Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised $100 million to stimulate the Tasmanian economy.
Touring Hobart this morning, Ms Gillard said $93 million of Commonwealth funds to be spread over 15 years for the forestry peace deal will be upgraded to $100 million and spent in just four years,
“We will be making available $100 million over the next four years for direct investment in jobs,” the PM said this morning.
“People will have heard me speak before about making provisos following the forest package to invest in jobs in Tasmania.
“That was to be a $93 million investment over 15 years.
“I have decided Tasmania needs support and it needs it now.”
Former Harvard professor Jonathon West will help to define where the money will flow.
“These decisions will not be made remote from Tasmania,” Ms Gillard said.
“We want to make them (the decisions) in consultation with the local community and we will be asking Jonathan West, our Labor members and the local community members to define priorities for Tasmania.”
Ms Gillard made the announcement at the opening of new online medical service at the Clarence Super Clinic in Rosny Park.
The Anywhere Healthcare service will link regional patients to medical professionals from all over the state and nation via an online initiative.
Ms Gillard said the service will be boosted by NBN technology that is close to being installed at the Clinic.
The service, which can be bulk billed, can link patients with dermatologists, GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, endocrinologists and geriatricians.
State Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne said the new service would benefit Tasmanians living in remote areas of the state.
“This initiative offers real potential in remote and regional areas of Tasmania where access to specialists can be more difficult and costly,” Ms O’Byrne said.
“It is hoped this new service will reduce waiting times for consultations with specialists, reduce the cost for patients and minimise patient travel.”
The service is being offered by health insurer Medibank Health Solutions for all patients by recouping a share of medicos’ benefits for contributing to the Commonwealth’s tele-health schemes.
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