Latest News from the Tasmanian Liberals
Will Hodgman, Premier
Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Tasmania continues to be a must-see destination as shown by the latest Tasmanian Visitor Survey.
In the year to June 2017, 1.27 million people decided to discover what makes Tasmania such a unique destination – that’s nine per cent more than the previous year and an all-time high.
Will Hodgman, Premier
I’m pleased to welcome Ian Rankine, CEO of Innkeepers Tasmania, to the Tourism Tasmania Board.
Mr Rankine is a highly skilled and respected member of Tasmania’s tourism industry with extensive connections and experience in the sector.
He has been nominated by the Tourism Industry Council to Tasmania to replace industry stalwart Simon Currant who has retired from the Board after more than 16 years.
Matthew Groom, Acting Attorney-General
Family violence offenders will be electronically monitored for the first time in Tasmania under new laws that were tabled in parliament yesterday.
The Family Violence Amendment Bill 2017 will better protect women and children from family violence offenders and was developed following consultation earlier this year.
Eliminating family violence is a top priority for the Hodgman Liberal Government which is why we announced a nation-leading $26 million Family Violence Action Plan in 2015 to address this scourge.
Guy Barnett, Minister for Resources
As Minister for Resources, I am pleased that the Mineral Resources Development Amendment Bill has passed the Lower House of Parliament.
The Government is committed to supporting the mining industry in Tasmania, and the Amendment Bill will provide some important changes to the Mineral Resources Development Act that will reduce red tape and keep Tasmania as a preferred mining investment destination.
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
Yesterday, the Governor accepted the Government’s recommendation and appointed Neroli Ellis as Commissioner and Deputy President of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.
Ms Ellis is an experienced industrial relations practitioner who is very knowledgeable regarding contemporary industrial relations practice. Her appointment will commence in October 2017, and will be for a period of 5 years.
Leonie Hiscutt, Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
Tuesday is private members’ day.
The reason the Council has risen is because it ran out of private members’ business.
I note that the cheap attempt by the Shadow Treasurer to make mileage out of this, but note that the three Labor members are all classed as “private members” but have failed to put forward any business for debate.
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water
The JBS Australia decision at its Longford abattoir is very disappointing.
Jobs are our number one priority and with the broader unemployment rate declining, we will leave no stone unturned to support those affected into new jobs.
The Government’s Skills Response Unit is in place and working closely with affected staff, as it has done since April.