Latest News from the Tasmanian Liberals
Michael Ferguson, Leader of the House
Parliament has agreed to adjourn to the first scheduled sitting week after the winter recess, of August 18 for the House of Assembly and August 25 for the Legislative Council.
It is prudent and appropriate to adjourn the sitting of Parliament given the fast changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that Parliament has now approved legislation for critical decisions to be able to be made during the public health emergency.
Peter Gutwein, Premier
The message could not be clearer to Tasmanians – stay at home, unless you must be at work or school.
Staying home, saves lives.
Last night the National Cabinet met to discuss the next stage in our plan to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. And while, there remains no evidence of community transmission in Tasmania, we have an opportunity to take advantage of our unique island situation and strong border measures, to smash the curve and keep Tasmanians safe and secure.
Sarah Courtney, Minister for Health
The health and wellbeing of Tasmanians is our number one priority as we face the challenges presented to us by the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Cabinet acting on the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has made the decision to temporarily suspend all non-urgent elective surgery.
This means from 11:59pm tonight only Category 1 and some exceptional Category 2 surgery will continue until further notice.
Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
To keep Tasmanians safe against the spread of COVID-19, aeroplanes and aircrafts that commence their flight outside of Tasmania are prohibited from landing on private airstrips in the state.
It is absolutely crucial everyone adheres to all the restrictions that are in place to reduce the threat of this virus.
Our messages are necessarily crystal clear:
Elise Archer, Attorney-General
The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government is committed to keeping all Tasmanians safe and protecting victims of crime.
Today, we took a big step towards cracking down on violent acts, with reforms around ‘one punch’ (or ‘coward’s punch’) offences passing through Parliament.
Elise Archer, Minister for Building and Construction
The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government is introducing new laws to protect residential tenants, particularly those who are experiencing hardship from a loss of income as a result of COVID-19.
The Residential Tenancy Act 1997 will be amended for an ‘emergency period’ of an initial 120 days to put in place a moratorium on the eviction of tenants for failing to be able to pay their rent.
Elise Archer, Attorney-General
The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government is committed to protecting the rights of victims and survivors of crime.
Today I was pleased to see a Bill to modernise the language used by the Criminal Code Act 1924 in a number of sexual crimes, especially those involving young people, to better reflect the true nature of those crimes, pass its second reading in the Legislative Council.