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Grants row gets ugly


Labor and elements of the Tasmanian media are being lashed over what's being called a damaging campaign to reveal which businesses have received coronavirus hardship grants.

Premier Peter Gutwein this morning labeled the push for the information on recipients of the $26 million scheme as "reprehensible" and has ruled out releasing the list.

David Peach from the Launceston Chamber of Commerce agrees.

"There's mental health concerns, this has been a year like none other, people are already pretty stressed," he said. 

"Having the names of their businesses listed as hardship recipients is to expose them to predatory behaviour from competitors, might expose them to supply chain issues from nervous suppliers." 

State body the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is also against publicising the information. 

“We believe politicians should be able to understand how that support has been distributed, but we must avoid publicly identifying and politicising these businesses," said CEO Michael Bailey. 

But Labor isn't convinced, the Opposition vowing to expose successful applicants. 

“Labor will continue to push through the Public Accounts Committee for the full release of information on grants awarded," said Shadow Treasurer David O'Byrne.