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Bell Bay Aluminium Comes to Groom's Temporary Rescue

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and State Prosperity spokesperson

While Energy Minister Matthew Groom continues to pray for rain, Bell Bay Aluminium has come to his temporary rescue with a plan to reduce the plant’s energy consumption by 10% over the next four to five months. 

It is the Greens' very sincere hope that this will not impact on jobs in and around George Town.

Liberals Selectively Quote Deloitte Report

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

In the finest tradition of political propagandists, Treasurer Gutwein is using the latest Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook Report to pretend the Liberals in government are responsible for Tasmania’s relatively solid economic performance.

The Deloitte report makes it clear that the Hodgman Government’s policies have had zero impact on improved economic conditions in Tasmania.  This is probably why it has been so selectively quoted by the Treasurer.

E-School is Safe

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokesperson 

The Greens welcome the news that Minister Rockliff has back-flipped on a previous announcement to cut staff numbers to the Tasmanian E-School.

The Greens were proud to sponsor a petition, signed by 352 Tasmanians, to keep the current staff levels at the E-School.

It's wonderful that the Minister has chosen to support students with a disability in Tasmania by keeping the 8 FTEs assigned to the E-School.

Government Stubbornness Compromising Biosecurity

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

Biosecurity Tasmania plays a vital role in protecting Tasmania's agribusinesses and must be funded appropriately.

The government had fair warning that underfunding and understaffing Biosecurity Tas would not be accepted by the overworked staff for much longer.

Our biosecurity is being compromised by the government's stubbornness and that's putting all of our primary industries at risk.

Government Needs to act on Tourism Skills Shortage

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism spokesperson

The government needs to face up to the skills shortages in construction and hospitality and implement a coordinated approach through State Growth and Education.

We have so many untrained and unemployed young people, as well as a defined skills shortage.

Tourism is Tasmania's future and the government needs to help fix the problem.

Tasmania needs a nimble and creative government response to these problems. We need innovative and targeted training programmes which will fit the strained sectors.

Biosecurity Cuts Would Put Tasmania at Risk

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

Threats to Biosecurity Tasmania's budget are a real concern for our economy and clean, green brand.

Minister Rockliff has casually ignored the very real biosecurity threats to Tasmania from imports and tourist arrivals by only commenting on major produce exporters.

Paying overtime to maintain basic services is expensive and clunky. While overtime is a workplace right, it's no fix for the underlying needs in Biosecurity Tasmania.

Tasmanian Job Figures Encouraging

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The latest job figures for Tasmania are encouraging and provide growing evidence of economic recovery nationwide.

It is clear that Tasmania continues to make the transition out of a heavily resource extraction based economy to one that is increasingly reaping the benefits our clean green brand. 

The good news from today should serve as a reminder that Tasmania’s brand is a great jobs' generator.  

Treasurer Spin Won't Hide Jobless Increase

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The latest employment data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals more job losses in Tasmania, the highest youth unemployment and lowest participation rates in the nation.

The increase in unemployment numbers across both Trend and Seasonally Adjusted figures, falls fairly at the feet of the Tasmanian Liberal Government.  Eighteen months in office, the days of blaming previous administrations have surely passed.

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