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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.

Still Waiting for Housing Giveaway Details

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

Minister Petrusma dodged question after question on her government's housing giveaway plan in parliament this morning.

Instead of providing Tasmanians with the evidence base for the asset giveaway and the total value of the up to 500 properties, Ms Petrusma weakly argued that she and her government were not privatising public assets.

The Tasmanians we speak to believe if it looks and smells like a public asset giveaway, that's what it is.

Government Confirms Privatisation of Public Housing Assets

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

For the first time in Tasmania's history a State Government is privatising Housing Tasmania homes through the transfer of Title.

Human Services Minister, Jacquie Petrusma, confirmed in Parliament today that up to 500 Housing Tasmania properties will be handed over to community housing providers.

At a reasonable estimate, the Hodgman Government is giving away $125 million worth of public housing assets.

Housing Investment Step in the Right Direction

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

The release of the Affordable Housing Strategy and the investment of $13.5M this year won't deal with the critical supply issues in housing, but it's a reasonable start.

There are close to 3000 Tasmanians on the waiting list for homes which has skyrocketed under this government.  Many are living in highly unstable situations and some have no place to call home.

Child Protection Review Exposes Lack of Resources

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

The report in to the failure to investigate 151 child protection notifications in the North West has exposed that resourcing is a serious issue for child protection in Tasmania.

The fact that administrative staff were taking notifications of at-risk babies and children in the North West has exposed that poor processes, insufficient resources, staff recruitment, training and management are at the heart of the problem.

Minister Petrusma Gave Us No Choice

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

The three Greens MPs met this morning and agreed that we would keep an open mind on the likely no confidence Motion to be brought on by Labor.

We agreed that we would wait to hear Minister Petrusma's response to a series of questions about how 151 potentially at-risk children were ignored for a lengthy period by Child Protection in the North West.

We were genuinely prepared to give the Minister a chance to explain her lack of timely action on this serious matter.

Memo to Premier: Investing in People isn't a Waste of Money

Cassy O'Connor | Greens Human Services spokesperson

Premier Hodgman acknowledged concerns raised by the community sector about the lack of funds to Tasmanians in need as "valid questions", but when questioned on why his GST windfall wasn't invested in this area the Premier told Estimates he wouldn't be "blowing it on recurrent services".

It is simply sad that the Premier is telling low income Tasmanians and the community sector which supports them that his Government won't be wasting its extra money on them.


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