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Liberals to spend $757m on health

On the weekend the Tasmanian Liberal’s promised to spend $757m to employ 1332 more health workers, including 800 nurses and 158 doctors. In The Mercury on Tuesday independent health policy analyst Martyn Goddard said that this headline figure was probably inflated by including Commonwealth funding as its own, without acknowledging this. Mr Goddard said that […]

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Labor commits to 20 extra Biosecurity Tas staff

Biosecurity Tasmania workers are the barrier between our export industries and pests and diseases. The recent discovery of the Queensland fruit fly is an example of how these workers are vital to our clean, green reputation in the international export market. However, we’ve seen cuts to this important public service over the last several years. […]

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Liberals announce funding for mental health

Tasmanian Liberals promise that they’ll spend $95m on mental health, if they are able to form a majority government. This promise includes a unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital for adolescent patients. But in December last year plans for a new mental health unit were dumped after Minister Michael Ferguson failed to listen to health […]

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Rangers for our Overloved Underfunded Parks

Our Parks are overloved and underfunded. There aren’t enough Park Rangers and Field Officers to maintain the Parks and Reserves, which tourists come from across the world to see. On Monday Labor announced that if elected it would fund an additional 30 Park Rangers and Parks system maintenance. Opposition Leader Rebecca White said these commitments […]

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Liberals release education promises

TODAY  Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff announced that, if elected, the Liberals would spend $207m over four years on the sector. Mr Rockliff committed to hiring 227 more staff, 192 teachers and 80 Teacher Assistants. As it was only released this morning, we still need to look at the detail. Staff in our schools allow teachers […]

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Delegate Profile: Mark Rippon

My job is: GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Manager at Sustainable Timber Tasmania My job helps the Tasmanian community by: providing IT mapping infrastructure and applications to enable STT to sustainably manage the 800,000 Ha of publicly owned production forest on behalf of all Tasmanians. I joined the union because: I believe in the power and […]

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JLN & Greens release Education policies

Both the Tasmanian Greens and the Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN) announced their funding plans for Education, if elected on March 3. The Greens would employ 250 more teachers, 200 more teacher assistants, as well as increasing the number of social workers, school psychologists and speech therapists. The JLN would create 250 additional teaching jobs, raise […]

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Prison for North, Remand centre for South

If re-elected, Will Hodgman announced that he would commit to: • A new remand facility at the Risdon Prison site, costing $70m • $270m for a new prison in the North of Tasmania with a 270 prisoner capacity. Meanwhile Labor has promised $40m to replace the Launceston Reception Prison.  Examiner, January 21, page 1 Corrections […]

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Labor, Liberals to fund more police officers

BOTH major parties have promised to up police numbers, if re-elected: Liberals: 125 more frontline police officers over four years Labor: Recruit an additional 31 police officers in the first term of government, and fund three general duties police dogs. Sunday Tasmanian, January 28, page 1 Our police service keeps our community safe; it relies […]

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