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Friday Wrap: last seven days at a glance

Biosecurity

Colin Sherman, a former Quarantine Tas director, says Jeremy Rockliff’s Agency has broken “one of the only things in DPIPWE that act­ually worked”. “All the good work over decades has been undone in a matter of months.”

Read the story here.

FIND out the impact of Biosecurity Staff shortages on farmers at a time when we’re in drought here.

LISTEN to CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch talk about staff concerns at Biosecurity Tasmania and the impact on industry below.

Child Protection

In an inquest this week, investigator Suzanne Botak reported that Child Protection was under-resourced, highlighted by an unallocated child protection list and administrative staff handling notifications.

Minister Jacquie Petrusma needs to listen and act on our child protection resourcing crisis, not denying it like she did in December.

Tasmanian children and families need help and support today.

 

Fires highlight the importance of public sector

WITH drought conditions and fires across the state, many of you are working to keep us safe and protect our homes. Parks and Wildlife, Forestry Tasmania and Tas Fire are just some of our members who are integral to planning for our fire season and fighting these blazes. On the ground you put in many hours, as well as those who are working behind the scenes so the response to fires is the best it can be and well resourced. Among other roles, across the public sector our members:

  • help with mapping terrain
  • help with rostering those on the ground
  • answer emergency calls for help
  • work in the incident management team
  • look at what roads aren’t safe
  • keep you and me informed
  • alert us to dangerous smoke levels

This is all happening after huge cuts have been made to our workforce, just in Parks, Hodgman cut 30 FTE go last financial year, and 50 FTE from Forestry in 2015.

One of our important roles as public sector staff is to protect our state, but to do this we need enough staff and time. Our Public Sector Unions Wages Agreement is a chance to put forward your vision for what Tasmania needs to ensure we all continue to benefit from the services you provide – so stay tuned!

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