Latest News from the Tasmanian Liberals
Guy Barnett, Minister for Energy
The Wild Cattle Hill windfarm has passed another major milestone today, with TasNetworks and the proponent, Goldwind Australia, signing the connection agreement that will underpin the project.
Part of our Tasmania First vision for energy is to develop more renewable generation here in Tasmania to help deliver lower prices, and this project is a key part of our vision for the State.
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
The Auditor-General’s report released today justifies the Government’s TasWater takeover plans.
We already have independent report after independent report that shows TasWater’s infrastructure is failing faster than it can be fixed and something needs to be done.
Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure
The Hodgman Government is very concerned about the cost of living for Tasmanian families.
We know that even a small increase such as this has an impact on the family budget.
That’s why I’ve told the department there will be no student bus fare increase in 2018- instead, fares will now increase by 10 cents every second year, starting in 2019, in line with our commitment to limit increases to the CPI.
Nic Street, Liberal Member for Franklin
Tonight, the first visitors from South Australia will land in Tasmania following the first flights of Jetstar’s new direct service from Adelaide.
The new route will operate three times a week, and already 15,000 passengers have booked on the new service.
The success of this new route is testament to the confidence that Jetstar has in Tasmania. It’s another clear sign that Tasmania is the must-see destination, which is seeing tourism and hospitality businesses right around the State benefitting.
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training
Tasmanian students who have excelled in literacy and numeracy in the 2017 NAPLAN tests are being recognised across the State this week.
Statewide, 271 students are receiving a certificate for being Top in School, or being in the Top 1 per cent, or for both.
Today’s ceremony to honour students’ achievements in the South will be followed by ceremonies in the North-West tomorrow and the North on Wednesday.
Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Human Services
I note today's statement from Tasmania Police regarding the tragic death of an infant in Launceston earlier this year.
As I said at the time, it’s important not to jump to conclusions and to allow the Police and the Coroner to do their respective jobs.
The Hodgman Government remains committed to rebuilding the child protection system and investing an additional $51 million in child protection including more child safety workers.
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
The Hodgman Government will always fight for Tasmania’s fair share of the GST.
The Productivity Commission’s review into the method for distributing GST among the states and territories is an opportunity for Tasmania to once again unite and clearly say that as a community we simply won’t stand for it.
The Government has made a further submission to the Productivity Commission, outlining our concerns with the draft paper they released recently.