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"After extensive consideration and stakeholder engagement, it is apparent that priority needs to be given to ensuring Tasmanian businesses big and small are competitive ... Finance Minister Matthias Cormann has one week to convince the Senate crossbench to support his government's company tax cuts.
Michael Ferguson was retained as Health Minister, despite appearing noncommittal about the tough portfolio before the election. Mr Ferguson presided over a system that lost the confidence of medical staff, resulting in the decision to remove Tasmanian Health Service chief David Alcorn. “Michael ...

Ms White's shadow Cabinet reinforces the Labor left's dominance in the Tasmanian State Parliament, but further sidelines the Right faction. First time ... That move has been criticised by the Government, with Health Minister Michael Ferguson saying Ms White had handballed the portfolio to one of the least ...
Tasmanian Labor leader Rebecca White has unveiled her shadow cabinet, giving the health portfolio to a relative newcomer over former government minister David O'Byrne. Labor has 14 members in Parliament after gaining three Lower House members in the March poll. Ms White was the shadow health ...
Tasmania's three big salmon companies have been battling in the Federal Court this week, after Huon lodged legal proceedings about fish stock levels in the harbour. The company is challenging the 2012 decision of the then-federal environment minister to allow salmon farming expansion in the harbour, ...
Freshly re-elected Tasmanian Liberal Premier Will Hodgman today announced his new nine-member cabinet, with two new faces and a demotion for one minister. Finding a balance on the sensitive issue of gun laws will fall to a new Police Minister, Michael Ferguson, with Mr Hodgman giving mixed signals ...

Tasmanian deputy premier Jeremy Rockliff has gained the infrastructure portfolio to go with education and training and of advanced manufacturing and defence industries. Rockliff, a former primary industries minister who is now effectively the state's transport minister, takes over from Rene Hidding, who is ...
The small Australian state of Tasmania has just elected its first openly lesbian politician to the state parliament. Alison Standen became the new member for Franklin on Thursday and represents the Australian Labor Party. 'It's official…this morning the TEC (Tasmanian Electoral Commission) website ...
Peter Gutwein will stay on as Treasurer and Minister for State Growth and Local Government. The role of Deputy Premier will remain Jeremy Rockliff's, and he will retain Education and Training. The other newcomer to Cabinet is Bass MP Sarah Courtney. She will take on Mr Rockliff's portfolios of Primary ...
Long-serving Liberal MP Rene Hidding is set to become Tasmanian's 40th Speaker of the House of Assembly. The Police Minister announced he will nominate to take on the role when Parliament returns next month. It comes as Premier Will Hodgman is expected to reveal his second-term cabinet in the ...
From bed pans to bone saws, a collection of medical equipment is being used to tell the story of health care in Tasmania, starting with the convict era. ... She said Lady Jane Franklin, the wife of Tasmanian governor John Franklin, would have experienced some rather brutal treatment for a rather unfortunate ...
One of two men who drowned while fishing in Tasmania yesterday has been identified as former Liberal MP and first-class cricketer Tony Benneworth. Mr Benneworth, a one-time federal Liberal candidate for the seat of Bass who served in the Tasmanian House of Assembly between 1992 and 1998, died ...
It would have been good if Tasmania had gone ahead with a poker-machine ban in pubs and clubs. Measured against the rest of Australia it would have been as good as a randomised trial to see whether widespread poker machine availability increased suicide, domestic violence, bankruptcy and poverty.
He recalled the "bright spark" around University of Tasmania, where they both studied arts and law under then-lecturer, now Governor, Kate Warner, who was at today's funeral ... Ms Goodwin died on Saturday March 3 — the day Mr Hodgman led the Liberals back to majority government in Tasmania.
There are calls for an independent review into the use of social media among Tasmanian ministerial staff, with Labor raising questions about a Facebook account that targeted poker machine opponents — which vanished soon after the election. The account, under the name Brent Smith, began ...
Tasmania's former attorney-general and leader of the Upper House, Vanessa Goodwin, has died after a battle with cancer, aged 48. Ms Goodwin was diagnosed with multiple brain tumours in March 2017. A statement from the family said she passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, supported by ...
The Turnbull government has warned the Tasmanian Liberals it would not support any move to weaken Australia's strict gun laws, which it considers one of former prime minister John Howard's greatest achievements. Tasmania's Liberals have promised farmers and sporting shooters the party will relax ...

Labor, the Greens and the Jacqui Lambie Network have all pledged to get pokies out of pubs and clubs by 2023, restricting them to Tasmania's two casinos – also owned by Federal Hotels. The Liberals will end the Federal Hotels monopoly, and award licenses directly to the pubs and clubs who currently ...
Hydro Tasmania has identified a pumped hydro storage resource on the Apple Isle that dwarfs Snowy 2.0 - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's per energy project - and can be delivered at about half the cost. The Tasmanian government-owned hydro electricity monopoly will unveil a report next month saying ...
The Liberal Government, the Labor Opposition and the Greens are all wooing the Tasmanian arts sector in the lead up to Saturday's state election. ... But we know there is more that can be done to see the sector continue to thrive and grow further into the future,' said Elise Archer, Tasmania's Minister for the ...
THE next State Government must have a Minister for Climate Change, the Tasmanian Greens say. The party has ... Greens leader Cassy O'Connor said Tasmania had already experienced significant challenges brought about by climate change including catastrophic fires and floods. “We need to make ...
The Tasmanian health minister, Michael Ferguson, was a strong opponent of the 2013 bill. In a remarkable mixture of church and state, his official Liberal party biography states that his values are “underpinned by his Christian faith”. With Ferguson at the helm, we have no hope. That a government health ...
Prominent Australian lawyers and corruption experts have joined the push for Tasmanian political parties to disclose donations from the gambling industry before Saturday's election. The group ... He said Tasmania was lagging behind other states and needed broader controls around donation disclosure.
At the last two federal elections, ReachTEL skewed to the Liberals in Tasmania, though it skewed against the Liberals at the 2014 state election. Adjusting for ReachTEL's skew, Tasmanian analyst Kevin Bonham thinks the most likely outcome is 13 Liberals, ten Labor, and two Greens. The next two most ...
Tasmanian state election: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Hobart to unveil funding .... Mr Turnbull, who is in the state today to announce $27 million in Federal Government funding across regional Tasmania announced Mr Joyce was taking a week's leave and would not be acting prime minister when ...
The Tasmanian premier, Will Hodgman, says he has a mandate for multiple policies not publicised during the election campaign. ... The federal law enforcement minister, Angus Taylor, told Guardian Australia the national firearms agreement, introduced after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, was one of the ...
Fruit-fly controls akin to managing natural disaster, says Tasmania's Primary Industry Minister Jeremy Rockliff ... Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association today urged the State Government, Biosecurity Tasmania and the community not to be distracted by the incursion of infected fruit from Victoria.
'Labor thinks you're stupid': pokies lobby fights hard in Tasmanian election ... It's a blunt message for a blunt campaign, plastered on billboards above pubs across Tasmania. ... Tasmanian Labor leader Rebecca White on stage during Tasmanian Labor's official election campaign launch in Launceston.
“The department has worked closely with the University of Tasmania to develop a suite of initiatives to maximise opportunities for our current workforce as part of the Developing Our Workforce Strategy specifically, as well as access for all teaching staff to professional learning through the department's ...
Opposition parties are questioning whether Tasmania's Deputy Premier has a conflict of interest as a minister responsible for the state's irrigation scheme and as one of its major customers. Deputy Premier and Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff is the director of a family company that buys water ...
PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to announce $27 million in Federal Government funding across regional Tasmania when he visits the ... Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman takes a selfie with PM Malcolm Turnbull and Love Your Local ambassador David Foster at Lauderdale's Foreshore Tavern.
Braddon Labor MHR Justine Keay has called for Tasmania to be a trial site for country of origin labelling for seafood in the food services sector. ... “The Tasmanian seafood industry has been calling for this change for some time to capitalise on the Tasmanian brand and give consumers an informed choice ...
Tasmania's State Growth Minister quietly gave the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company permission to start drilling and surveying on the mountain just days before the state election was called. Documents seen by the ABC show Minister Peter Gutwein issued an authority to the company allowing it to start ...
A LIBERAL government would outspend Labor on education and hire even more teachers, Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff says. A re-elected Liberal Government would provide an additional $207 million in education over the next four years and $324 million over six years. The money would be spent ...
Labor's ministers would include some of their four Upper House members, but a potential top eight in the Lower House brings a diversity of ... Former Hodgman government minister Paul Harriss says young politicians such as Wyatt Roy, elected to federal parliament aged 20, had something to offer.
AS debate intensifies about changing the date of Australia Day, there is a growing unease in Tasmania about what to do on the day: to protest or to party? ... Ms Sculthorpe, who is Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre chief executive, is another Tasmanian who cannot celebrate Australia Day. She drives out of her ...
However, he is angered by the failure of the Tasmanian government to fill the gap that the closure of his clinic will leave for women who are too ... A spokeswoman for Michael Ferguson, the Tasmania health minister, told Guardian Australia he was still awaiting the outcome of an investigation by the ...
Dr Paul Hyland, who ran the Hobart clinic, says Tasmania is leading a national trend whereby women are opting for medical terminations, or the “abortion pill”, rather than surgical terminations. “Tasmania is the forerunner of what's going to happen in the rest of Australia and is already happening around the ...
Astro Labe, 38, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Hobart magistrates court to the charge of causing harm to a commonwealth official. The court heard Labe followed Abbott for about 250m and offered to shake his hand before “launching” into a head-butt on 21 September. The Hobart DJ was arrested the next ...
In August the Minister called for Tasmanian applications with a closure date of October 19. Franklin MP Julie Collins said it was disappointing that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Tasmania on Tuesday and had nothing to say about the Regional Jobs and Investment package.” “It has now been more ...
The Tasmanian Government is under pressure to find a new surgical abortion service, after the closure of the state's only clinic. ... Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson has been a vocal opponent of the abortion pill RU486, and joined church leaders to protest against the state's Reproductive Health ...
The Tasmanian Government has been accused of misleading pensioners, concession card holders and potentially a parliamentary committee, over special energy bonus cheques. The $125 cheques from Aurora Energy were due to be delivered by Christmas. They were promised to Pensioner Concession ...
At a political level, Tasmania's fortunes are hostage to the 2016 election result in which the 'Three Amigos' were bid adios and the state's only minister under Mr Turnbull Richard Colbeck was dropped to an unwinnable position. After the election the Liberals held just four of the 17 House of Representatives ...
The Tasmanian premier, Will Hodgman, told the Liberals' official campaign launch that 298 new hospital beds would be created across the state. ... “The only time [Liberal health minister Michael Ferguson] has responded to the cries for help from the health workforce is on the eve on an election,” White said ...
The investment to relocate the University of Tasmania's main campus to Inversek from Newnham is the centrepiece of the Launceston City Deal, agreed with the Tasmanian Government and Launceston City Council in April 2017. The $260 million City Deal comprises $130 million from the Turnbull ...
Tasmania's former mining minister is facing a $159 fine and three demerit points after he was caught speeding on his way home from a darts event late last night. Adam Brooks was travelling the more than 300 kilometres from Hobart to his home in Tasmania's north-west when was caught going 15 ...
It is expected the High Court will order a recount to fill the vacancies which would result in the election of former minister Richard Colbeck and the number two on the Jacqui Lambie Network ticket, Devonport Mayor Steve Martin. If found to be elected, Ald Martin is then expected to be referred to the High ...
“What we've learnt today, through the GBE process, is that Victorian farmers under the current Energy Minister Guy Barnett are being offered a commercial advantage over Tasmanian farmers, who are in direct competition with Victorian farmers,” she said. “The Energy Minister talks about Tasmania First ...
Ms Keay was a British dual-citizen at the last election but is refusing to refer herself to the High Court. At a barbeque at Parliament House on Wednesday, fellow Tasmanian Labor member Brian Mitchell tried to physically block an ABC cameraman before sniping at reporter Matt Wordsworth. "Go and do your ...
Former Tasmanian environment minister Matthew Groom kept his most senior Cabinet colleagues in the dark about a public sector email scandal ... Despite being one of the ministers responsible for DPIPWE, Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff said he was only briefed on the matter yesterday, along with ...


 

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