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We need investment in our public services so they can strengthen our Tasmanian communities.

Services like:

  • Our hospitals, which care for the sick and get them back on their feet.
  • Our Parks & Wildlife Service, which protects our world-renowned natural and cultural heritage.
  • Legal Aid, Prisons and Community Corrections, working at their limits to keep communities safe and break the cycle of re-offending.
  • TasTAFE, who grows the skills Tasmania needs so we can build back better from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Our Child Safety Advice & Referral Line, caring for Tassie’s most vulnerable kids from the epidemic of family violence.
  • Housing Tasmania, who strive every day to help Tasmanians experiencing homelessness to have a roof over their heads.

Our services have been eroded by a decade long obsession with austerity and privatisation – the divisive ideological belief that a shrinking public sector is a good thing, that budgets must be cut, working conditions dismantled and that putting profit before people somehow makes things better.

Time and time again we’ve heard claims that efficiencies gained by cutting and selling off public assets will free up resources to be invested where they’re most needed. In reality, Tasmanians get nothing.

Cuts have undermined the services that generations of Tasmanians have built.

The public interest, not profit, should come first in any decision about the future of public services in Tasmania. Public services belong to all of us.

We need to keep them ours.

Tasmanians have a right to know whether the politicians who represent us will safeguard our public services before we vote on who will form the next government.

We’re calling on all political parties to commit to an end to all privatisation, outsourcing, and erosion of public assets for private profit.

Privatisation of Tasmania's Public Sector under the Gutwein Liberal Government

Cuts have undermined the services that generations of Tasmanians have built.

The public interest, not profit, should come first in any decision about the future of public services in Tasmania. Public services belong to all of us.

We need to keep them ours.

Tasmanians have a right to know whether the politicians who represent us will safeguard our public services before we vote on who will form the next government.

We’re calling on all political parties to commit to an end to all privatisation, outsourcing, and erosion of public assets for private profit.

We need a watchdog to

call out privatisation in Tasmania.

Dob in privatisation and privatisation-by-stealth in your agency (“outsourcing,” “public-private partnerships”, and other weasel words), or share your experience of how privatisation has hurt Tasmania.

Family Violence Counselling Support Service

Outsourcing of case management to private operator CentraCare.

2015

Track work in Parks & Wildlife Service

2017

After Hours Tasmanian Devil Hotline

This service used to be provided by expert DPIPWE Wildlife Officers, and has now been completely outsourced to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

2018

Advice and Referral Line - Child Safety Service

NGOs are now being permitted to make triage calls and taking over roles previously entrusted only to our public service.

2018

Driving Assessors

Private providers can now conduct P1 tests.

2020

Lease of Halls Island, Lake Malbena

2019

Cleaners at Police Academy

2021

Security Reception in Courts

2021

What does the Gutwein Government have planned next for the public services generations of Tasmanians built?

Tomorrow...
“I have worked for an IT firm that provided services to government agencies across various states and the national government. They were quite aware, and open with the fact that they needed to charge about the same for people and other resources as government would if doing the work internally, and then add another 20% to make a business profit. This is not value for money for the community.”
Anonymous Tasmanian
"Because the government ‘carer pool’ has diminished in the wake of NGO growth there is now a limited number of Departmental foster carers, and finding foster care placements for children has become more difficult. How is that ok?”
CPSU Member
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