Latest News from the Tasmanian Liberals
Guy Barnett, Minister for Energy
The Hodgman Liberal Government will extend the $125 Special Energy Bonus to even more Tasmanians doing it tough, including veterans, carers and disability pensioners.
The Special Energy Bonus will now be available to all Aurora Energy account holders with a Pensioner Concession Card, thanks to an additional investment of $500,000 into the scheme.
Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health
Tenders will be called within the next month for works to upgrade the much loved 4K children’s ward at the Launceston General Hospital following final approval of the Liberal Government funding and development plans.
I was pleased to meet with staff and parents of young patients yesterday to view design plans which represent the first major upgrade of the paediatric ward since it was built more than 30 years ago.
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training
The Hodgman Liberal Government will partner with Early Childhood Australia (Tasmania Branch), to build on teacher and educator skills.
We will work together to progress the Early Years and School Age Care Sectors Workforce Plan for Tasmania 2017-2020. The Government will provide funding for the plan which is all about upskilling teachers to ensure children get the best possible start in life.
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Racing
The Hodgman Liberal Government supports Tasracing’s Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) as a key welfare initiative for the greyhound racing industry.
Tasracing has developed a three-year strategy for the GAP, which includes building a specialised facility to enable increased re-homing of retired greyhounds and promoting ownership of the breed.
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
I note that the Legislative Council Select Committee on TasWater Ownership has handed down its final report.
The report does not make any recommendations, rather it lists a number of the key arguments for and against the Government’s TasWater takeover proposal as findings.
However the Government disagrees with the findings that suggest councils will be adversely affected by the proposed takeover.
Peter Gutwein, Minister for Planning and Local Government
I can confirm that the Government has now received the Board of Inquiry report into the Glenorchy City Council.
I will now give the report thorough consideration.
However, I know that there is significant community interest in the report and I will ensure it is publicly released as soon as possible.
I anticipate that the report will be made public by the end of this month.
Elise Archer, Minister for Justice
Labor need to stop playing silly political games and state their position on our amended suspended sentence legislation.
As I said yesterday, we are working closely with Legislative Council members to deliver these important reforms and have been encouraged by the constructive approach of independent members who obviously want to get the best outcome for the Tasmanian community.