Latest News from the Tasmanian Liberals
Elise Archer, Attorney-General
The Electoral Amendment Bill today passed the Parliament, paving the way to modernise and streamline the electoral process for all Tasmanians.
A significant aspect of this reform is the removal of the election day newspaper coverage ban, which has been widely supported by stakeholders and the broader community.
Importantly, the passing of the legislation provides the opportunity for the ban to be removed ahead of the Legislative Council elections in May.
Leonie Hiscutt, Liberal Member for Montgomery
The Tasmanian Government is disappointed the Legislative Council has chosen to push through legislation that continues to be deeply flawed in its operation and impact on other statutes, and has not undergone proper public consultation.
We continue to oppose the even further, drastically amended Justice and Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill and have strong concerns about the unintended legal consequences of the amendments, despite Members’ attempts to improve the Labor and Green amendments.
Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Women
On behalf of the Tasmanian Government, I would like to offer my warm congratulations to Barnardos 2019 Tasmanian Mother of the Year Sallee Zanardi.
Sallee is mother to 11 children, aged between four months and 23 years – a truly amazing feat.
In addition to raising four of her own children, Sallee is raising seven other children as a foster mother since 2013.
Foster carers like Sallee give their time, affection, and open up their homes to raise children in a supportive and loving environment.
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
Job creation is the Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority, and it’s clear that our long-term plan is working with almost 250,000 Tasmanians in work, and more than 13,000 jobs created since we came to office in 2014.
There is always more to do to ensure all Tasmanians benefit from a strong economy, and I welcome initiatives in the Commonwealth Government’s latest Budget, which includes funding to support even more Tasmanian small businesses to succeed.
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
Rebecca White’s reckless call for rampant public sector wage increases show Labor has learnt nothing from their last disastrous time in government.
An extra 1 per cent per annum wage increase above the Government’s wages policy, if provided to all public sector workers without offsets, would cost Tasmania $285 million including superannuation, over four years – eating into the amount available to hire more teachers, nurses and doctors.
Will Hodgman, Premier & Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Tourism experts from around Australia are heading to Tasmania’s North West to identify new opportunities to raise visitation to the region.
Led by former Tourism Australia managing director, Andrew McEvoy, a group of marketing, branding, product development, industry and investment specialists will undertake a field trip in the region next month, commencing the State Government’s new Reimagining the Regions initiative.
Will Hodgman, Premier & Minister for Trade
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics’ International Merchandise Exports data shows Tasmania exported a record $3.8 billion in goods and produce in the year to February 2019.
Over the period, export growth remained strong, increasing 10.8 per cent compared to the previous year.
China, including Hong Kong, remains the number one destination for Tasmanian exporters, consuming more the $1.26 billion in goods over the year, with Japan second at $346 million and Malaysia third at $340 million.