Latest News from the Tasmanian Liberals
Elise Archer, Attorney-General
The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government is working to address the challenges faced by our community during the coronavirus pandemic.
These are difficult times and the impacts are being felt hard by Tasmanians and it is important that we all play our part.
During this period, there is enormous pressure on families, particularly those subject to shared parenting arrangements.
I want to clarify that the Courts expect that parents will comply with shared parenting arrangements and Family Court orders, but note that:
Michael Ferguson, Minister for Finance
With casinos, pubs and clubs closed due to strict measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, now is not the time to progress the Government’s Future Gaming Markets policy.
The Government remains committed to reforming gaming in Tasmania, ending the monopoly and ensuring a sustainable industry, which provides choice, minimises harm and provides an appropriate return to government to fund essential services.
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training
Keeping Tasmanians safe and secure is our number one priority.
With a significant numbers of Tasmanians now out of work due to the coronavirus, the existing Rapid Response Skills Initiative will be expanded with an additional $6.3 million to help redeploy people who have lost their job.
To support Tasmanians in these challenging times,$3,000 will be available for individuals to gain skills or licences to help them into a new role.
Roger Jaensch, Minister for Housing and Human Services, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Disability Services and Community Development
The health, safety and wellbeing of Tasmanians is our number one priority as we face the challenge of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Tasmanian Government is allocating an additional $5 million to support vulnerable people through the provision of food hampers, medical supplies or counselling.
Guy Barnett, Minister for Energy
The Tasmanian Government welcomes the Australian Energy Regulator’s Statement of Expectations for energy businesses.
The Statement of Expectations supports our Government’s position that consumers be protected during this difficult time.
We are already acting to support energy consumers with our $985 million stimulus package that caps energy prices for 12 months and will waive the first quarterly bill after April 1 2020 for small business customers and community service organisations.
Peter Gutwein, Premier
The Tasmanian Government is continuing to do what it can to ensure Tasmanians are safe and secure.
We acknowledge the continued support of our commercial accommodation providers, however we understand the uncertainty that a number of operators are experiencing.
Following consultation with industry and airlines, we have extended the checkout of all non-essential workers and visitors from Sunday 29 March 2020 to 11:59pm Wednesday 1 April 2020.
Accommodation providers continue to be able to offer service to the following:
Roger Jaensch, Minister for Human Services
The health, safety and wellbeing of Tasmanians is our number one priority and the Tasmanian Liberal Government is allocating an additional $5.2 million to address family violence and to enhance child safety and wellbeing.
This is part of an overall social and economic support package to help Tasmanian healthcare workers, our businesses, those who are most vulnerable, our economy, our workforce and those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.