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5 years 9 months ago
Labor & Liberal complacency will consign devil to extinction

The Tasmanian Greens today renewed calls for increased funding to the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania and other community legal organisations.

Greens Justice spokesperson Kim Booth MP said that Labor had failed to recognise the need for increased funding and that the Abbott Government’s outrageous decision to drastically cut funding further had spun the issue into crisis.

5 years 9 months ago
West Coast Wilderness Railway up and running

The Tasmanian Greens Tourism spokesperson Tim Morris MP today applauded the return of the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

“It’s great to see the railway back up and running, supporting local employment and community spirit in the midst of a peak tourist season for Tasmania,” Mr Morris said.

5 years 9 months ago
Double demerit penalties would boost road safety 

The Tasmanian Greens today renewed their commitment to pursue a double demerit point penalty trial on Tasmanian roads, based on strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of the measure.

Greens Infrastructure spokesperson Tim Morris MP said the Greens’ proposed three-year trial would apply to selected weekends and public holidays.           

 

5 years 9 months ago
Liberals are coming for Tasmania's GST share 

The Tasmanian Greens today called for a tripartisan commitment to oppose the Liberal Party’s latest moves to introduce a deeply unfair GST distribution model that will cost frontline jobs in Tasmania.

Greens Treasury spokesperson Tim Morris was responding to reports that the Western Australian government would use its support for lowering the GST threshold on online purchases as “leverage” to force the Commonwealth to support a per-capita GST distribution model.

5 years 9 months ago
Welcome home Colin Russell

The Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim today welcomed the safe return of Greenpeace activist Colin Russell to his family in Tasmania.

“On behalf of the many, many Tasmanians who supported Colin and the Arctic 30, the Greens want to wish him a big welcome home,” Mr McKim said.

5 years 9 months ago
Bulk billing under attack by Abbott Liberals

The Tasmanian Greens today warned that the Federal Liberal government’s move on bulk-billing doctor visits will impact on many Tasmanians’ ability to access health services.

Greens Health spokesperson Paul O’Halloran MP challenged the state Liberal Health Shadow Jeremy Rockliff, to stand up and oppose Tony Abbott’s proposed wind back of the bulk billing system.

 
5 years 10 months ago
Legal aid funding crisis

The Tasmanian Greens today renewed calls for increased funding to the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania and other community legal organisations.

Greens Justice spokesperson Kim Booth MP said that Labor had failed to recognise the need for increased funding and that the Abbott Government’s outrageous decision to drastically cut funding further had spun the issue into crisis.

5 years 10 months ago
Georgetown residents and ratepayers congratulated

The Tasmanian Greens today backed the George Town Residents and Rate Payers Association in their criticism of the Director of Local Government’s report into the performance of the George Town Council.

5 years 10 months ago
Cuts to Environmental Defenders Office will cost community

The Tasmanian Greens today warned that the Abbott Government’s decision to scrap funding to the Environmental Defenders Office would erode community rights, and place an increased burden on the legal system.   Greens Environment spokesperson Cassy O’Connor MP today called for the Federal Government to reinstate the funding, and called on Tasmanian Liberal Leader Will Hodgman to also lobby his federal counterparts.  
5 years 10 months ago
Iconic forests listed as State Reserves

The Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim MP today welcomed the formal gazetting of the first tranche of more than 95,000 hectares of forests reserved, as required by the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Act (2013).

“This means close to 100,000 hectares of precious high conservation value forest are officially protected in state law, underpinning their new World Heritage Area status,” Mr McKim said.

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