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A ten-year Autism Plan


The Tasmanian Greens today pledged to develop a comprehensive ten year State Autism Plan and Implementation Strategy to support Tasmanians with autism and their families.



Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said the dedicated State Plan would help improve support across the whole-life course of Tasmanians with autism, from initial diagnosis through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aged care.



 



Bruny Ferry Invitation to Minister 





Greens Member for Franklin, Nick McKim MP, has today written to the Infrastructure Minister, Rene Hidding, regarding the Bruny Island ferry situation.


 


Please find attached an open invitation from Mr McKim to Minister Hidding to visit Bruny Island.



 



Rockliff Folds on School Chaplains 





The Minister for Education has backed down under pressure from Christopher Pyne by failing to stand up against the new rules for school chaplains, Greens Education spokesperson Nick McKim MP said today.

"Previously schools had the choice to employ secular support workers under the scheme, but now will be forced to employ a religious chaplain or miss out entirely," Mr McKim said.




 



 



SLAPP Suits on the Liberal Horizon





The Attorney-General, Vanessa Goodwin MLC, today confirmed moves to amend the Defamation Act 1995 to allow large corporations to take Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP suits) designed to intimidate Tasmanians out of participating in public debate.

“Astoundingly the Attorney-General had no idea what a SLAPP suit is, despite the fact her government’s move to amend the Defamation Act will open the door to these anti-democratic law suits," Green Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP said.




 



Greens reject draconian and anti-democratic Liberal law agenda





The Hodgman Liberal government is quickly developing a reputation for being draconian, divisive and anti-democratic, with serious concerns growing over its punitive law agenda.


 


 “The Minister’s proposed Bill targeting protestors, is offensive to our judiciary, is offensive to people’s democratic right to free speech, and offends common sense,” Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said.



Forest Furnaces in RET Will Lock in Logging, Public Subsidies 





The Hodgman government must rule out lobbying for native forest logging waste and biomass to be included in the Renewable Energy Target, or admit they will be locking in ongoing public subsidisation of the logging industry, Greens Leader and Energy spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“Including the burning of timber waste generated by industrial scale logging of our native forests into the RET will lock in an unviable logging business model and lock in ongoing public subsidies to prop it up,” Mr Booth said.




Ulverstone Museum funding assured by O'Halloran





Tasmanian Greens Member for Braddon, Paul O’Halloran MP has announced that the Tasmanian Greens would provide the $94,000 of funding required to upgrade of the Ulverstone History Museum.




The Federal Liberal government failed to honour pre-election funding promised to the museum by the former government. The funding revocation was a great disservice to the local community, something Paul O’Halloran and the Tasmanian greens intend to rectify.


 



 



EPA Must Investigate Macquarie Harbour Health Concerns





The State’s environmental watchdog, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) must be given the go-ahead by the government to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the current health of Macquarie harbour, Greens Leader and Primary Industries spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“There are serious concerns that the EPA is being sidelined from investigating the situation at Macquarie Harbour,” Mr Booth said.




 



Anti-Protest Legislation Passes Upper House 





The anti-protest Bill which passed through the Legislative Council this afternoon is an unworkable mess presided over by an incompetent Forests Minister.

"There was never any way to fix this Bill, but it's in more of a mess now that the Legislative Council has finished with it," said Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP.




 



Budget Estimates Need to be Reviewed 





The State Budget Estimates Committee hearings need to be reviewed to ensure their vital accountability role is not subverted by the government of the day, as we saw this week, Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said.

“The Hodgman government reduced this important parliamentary accountability mechanism to a farce this week, with Ministers refusing to provide answers or information requested,” Mr Booth said.



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