Latest News from the Tasmanian Liberals
Will Hodgman, Premier
The Royal Hobart Hospital masterplan, released today, provides both an immediate and long-term framework to guide development at the hospital and address demand pressures.
The Government accepts all the recommendations made by the Clinical Planning Taskforce, who have provided expert clinical advice on health planning in Tasmania, chaired by Professor Tony Lawler, Tasmania’s Chief Medical Officer.
Elise Archer, Attorney-General
The Hodgman Liberal Government has tabled the first stage of Electoral Reform legislation today in State Parliament.
The Bill incorporates a number of amendments to modernise and streamline the electoral process, including the removal of the election day media coverage ban and other straight-forward technical amendments to improve the operation of electoral laws in the state.
The tabling of the Bill today provides the opportunity for the new laws to be in place for the Legislative Council elections in May.
Michael Ferguson, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management
The Tasmanian Government does not support pill testing, as we have consistently made clear including before the last election.
There is no safe use of any illicit drug and it's reckless to suggest otherwise.
The idea that a testing service can indicate that an illegal drug is free of certain contaminants sends a very mixed and risky message.
Elise Archer, Minister for Environment
Keep Australia Beautiful today released the results of its 2017-18 National Litter Index survey, which show an impressive decrease of littering in Tasmania.
The survey found a decrease of 6.4% in litter items and 6.2% in volumes of litter compared to the previous year, across most litter categories.
The largest decreases were observed in cigarette litter, takeaway containers and packaging, other paper and general litter categories.
Guy Barnett, Minister for Primary Industries and Water
The community is invited to comment and make submissions on the latest review of Tasmania’s moratorium on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) with an Issues Paper being released today.
Extensive consultation will be undertaken as part of the review, providing producers, retailers, wholesalers, exporters and the community with the opportunity to have their say.
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training
The Hodgman Liberal Government supports school communities and their desire to ensure that students have the quality education they deserve.
The Avoca School Association has requested that Avoca Primary School close from 2020 due to low enrolments.*
I have met with parents of students who attend Avoca and with community leaders, who have confirmed that they also support the closure of Avoca Primary School.
Will Hodgman, Premier
Tasmania’s firearms laws are among the toughest in the world and that is how they will remain.
As I have said very clearly over the past year, my Government will do nothing to undermine the National Firearms Agreement or to weaken our gun laws in any way.
In August last year, the Government clearly stated that we would not progress the previously announced firearms law proposals.