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Greens Alternative Budget Statement

Nick McKim MP | Greens Treasury spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget Statement demonstrates it is possible to deliver strong economic and jobs outcomes while investing extra into health, education, small business, housing and environmental protection.

Our Alternative Budget expenditure is fully costed and funded, and does not change the timetable for a return to surplus established by the government.

Greens Budget Alternative for those the Liberals forgot

Nick McKim MP | Greens Treasury spokesperson

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

 

Last week’s Liberal state Budget lacked compassion and courage. It offered nothing for small business in Tasmania, which is the engine room of the Tasmanian economy, and did not put one extra dollar into public housing despite waiting lists blowing out by over 40% since the Liberals came to office.

World Heritage Committee lacks trust in Hodgman and Abbott Governments

Nick McKim MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The Tasmanian Government's proposal to allow logging and mining in the World Heritage Area has prompted an extraordinary response from the United Nations, including a proposal to send a UNESCO delegation to the state later this year.

The World Heritage Committee's draft decision, which was tabled in Paris yesterday, should be a massive wake up call for Environment Minister, Matthew Groom.

Great Result for Bonorong but Fireworks Permit System Needs Reviewing

Nick McKim MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

     The decision to move fireworks outside a two kilometre radius from Bonorong tomorrow evening is a victory for common sense, but points to a need to review the

     Explosives Regulations 2012 to improve the system for granting fireworks permits.

     The system of granting permits needs to be reviewed to ensure that pet owners, farmers, studs, wildlife parks and other animal sanctuaries who may be impacted

Budget Rhetoric Not Matched by Reality

Nick McKim MP | Greens Treasury spokesperson

The Hodgman Liberal government has missed a golden opportunity to support small business and creative industries in this year’s State Budget. The serious damage to frontline services has not been repaired, and the failure to invest in small business and the creative economy is an indictment on a so-called Liberal government.

SMALL BUSINESS

Liberals Must Act on Fireworks Threat to Tassie Devils

Nick McKim MP | Greens Environment Spokesperson

Treasurer Peter Gutwein must ensure that any fireworks permits issued for within one kilometre of the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary are cancelled before fireworks night tomorrow.

Bonorong has hundreds of native animals and unless action is taken it will be surrounded by fireworks tomorrow evening with a significant risk of animal death due to stress and unintended self harm caused by fear. Bonorong is also part of the Tasmanian Devil captive breeding program.

Preliminary State Budget Response

Nick McKim MP | Greens Treasury spokesperson

If you are homeless, if you are sick, if you have children in public schools, or if you care about the environment and action on climate change, the Budget has let you down. 

It is a heartless budget which puts roads before people.

The damage done to essential services by the first Hodgman Budget has not been reversed. 766 public servants have been sacked, and health, education and housing are still worse off, while the Treasurer has created a $220.4 million slush fund for political pork barrelling.

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