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Opposition Leader’s response to ‘super-department’ questions

THE CPSU received a response from Tasmanian Opposition Leader Will Hodgman this week about the Liberals proposal to merge the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) and the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts (DEDTA) into one super department, called the Department of State Growth.

This comes after your union wrote to the Liberals to ask for more detail about this policy.

In the response Mr Hodgman said the merger would create efficiencies and remove duplication of backroom functions.

We envisage that some elements of DEDTA, including arts and sport grants, will be administered through DPAC, and as we have previously announced, a new restructured and refocussed stand-alone tourism entity will be established which will separate Tourism Tasmania from the bureaucracy,” the letter reads. “In addition to the new Department of State Growth, a position and Office of Coordinator General will be established as a single point of contact for investors, to proactively pursue new business and Investment to the State. This Office will be located with the Department of State Growth and incorporate the existing Tasmanian Development and Resources Authority, its Board and powers.”

In his letter Mr Hodgman said the merger would see the removal of approximately 90 FTEs through inter-agency transfer to vacant positions, external placements and targeted voluntary redundancies.

Both Mr Hodgman and Shadow Treasurer Peter Gutwein are keen to talk to Members about any questions about this policy.

 

Thanks to CPSU Members who provided feedback on the Opposition’s policy.

If there’s any further feedback,  send an email to j.clydesdale@tas.cpsu.com.au to pass this on to us.

 

You can read the full response and the news story about the Opposition’s policy by clicking on the link below.

Response

You can read the initial Mercury article here

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