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Disappointing news for North-West Tasmania





The Tasmanian Greens Member for Braddon Paul O’Halloran MP today expressed deep disappointment at news of job losses at Caterpillar Underground Mining in Burnie.


 



Metro "Turn Up and Go" Starts Sunday




Metro Tasmania’s “Turn Up and Go” service starts on Sunday, meaning weekday passengers between Hobart and Glenorchy will wait no longer than 10 minutes for a bus between 7am and 7pm. 


 


Vital support for Tasmanians in need





The next round of the Tasmanian Government’s highly successful Community Support Levy is open from today, says Greens Human Services Minister Cassy O'Connor.


 


The Levy diverts a portion of gaming machine profits to support communities most affected by problem gambling.



 


Tasmania's Upper House entrenches inequality, mediocrity





Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim MP today expressed sadness and disappointment at the Legislative Council’s decision to sink hopes for marriage equality in Tasmania.


 


Mr McKim said the Greens would continue the fight, and pledged to re-introduce the legislation in the next term of parliament.



 


ACT becomes the rainbow territory




The Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim MP today welcomed the passage of the Marriage Equality Same-Sex Bill in the ACT, with the help of Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.


 


Liberals must guarantee NBN contracts





The Tasmanian Greens today demanded that the Federal Government end the uncertainty over the NBN rollout in Tasmania.


 


Greens Science & Tech spokesperson Paul O’Halloran MP called on Will Hodgman to stand up to Tony Abbott and ensure Tasmania was not short changed.


 



Tourism bright spot on the East Coast 





The Tasmanian Greens today urged all sides of politics to back the development of Triabunna as a new tourism gateway to the East Coast.


 


Greens Tourism spokesperson Tim Morris MP said reports of progress on tourism developments at the site of the former Triabunna woodchip mill were positive news.



 


 



Upper House Scathing on Anti-Protest Legislation 




In a major embarrassment to the government, the Legislative Council has refused to send the radical anti-protest legislation to a parliamentary committee, with many MLCs scathingly critical of the Bill.


“This is a major embarrassment for the government. The Bill was supposedly so urgent that it was guillotined through the Lower House, and now it is languishing in the Upper House with no guarantee that it has the numbers to pass,” said Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP.




Workers Rights Still Need Protecting





This annual Labour Day is both a celebration of past recognitions of workers rights, as well as a source of inspiration for today’s workers facing the most anti-worker government Tasmania has seen for decades, Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.

“Labour day was a huge victory for workers rights, with its recognition of every person’s right to eight hours work, rest and sleep each day,” Mr Booth said.




Keeping heritage rail on track 





The Tasmanian Greens’ Tourism spokesperson Tim Morris MP today announced a $2.25 million plan to help the state’s heritage rail operators deliver world-class tourism experiences.


 


“Heritage rail already plays an important role in our tourism industry, and this funding will unlock a huge amount of new potential,” Mr Morris said.


 


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