12 December 2013
Media Release - #34, 2013

First meeting of the Joint Commonwealth and Tasmanian Economic Council

The first meeting of the Joint Commonwealth and Tasmanian Economic Council was held today. The Council will bring together members from the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments, and Tasmanian business, to consider the competitive reforms required to boost Tasmania’s long‑term growth.

The first meeting was held between the Prime Minister, the Treasurer, the Tasmanian Premier and the Chair, Mr Dale Elphinstone. The Council will also include the Chair of the Tasmanian Major Projects Approval Agency, once appointed, plus additional members drawn from the Tasmanian business community.

The Council looks forward to working together to help drive competitive reforms so that Tasmanian households and businesses are more likely to see lower prices, more innovative and high quality products, more job opportunities and higher real wage growth.

The Council is an election commitment within the Coalition's Growth Plan for Tasmania. The Council will meet quarterly for the first 18 months of the Coalition Government.