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Latest EMRS poll results in

THE EMRS State Voting Intentions February 2012 poll saw support for the Labor Party remain steady since February 2011 with a 4% in the last three months. Support for the Liberals went up 6%, but decrease from November 2011. Greens support dropped 7% since February 2011, and also decreased in the last quarter. Lara Giddings’ […]

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‘Thorough and thoughtful’ ombudsman retires

OMBUDSMAN Simon Allston retired last month after 23 years with the Tasmanian Government. In 1989 Simon joined the Office of the Solicitor General, moving from the Commonwealth Government. During his 16 years with the Solicitor General Simon was well known for his thorough and thoughtful advice. Simon was also seconded to assist the Royal Commission […]

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New policy leaves questions unanswered

LACK of consultation has meant confusion for Parks and Wildlife staff. The PWS Staff Housing Rental Policy was introduced with scarce consultation. Now some PWS Members are wondering what this new policy means for them. Concerns include: The rent PWS receive will no longer go back into the regional pool for maintenance on the houses, […]

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New home for Crown Land Services

CROWN Land Services (CLS) has moved. CLS is now part of Parks and Wildlife, moving from Information Land Services. Now CLS reports directly to Peter Mooney, rather than Kate Kent.

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Housing tenders call

ON SATURDAY Housing Tasmania called for tenders to transfer 500 properties to community housing organisations under Better Housing Futures. (**Saturday Feb 4) The initiative will see State Government transfer tenancy and property management of about 4000 Housing Tasmania properties to community housing organisations. The initial 500 Housing Tasmania properties are at Clarendon Vale and Rokeby […]

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Firies campaigns against service cuts

FIRIES are up in arms over proposed Tasmania Fire Service cuts. The United Firefighters Union of Australia (UFUA) launched a campaign to fight TFS budget cuts and a proposal to close the fire training centre and one fire station. TasFire Training is the only Emergency Response Team training provider in the state, and provides fire […]

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Devils program in jeopardy

WORK to save endangered species could stop if the State Government has its way. The government recently rejected three Save the Tasmanian Devil Program Field Officers’ plea for permanency. All these workers are highly experienced with tertiary qualifications. Without their contracts renewed, the program, and ultimately the devils, will lose out. The government is also […]

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Goodbye paper, hello PDF

THE Department of Health and Human Services is getting technical. Soon it will send out PDF pay slips, rather than using snail mail. The move to an electronic system will save money, allow easier access to pay histories, leave balances and group certificates. This means DHHS workers can access pay details on the Employee Self […]

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Government neglects liquor and gambling duty of care

Last week Treasury advised CPSU MAST organiser Steph that it’s proposing to withdraw from the s55 agreement in March. This means Treasury will expect all Compliance Inspectors to put their hand up to work regular overtime. Compliance Inspectors loading started out much higher than 8%, and it has been whittled away over the years as […]

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Landmark ruling for pay equity

Today’s ruling by the full bench of Fair Work Australia on pay equity for social and community sector workers is a landmark in the fight for equal pay for women. This female-dominated industry is one of the lowest paid in Australia because it has been historically viewed as ‘women’s work. This has been a major […]

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