State of the State

State of the State

Sep 01

Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett believes that Tasmania's 21st Century will be defined by the three great global challenges of our time. These are the management of scarce water resources, the rapid march of the telecommunications revolution, and the need to create sustainable and renewable energy in a carbon-constrained world.



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In each of these areas, Tasmania has natural advantages to build on by investing in new generation industries, and by giving Tasmanians the skills they need for new generation jobs.  Tasmania is now investing in the things that can deliver that future. These include the vision for the State to become the foodbowl of Australia; the most connected place on the planet through telecommunications by 2014; and a global leader in renewable energy.   

If Tasmania is to achieve its potential in these areas, continued innovation and investment by the Tasmanian business community - in partnership with the State Government - will be essential.


The Hon David Bartlett MP, Premier of Tasmania 

Premier David Bartlett has a vision for a clever, kind and connected Tasmania. He is driven by a belief in the future of this State and a determination to see it reach its full potential. 

He is committed to Tasmania taking on the big challenges of our times - from climate change to demographic change - while building a strong economy and a connected community. 

David was educated at Mt Nelson Primary, Taroona High and Hobart College before completing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Graduate Diploma of Business in Professional Management at the University of Tasmania. 

He is a product of the public education system which he now champions as Premier and Minister for Education and Skills. David's decision to champion the Education and Skills portfolio makes him the first Premier for half a century to hold both positions. 

David's belief in Tasmania's potential was developed through past positions as Manager of the Tasmanian Innovation Centre, a Tasmanian member of the Commonwealth-State Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council and Senior Private Secretary to the former Tasmanian Treasurer, David Crean.

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