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Ashley Review Builds Case for Closure

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

The Independent Review of Ashley Youth Detention Centre makes it clear the model for dealing with young offenders in Tasmania has failed.

These failures increase the likelihood of problems at Ashley, poorer outcomes for young people and a less safe community.

The changes announced by the Minister for Human Services are unfortunately just tinkering at the edges.  Ultimately, Ashley Youth Detention Centre must be closed.

Full NDIS Scheme Will Change Lives

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

Thousands of Tasmanians living with a disability will be able to access the supports they need to live more independently, access training and employment and achieve their goals with the NDIS full scheme rolling out today across the State.

Once it is fully rolled out to all age groups in Tasmania over the next three years, around 10 600 Tasmanians living with disability will be accessing supports and affordable housing through the NDIS.

$60M Housing Giveaway Remains Unjustified

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

In Budget Estimates today, the Human Services Minister failed to provide any evidence that giving away up to 500 Housing Tasmania homes will increase the supply of affordable housing or represents a good deal for taxpayers.

The Greens have long been concerned about the Liberal Government handing over the Title to Housing Tasmania properties. These are public assets and they are effectively being given away for a song on an untested reform.

No Mandate Housing Asset Giveaway to Become Law

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

For-profit, corporate housing developers will be able to secure Housing Tasmania homes for free or a pittance under legislation that has now passed through both Houses of Parliament.

The Homes (Amendment) Bill 2016 is the vehicle for the Hodgman Government to transfer Title on Housing Tasmania properties to private and community housing interests, with up to 500 Housing properties up for grabs in the first tranche.

NDIS Certainty Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens warmly welcome the announcement today of details on the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) two and a half years after this life-changing and positive reform came in to effect in Tasmania.

It was always the plan that the full scheme would begin to roll out from 1 July 2016, in order to deliver the NDIS to around 9600 Tasmanians living with disability who are outside the 15-24 age cohort who were part of the trial.

Government Must Listen to Community Sector on Pokies

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gaming spokesperson

The Hodgman Government needs heed the call of the coalition of community sector organisations demanding urgent action to address the scourge of poker machine gambling in Tasmania immediately.

Removing pokies from our pubs and clubs would help channel revenue that is currently being lost on poker machine back into our communities, into families and into small suburban businesses. This is the government's chance to make a difference to Tasmanians in pain.

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