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Adam Bandt MP Australian Greens Deputy Leader & Industry spokesperson
12.03.14 1:23 pm
Greens Deputy Leader and Industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, today said that Tony Abbott was pulling the rug out from under the feet of Australian workers.
“Welcome to working life under the Liberals,” said Mr Bandt.
“Tony Abbott is waging war on Australian workers instead of helping them.
“Mr Abbott has declared war on workers on two fronts.
“First, he’s secretly re-opened the 457 visa loophole to let employers hire unlimited numbers of overseas workers, without having to advertise locally first.
“Meanwhile, Mr Abbott is cheerleading Qantas offshoring Australian jobs right now at the same time it’s hiring in Auckland.
“Undermining job security hurts Australian workers.”
There are thought to be 800 Qantas workers in call centres in Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart, whose lives are on hold while Qantas conducts a so-called review – which it reportedly won’t provide any details about.
Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne is extremely concerned about the impact Qantas is having on Tasmania’s workers.
“Thirty-five Tasmanian Qantas jobs have already been axed and will potentially be replaced by lower-paid positions, and now hundreds of call centre jobs are up in the air,” said Senator Milne.
“Qantas should show some respect for the skills and experience of these workers and be straight with the unions on what’s going on with the call centre review.”
“Tasmanians are not happy with the attitude that Qantas is taking, and I’m calling on Qantas to recognise that these jobs are important to our state and their customers,” said Senator Milne.
Greens Leader Nick McKim MP and Greens Member for Braddon MP Paul O’Halloran
12.03.14 1:18 pm
The Tasmanian Greens today announced their Adventure Lies in the West $12 million policy commitment to market Tasmania’s North West to interstate and international tourists.
Greens Leader Nick McKim MP and Greens Member for Braddon MP Paul O’Halloran MP launched the policy today in Devonport, saying it presents a plan to encourage visitors to ‘go west’ when they arrive by ferry or other means.
“Our target is to create 1100 jobs and generate over $58 million per annum in the region’s economy within a decade,” said Mr O’Halloran.
“The Greens’ Plan would build on aspects of independent reports which identified the North West Coast as Tasmania’s next nature-based tourism icon.”
“The best way to secure the economic future of communities in regional Tasmania is by diversifying their economies and leveraging our existing brand.”
“The Tarkine has the potential to be the Kakadu of the north-west, generating long-term and sustainable economic activity, and local jobs,” Mr. O’Halloran said.
“We also want to grab the opportunity of marketing the Tarkine as the gateway to the new burgeoning tourism sector of adventure tourism and extreme sports.”
“The Greens will invest $1 million into developing an Adventure Tourism in the Wild West strategy, and an additional $1 million into a competitive grants fund to assist the development of new nature-based tourism businesses including those based on extreme sports.”
“A Tarkine National Park underpins and complements our plan to boost local economic diversification, local business and jobs for the west and north-west coasts,” Mr McKim said.
“We’ve seen how successful National Parks have been at attracting tourism and investment nationally and in other parts of the state, let’s do that here.”
The Adventure Lies in the West Policy Initiative includes:
• Introducing legislation to establish the Tarkine National Park.
• Investing $5 million to establish a Tarkine Sustainable Development Authority at Burnie modelled on the Port Arthur Management Authority.
• $2 million for Tourism Tasmania to specifically market the North West Coast and the Tarkine region to interstate and international tourists.
• $500,000 allocated to make the North West an ‘RV friendly’ destination, including upgrading visitor information, facilities and development of touring route.
• $1million for the establishment of a tourism management and hospitality training hub at Devonport to improve tourism training and job skills to service the tourism industry.
• $500,000 for improved bushwalking tracks, allowing existing world-class attractions to be available to increased tourism numbers without being damaged.
• $1 million to develop an Adventure Tourism Strategy for the North West and West Coasts.
• $1million to help establish new nature-based tourism businesses, including guided and non guided tours, and active sports such as rock-climbing, canyoning and other extreme sports.
• $1million for new mountain bike tracks, including a North West Coast and West coast linked mountain bike touring route.
A copy of the Policy Initiative is available to download or view here:
AMA Tasmanian President Dr John Davis
12.03.14 12:06 pm
While the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Tasmania has welcomed Labor, Liberal and
the Greens health election commitments, the policies still fall short of delivering on all the
priorities the AMA had called for to provide better health outcomes for all Tasmanians.
AMA Tasmanian President Dr John Davis said the 2014 AMA election agenda outlined the
six key priority areas for the state’s health system and it was disappointing that the parties
had not committed to more of these health priorities in their respective policies.
“The AMA has called on the creation of a single funding model for health, a long-term health
strategy, more frontline staff, better graduate training opportunities, greater efficiency and
more coal face consultation with clinicians and general practitioners,” Dr Davis said.
“We have on numerous occasions highlighted the need for an urgent redesign of the state’s
health system, including funding structures at state and federal levels to ensure a
sustainable foundation for Tasmania’s health sector.
“It is heartening to see the Liberals appear to at least be prepared to consider moving
towards a single funding option and while Labor is not opposed to the proposition, we are yet
to see concrete proposals on how this would happen from either party.
“It is crucial that we have one funding board, made up of academics, service providers and
clinicians, tasked with allocating the state’s health funding, rather than the current system
which can fall prey to politics.
“Working harder with less means we must coordinate how we spend our health dollars, and
having different funding sources spread across state and federal governments, as well as a
raft of other bodies in the middle, only results in money wasted.
“Tasmania also urgently needs more frontline medical staff, increased competitive working
conditions to ensure doctors stay in the state, as well as improved graduate training and job
opportunities for young doctors.”
Dr Davis said of the two major political parties, it is the Liberals have acknowledged the most
of the number of the issues raised by the AMA, including the development and
implementation of a long term health strategy, ensuring general practitioners have a voice in
health care design and delivery as well as commitments to staffing levels and graduate
“While these moves are appreciated, we await the detail of the propositions should the
Liberal be elected to office, but regardless we are keen to work in a constructive fashion with
Dr Davis said while Labor has revealed little of its reform agenda post-election, pointing to
moves such as the creation in 2012 of the Lead Clinicians Group as well as its significant
investment in health over many years, they have pledged to continue to work with the AMA
into the future.
Commitments from the Greens have included investing in public hospitals, increased
access to dental care, keeping health costs down through Medicare and a focus on mental
“The AMA would also like to commend all parties for their commitments to key health issues,
such as elective surgery, mental health services, preventative health and alternatives to
“It’s a pivotal time for Tasmania’s health care system. All political parties must commit to
fixing our sick health system, including the removal of politics from health care funding,
before it gets worse.
“This election is about the next Tasmanian government committing to all elements that
ensure the delivery of high quality health care to all Tasmanians, within clinically appropriate
For a copy of the AMA Tasmania 2014 State Election Priorities visit
Chairman of Sea Shepherd Australia, Bob Brown
12.03.14 12:00 pm
Chairman of Sea Shepherd Australia, Bob Brown, has welcomed the Hobart City Council motion passed last night: ‘As an honorary gesture, the Council offer to become a Friendship City to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and extend its hospitality to its vessel “The Bob Barker” by holding a civic reception, at an appropriate time, including the presentation of a City of Hobart Friendship City plaque.’
“This will be greeted with delight by Sea Shepherd supporters around the World, not least those on The Bob Barker and The Steve Irwin, currently pursuing the whale slaughter fleet in the Antarctic, ” said Bob Brown.
“This is more than symbolic, it shows a real feeling of support to those magnificent crews on The Bob Barker and Sea Shepherd’s other ships,” said Dr Brown
“For years, my crew and I have considered Hobart to be our unofficial home port because of the tremendous outpouring of support that we have received there from Tasmanians. Hobart has often been the launching point of Sea Shepherd’s annual campaigns to stop the poaching of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Through action, Tasmanians show their love for whales every year by donating fuel and food for our ships and now, most recently in Hobart City Council,adopting The Bob Barker as a fellow Tasmanian,” said Captain of The Bob Barker, Peter Hammarstedt
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome
12.03.14 11:56 am
... as candidates follow Kyron Howell’s lead
Several Liberal and National Party state election candidates have followed Kyron Howell’s lead in declaring their support for Tasmania leading the way on marriage equality.
The candidates include the Liberals’ Deborah De Williams and the Nationals’ Julian Edwards in Denison, and the Liberals’ Sarah Courtney and Louise McNair in Bass.
All have responded to an Australian Marriage Equality survey by declaring their unequivocal support for a state same-sex marriage law.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,
“The dam has burst in the Liberal and National parties with more candidates declaring their support for marriage equality than ever before.”
“This is a reminder that marriage equality is not a left or right issue but a human issue.”
“Should the federal parliament again fail to pass marriage equality, I am hopeful the reform can move ahead at a state level regardless of who wins government on Saturday.”
The Liberal Party’s Jeremy Rockliff and Rene Kling declared support for marriage equality at a federal level but not in Tasmanian law, while Palmer United Party’s Chris Dobson declared personal support for a state law but said the people of his electorate should decide.
The Nationals’ Ken Dorsey announced his support for a state same-sex marriage law last week.
The results of Australian Marriage Equality’s survey can be found at http://www.vote4love.org
TasCOSS CEO Tony Reidy, Mission Australia State Director Noel Mundy
12.03.14 11:33 am
The Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS) and Mission Australia say a strategic state government focus is needed to tackle Tasmania’s unemployment rate, including the high level of long-term unemployment.
TasCOSS has welcomed commitments from the major parties during the state election campaign to assist young people, migrants and those with disability into employment but maintains that a clear focus and long-term strategy need to be developed.
Both organisations are concerned about Tasmanians who have been unemployed for long periods.
There are currently 5000 Tasmanians who have been without paid work for 52 consecutive weeks or more – or two per cent of the Tasmanian labour force. Of those, nearly half (2400) have been unemployed for 102 consecutive weeks or more.
“This cycle of exclusion from employment can be broken through programs that provide opportunities for workplace-based internships, mentorships and volunteering, and work readiness programs,” TasCOSS CEO Tony Reidy said today.
“A third of people who have been without work for a year or more are over the age of 45, so we need to ensure there is a range of training and workforce experience opportunities for unemployed Tasmanians of all ages,” Tony Reidy said.
“There are people in their mid-40s and 50s who have been laid off from jobs as particular industries decline and they can struggle to get back into the workforce,” Tony Reidy said.
“Poor education levels, skills associated with declining industries and employer perceptions are factors that can make it more difficult for older job-seekers to find paid work,” Tony Reidy said.
Mission Australia State Director Noel Mundy said his organisation was integrally involved in the employment issue as a Commonwealth job service provider and operator of work experience and jobs skills training programs.
“Mission Australia also provides emergency relief to people experiencing financial stress, and we know that unemployment or underemployment is a major cause of poverty in Tasmania,” Noel Mundy said.
“The employment programs individual organisations provide are vital. For example, Mission Australia will assist more than 1100 Tasmanians into paid employment this year,” Noel Mundy said.
“But if we’re going to address long-term unemployment state-wide, Tasmania also needs a holistic approach, with a suite of programs addressing the multiple barriers to employment, and investment in incentives to make it easier for employers to give the unemployed a chance,” Noel Mundy said.
“We need to look at what is working here in Tasmania and what is proving successful elsewhere, to drive employment and participation opportunities in this state,” Noel Mundy said.
In order to achieve a much-needed focus by the next government, TasCOSS has called for the appointment of a state Minister for Employment and Participation to head a new specialist Office for Employment to complement the work the Federal Government does on employment and workforce issues.
Miriam Herzfeld Consulting Convenor, Social Determinants of Health Advocacy Network
12.03.14 11:18 am
Political parties contesting the 2014 State Election are not recognising the underlying causes of poor health
and they are clearly not serious about addressing Tasmania’s spiralling health care costs.
Social Determinants of Health Advocacy Network of Tasmania convenor, Ms Miriam Herzfeld, said, “While
we’ve seen a plethora of scattered promises that could broadly be recognised as being important to health -
including policies on education, persons with disability, jobs, children and families and so forth - not one
party has shown strong leadership in tackling the critical factor that could help address Tasmania’s spiralling
health care costs.
“That critical factor is about recognising that lifting up the most disadvantaged people in our communities
will lift up all of us.”
As stated by Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health,
“People with higher socioeconomic position in society have a greater array of life chances and more
opportunities to lead a flourishing life. They also have better health. The two are linked: the more favoured
people are, socially and economically, the better their health. This link between social conditions and health
is not a footnote to the ‘real’ concerns with health – health care and unhealthy behaviours – it should be the
Ms Herzfeld says, “Time and again we have seen local data illustrate that there is a social gradient in health:
people who are poorer and who are faced with additional social barriers are more likely to experience
poorer health outcomes.
“You only have to look at the most recent State of Public Health Report (Department of Health and Human
Services, 2013) to find examples such as this one on page 20: (unable to post)
“This is about much more than committing to preventive health initiatives.
“Where are the party policies that recognise health equity as a central goal - where is the long term wholeof-
government plan to address poverty in this state and the other factors that currently get in the way of
people attaining optimum health?”
The Social Determinants of Health Advocacy Network has written to all political parties calling on them to
publicly outline their commitment to acting on the social determinants of health.
Download The Network’s election statements:
ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown
12.03.14 11:15 am
The Australian Christian Lobby says many Christian Labor voters will be disappointed with the party’s lack of engagement with the constituency during this election.
ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said just one sitting Labor MP, Brian Wightman, participated in the five Meet Your Candidate Forums conducted by the lobby.
“In comparison, seven sitting Liberal MPs and three sitting Greens MPs attended,” he said.
“There will be many Christian Labor voters who are disappointed that their sitting Labor member was not pro-active about engaging them,” Mr Brown said.
Mr Brown said Labor had proud historical roots in Christianity amongst Irish Catholic workers and Protestant Methodists who were at the forefront of the creation of the trade union movement.
“Given the comments by party leader Bill Shorten over the weekend regarding the need for the ALP to be growing its membership, the Tasmanian Labor Party should not neglect reaching out to Labor voters among the Christian constituency,” he said.
“According to the latest census data, 60 per cent of Tasmanians profess a Christian faith, many who are being actively engaged on political issues,” he said.
“In fact, Catholic Archbishop Julian Porteous last week sent out a letter to the Catholic community encouraging parishioners to think carefully about candidates’ views on social issues ahead of the March 15th election,” Mr Brown said.
Archbishop Porteous encouraged people to be informed via two websites, including http://www.tasvotes.org.au site which has a printable conscience vote history table which clearly shows differences in candidates’ views on the social issues mentioned in the letter.
The total number of candidates attending the five ACL Meet Your Candidate Forums, including sitting members, were nine for the Labor Party, 15 from the Liberal Party, nine Greens, eight Palmer United Party, four Nationals, two Australian Christians and three independents.
Mrs Roslyn Phillips, BSc DipEd National Research Officer FamilyVoice Australia: a Christian voice for family, faith and freedom Website: http://www.fava.org.au
12.03.14 11:14 am
“As we have done for nearly 30 years, FamilyVoice has sent out a ten-question survey on family, life and freedom issues before this month’s state election,” FamilyVoice SA state officer David d’Lima said today. “The responses give information rarely available from other sources to help voters as they number their preferences on lower and upper house ballot papers.
“Democracy cannot work if voters do not know the beliefs and policies of those they are voting for,” Mr d’Lima said.
This time there have been problems contacting some candidates who declined to provide any phone numbers or email addresses, for “privacy” reasons. “We believe anyone standing for public office should make available an email address – which may be temporary – so that voters can ask questions about the candidate’s policies,” David d’Lima said. “There is no absolute right to privacy in this situation.”
FamilyVoice survey scoring rewards openness and honesty. Failure to acknowledge the survey scores zero. A response to the survey is scored separately for each question: full agreement (Yes Definitely) scores 10, Probably = 7, Unsure = 5, Unlikely = 3, total opposition (Definitely Not) = 2 and No Comment = 1. The total score for all 10 questions thus ranges from 0 to 100.
“Voters who reject our position can still learn a lot from our survey responses,” David d’Lima said. “So we have been very disappointed by the failure of Labor and the Greens to respond in any way, despite repeated requests. Unless we hear from them soon, they will score zero.”
Family First scored a very high 97.
Three lower house Labor candidates responded to the survey – scoring 87, 81 and 67.
The Liberal Party score was 63, but several individual Liberal candidates did better – including scores of 90, 90, 84 and 74.
Ten Dignity for Disability candidates responded, but were generally negative. Their average score was 48.
“Ironically, most Dignity for Disability candidates supported euthanasia,” David d’Lima said. “Yet disability groups worldwide have been concerned that legalised euthanasia often leads to pressure on the disabled to end their lives instead of receiving the care and support they need.”
12.03.14 8:35 am
Andrew Wilkie, the Independent Member for Denison, discloses new details of Julia Gillard’s proposed deal with him, amongst other critical reflections on Australian politics, in a 5000 wd essay to be published this week in Island magazine, a leading quarterly of ideas, writing, and culture.
A live radio interview with Andrew Wilkie will be on Statewide Mornings with Leon Compton, 936 ABC Hobart at 10.05am today to discuss these revelations.
A 1700wd edited excerpt has been published today online at Crikey.com.au.
Highlights of the essay include:
On Gillard Deal
“A curious twist in the story is how Gillard effectively offered me Denison for keeps in mid-2011. We were holding one of our frequent meetings in Canberra and out of the blue she said I needed to think about my future and, in particular, whether I wanted to be the ALP Denison candidate at the next federal election or wanted Labor to not even run a candidate there at all. The alternative, clearly, was business as usual – and by implication a tough Labor campaign directed at me come election time.”
On 43rd ‘hung’ parliament
“The popular misconception at the time, that the ‘hung’ parliament was dysfunctional and somehow illegitimate, was to a large degree the mischievous work of the Liberal–National coalition and some in the media. The reality was that it was simply a power-sharing parliament similar to many effective power-sharing parliaments right around the world; the logical outcome of an effective democratic system where voters are required to elect the members of a parliament, and not a majority government as some critics of the Gillard Government would have you believe.”
On Independents vs Political Parties
“History shows that governments often crave the imprimatur of well-regarded independents and will just as often pork-barrel their seats if only to try to win such sanction, or the seat itself, off them. But of course, much of this effort can be counterproductive because the more a government talks to and about an independent, and the more it dispenses largess, then the more the electorate sees the benefit in holding on to their independent. It’s not lost on some mainland politicians and commentators that the Abbott Government is pushing ahead with the $16 million grant to Cadburys in Hobart while at the same time refusing SPC’s plea for $25 million in federal government investment in Victoria.”
On Political Parties
“Examples of party members failing to follow their conscience, or to effectively represent their constituents, are many, but none are more striking than the parliamentary votes on asylum seekers, marriage equality and animal welfare. Time and time again otherwise good members of parliament have been on the public record making principled statements on these important areas of public policy and then walked in to the Chamber, sat with their party and made a complete mockery of their previous behaviour.”
On the Greens
“In early 2008, I left the Greens and have been on the receiving end of the Greens’ vitriol ever since. There were many reasons for the Greens’ behaviour. Among the rank and file, and even among some of the party leadership, I enjoyed a pleasing level of support. But key figures had taken quite a strong personal dislike to me for reasons, as far as I can tell, as diverse as my army and intelligence background, my moderate views and my preoccupation with social justice and peace issues rather than a strong track record in environmental activism. One very senior Green in particular seemed to be mindful of the possibility that I might one day succeed Bob Brown in the Senate and replace him as party leader.”
“There’s certainly a hunger for more independents by many in the community who are sick and tired of politics, politicians and the political parties. But it’s a tough road to hoe for independents and the parties will do their best to make it all the tougher. After all, the parties like their cushy duopoly on power and don’t take kindly to those who come along and threaten it. Bad luck, I say, they’d better get used to it because we’re here to stay and hopefully prosper.”
Island will be available from today (12 March 2014).
ParaQuad Association of Tasmania Inc. Chairman David Cawthorn
12.03.14 7:52 am
The ParaQuad Association of Tasmania Inc. (ParaQuad Tas) is very pleased to announce a commitment from the Tasmanian Liberal Party to fund significant activities of Physical disABILITY Sports Tasmania (PdST) should they form government in the upcoming state election.
Physical disABILITY Sports Tasmania’s mission statement is “To provide people with a physical disability the opportunity to participate in sport at a social, national or international level”. We support individuals in their endeavours to be involved in and compete in a sport or recreational activity of their choice to ensure they have full engagement in the Tasmanian community.
Recurrent funding for our organisation has been sought after, and the Liberal Party’s commitment, should they form government, will give us the confidence to commit to and proceed with future initiatives and activities. ParaQuad Tas has funded the program since 2006 and will continue to administer PdST as we can see a very bright future ahead for people, who have a physical disability, to participate at the level of their choice.
Our Sports Coordinator Mr Kevin Faulkner is passionate to see people with physical disabilities of all ages involved in sport and recreation. Physical disABILITY Sports Tasmania has changed the lives of many individuals in recent years, many of whom never imagined they could even play sport, let alone win medals at national championships. Kevin recently made the statement “These are life changing activities and events they will cherish and remember their entire lives”.
ParaQuad Tas’s Chairman David Cawthorn stated “This commitment for recurrent funding is recognition of the great work done by our disability sports body”.
TFGA CEO Jan Davis' Mercury column today
12.03.14 7:51 am
You would think that those who seek to be elected to government on Saturday would not choose to ignore a significant sector of the economy, one that is actually putting bread and butter on the table of many Tasmanians.
Well, you would be wrong.
At the time of the last election, in 2009/10, the farm gate value of agriculture and fishing was $1.683 billion – which represented approximately six per cent of the gross state product.
The significant irrigation infrastructure that has taken place since 2009/10 and the current projects under construction have underpinned steady growth that will see the agricultural sector become the preeminent economic driver in Tasmania in the near future.
In 2010/11, the farm gate value of production (GVP) of agriculture, forestry and fishing grew to $1.98 billion. The total Tasmania gross state product (GSP) was $23.9 billion for the 2012 year.
The GVP of agriculture, forestry and fishing collectively amounted to almost nine per cent of this total – before input supply services and value-adding, which is well above that for the nation as a whole.
Taking into account basic multiplier factors, this means the farm-dependent economy contributes more than $5.4 billion to the gross state economy and that is in spite of adverse pressures on the forestry industry. More than 17,000 Tasmanians are directly employed in farm-related activities – one in six Tasmanian jobs.
These figures clearly confirm the importance of the sector as an economic driver for the economy and demonstrate that agriculture is a more significant contributor to the Tasmanian economy than in any other state.
With this in mind, it is clear that Tasmania needs to ensure that the agricultural base of the state remains competitive and profitable.
While Tasmania has struggled economically over recent years, agriculture has been a showcase of the economic potential that this state has to offer. Our members therefore expect that political parties and candidates will recognise the important role agriculture plays within the economy and this will be reflected in their policies.
In mid-January, the TFGA wrote to the major parties contesting the state election seeking their policies for agriculture. We were seeking input to enable us to collate and analyse the respective agricultural policies of all parties so that we could advise our members when they were considering where to place their votes. We asked for a response by the end of January.
The Labor Party advised that they had yet to formulate their policy, but that they would let us know when they did.
Nothing so far. Several individual candidates, from across the political spectrum, contacted us to discuss our priorities and their specific interests. In late February, the Liberal Party consulted us over their agriculture policy, which was released a fortnight ago. At time of writing, we have heard nothing from any other party.
The Liberal Party policy is a strong one, reflecting many of the issues we have highlighted as priorities for the continued growth and expansion of agriculture in Tasmania. Obviously, we can’t comment on the policies of other parties, as we have yet to see them (and the election is on Saturday).
Farmers are looking to a newly-elected government to provide incentive and the environment to allow us to get on with what we do best, that is, produce some of the best fibre and food in the world.
It makes it hard to provide information to farmers about respective party policies when some/most parties refuse to respond to requests.
It also makes it hard to take seriously the repeated statements by politicians lauding the important role agriculture plays in our economy when it seems they can’t be bothered to provide basic policy information.
So, we present the facts to our members about what we had requested and what we received and we leave them to make up their own minds about who is taking agriculture seriously and who really gives a damn.
Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania (AACT) and the Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT)
12.03.14 7:38 am
Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania (AACT) and the Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT) are calling on the Tasmanian Government to ban duck shooting and promote tourism instead.
“Tourists visiting Moulting Lagoon on the weekend were shocked to find the beauty and peace of the wetland shattered by blasts of gunshot.” said Chris Simcox, Native Waterbird Campaign Coordinator for AACT, “We talked to tourists from France, Canada, and Australia and they were all concerned that such a picturesque location should be marred by the brutal killing of native waterbirds. As soon as the shooting started, they moved on in search of quieter surrounds, well away from the killing.”
The Tasmanian Government is encouraged to bring an end to ducks shooting and invest time and money into promoting wetlands as places of interest to national and international tourists.
“Duck shooters are harming Tasmania’s image of being a prime choice for Australian and overseas tourists.” said Peter McGlone, spokesperson for TCT, “As a RAMSAR listed wetland, Moulting Lagoon is recognised as being internationally significant. It would be far more beneficial to the Tasmanian economy if this wetland, and others like it, were promoted as a tourism destinations.”
The Tasmanian open killing season for native ducks continues until June 9. AACT will be monitoring wetlands throughout the season and be on the lookout for wounded ducks in need of help.
Richard Griggs, Tasmanian Director for Civil Liberties Australia
12.03.14 6:36 am
The Tasmanian Director of Civil Liberties Australia has expressed opposition to the Liberal Party policy to abolish suspended sentences, given its potential high budget impact and ineffectiveness in reducing crime.
CLA has conservatively costed the Liberals “Abolishing suspended sentences” policy at $20 million a year (see attached costing). The Liberals have pledged to make the policy cost neutral, meaning the funds would need to be sourced from elsewhere in the Justice Department.
“Tasmania can’t afford to abolish cost effective strategies that reduce reoffending whilst replacing them with more expensive strategies that are not yet proven,” Tasmanian Director of Civil Liberties Australia, Richard Griggs, said.
“Suspended sentences are a cost effective tool for judges to have at their disposal. The available Tasmanian data* tells us they deter re-offending and they do it without significant expense to the taxpayer.
“We were disappointed in the policy announcement earlier in the campaign and more disappointed last week to hear it was not sent to Treasury for costing. So we did the work ourselves and we conservatively calculated the policy to cost $20 million per year once fully implemented.
“If the Liberals do form government on Monday, they should work with the Sentencing Advisory Council to test the existing data that shows suspended sentences work at deterring re-offending. Only if that work sheds doubt on the existing research could we sensibly talk about abolishing suspended sentences”, Richard Griggs concluded.
*for Tasmanian data showing suspended sentences deliver lower re-conviction rates see:
Bartels L (2008) page 271, Sword or Feather? The use and utility of suspended sentences in Tasmania available at: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/7735/2/Lorana_Bartels_01Whole.pdf
Bartels L (2009), page 92, ‘The weight of the Sword of Damocles: A reconviction analysis of suspended sentences in Tasmania’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 41: 72-100 (available from CLA by request)
Authorised by Richard Griggs, Tasmanian Director for Civil Liberties Australia, http://www.cla.asn.au
Download, calculations on cost of aboloishing suspended sentences:
Lucy Landon-Lane, spokesperson for the No Pulp Mill Alliance
12.03.14 6:00 am
Tasmanian Greens Member for Bass Kim Booth
11.03.14 4:31 pm
The Tasmanian Greens today announced their $11.5 million policy to clean up the Tamar River.
Tasmanian Greens Member for Bass Kim Booth, said that cleaning up the Tamar is pivotal to transforming Launceston into the economic engine for Tasmania’s north.
“The Greens believe that raw sewerage must be stopped from entering the Tamar River so that Launceston can take full advantage of its picturesque location,” said Mr Booth.
“Restoring the Tamar to a clean, healthy and safe river will improve Launceston’s liveability and boost our local economy.”
“The Greens are committing $11.5 million to TasWater to immediately tender out the contracts to commence work.”
“This project is shovel ready and we believe the contract should be released in tranches to ensure Tasmanian businesses can be competitive in the tender process.”
“This project can start now and employ out of work NBN contractors, displaced forestry road contractors as well as local plumbers and apprentices.”
“This is a win-win for our local businesses and economy.”
A copy of the Clean Up the Tamar River policy initiative can be viewed or downloaded here:
The Asthma Foundation of Tasmania
11.03.14 3:38 pm
The Asthma Foundation of Tasmania (AFT) is advising all people with asthma or other
respiratory illnesses in smoke affected areas in the Tasman Peninsula to ensure they take the
necessary precautions to protect themselves against elevated levels of high intensity smoke.
If people can smell smoke, it is a risk to their health and they need to ensure they take the
necessary precautions to protect themselves against it.
Those without their blue/grey reliever medication are advised supplies are available at their
local pharmacy. However, should they experience an uncontrollable asthma attack they are
asked to simply dial 000.
Exposure to wood smoke can trigger asthma symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest
tightness or shortness of breath.
Children, the elderly and people with breathing problems, including asthma, are the first to feel
the effects of smoke and particle pollution, which means they need to take extra care.
Asthma is a serious condition and if not managed properly, particularly in the current
circumstances, can be life threatening.
Where possible, asthma sufferers should:
o Stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed
o Minimise their physical outdoor activity
o If using an air conditioner or heat pump at home or in the car, set it to ‘recycle’
o Try to minimise exposure to other irritants such as cigarette smoke and dust
o Make sure their blue/grey reliever medication is at hand.
Tasmanians with asthma can limit their exposure to smoke in the air by accessing AFT’s free
online smoke alert service, which issues warnings on Facebook and Twitter when smoke levels
are high in any given area across the State.
Visit the website at http://www.asthmatas.org.au to view an interactive map with the most up-todate
smoke levels in each region, follow the Twitter handle @smoke_alert_tas, or like the
Smoke Alert Tasmania page on Facebook to receive automated smoke alerts.
Remember, if you can smell smoke it is a risk to your health.
If you are in an emergency situation or if you find breathing uncharacteristically
difficult, call 000 immediately.
SENATOR THE HON RICHARD COLBECK Senator for Tasmania Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture
11.03.14 3:35 pm
This photograph was taken inside the recently extended Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area – it is an example of an area that Labor, the Greens and ENGO’s say is pristine, untouched forest.
They claim this forest has “outstanding” wilderness values and is suitable for Wilderness World Heritage listing.
The fact that areas like this are now included in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area makes a mockery of the Labor/Green nomination to extend the area in 2012.
It is an embarrassment to the World Heritage process and compromises the outstanding universal values of Tasmania’s original World Heritage Estate.
Mrs Roslyn Phillips, BSc DipEd National Research Officer FamilyVoice Australia: a Christian voice for family, faith and freedom Website: http://www.fava.org.au
11.03.14 3:34 pm
“Julia Gillard promised us that the new national curriculum would go ‘back to basics’ and teach reading the tried and true way, with phonics,” FamilyVoice national research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“Ms Gillard pointed out that ‘learning how to read requires a start with phonics – the sounding out of letters. The old C-A-T cat’. She was absolutely right – but she forgot to tell the academics who drafted the curriculum.
“As our FamilyVoice submission to the curriculum review points out, the literacy section adopts the failed ‘whole language’ approach to reading,” Ros Phillips said. “Students are not required to learn letters first. Instead they have to memorise whole words as if they were Chinese characters. The curriculum then introduces some letters and sounds – but the result is confusion. Children tend to look at illustrations and guess, but they often guess wrong – undermining their confidence.”
Ros Phillips, a former teacher who has taught high school classes where half the students were functionally illiterate, said the literacy section of the curriculum needs a complete rewrite.
The FamilyVoice submission also recommends a complete removal of the controversial “cross curriculum priorities”.
“It is ridiculous to require indigenous and Asian studies in maths and physical education,” Ros Phillips said. “These concepts should be taught in relevant disciplines such as history and geography. The curriculum is over-crowded, and abolishing the alleged ‘priorities’ would allow much-needed flexibility.”
The FamilyVoice submission, like those from a number of other groups, highlights the need for students to know their nation’s Judaeo-Christian heritage which contributed so much to the democratic freedoms we now enjoy.
“Moreover, all students – not just those from religious backgrounds – need to know key Bible stories to help them understand the great classics of English literature,” Ros Phillips said. “Even arch-atheist Richard Dawkins agrees!”
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome
11.03.14 1:31 pm
More state election candidates support marriage equality than ever before according to the results of a survey released today by Australian Marriage Equality (AME).
AME national director, Rodney Croome, said,
“More Liberal, Labor and National candidates support marriage equality than ever before, showing there is strong momentum for the reform.”
“This bodes well for Tasmania taking the lead on marriage equality should the federal parliament again fails to pass it.”
The views of Tasmanian election candidates can be found at Australian Marriage Equality’s website, vote4love.com (http://www.australianmarriageequality.org/vote4love)
This morning, Liberal candidate, Kyron Howell announced his support for state same-sex marriage laws and a list of other Liberal candidates who share his views was also released.
In 2012 Tasmania was the first state to pass marriage equality legislation through the Lower House of Parliament but it was blocked by two votes in the Upper House.
All Green candidates support marriage equality. The Palmer United Party has a conscience vote on the issue.
Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne
11.03.14 1:10 pm
The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott must come clean about his cruel cuts before voters go to the polls in elections around the country.
“How can we trust a Prime Minister who deliberately withholds information before an election?” asked Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.
“Tony Abbott is deliberately hiding his true agenda for cruel cuts. He is being mean, tricky and secretive.
“It’s completely obvious the PM is holding out until after the upcoming elections in an attempt to pull the wool over voters’ eyes.
“Voters in South Australia, Tasmania and WA are waiting to get the truth from the Prime Minister and he should come clean on everything from homelessness to disability support and schools.”
Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said Tony Abbott shouldn’t leave Western Australia until he has made clear his intentions for harsh budget cuts.
“West Australians deserve to know what they are in for with Tony Abbott.”
Granite Belt Wine & Tourism
11.03.14 1:09 pm
Errol Walker pic
Huge visitor numbers, fantastic entertainment, incredible fundraising efforts and a massive celebration of regional food and wine have the Granite Belt community asking – was this the best Apple & Grape yet?
It is estimated that around 60,000 people attended the festival over the weekend and amongst the crowd were Apple & Grape veterans, new visitors, food and wine lovers and many happy families.
Comments on social media highlighted the friendliness of the town and the tremendous community spirit that allows a town of 5,000 to host a crowd of 60,000.
Nat Raccanello said “well done to the wonderful ambassadors and their committees who have worked tirelessly for months raising an amazing amount of money towards next times festival. 2014 was an amazing festival. You should be very proud. Everything was great. Well done.”
Rocky Locke said “great to hear the Stanthorpe Apple & Grape festival was a great success, I used to live in Stanthorpe many years ago, to go back as a visitor to a great festival & to link up with family & old friends is awesome, great job guys.”
Pauline Drayton said “It was a great weekend. Really felt like the festivals of years gone by. Well done to everyone.”
Such comments reflect the structure and line up of street entertainment and licensed venues on the street, with amazing talent at every turn or corner.
Festival Entertainment Director Rosey Harslett said “we worked really hard to bring back the street festival feeling and making sure there was great entertainment throughout the CBD. We have had excellent feedback from people saying that there was so much spirit and energy, and I think this was largely due to the line-up organised by Dave Murray.”
The festival is made physically possible by a dedicated group of volunteers who work tirelessly over two years to bring the festival together, and made financially possible by the support of sponsors and the efforts of the festival ambassadors.
This year’s ambassadors raised a whopping $121,622 that will be put towards the 50th Anniversary festival in 2016, with Charity Ambassador Taylah Wantling individually raising $36,970.
Festival President Trevor Fitness said “this year’s festival ambassadors have done the Granite Belt community proud with the dollars raised the 2nd highest recorded. This ensures that our 50th anniversary will be amazing.”
Weeroona Park was alive over the weekend with a diverse range of food and award winning Granite Belt wine, as well as the all new Seasonal Harvest Marquee.
Festival Marketing Director Sarah Reeves said “the Seasonal Harvest Marquee sold out of apples and grapes by 11am on Saturday and the food and wine appreciation sessions added a positive new element to the festival and a way for visitors and locals to learn more about the delicious produce of the Granite Belt.”
“The choice of food was outstanding and I heard many comments from visitors that they could not believe what a diverse and friendly place Stanthorpe is.”
“The food must have been loved, because a lot of the stallholders had to dash home on Saturday to replenish supplies,” Ms Reeves said.
Food cooking demonstrations were also a hit with both Masterchef’s Emma Dean and Better Home and Garden’s Fast Ed cooking up a storm using fresh seasonal produce.
If you would like to be involved as a sponsor or volunteer, please visit appleandgrape.org for details.
For more information about Granite Belt Wine & Tourism, visit http://www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au/
Independent Denison candidate Marti Zucco
11.03.14 11:22 am
Independent candidate for Denison is seeking commitments from the current three political party leaders to pledge that they will deliver promises made during the election campaign.
Time and time again Tasmanians are made promises during an election period and those promises seem to change after the election.
Our political leaders must be held accountable and put on notice to deliver or honourably resign as party leaders for misrepresenting the Tasmanian public should they fail to deliver.
The past weeks of electioneering Tasmanians have been subjected to a range of promises that have already been questioned.
If our political leaders have made these promises and believe they can deliver then it’s time for them to put up or shut up and stop making promises they cannot deliver.
Tasmanians are tired of false promises and should not have to wait 4 years to voice their disappointment. I challenge the Labor, Liberal and Greens leader to make a pledge on the lines that:
“As the current leader of the political party I lead, I pledge that I will deliver the promises made to the Tasmanian public prior and during the to the 2014 Tasmanian State election campaign.
I pledge that I will deliver these promises if I am in a position to do so as Premier of Tasmania or part of the Tasmanian Government that is able to do so.
Should at any time after the election I fail to pursue the election promise’s and fail to deliver them in the proposed timeframe, the most honest and honourable thing to do for misleading the Tasmanian public would be to resign as party leader”
If our political leaders are serious about their commitments then making a leaders pledge prior to March 15th should not be of concern.
As a candidate for Denison I pledge that if I am elected and fail to deliver any promises I have made I will resign from parliament as it would be the most honourable thing to do for misleading the Tasmanian public.
My pledge will be posted on my web page and political face book page.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome
11.03.14 10:07 am
Kyron Howell, Rodney Croome, Jenny Archer and Jen Evans with Mr Howell’s rainbow election signs
... other supportive Libs revealed ...
A Tasmanian election candidate, Kyron Howell, has become the first state Liberal candidate to publicly support state same-sex marriage laws.
Mr Howell said,
“I support marriage equality in Tasmania, not despite being a Liberal, but because I’m a Liberal.”
“I dream of a Tasmania that leads the world in many different ways, including marriage equality.”
“Tasmania taking the lead on a key issue like marriage equality would send a positive message to the world that we an inclusive and forward-looking community and an attractive place to live, work and invest.”
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, welcomed Mr Howell’s support.
“Marriage equality is about individual freedom, and strengthening relationships and families, all things which Liberals can support.”
“A majority of Liberal voters support marroiage equality and are looking for candidates like Kyron Howell to reflect their values.”
“We congratulate Will Hodgman for allowing a conscience vote on marriage equality so MPs who share Kyron’s views can vote for it.”
Kyron Howell’s stance was welcomed by North West Coast couple, Jenny Archer and Jen Evans.
Jenny Archer said,
“We have been togetheer for seven years and would dearly love to be able to publicly declare our commitment.”
“I don’t want other same-sex attracted people to grow up feeling isolated and alone like i did in rural Tasmania.”
Jen Evans said,
“Prejudice and homophobia will continue to be entrenched in our community as long same-sex couples are excluded from such an important legal and social institution as marriage.”
Australian Marriage Equality has released results of a survey of state election candidates which shows several Liberals support marriage equality at a state and/or federal level.
The table of Liberal, National and centre-right election candidates who support marriage equality has been attached.
Andrew Denman President Tasmanian Special Timbers Alliance
11.03.14 9:39 am
The Federal Government recently announced that they would review the 2013 170,000 ha WHA extension, looking to revise the 2013 extension downward by 74,000 ha.
The Tasmanian and Federal Greens have been vocal in their opposition to this move claiming that not only were they completely opposed to harvesting any timber from the removed area but also that any timber harvested from revised areas would be tainted and not be able to sold anywhere.
At a community debate between Paul Harriss and Nick McKim in Huonville last night it was revealed that current Greens Forest Policy actually advocates timber harvesting in many areas the 2013 WHA extension and also provides Greens support for FSC Certification for such timber. Mr McKim cast doubt on the age of the policy but Mr Harriss produced an email from Greens forestry spokesman Kim Booth dated 25th February 2014 advising that it was in fact current policy.
TSTA Spokesman Andrew Denman said “This is completely hypocritical of the Greens. On one hand their policy document advocates harvesting of special timbers from areas of recently nominated WHA but publicly, they are vocal in their opposition to re-opening some areas of the 2013 extension to special timber selective harvesting.”
The Greens current forest policy identifies new Specialty Timber Zones in the South, North East and North West of the state. In explaining the rationale for choosing these areas the policy states;
“Such a move would give resource security to the specialty timbers sector outside areas earmarked for reservation”.
However, satellite imagery shows that many of the identified Special Timber Zones are now contained either in the 2013 WHA extension or in Tasmanian Forest Agreement Reserves.
The policy which states “It is important to be able to hold a $4000 guitar, to sit at a $7000 table” also advocates the following;
• Special timber harvesting through the Huon, Weld, Picton, Styx Florentine and Bruny Island areas
• FSC Certification for Specialty Timbers from these areas
• Expansion of the specialty timber sector
• That Tasmania’s specialty timbers industry and distinctive high value finished products should be icons of the State’s timber industry.
Andrew Denman again – “It is a very mixed message that the Greens are putting out and this close to an election. Surely they have a duty to the Tasmanian people to tell them which is correct – the policy or the rhetoric? In this policy the Greens claim to have been “long term supporters of the Specialty Timber Industry” but their current initiatives, including Nick McKim’s proposed removal of special timbers amendments to the TFA, are in direct contradiction to this policy and they seemed determined to shut the industry down”
Picture of 2013 WHA in the Catamaran area showing previous harvesting. The green outline is the 2013 extension boundary and the blue areas are the Greens recommended specialty timber harvest areas.
Another picture of the 2013 extension at Lake Gordon. Greens preferred timber harvesting areas in blue, inside the 2013 TWWHA Extension
More Greens preferred harvesting areas in the 2013 TWWHA in the Styx area near the Big Tree forest reserve. Note the level of harvesting activity in this area.
Guy Barnett, Martyn Evans
11.03.14 9:35 am
State Lyons Liberal candidates Guy Barnett and Martyn Evans said the Liberal’s promise of $50,000 over two years to the Derwent Valley Community House in New Norfolk will be a big boost to the area.
Mr Barnett said the Derwent Valley Community House in New Norfolk was a classic example of a community facility which supported local residents.
“Neighbourhood Houses, such as the one at New Norfolk, aim to bring people together to connect, learn and contribute to their local community through a broad range of social, educational, recreational and support activities, he said.
“They welcome people from all walks of life. This inclusive approach creates opportunities for individuals and groups to enrich their lives through connections they might not otherwise make,” he said.
Mr Evans, also Mayor of the Derwent Valley Council, said under the Liberal proposal each Neighbourhood House in Lyons would receive $50,000 over two years. It is part of a $1.7 million two-year commitment to support the State’s 34 Neighbourhood Houses.
“Tasmania’s Neighbourhood Houses have become the lifeblood of many communities, Mr Evans said.
“And this is particularly obvious in New Norfolk. In an average week, there are over 7600 participants in Neighbourhood Houses across Tasmania, and over 600 volunteers, averaging 3880 volunteer hours.
“A key advantage of the well-loved House network is their difference; they operate for their local community, with their local community, and are responsive to local community needs.”
Mr Barnett also said the House in New Norfolk would also benefit from the Liberals’ plan to reduce red tape, including the compliance burden imposed on community sector organisations by government.
He said a Liberal Government would work with the Tasmanian Association of Community Houses (TACH) to significantly reduce compliance reporting, including allowing the suspension of normal reporting in the event of disaster and crisis response (such as bushfires).
Liberal Lyons candidate Guy Barnett
11.03.14 5:16 am
The Liberal plan to make Tasmania the healthiest state by 2025 was vision in action said State Liberal Candidate for Lyons Guy Barnett today.
“The co-ordinated approach outlined by the Liberals is in stark contrast to the fragmented and ad-hoc approach of the Labor/Green government, he said.
Mr Barnett said Tasmania had the highest smoking rates in Australia and had the highest rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease in Australia.
“It is vitally important that Tasmania has a co-ordinated plan aimed at getting all residents more active and healthy,” he concluded
Mr Barnett is Ambassador for Diabetes Australia and has been a long campaigner for healthier lifestyles.
Greens Leader Nick McKim
10.03.14 1:41 pm
The Tasmanian Greens today launched their plan to create the foundation for a north-west Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) manufacturing industry based on the established plantation resource, to assist in the construction of new public housing homes for low income Tasmanians.
Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said the Greens’ $11.5 million plan would create jobs for local forestry and manufacturing workers, sawmillers, log haulers, designers, engineers, builders and tradespeople.
“The Greens have a plan which will see long-term guaranteed demand for CLT in Braddon to create jobs for local timber workers, builders and businesses, and which will help address the shortage of modern affordable and energy efficient housing for Tasmanians,” Mr McKim said.
“We are proposing that the local hardwood and softwood plantation resource be utilised to produce cross laminated timber, to be prioritised in the construction of new Housing Tasmania homes.”
“We would require Housing Tasmania to utilise local CLT houses when they build new homes, and this guaranteed demand will underpin the offering of tenders to the private sector to invest in upgrading existing facilities or develop a new stand alone CLT manufacturing industry.”
“The north-west has the opportunity to lead Australia by establishing a new stand alone CLT manufacturing facility here in Braddon which would be a first for the nation,” Greens Member for Braddon, Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran said.
“Having a guaranteed demand driven by a new CLT-for-new-homes Housing Tasmania policy will drive new investment, and create guaranteed jobs for towns like Smithton, Wynyard, and Burnie.”
“We know that CLT houses are more thermally efficient than those built with more conventional materials which will result in lower heating bills for the occupants so this initiative will also provide cost of living benefits.”
“The north-west has the plantation estate, we have the skilled workforce and we know we can guarantee a housing demand. We can make the north-west the CLT innovation hub of Australia, where Tasmanians build energy efficient homes using Tasmanian grown timber for other Tasmanians to live in,” Mr O’Halloran said.
Mr McKim said while Labor and the Liberals are campaigning for pulp mill jobs in Bass, only the Greens are putting forward sensible, long term job policies for Braddon.
“Bryan Green, Brenton Best, Adam Brooks and Jeremy Rockliff need to explain to the people of Braddon why they are so fixated on exporting the region’s plantation resource and local jobs to the Tamar Valley instead of proposing jobs growth in their own electorate like Mr O’Halloran is,” Mr McKim said.
The Tasmanian Grown and Built Houses, for Tasmanians to Live in policy initiative can be downloaded from the Tasmanian Greens MPs website: http://tasmps.greens.org.au/content/tasmanian-greens-policy-initiative-30
Today’s Greens’ policy initiative complements the Greens’ earlier initiative: Plantations: Real Products. Real Jobs. Real Profits: http://tasmps.greens.org.au/content/tasmanian-greens-policy-initiative-1
Greens Member for Denison and Spokesperson on Community Development, Cassy O’Connor
10.03.14 1:40 pm
The Tasmanian Greens today released their inclusive ageing policy, which invests $1.25 million into creating an inclusive and respectful society for older Tasmanians.
Greens Member for Denison and Spokesperson on Community Development, Cassy O’Connor MP, pledged the funding would be used to help keep older Tasmanians engaged, safe and included in the community.
The policy includes implementing the Inclusive Ageing Strategy, developing a “Learn for Your Life” campaign and continued funding for the Elder Abuse Helpline and awareness raising campaign.
“This policy is crucial to engaging older Tasmanians. More than 20 per cent of the population is aged 60 years and over, making the state’s median age the oldest and fastest ageing in the country,” Ms O’Connor said.
“This provides us with a fantastic opportunity to engage with, and harness the capacity of, older Tasmanians in our community.”
“The State’s Social Inclusion Strategy for Tasmania 2009 highlights the need to invest in a socially inclusive Tasmania, identifying many sectors of our community who can slip into the ‘at risk category’, which includes older Tasmanians.”
“Older Tasmanians can find themselves excluded from having a ‘fair go’ when it comes to maintaining social relationships, meaningful work opportunities, access to services, and involvement in decision making processes.”
The Policy includes:
• $250, 000 over two years from 2016 to implement the Inclusive Ageing Strategy. Also to build on peer education program to assist seniors maintain financial literacy.
• $500, 000 over four years to fund the development of a “Learn for Your Life” campaign, as advocated by TasCOSS.
• $500, 000 over four years to continue funding for the Elder Abuse Helpline and awareness raising campaign. Introduce a specific Elder Abuse Prevention Act to strengthen the existing state Strategy, and recent changes to the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995 as well as the Powers of Attorney Act 2000.
A copy of the policy is available to view or download here: http://tasmps.greens.org.au/content/tasmanian-greens-policy-initiative-31