Latest News from the Tasmanian Liberals
Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Disability Services and Community Development
Cassy O’Connor’s blatant and xenophobic attacks on sections of our multicultural community has crossed the line after she referred to comments from the Multicultural Council of Tasmania as ‘Chinese Communist Party talking points’ in Parliament.
The Premier was directly quoting comments from the Multicultural Council’s newsletter when Ms O’Connor interjected and referred to the comments as “CCP (Chinese Communist Party) talking points”.*
Will Hodgman, Premier
The release yesterday through RTI of correspondence between Cricket Tasmania, myself and my office demonstrates that the Government played no role in Angela Williamson’s dismissal by Cricket Tasmania.
The RTI shows, once again, that the texts of 16 June (which have already been released publicly by the Government and Cricket Tasmania) were the only communication of any form between myself and Mr Cummins in the period prior to Cricket Tasmania making their decision.
Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Women
The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to creating a more inclusive Tasmania that empowers and enables women and girls to fully participate in our economic, social, political and community life.
That is why we are continuing our $50,000 Board Diversity Governance Scholarships Program for 2018-19, a joint initiative of the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), to support and mentor Tasmanian women who are emerging leaders to develop their governance skills and become board-ready.
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
In its first year, 1,661 Tasmanian small businesses were approved for the Small Business Grants Program pilot – over three times more than expected.
The pilot program was a great success and in the most recent Budget the Hodgman Liberal Government invested $7.5 million over three years for Targeted Small Business Grants for Apprentices and Trainees, worth up to $5,000 for each new trainee or apprentice.
Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts
The Tasmanian Government welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement of consultation on the National Arts and Disability Strategy.
The consultation will help us find ways to maximise opportunities for people with disability to experience full inclusion in Australia’s cultural life.
To ensure as many people as possible can participate in this important national consultation, those interested can contribute through face-to-face consultations, provide a written, verbal or recorded submission, or complete an online survey.
Michael Ferguson, Leader of the House
This week in Parliament, the Hodgman Liberal Government will again focus on implementing policies designed to keep the Tasmanian community safe.
Our tough new consorting laws to crack down on serious and organised crime will go before the Upper House. These proposed new laws bring us in line with other jurisdictions, and will act to stop and deter organised criminals from establishing, maintaining and expanding criminal networks in Tasmania.
Elise Archer, Minister for Justice
Upgrades to the Launceston Supreme Court are moving ahead, with tenders now open for the redevelopment.
The work will involve the redevelopment of the correctional cell area, work spaces, office accommodation and staff amenities, and is expected to be worth more than $500,000.
Delivering on our commitment in July, Correctional Officers assumed the prisoner escort and security responsibilities at the Court to allow Tasmania Police officers to return to duties in the community.