In Their Own Words...Liberals | Labor | Greens | Premier Will Hodgman | Labor Leader Bryan Green | Greens Leader Cassy O'Connor
Brendon Hext SFFP Tasmania
21.06.18 8:43 pm
Public consultation was called yet it seems they were totally ignored because it did not suit the political agenda. It was a scam.
This legislation push to ban motorcycle “colours” is not a get tough on crime, don’t be fooled it’s an attack on the silent majority personal rights and liberties.
We should all be afforded the basic right of innocent until proven guilty.
For those in parliament to push for and to support the state government’s push to ban the wearing of “colours” smacks of a dictatorship and sets a dangerous precedent.
If someone breaks the law, then make sure the criminal is charged and sentenced to the full extent of the law, not a token slab on the wrist.
Let’s be honest here, drunken louts in their football colours are seen by many as intimidating and up to no good.
Time for authorities to ensure criminals are charged and sentenced appropriate, claiming guilty by association is not morally right or just.
Carlo Di Falco, Spokesman for Firearms Shooters, Fishers and Farmers.
21.06.18 8:38 pm
Last week on local last week, Roland Browne has once again tried to character assassinate law aiding firearm owners by incorrectly claiming that SSAA has links and has received funding from the NRA. This is completely false. Both the NRA and SSAA are grass roots organisations, however NRA would not send resources that it needs to fight its own battles overseas. Almost every European, Balkan, Scandinavian, African and South American country has their own gun rights organisations. It is nonsensical that the NRA would send money to any or all of these organisations.
He also claimed that SSAA has a $20 million yearly income stream. This is also incorrect and deliberately ignores the fact that SSAA is a not for profit organisation, all of the money it makes goes back into providing and improving shooting facilities as well as opportunities for hunters.
Roland Browne objects to the $59,000 in the government budget for SSAA without acknowledging that it is nothing more than a sports grant for an International Grade Clay bird infrastructure. This would benefit the state by enabling the holding of national and international competitions here. We all applaud our Olympic shooters when they win gold for Australia, however this doesn’t happen magically; like all great achievements, it is the result of years of hard work. A set up like this would nurture local talent. There is nothing nefarious about this promise from the government.
For years firearm proponents and most notably Senator David Lyonhelm have questioned how many members GCA has. The fact that Roland Browne has had to climbed onto the Tasmanian Election Inquiry Ltd bandwagon and is calling for more people to join perhaps answers that question.
In order to create anxiety in the public, Mr Browne has implied that the government is intending to allow all licensed gun owners access to Category C firearms and legalise the use of suppressors which again is incorrect.
These proposed changes only affect the farmer’s employees and agents. Most of Tasmania’s 38,000 firearm owners will not be affected.
Claiming that any changes will weaken the NFA is also incorrect. The NFA is a gentleman’s agreement, it has no legal standing and any state can please itself as to what parts it wants to implement as management of firearms is the bailiwick of individual states under the Constitution.
Peter Gutwein, Minister for State Growth
21.06.18 6:18 pm
The Tasmanian Government welcomes the Commonwealth Government’s announcement of the establishment of the new Australian Antarctic Science Council and its commitment to invest more than $100 million over the next 10 years in Antarctic science.
Today’s announcement compliments the Hodgman Liberal Government’s Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway Strategy and will cement Hobart as an Antarctic science hub and the premier gateway to Antarctica.
At present, Antarctic research is extremely valuable to the economy with over 1,200 Tasmanians directly and indirectly employed, injecting some $180 million into the local economy each year.
The Hodgman Liberal Government understands the sector has the potential to grow and create even more jobs for Tasmanians.
We look forward to working with the Commonwealth to continue to grow this important field of scientific endeavour.
Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Police spokesperson
21.06.18 5:36 pm
Premier Hodgman today refused to back down from his party’s policy to weaken the State’s gun laws, despite information coming to light that Tasmania Police believe it risks contravening the National Firearms Agreement.
The Liberals’ plans to water down Tasmania’s firearms laws, cooked up with the gun lobby in secret, were revealed by the Greens on the eve of the March 3 election. After that revelation, Premier Hodgman tried to hose down public outrage by assuring voters his former-Police Minister had provided advice the policy would not breach the National Firearms Agreement.
Documents obtained under Right to Information by the ABC show Tasmania Police’s report to the Liberal Government on their policy was prepared in March.
Given the government was in caretaker mode for the first three days of March, it seems clear the Liberals never actually sought advice from the Tasmanian Police prior to the election.
These RTI documents also clearly show the police consider the Liberals’ dangerous gun policy risks breaching the National Firearms Agreement. This is exactly what Gun Control Australia warned of when this policy was revealed by the Greens.
It also describes the Liberal policy as wide-ranging, with uncosted commitments to the gun lobby that would require substantial resource imposts, and need more staff or a reduction in other police services to fulfil them.
The Tasmania Police Report paints a clear picture. The police weren’t consulted prior to the Liberals penning the policy, and when they were asked their advice – after the election – they warned the risk of this dangerous policy under the National Firearms Agreement.
It is hard to escape the conclusion Premier Hodgman was attempting to mislead Tasmanians when he said, prior to the election, their firearms policy wouldn’t breach the NFA.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader and Forests spokesperson
21.06.18 5:34 pm
Forestry Minister, Guy Barnett’s claim that thousands of jobs would be lost under the Greens’ policy to end native forest logging is, unsurprisingly, completely untrue.
Protecting forests is a jobs generator and indeed, ABS data shows the industry shed 1100 jobs in the last term of the Parliament, on Mr Barnett’s divisive watch.
The world has moved on from destructive native forest logging products, but Mr Barnett remains stuck in the last century.
The future of forestry is in managing Tasmania’s plantation estate - it’s the only part of the sector that is financially viable in a more socially and environmentally aware global market.
The ABS confirmed that in February this year, 2,200 Tasmanians were employed in forestry and associated industries. That’s down from 3,500 when the Liberals took office. If anyone has overseen a downturn in the forestry sector it is the Hodgman Government.
It is completely false for Guy Barnett to assert the Greens oppose plantation forestry. What we don’t support is the woodchip port in Dover, which the available data tells us is not viable unless it ships native forest timber.
We don’t support taxpayer money being tipped in to a destructive industrial logging industry that can’t stand on its own two feet, because it no longer has a place in a modern, more environmentally aware global market. All Mr Barnett would have to do to see his archaic mindset has failed is look around for the still missing Forest Stewardship Certification.
Nor do we support the Liberals’ ideological assault on our high conservation value forests, rainforests, and takayna/the Tarkine, or the exploitation of our protected areas for commercial gain. We make no apologies for standing up for wild Tasmania.
21.06.18 3:40 pm
Richard Griggs, Tasmanian Director of Civil Liberties Australia
21.06.18 3:24 pm
Civil Liberties Australia today responded with concern to the tabling in Parliament of the Police Offences Amendment (Prohibited Insignia) Bill 2018
“It is a very big step indeed to allow police and parliament to ban the wearing of certain items of clothing,” Richard Griggs, Tasmanian Director of Civil Liberties Australia said.
“Parliament traditionally passes new laws and the police enforce them. It sets our system of law down a very different path if we begin to regulate the badges that people wear on their coats.
“It is disappointing that such an extraordinary new law has been drafted so broadly that the banning of clothing can be done to protect ‘the amenity of the community’. This means the bans could be imposed to maintain the pleasantness of Tasmania which would be an absurd outcome.
“So we have a double whammy of a very large expansion of power for police and parliament combined with a very broadly worded piece of supporting legislation.
“The combined effect of which is a proposed new law that we urge the Tasmanian Parliament to interrogate very carefully,” Mr Griggs concluded.
Civil Liberties Australia will be writing to the Minister for Police to ask the following questions:
- What amendments were made to the bill as a result of the public consultation?
- Will the advice of the Police Commissioner outlining why the ban is necessary, as required under the proposed legislation, be made available to Members of Parliament before they vote on the proposal?
- Will the advice of the Police Commissioner be available to members of the public?
- Will organisations who are subject to the ban be able to appeal the decision or point out errors?
21.06.18 3:22 pm
Greens spokesperson for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson
21.06.18 3:21 pm
Greens spokesperson for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on the Government to reverse its decision not to re-establish an Antarctic research institute upon the closure of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC), a decision that puts in jeopardy Hobart’s position as a global research centre.
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Liberal Government has delivered a body-blow to the vision of Hobart as the global centre for Antarctic research. It has completely ignored a key recommendation of its own review to re-establish a new Antarctic research institute to replace the ACE CRC that the very same government is closing down.
“All the Liberal Government has done is allocated a bucket of money to be generally available for Antarctic research right around the world, but has failed to set up any Hobart-based institution to lead and carry out this work.
“This quantum of funding, that once used to provide the ballast for Hobart researchers to leverage further research dollars into Hobart, will now be scattered far and wide and reduce Hobart’s centre of gravity that pulls in researchers and funding from right around the world.
“Without a CRC-style structure, that has been proven to work over many years, the co-ordination of research priorities and processes will be much more complicated and difficult to administer and control.
“Hobart will still remain the logistics and administrative hub for Antarctic support, but its ability to be a research hub is now at risk.
“I am calling on the Environment Minister to reconsider this decision immediately. Tasmanian Liberal Senators need to get on the phone to him immediately to help change his mind,” he concluded.
West Coast Wilderness Railway
21.06.18 3:16 pm
Michael Ferguson, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management
21.06.18 3:14 pm
The Government has repeatedly indicated we will not do anything to compromise the safety of Tasmanians or that is in breach of the National Firearms Agreement (NFA).
This remains our very clear commitment to the Tasmanian people.
It is important to note that changes being proposed as part of the Tasmanian Government’s firearms policy already exist in at least one other jurisdiction.
Information released by Tasmania Police this week under RTI confirms that the Firearms Act 1996 requires a substantial revamp regardless of the proposed reforms.
We have received strong input on our policy from a diverse range of stakeholders and the Legislative Council inquiry will provide an opportunity for even more Tasmanians to have their say on firearm reform, ahead of legislation being drafted.
The drafting and planning process is when the costing process will occur.
The Government remains committed to ensuring community safety whilst also acknowledging the legitimate needs of various sporting, hunting and farming uses of firearms in Tasmania.
Shane Broad MP Shadow Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister
21.06.18 3:13 pm
• Right To Information reveals police advice on NFA breach
• Premier Hodgman gave assurance that is now worthless
• Does advice from former Minister even exist?
• Premier must release “advice” to give Tasmanians confidence
Premier Hodgman’s dishonest assurances that his attempt to water down Tasmania’s firearms laws does not breach the National Firearms Agreement is in tatters.
Shadow Police Minister Shane Broad said Premier Hodgman needed to release today the advice he claims to have received from former Police Minister Rene Hidding on which he based his assurances just a day before the March state election.
“This is an extremely sensitive issue that goes to the integrity of the Premier and the integrity of the advice he received,” Dr Broad said.
“Just one day before the election Premier Hodgman assured Tasmanians his policy to water down firearms laws did not breach the National Firearms Agreement.
“Today, RTI documents have revealed advice from the police that raise the serious risk that Premier Hodgman’s plans will breach the Agreement.
“Premier Hodgman can clear this up today. He can tell Tasmanians why he wants to put in place a policy around guns that breaches the NFA.
“He can explain to Tasmanians why he wants to extend firearms licences from five years to 10 years and introduce new firearms categories – both extreme breaches of the NFA, the pre-eminent guiding principal for firearm control in Australia.
“He should publicly release the advice he says he received from his former Police Minister Mr Hidding on which he based his assurances to Tasmanians.”
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Michael Ferguson, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management
21.06.18 2:56 pm
Tasmanians have a right to enjoy their State free from acts and threats of violence, intimidation and the scourge of drugs.
Today, the Hodgman Liberal Government is delivering on its commitment to introduce new laws to ban the wearing of ‘colours’ by Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs within the first 100 days of Government.
The Police Offences Amendment (Prohibited Insignia) Bill 2018 will prohibit the display of insignia that promotes criminal associations and causes fear in the community.
Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are well organised, well-resourced and increasingly sophisticated in how they structure and execute their criminal activities.
These gangs are resilient and opportunistic and are involved in a wide range of serious crime, such as drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, firearms and drugs offences and high level violence.
Police intelligence highlights a continuing and disturbing pattern of well organised crime which places our community, families and children at unacceptable risk.
Nationally, addiction to ice has fuelled the spread of bikie gangs and international crime syndicates. Ice is linked to family violence, increases in crime and it places an immense amount of pressure on our emergency service providers.
Our State has been seen as a soft target for organised criminals as other states have already implemented similar legislation.
This legislation has been developed after a detailed period of public consultation and importantly, does not affect law abiding, social riding clubs. The fact is, social riding clubs and law abiding motorcycle groups make up the vast majority of riders and will also benefit from a safer Tasmania.
The Government does not apologise for our tough on crime approach and is committed to ensuring Tasmania Police have adequate tools to deal with organised crime.
21.06.18 10:18 am
Residents of Cornwall and Gladstone are celebrating this week as long standing boil water alerts have been lifted following the installation and commissioning by TasWater of new water treatment plants.
TasWater CEO Mike Brewster is excited for the residents of Cornwall and Gladstone who are now able to safely drink water straight from the tap.
“More than 150 properties in these towns are now receiving water which meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and Tasmanian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines,” Mr Brewster said.
“These two regional towns are the first cabs off the rank this year to have permanent long standing public health alerts lifted as part of the 24glasses Regional Towns Water Supply Program and it’s a great outcome for our customers.”
TasWater and contractor TRILITY completed construction of new state-of-the-art modular water treatment plants in a facility in Launceston before transporting and installing them onsite.
The water supply for Cornwall, a community with a proud history of mining located on the southern slopes of the Nicholas Range on the state’s east coast, is sourced from an unnamed creek around 600 metres north west of the new plant site.
Prior to the installation of the new water treatment plant at the top of the town, the water traditionally was an untreated supply with biological contamination. This resulted in the implementation of a permanent boil water alert which has been in place for many years.
In Tasmania’s north east, Gladstone’s water scheme was established in 1954 and sources raw water from the Ringarooma River.
The drinking water was traditionally pumped directly from the river to five tanks and remained untreated when supplied to the 78 properties in the township.
The water quality was subject to the condition of the river and the town was placed on a permanent boil water alert because of biological contamination.
The new water treatment plant on Gladstone Road removes biological and other contaminants from the water before feeding to a new 250 kilolitre reservoir.
More than four kilometres of pipeline make up the reticulation networks for each of Cornwall and Gladstone’s systems, much of which underwent flushing and high pressure cleaning in anticipation of receiving safe, treated drinking water.
Extensive testing was undertaken by TasWater and the Department of Health and Human Services to
ensure the safety and quality of the treated water supplies for both townships so the DHHS can now
formally lift the health alerts.
“We prioritised the supply of safe treated drinking water to our customers when we committed to
lifting all public health alerts in regional towns across Tasmania by the end of August this year.” Mr
“With today’s announcement, 15 public health alerts have so far been lifted since August 2016 with
the remaining 13 soon to follow.
“This project is just one part of TasWater’s affordable, fully funded plan to upgrade Tasmania’s
water and sewerage infrastructure.”
21.06.18 8:44 am
North East Forest Alliance - NEFA
21.06.18 7:56 am
The New logging rules - Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOA’s) have been released by the NSW Government and they are calling for submisssions now so we have a brief window of opportunity to have our concerns added to the public record. Please make a submission today.
1. Select & copy the Draft Coastal IFOA Submission Text included below these 4 points
2. Click Here to open an email addressed and ready to fill in
3. Paste the text you copied below in to the blank email opened by the link above and edit it to express your own ideas and feelings on the issue as much as you like
4. Click SEND
Draft Coastal IFOA Submission Text
(Copy everything in the box below and paste it into the blank email opened by the link above and insert your own thoughts on each point)
Please accept this email as my Submission to the Review of the Draft Coastal IFOA.
The NSW government has recently announced its intention to drastically weaken the logging rules (Integrated Forestry Operations Approval - IFOA) to remove numerous protections for NSW’s threatened species, koalas, oldgrowth & rainforest and waterways. I call upon you to stop proceeding with these draconian changes and:
1. Recognise that the Regional Forest Agreements have failed to deliver environmental protection or industry security.
2. Recognise that the benefits of non-timber forest values are vital for the future of regional economies and ecosystems.
3. Establish the Great Koala National Park as an immediate priority.
4. Commit to a just transition out of native forest logging on public land and the transfer of public forests to protected areas when the RFAs expire.
5. Ensure that public forests are managed for the public good (ie: tourism, environmental repair, carbon sequestration and storage, wildlife habitat anaddressed submission email in your email application. This should open a blankd provision of clean, abundant water)
6. Stop planning to log areas protected as habitat for threatened species, Koalas, oldgrowth forest, rainforest and stream buffers.
7. Stop increasing logging intensity and legalising clearfell logging along the North Coast of NSW.
8. Stop propping up the rapacious native forest logging industry at the cost of species extinction, logging dieback, reduced stream flows and water quality decline and sustainable forest based jobs.
9. End the logging of public native forest and complete the transition of the timber industry to 100% plantations.
10. Transfer all existing subsidies from native forest logging into native forest restoration.
I will be closely monitoring your performance in these areas and taking further action if I do not see an immediate marked improvement in outcomes for our forests.
(Please forward this email to as many friends and family as you can so they can join us in protecting our public native forests.)
21.06.18 7:52 am
New York Times
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The New Yorker
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The Saturday Paper
21.06.18 7:33 am
Good morning, and welcome to The Briefing.
Thousands of doctors have signed an open letter urging home affairs minister Peter Dutton to allow a dying man on Nauru to be brought to Australia for palliative care.
The 63-year-old Hazara Afghan man, who has been formally recognised as a refugee, has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and is zoning in and out of lucidity due to lesions on his brain. Dr Nick Martin, who worked on Nauru in 2016 and 2017, told BuzzFeed News the man’s “only chance of a good death is to come to Australia so that he can have both community and medical expertise”. The letter, signed by more than 2000 doctors, says the man “faces a potentially catastrophic death, without medical expertise to ease his pain and symptoms” …
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Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
20.06.18 7:53 pm
Earlier today, in yet another lazy display Mr Bacon accused me of removing a media release from my website.
The media release has not been removed from my website and is still available here –
As a further gesture of good will, given I have had to teach Mr Bacon how to read a budget paper, I’m only too happy to teach him how to use the internet as well.
Scott, just go to my website petergutwein.com.au, click on the ‘News’, go to page 20, and the release is there.
Elise Archer, Minister for Environment
20.06.18 7:50 pm
The Hodgman Liberal Government congratulates Tassal on its commitment to recycle 100 per cent of its major plastic waste.
We also welcome the expansion of Envorinex, which is expanding its business to include the recycling of soft plastics in addition to rigid plastics produced by industry within the State.
This is a great example of Tasmanian-owned businesses investing in innovative solutions and working together for resource efficiency, waste minimisation and environmental sustainability.
The Tasmanian Government recognises that we need to work together to tackle issues of waste and recycling, covering both industrial and domestic waste sources.
That’s why we are currently in discussions with Local Government and our national counterparts, regarding the need to expand and develop our recycling industry, grow our domestic capabilities and increase the demand for recycled products, as we work towards a target of 100 per cent of Australian packaging being recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader
20.06.18 7:45 pm
The Tasmanian Greens have set out the long term vision missing from the Liberals’ State Budget.
We unashamedly prioritise investment in the Tasmanian people and the places they love over roads, bridges and private profit
A State Budget is a statement of values that shapes the direction of a place and its people over the term of a government and beyond.
Our Alternative Budget is true triple bottom line budget that is underpinned by fairness and strategic vision, not the corporate welfare and the sale or exploitation of public assets.
In a truly 21st century budget, we must place the highest possible value on delivering a safe climate for our children and grandchildren. Action on climate is at the heart of the Greens 2018-19 Alternative Budget.
The future health and prosperity of our island and its people demands a sustained, evidence based investment in climate mitigation and adaptation. On this critical measure which was ignored by the Liberals, we deliver.
The Greens’ Alternative Budget prioritises investment in community and conservation. It recognises the jobs of the future are dependent on a healthy environment and protection of Tasmania’s clean, green wilderness brand. We understand the need for substantial increased investment to better protect the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and our world class Parks.
Our Alternative Budget ensures land use planning prioritises environmental protection, public participation and that it values shared public assets. The Greens would reset the balance, away from taxpayer enabled generosity to corporations, developers and foreign interests, and invest in the public good.
We understand having a place to call home is a fundamental human right being denied to a growing number of Tasmanians. Rather than splash tens of millions of dollars in public funding on a cable car at Cradle Mountain and commercial developments in the wilderness, the Greens would invest in healthy communities, quality public education and an increase in the supply of secure, affordable, energy efficient housing.
The booming visitor economy is not trickling down to the benefit of all Tasmanians. We need to reframe the equation and require international travellers to chip in for the privilege of spending time on our beautiful island.
The Liberals in government have their priorities wrong. Our Alternative Budget ends native forest logging, scraps the public funding to TasRacing and corporate welfare to Liberal cronies, instead providing a genuine Climate Plan, investing in animal welfare and housing.
The Greens will always place the highest value on protecting democratic institutions and the human rights of all citizens in a free and equal society. These are values all fair minded Tasmanians share, and our Alternative Budget reflects – all without selling or exploiting Tasmania’s treasured public assets.
* The Greens’ Alternative Budget can be found here:https://tasmps.greens.org.au/sites/default/files/media/Tasmanian%20Greens%20Alternative%20Budget%202018-19.pdf
20.06.18 7:42 pm
As a community of more than 80 paediatric healthcare services across Australia, Children’s Healthcare Australasia wishes to add its voice to concerns raised in the Australian and international communities about the harmful effects on both physical and mental health of immigration detention on children and their families.
CHA recognises that indefinite detention of children seeking asylum has profound negative impacts on children’s health and that of their families, and express our opposition to the detention of children seeking asylum in Australia.
CHA also acknowledges that healthcare professionals and managers of children’s services experience significant distress when being obliged to discharge children admitted to their care back into an environment likely to cause significant further harm to the child’s health.
CHA supports all children seeking asylum being treated in accordance with Australia’s undertaking to observe the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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Bob Brown Foundation
20.06.18 7:36 pm
Bob Brown Foundation
20.06.18 7:36 pm