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Take Responsibility for Health


Health Minister Needs to Start Taking Responsibility

Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, is creating uncertainty and fear within his Department and further damaging morale as Health faces tens of millions in lost Commonwealth funding, Greens Health spokesperson, Cassy O'Connor MP, said today.
"Mr Ferguson has finally made a public appearance today after laying low since the Abbott Government announced it would be walking away from its responsibility to fund health services in Tasmania,” Ms O’Connor said.



Mining Threat to Tarkine


Shree Minerals Shut-down Legacy: Hole in the Tarkine & Hole in the Public Purse

Shree Minerals must immediately clarify internal company leaks that it intends to halt production at its controversial Nelson Bay River iron ore mine in June, Greens Leader and Mining spokesperson Kim Booth said.

“Many people, including financial analysts, had warned that the iron ore market would drop, warned this project did not have a financially viable business case, yet both the Federal and state governments changed the rules to facilitate it, and now Tasmanians are at risk of having to pay the price.”



Tasmania Needs Gonski


Abbott Visit Perfect Opportunity to Lobby for Gonski Cuts Rethink


Premier Will Hodgman should seize the opportunity presented by today’s visit by the Prime Minister to urgently lobby for a rethink on his cuts to education funding.

“Before the election, Mr Hodgman committed in writing to publicly and stridently condemn any cuts to the Better Schools (Gonski) funding by the Commonwealth, but he is yet to follow through,” Greens Education spokesperson Nick McKim said.



WHA Forests


Liberals Must Stop Petty Point-scoring Campaign over WHA Forests

Today’s packed lunch-time public rally in support of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, held in the Hobart Town Hall, sends a loud message to the Federal Liberal government to accept the area’s current protected status, and to withdraw the delisting application, said Greens Leader Kim Booth MP.

“The Abbott government’s push to delist the tall forests in areas that the World Heritage Committee itself has expressed concern over on numerous occasions since 1989, exposes the nation and Tasmania to international ridicule and embarrassment,” Mr Booth said.



EMRS Political Opinion Poll


EMRS Poll Heartening but won't Distract from Job Ahead 

Greens Leader Kim Booth MP described as heartening the four per cent rise in Greens’ support in the latest EMRS State Voting Intentions Poll, but reiterated the Party does not place a great deal of emphasis upon opinion poll results.

“While this increase in support is positive, the Greens will not allow it to distract from doing our job on behalf of our community, environment and economic direction.”



Support Community Access to Courts

Nick Mckim - 19 May 2014
Community Legal Centres are not only facing horrendous budget cuts, but also attempts by the Liberal party to prevent them advocating for policy and law reform.

Tags: Community Legal Centres, Justice


State Tripartite Delegation Needed to Lobby Canberra over Budget Cuts

Kim Booth - 19 May 2014
There needs to be a state tripartite delegation to go to Canberra to present an united and coherent voice on behalf of all Tasmanians.

Tags: Hospital Beds, Federal Budget


World Heritage Area


World Heritage Rebuke to Liberals

The World Heritage Committee’s draft decision to not approve the Federal Government’s attempt to delist 74, 000 hectares of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), is a wake-up call to both Tony Abbott and Will Hodgman to abandon their ideological bent against wild places, and instead celebrate our unique global asset, Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.

“The two World Heritage expert bodies, the IUCN and ICOMOS, have each sent an unequivocal recommendation to the Committee to not approve the Federal government’s request to delist areas from Tasmania’s internationally acclaimed World Heritage Area,” said Mr Booth.



Royal Hobart Hospital Taskforce


Greens Welcome Ramsay Appointment to RHH 'Taskforce' 

The appointment of John Ramsay to head up Minister Ferguson’s expensive, six month review of the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment is an excellent choice and the Greens wish him and the review team every success in their work, Tasmanian Greens’ Health spokesperson, Cassy O’Connor MP, said today.

“John Ramsay is a person of great capacity and integrity, who I had the good fortune to work with in my former role as Minister for Climate Change.  I am certain he is up to the task."



Great Tasmanians

Vale Jessie Luckman

The Tasmanian Greens today paid tribute to Tasmanian conservation icon and music maker Jessie Luckman, who has died after a very big life at the age of 104.

Tags: Lake Pedder


Fund Students with Disabilities


Education Minister Must Guarantee Funding for Students with Disabilities

Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff must guarantee not to reduce funding available to support students with disabilities for the 2015 school year after massive cuts announced by the Liberals in the Commonwealth budget, Tasmanian Greens Education spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"An extra $3m was invested into increasing support for students with disabilities in Tasmanian state schools this year  under the Respectful Schools model, which also featured tagged funding for students with IQs between 55 and 70."





International Day against Homophobia 

Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP, used today’s celebration of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) to call upon Channel 9’s Footy Show presenter Sam Newman to apologise for his unacceptable comments criticising affection expressed by a same-sex couple.

Mr McKim also reiterated the Greens call for same-sex marriage laws, saying that boof-headed views such as Mr Newman’s highlighted the need for people’s relationships to be formally recognised and treated as equal regardless of their sexual identity.



Federal Budget Fails Healthier Children Scheme

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 May 2014
The highly successful ‘Move Well, Eat Well’ program being delivered in Tasmanian schools is another victim of the first Abbott Budget.

Tags: Preventative Health, Federal Budget


Forest Protection


WHA Committee Report Welcomed

Last year’s minor boundary extension to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) has been vindicated following the release of a Senate Committee report, Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.
“The Tasmanian Greens welcome the Senate Committee’s recommendation that the Abbott government withdraws its proposal to the World Heritage Committee to remove 74, 000 hectares from the TWWHA,” Mr Booth said.



Parliamentary Resourcing

Nick Mckim - 28 March 2014
Greens Leader Nick McKim MP has challenged Premier elect Will Hodgman to identify which “law” he is referring to that prescribes resourcing and parliamentary rights.

Tags: Political Leadership, Democracy



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