretaries.