‘Smokescreen of Covid’: can Tasmania’s early election obscure the crisis in housing and health?

‘Smokescreen of Covid’: can Tasmania’s early election obscure the crisis in housing and health?

The Guardian

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Peter Gutwein, whose decisive approach to the pandemic helped soften his public image, aims to capitalise on the pro-incumbent mood, observers say

The afternoon before the Tasmanian premier, Peter Gutwein, announced the election, his government released two bits of information that revealed the depth of major problems facing the state.

One showed public hospital waiting lists had skyrocketed to record levels. The number of people waiting for an outpatient appointment now tops 51,000 – nearly a tenth of the island state’s population and up 11% in just six months.

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