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5 years 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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.

5 years 8 months ago
Call for sunbed buyback

Tasmanian Greens Health spokesperson Paul O’Halloran MP today called on the Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne to support calls by campaigner Jay Allen to introduce a sunbed buy-back scheme.     “In November 2012, the Greens successfully moved for sunbeds to be banned in Tasmania, with an agreed phase out period until the end of 2014,” Mr O’ Halloran said.
5 years 8 months ago
Tamar Valley pulp mill is doomed to fail

The Tasmanian Greens today said that any attempt to revive the Tamar Valley pulp mill through a Cabinet sub-committee would not make the project any more real, and would inevitably fail.   Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said that the pulp mill remained a mirage, had no social licence, and could not co-exist with the thriving small business-based economy of the Tamar Valley.  
5 years 8 months ago
Liberals challenged to back tougher gun laws

The Tasmanian Greens today challenged the State Liberal party to support tougher gun laws, following the theft of 14 firearms from one location over the weekend.   Greens Police and Emergency Services spokesperson Paul O’Halloran MP said the silence of the Liberal Party over the need to tighten of gun controls exposes their law and order push as a populist sham.