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Northern Prison Not a Solution

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Corrections spokesperson

The Labor and Liberal parties’ vision for northern Tasmania is to lock people up. Their election pledge to build another prison will cost the state a fortune, make the state less safe, and do nothing to improve the safety of communities in the north.

Ferguson Must Address Psychiatric Care Shortage at the LGH

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Member for Bass

Last week the Royal Hobart Hospital Department of Psychiatric Medicine lost their RANZCP accreditation, this week the Launceston General Hospital has been left with no permanent psychiatrist, and the Registrar fully booked.

Northern mental health patients presenting at the LGH with acute issues won’t be able to be seen by a psychiatrist or registrar. These are people who are often in serious states of mental ill health.

Courtney Ignorant on Greens’ Investment in Northern Tasmania

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Northern Tasmania spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens’ Alternative Budget allocates far more funding into the State's North and North West than either the Liberals' Budget or Labor have in their flimsy Economic Directions' Statement.

Our Alternative Budget is very much focused on building capacity in Tasmania’s regions, including:

·        $60 million in funding for Launceston’s Sewerage and Stormwater modernisation;

·        $9.82 million for a Palliative Care Unit in the North

Northern Tasmania Can’t Risk a Compromised Launceston City Deal

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Northern Tasmania spokesperson

Northern Tasmanians welcomed the signing of the Launceston City Deal today.  There was still no funding, however, to address the city’s underlying, and crippling, issue – its ailing water and sewerage infrastructure.

The Launceston City Deal projects can’t flourish without the water and sewerage infrastructure underpinning the city being upgraded.  Increased development and population will only add to the already over-stressed, aging system.

Liberals’ Derby Hypocrisy

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Northern Tasmania spokesperson

The Greens are strong supporters of the World Enduro Series, and the thriving mountain bike industry in and around Derby, set up with grants from the now-torn up Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

The Liberals' statements about Derby are hypocritical.  They can't claim they will never log around the Derby while including the area in their divisive forestry legislation as 'production forest'.

Hodgman Must Stand Up for Northern Maritime Jobs

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Northern Tasmania spokesperson

The Australian Maritime College in Launceston is the national centre of naval expertise. Maritime engineering, research and business skills have been their focus for over 40 years.

The Premier must make sure the jobs it brings, and has potential to bring, stay in Northern Tasmania.

Northern Tasmania has been enriched, economically, socially and culturally through the Australian Maritime College for decades.

Liberals Need to Invest $150M Windfall Gain in Launceston Infrastructure

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Member for Bass

Instead of taking credit for the State and the nation's ongoing recovery from the GFC, the Hodgman Government needs to commit to the people of Launceston that it will invest a significant part of its $150 million windfall gain into the city's ancient and ailing water and sewerage infrastructure.

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.  

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.

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