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Northern Tasmania Needs Real Jobs Focus, Not Liberal Self-Congratulation

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Member for Bass

The Hodgman Government must stop patting itself on the back over the latest series of economic reports and get on with the task of revitalising the northern economy for sustainable, long term jobs.  The expansion of growing sectors in the North and North-West should be a prime government focus.

We welcome today's Southern Marine Shiplift, Haywards and TasPorts' partnership announcement.  

Expose Highlights Urgent Need for Salmon Industry Regulation

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The scale of revelations on last night's Four Corners exposé of the Tasmanian salmon farming industry are immense.  It exposed the State Government wilfully pushing industry expansion at the cost of long-term jobs and the marine environment.

Last night's exposé revealed the persistent refusal of government to put regulations in place for the salmon industry.  Regulations would limit fallout on the marine environment, and safeguard jobs in one of Tasmania's largest employing, regional sectors.

Northern Stimulus too Little, too Late

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass

The Liberal Government has neglected the North of the State for too long, denying a problem exists.

The Greens, on the other hand, have been calling for an economic plan for the North for the last two years.

Any plan to address the economic and employment decline in the North needs to look at long term sustainable growth and cannot be addressed by a Band-Aid solution that was dreamed up over a fortnight.

Surprisingly, the Government has shifted this problem onto the councils.

State Liberals Powerless on Backpacker Tax

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

The Primary Industries Minister's comments about intervention on the poorly handled backpacker tax highlights the powerless position this government is in.

It's clear the State Liberals are still being punished by their Federal colleagues for the poor federal election result.

Time is running out for growers. This season's produce is being planted or already budding with no certainty that the 10,000 pickers who'll be needed this Summer and Autumn.

State Conference Opening Address

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader  

Good morning extended Green tribe! It's lovely to see your faces and to personally thank you for travelling from wherever you came to be here in beautiful Deloraine.  

Thank you, particularly to all the Lyons members and their helpers for bringing us all together this weekend.

We meet on the traditional lands of the Pallittorre people, who - as it was for unknown thousands of the first Tasmanians - were removed from their country by trickery, force, at the point of a gun.

Greens Move to Legislate Cash for Containers

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Last month, Western Australia joined Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, the Northern Territory, and national leader, South Australia, in agreeing to introduce cash for container schemes.

In the next session of Parliament, the Greens will move that the Government legislate to introduce a container deposit scheme.

We hope that the Liberal Government and Labor Opposition will support the move, and we can implement a 'cash for cans' scheme in Tasmania with tripartisan support.

Liberals Still in Denial on Jobs

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

This month marked the tenth consecutive month of declining employment and participation rate in Tasmania.

The Treasurer still clings to his flimsy line of 1,300 jobs created since the election, conveniently ignoring the fact that the working age population has increased by 5,700 in that time.

Jobs' Crisis Demands Honesty and Action

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The first step towards solving a problem is to acknowledge its existence. 

With ABS data showing 5,200 Tasmanians out of work since last September, the Liberal Government does indeed have a jobs’ crisis on its hands. 

This has been confirmed by the Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS), yet the Liberals continue to deny their failure to deliver on the jobs’ bonanza they promised Tasmanians before the last State election.

NAB Report Makes Sobering Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The latest NAB State Update for Tasmania makes sobering reading.  It's a grim reality check for the Hodgman Government, which may explain the Treasurer’s silence on its release.

NAB points to the reality of continued structural decline in the Forestry sector, highlighting the futility of the Liberals’ attempt to put Forestry Tasmania on a financially sustainable footing.


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