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Unions seek ‘please explain’ from Premier over budget cut fallout

ABC News May 16

Tasmania’s public sector union wants the Premier to explain how this week’s federal budget will affect the state’s coffers.

The budget includes savings of $80 billion over 10 years by slashing Commonwealth health and education funding to the states and territories.

The Community and Public Sector Union’s Tom Lynch says it will either result in service cuts, broken election promises or tax increases.

Mr Lynch is pushing Mr Hodgman to explain how he plans to respond.

“Will’s all out of options. It’s time Will stumped up and made a decision here, ” Mr Lynch said.

“He either has to increase his revenue, he has to give up on his promises, or decimate services in this state.

“They’re the choices that Tony Abbott has put on the table for Will Hodgman.

“Will Hodgman has to decide whether Tasmania deserves decent services, and whether at the end of the day Will Hodgman is loyal to Tasmania, and not to Tony.”

Mr Hodgman says he will not speculate on what will be in the August state budget, apart from ruling out an increase in state taxes.

“I’m certainly not going to be forced into any position to increase taxes by anyone.”

Mr Hodgman is heading to Sydney on Sunday for a summit with other state and territory leaders.

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