Thank you Mr Speaker
My question is to the Deputy Premier in his capacity as Treasurer.
Deputy Premier, I understand that last week you wrote to community service organisations to inform them that budget submissions would be due on the 14th October – this is about two months earlier than the 1st or 2nd week of December, which it has been in past years.
Bringing the date forward will clearly affect an organisation’s ability to properly consult with their members and communities, and consequently submit complete and considered submission to you.
The risk to Government is that budget allocations will be misguided, hence not delivering the best outcomes for Tasmanians.
Treasurer, will you reverse your decision to require community organisations to submit their funding requests in mid October – a mere 2 months away – and reinstate a December closing date?