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Seven Day Wrap: The last 7 days at a glance


THE discovery of a suspected Victorian gecko by a member of the public highlights the ongoing understaffing concerns of Biosecurity Tasmania employees.















Our unique tourism and export industries need protection and more skilled, permanent staff are needed to do this.

“Biosecurity Tasmania employees have been raising these concerns for almost a year,” CPSU Assistant Secretary Thirza White said. “This week’s discovery of a gecko, a species not native to Tasmania confirms their fears. In the last three months German cockroaches, Norwegian salmon and now a Victorian gecko entered our state, all discovered by members of the public. Minister Rockliff needs to hire permanent, skilled staff at Biosecurity Tasmania to protect our unique industries, including tourism.”

Ms White said the recent Taste of Tasmania only highlighted the risk we face if we don’t properly protect our quarantine barrier. “How many more breaches do we need to see before Minister Rockliff employees additional permanent and skilled Biosecurity Tasmania Officers to protect these industries?” Ms White said.

Meanwhile today graziers raised concerns about potential breaches to our Biosecurity barrier, with the drought meaning some farmers are looking to import palm kernal for fodder.

Watch the Southern Cross news report here.

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Meanwhile, the ABC reported that an anonymous Biosecurity employee reported that understaffing meant not enough staff on the ground at our airports during the peak summer tourism season.

Read more here.

Child Protection

CHILD Protection Service employees have plenty of ideas about how and where improvements could be made to help children and families, which they told the Agency in November. Why has Minister Petrusma then gone to hire a private consulting firm? Children and families staff are experts who work on the frontline every day, they know how the service works and what its failings are – it makes sense to ask them to have a say.

Read the Mercury story below (click to make the image bigger).

CP Jan 8Family Violence

THEN there’s the Family Violence Counselling and Support Service that, despite increasing demand, received zero additional funding from Will Hodgman’s Family Violence Action Plan, and it’s now Hodgman’s policy that all of this funding should go to the NGO sector – yep, all of it. Minister Petrusma refuses to talk about the staffing issues for this important public service and what it means for those who are trying to access help, and rather to hand over control of these important services to third parties.

Read more here.



image1MEANWHILE in our courts, the judiciary is saying inadequate and insufficient resources means an increasing backlog of cases. 
Former Chief Magistrate Michael Hill said “in my view the quality of justice cannot be measured by a budget bottom line only”. We totally agree, a backlog in cases means lives are put on hold.

Read more here.











Public Health Services are an important safety net to keep our community as healthy and well as possible. But decisions by Health Minister Michael Ferguson are whittling these away. Former Launceston General Hospital director of surgery Berni Einoder said the $25.9m in funding from the Commonwealth would’ve been better spent in the public system, and the government couldn’t rely on short-term fixes for long-term issues.

‘‘We need adequate staff, adequate infrastructure and adequate funding,’’ Professor Einoder said.

Read more here.



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