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Call for Alternative Australia Day Date 





Political leaders need to be serious about moving Australia Day to a date other than the 26th of January if they are serious about working towards genuine reconciliation with the Aboriginal community, Greens Leader and Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“The Greens welcome the Premier’s commitment to placing Aboriginal land transfers back on the state table, but we also urge Mr Hodgman to have the courage to place on the national agenda the need to shift the Australia Day date,” Mr Booth said.




Ice in Tasmania 





Last night's Four Corners program revealed the devastation Chrystal methamphetamine, or Ice, is wreaking on individuals and families in North and North West Tasmania, Greens Health spokesperson Cassy O’Connor MP said today.

“Four Corners laid bare the distressing facts on the scourge of Ice in some of the state's most disadvantaged communities,” Ms O’Connor said.




 



Where is CDL Scheme Cost Benefit Analysis? 





Environment Minister Matthew Groom must provide an update on progress on the cost benefit study on the establishment of a state-based Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) in Tasmania.

“The tender was awarded by the previous government after a Greens’ motion in Parliament received tri-partite support, and Mr Groom must confirm that the study is on track and provide an expected completion date,” said Greens Environment spokesperson Nick McKim MP.




 



Planning Minister needs to come clean on Taskforce appointment and costs 





Planning Minister, Peter Gutwein, is avoiding scrutiny over the use of taxpayer dollars to establish a developer-led planning reform Taskforce, Greens Planning spokesperson, Cassy O'Connor MP, said today.




"In Parliament this week during debate on the Supply Bills, I asked the Treasurer and Planning Minister repeatedly what was the projected budget and costs for the Taskforce, and how much its appointed head, former Property Council director, Mary Massina was being paid?”





 



Tasmanians Kept in the Dark Over Heritage Register Plans 





Heritage Minister, Matthew Groom, again refused to provide any detail of his plan to cut a third of the properties from Tasmania’s Heritage Register in Parliament today.


Greens’ Heritage spokesperson, Cassy O’Connor MP, said the Minister has wilfully evaded making any public comment over scandalously poor process to gut Tasmania’s Heritage Register by 1653 properties this year.





UTAS funding to be cut by $23.8 million 





The Tasmanian Greens today released Senate Budget Estimates documentation which reveals the University of Tasmania’s funding will be cut by $23.8 million over the next four years by the Federal government.


 


Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said that the University of Tasmania is a key driver of the new economy in Tasmania, and the funding cut will make things more difficult than they needed to be for UTAS.


 


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