Friday Wrap: the last seven days at a glance
ON WEDNESDAY Australian Bureau of Statistics data about Tasmanians’ health was damning compared to national figures but Minister Michael Ferguson continues to hack away at our health service, announcing he’d axe 80 positions on Friday last week.
THIS week a right to Information made it clear there’s a freeze on vacancies in Child Protection. The RTI showed that Minister Petrusma was warned several times about the impact of the understaffing crisis and what it means to Tassie families and kids. The report showed that eight of the 151 cases with significant concerns regarding harm or risk of harm were not actioned in the state’s North-West – and the Minster knew about them. On this, Examiner readers said:
MINISTER Jacquie Petrusma hasn’t filled vacant positions in the Family Violence Counselling and Support Service, leading to the remaining staff experiencing heavy workloads. This is ultimately impacting on those women and children who need help. In short, there aren’t enough people to help Tasmanian women and children suffering family violence.
The solution: Employ more staff in the FVCSS permanently – sadly the problem of Family Violence isn’t going away anytime soon.
Instead: Minister Petrusma has given money to a private organisation to do the work of the vacant FVCSS positions.
The workers in the FVCSS weren’t able to have a say on this, and this week the Industrial Commission said Minister Petrusma’ s Agency had failed to consult and her Agency was indeed outsourcing this work. (click the graphic below to make bigger).
Meanwhile the same thing is happening to our services in TasTAFE but in a slightly different way.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff is starving this service of the funding it needs to provide skills and opportunities for Tasmanians. Instead he’s awarding tenders to private and interstate providers.
We’ve all seen the news stories about some dodgy training providers.
Tasmanians deserve to have educational and training outcomes that are best for its citizens, rather than focusing on making a private company profit.
But almost the entire $2.4 million skills fund went to interstate and private providers.
Is Minister Rockliff also trying to wash his hands of the educational outcomes of Tasmania? Read more in the Mercury article below (click image to make it bigger).