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Controlled Growth a Good Outcome for Tasmania’s Poppy Industry

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water
02.09.14 6:39 pm

The Australian Government’s decision to allow the growth of the licit opiate industry in a controlled manner that continues to comply with our international obligations is a positive response to the Tasmanian Government’s concerns.

We were very concerned about the dangers of an uncontrolled proliferation of poppies across Australia.

This would have posed serious security, health and safety issues, and irreparably damaged the international market’s confidence in the industry in Australia, as well as in Tasmania.

That is why the Liberal Government through the Premier, the Health Minister and myself as Primary Industries Minister have been advocating to the Commonwealth and to the industry for a careful and measured approach to the expansion of cultivation of poppies outside of Tasmania.

The decision of the Federal Minister for Health validates the Tasmanian position and supports our poppy industry.

The development of a new Commonwealth-State agreement that is implemented over five years rather than uncontrolled expansion of growing in mainland states is a good outcome that reflects the Tasmanian Government’s position. 

It will provide greater clarity for this vital and important industry, especially for local growers.

The Liberal Government welcomes reported comments by Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck that the Commonwealth does not “want to disadvantage the Tasmanian industry or economy and negotiations with other states will have that in mind”.

We are committed to continuing our lead role so that the interests of the Tasmanian industry and economy are front and centre.


Building Approvals Continue to Grow

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
02.09.14 6:37 pm

ABS building approval figures out today show the Liberal Government’s Plan is working and the economy is growing.

Since the election of a majority Liberal Government, the value of building approvals in the four months to July 2014 increased by 44 per cent compared to the four months to March 2014.

In July, dwelling approvals were 29 per cent higher compared with the same time one year earlier and the value of buildings approved increased by 24 per cent in the same time.

The Liberal Government is backing the building industry, worth more than $2 billion a year and employing around 17,500 Tasmanians, through policies such as cutting red tape, fixing outdated building regulations, reforming the planning system and extending the First Home Builder Boost.

We are growing the economy to create jobs and today’s figures show we are already seeing better outcomes.


Stanley Burbury, 5.30pm, Wednesday Sept 3: The Making of MONA

Communications and Media Office, University of Tasmania
02.09.14 6:26 pm

Take a peek behind the scenes at MONA

The incredible (and improbable) story behind the establishment of Australia’s most exciting museum will be outlined at a public lecture in Hobart tomorrow evening (Wednesday 3 September).

Sociologist and design expert Professor Adrian Franklin will present The Making of the MONA Effect, the inside story of how David Walsh’s tourism magnet came to be.

This free public event, hosted by the University of Tasmania’s newly established Institute for the Study of Social Change, will also promote Professor Franklin’s latest book The Making of MONA, which is due to be published in hardback internationally by Penguin on October 22.

With a degree of access rarely granted outsiders, Professor Franklin traces MONA’s origins, its architectural and building processes, and the branding and curatorial approach.

Professor Franklin is in the midst of a four-year, Australian Research Council-funded study to examine the extraordinary success of this venture. Partner organisations include the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Melbourne, the State Government, and the Hobart and Glenorchy councils.

“The ultimate aim is to develop a strategic framework within which to organise city and state marketing, visitor experience, arts and creative industry development and other major infrastructural projects that are of mutual benefit to all partner organisations and which extends benefits to the culture and economy of Tasmania,” he explains.

The Making of the MONA Effect will be presented in the University’s Stanley Burbury Theatre from 5.30pm tomorrow, Wednesday, 3 September.


TFGA says Greens are right out of touch

TFGA Chief Executive Jan Davis
02.09.14 6:23 pm

Tasmanian farmers are stunned at the Greens’ latest target: the state’s irrigation schemes. According to the Greens’ leader, Kim Booth, the schemes should be set aside to save the jobs of public servants.

“This positioning is naïve and simplistic,” Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive Jan Davis said today.

“These are not either/or propositions. I cannot believe that any rational politician in the year 2014 could espouse such a policy.

“Everyone knows it is private enterprise that creates jobs, not government. Farmers are investing enormous amounts of money across the state – creating jobs, supporting local communities and driving other industries.

“Mr Booth’s assertion that there had been no business case developed for irrigation is patently incorrect. The state government insists on a business case for each scheme before it is referred to the federal government; the federal government then reviews that business case before it signs off on its funding contribution. Each farmer then makes a business decision around their own investment; and that business case then is independently assessed by their financiers before approving any loan funds,” Ms Davis said.

“It is hard enough getting farmers to open their wallets at the best of times, and they certainly don’t spend their own money without having a clear idea of the business case supporting such investments.

“They are parting with tens of millions of dollars to invest in irrigation schemes. On top of that, for every $1 spent to get water to the farm gate, they will invest a further $5 to install infrastructure on their farms to deliver water to paddocks and to effectively drought-proof their farms.

“Mr Booth’s comments are insulting – no farmer does that without a clear plan for a return on that investment,” Ms Davis said.

She said Mr Booth had made no effort to understand government processes around investment in irrigation in Tasmania.

“Not only that, his comments have made it clear that he does not understand agriculture; he does not understand business; he does not understand the concept of economic growth; and he does not even understand what was meant by the Green’s catchphrase of ‘clean, green and clever’,” Ms Davis said.

“This is a major policy turnaround for the Greens, who have in the past supported public/private partnership investment in irrigation and in clever farming. Yet there has been no consultation with farmers – or, as best we can tell, with anyone else,” she said.


The Liberal-Palmer Coalition delivers for the top end of town at the expense of small business

Greens spokesperson for Small Business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson
02.09.14 4:00 pm

Greens spokesperson for Small Business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that the mining tax repeal delivers a massive blow to the small business sector.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This massive win for the mining companies comes at the expense of not just worker’s superannuation, but is also a body-blow to small business.

“The mining tax repeal has made the two million small businesses in Australia losers, just to benefit a handful of mining giants.

“The Mining Tax Repeal Bill means that small businesses lose two important provisions: the loss carry back provision and the increase in the instant asset write off threshold.

“The carry back of company tax losses was recommended by the Henry Review. It allowed small businesses to offset losses from the current financial year with tax already paid to the ATO.

“The instant asset write-off for business assets costing less than $6,500 meant small businesses could have received a deduction for the value of a depreciating asset that costs less than $6,500 in the income year the asset is first used or installed ready for use.

“The Liberals and the Palmer political party need to explain to small businesses across the country why they continue to put them last,” Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.


Greens call on banks and other parties to back new Financial Advice Bill

Greens Senator for Consumer Affairs, Competition Policy and Small Business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson
02.09.14 3:59 pm

Today in the Senate, the Greens Senator for Consumer Affairs, Competition Policy and Small Business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson will introduce the Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice) Bill 2014 to provide improved definitions for consumers seeking financial advice.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This Bill is a small step in reforming the legislation that governs the industry by providing consumers with a clear differentiation between personal and general advice.
“It is a direction explored by David Murray in his Financial Systems Inquiry interim report and it is also a position that the Commonwealth Bank has recently advocated.

“The Bill will seek to amend the Corporations Act to help improve consumer information. Under the Corporations Act 2001, financial product advice falls under two categories, personal advice or general advice.

“Our Bill proposes an amendment to the Corporations Act to change the term “general advice” to “general information,” and it will also make it illegal to claim to be giving “advice” when providing only general information.

“This will provide greater clarity for consumers and they will better understand when the advice they are given is tailored to their personal circumstances or when they are simply being told about a product.

“This was a major problem identified in the recent ASIC Senate Inquiry and being raised by submissions to the Financial Systems Inquiry.

“I hope that the banks and the other parties will support the Corporations Amendment (Financial Advice) Bill 2014. It is a small, pragmatic and simple step towards restoring confidence in this important industry,” Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.


TFGA says Tasmania’s poppy-growing reputation paramount

TFGA chief executive Jan Davis
02.09.14 3:30 pm

Tasmania’s international reputation for growing half the world’s opiate poppy production in a secure environment and to the highest quality has to be the paramount consideration in a new national regime for the crop, the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) said today.

The TFGA was commenting on the federal decision to open up poppy cultivation in other states subject to agreement between the states and the Commonwealth over a five-year controlled implementation program.

“Obviously, our preferred position would be that production of poppies remains quarantined in Tasmania. However, we do understand the processors’ requirement for additional crops elsewhere should we suffer incidental climate or other problems here,” TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said today.

“We accepted that as the justification for trials in Victoria. However, Australia cannot afford to throw the baby out with the bath water. Over 40 years, Tasmanian farmers have established the best reputation in the world for growing poppies safely, securely and to specification. It is a $100 million a year industry for us.

“We need to be sure that the regulations governing any interstate production do not compromise our hard-won reputation. Furthermore, we want assurances that any national regulatory regime does not disadvantage Tasmanian poppy growers,” Ms Davis said.

“We will continue to work with both the state and federal governments to maintain and grow the Tasmanian poppy industry.”


Liberals Move to Hide Debate on Forestry Bill

Kim Booth MP | Greens Leader
02.09.14 3:19 pm

The Hodgman government is trying to hide scrutiny of its Legislative Council amended and contentious Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Bill 2014, by moving to ram it through the Lower House late this evening,” Greens Leader and Forestry spokesperson Kim Booth MP said.

“Clearly, this obnoxious ‘wreck forest future Bill’ is so fatally flawed the Hodgman regime is trying to slip it in under the cover of darkness after 6 pm tonight,” Mr Booth said.

“This is a cowardly tactic to avoid public, stakeholder and media scrutiny.”

“People will not forget that the Liberals gagged the initial debate on this shocker of a Bill when it first was put to the Assembly, that they then tried to ram the heavily amended Bill back through the Lower House on State Budget day with barely one hour of debate allocated, and then they resort to bringing it on under the cover of darkness.”

“It is hard to tell whether the Hodgman government is trying to distract from its cruel Budget or distract from its lack of a forestry plan, but what is clear is the arrogant contempt with which the Liberals are treating the Parliament and the community.”

“This is another shameful example of the blind arrogance of the Hodgman regime wanting to reduce the Parliament to a mere rubber stamp,” Mr Booth said.


Liberals betray Tasmanian poppy farmers

David Llewellyn MP Shadow Primary Industries Miniser
02.09.14 3:16 pm

Labor spokesman for Primary Industries David Llewellyn said today the State Liberals’ response to the Abbott Government’s betrayal of Tasmania’s poppy industry threatens hundreds of jobs and untold millions of dollars’ worth of future investment.

“Instead of rolling over and getting their tummies tickled by Tony Abbott and Senator Richard Colebeck on this critical issue, Will Hodgman and Jeremy Rockliff need to stand up and shake some sense into their Federal colleagues.

“Mr Rockliff knows all too well the serious threat this poses to our poppy industry and his weak response is cold comfort to Tasmanian farmers.

“How can Mr Rockliff claim as he did in Parliament today that a five-year implementation strategy to grow poppies anywhere in Australia is a ‘good outcome’ for Tasmania?

“The Liberal Coaltion’s decision to allow open slather on growing poppies will be a disaster for Tasmania’s primary industries sector.

“There should be an ongoing moratorium on growing poppies outside Tasmania until the full impact into the risks associated with security, health and safety and confidence in the industry are fully addressed.

“It may well seriously threaten current arrangements with the International Narcotics Control Board.

“Tasmania’s poppy farmers have pioneered this industry in Australia and fought long and hard to maintain it. They have been very badly let down.

“The best Mr Rockliff can say is that he made a strong case to Canberra, well that is just no good enough.

“This decision will cause irreparable damage to a $100 million-a-year industry; Mr Rockliff knows that yet he is prepared to roll over to his Liberal colleagues in Canberra.”


Legacy Week

Guy Barnett, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
02.09.14 3:15 pm

Today Legacy Tasmania launched Legacy Week, an annual national appeal to raise awareness and funds for the families of our incapacitated and deceased veterans.

Founded in Hobart in 1923, Legacy is a national charity supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans.

Today Legacy serves over 90 000 widows and 1 900 children and dependants with a disability, including approximately 1 400 in Tasmania.

Nationally, Legacy’s 5 900 volunteers across the nation continue to mentor and support widows and their families, ensuring the promise on which Legacy was founded over 90 years ago is kept today. I commend them for their fine service.

I encourage all Tasmanians to support Legacy’s work this week.


Labor moves for lasting change in education

Bryan Green MP Labor Leader Michelle O’Byrne MP Shadow Education Minister
02.09.14 2:01 pm

Labor today has made a genuine offer of bipartisanship to the Liberal Government to achieve lasting change in our education system.

The centrepiece of Labor’s reply to the 2014-15 Budget is a bold proposal to establish an expert policy body spearheaded by the University of Tasmania and including teachers, industry and other stakeholders, to be supported by all sides of politics.

Labor Leader Bryan Green said education was too important to be tangled up in politics and short term electoral cycles.

“When it comes to lasting reform in our Education system, no one group, sector or political party is in the sole possession of ultimate wisdom,” Mr Green said.

“It is clear from the high performing systems around the globe that a shared and dedicated commitment to improve education outcomes is required to achieve real and lasting change.

“The University of Tasmania should be embedded in the education system in Tasmania from start to finish.”

Mr Green said the policy body would be responsible for establishing an integrated and comprehensive educational model starting from Early Childhood and ending with tertiary education or trades training for all Tasmanians.

“Tasmania has many natural advantages in Agriculture, Aquaculture and Tourism and growing strengths in Information Technology and the Creative Industries,” Mr Green said.

“An evidence based approach will enable us to tailor our education and training systems to drive our economic competitiveness within these vital sectors.”

Labor Shadow Education Minister Michelle O’Byrne said that teachers would have a central role in any discussion about education reform.

“The more teachers are involved in shaping the reforms the greater likelihood of making the improvements stick,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“However, teachers need allies. They need the support of political leaders, community leaders, business and parents.  Education reform is a shared responsibility.

“And that is what Labor is proposing today – a mechanism to remove politics from education and deliver lasting reform based on evidence and consensus.”

Mr Green said Labor had consulted widely with stakeholders on its proposal and had received significant support.

Mr Green has written to the Premier today to seek meetings to discuss Labor’s proposal.


Budget overspending puts election promises at risk

Bryan Green MP Labor Leader
02.09.14 1:48 pm

The Liberal Government’s first Budget is a classic case of giving with one hand and taking with other.

Labor Leader Bryan Green today described it as a deceptive and dangerous budget framed entirely to cover the cost of the Liberal’s reckless pre-election spending promises.

“Hundreds of Tasmanians will lose their jobs, thousands more will have their wages cut and essential public services are under serious threat,” Mr Green said.

“The Liberals bought their way into Government and now the Tasmanian community will have to pay.

“Just as Tony Abbott lied to get elected this budget makes it very clear Will Hodgman lied to the Tasmanian people at the last election.

“It is the most politicised and misleading budgets that I have ever seen.

“Despite the pain this budget will inflict on Tasmanians, the reality is the Government only has enough money to pay for one-fifth of its election promises over the next year.

“A big question mark hangs over whether the Liberals will fulfil all their promises because this big spending budget clearly shows the Government is living beyond its means.

“That’s why the Liberals are cutting $210 million from hospitals, clawing back $148 million from public schools and stripping $42 million from Tasmania’s police force.

“The devil is in the detail of this budget and Tasmanians will see it for what it is an irresponsible, dishonest and dangerous budget.

“You cannot make three quarters of a billion dollars’ worth of cuts to the size of an economy like Tasmania without dire consequences for the community

“Peter Gutwein has misled Tasmanians because the truth is he knew the state of the budget well before the election but the Liberals still went on a spending spree regardless. 

“It’s easy to make promises, honouring them is a completely different matter and this ticking time bomb of a budget will blow up in the face of the Government.

“There is no vision for the Tasmanian economy in this budget beyond the Liberals’ own political self-interest and that is a recipe for disaster.”


Public Service Pay Freeze Could be Longer than 12 Months

Kim Booth MP | Greens Leader
02.09.14 1:43 pm

The public service pay freeze legislation introduced today allows the Hodgman government to impose a longer pay freeze than 12 months by introducing regulations rather than needing to bring legislation back to the Parliament again.

“The Hodgman regime is not only freezing public sector wages for 12 months with no mandate, but has sneakily introduced legislation that will allow it to regulate to freeze public sector wages for a further 12 months, or even longer,” said Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP.

“A one-off piece of legislation to override lawful agreements and the Tasmanian Industrial Commission is bad enough, but to create a provision which allows the government to sneakily extend the pay freeze for an indefinite period simply adds to the breach of trust.”

“This legislation opens a back door that will allow the Liberal majority government to extend the pay freeze without needing to legislate again.”

“This is a devious and cowardly way of avoiding having to front the Parliament, front the public or front scrutiny in the future,” Mr Booth said.


Launch of the Community Guide to Mining Law Wednesday, 3 September 2014 – 5:30pm

Sarah Wilson Communications and Education Lawyer, Environmental Defenders Office (Tas) Inc 131 Macquarie Street Hobart TAS 7000 Ph: +61 3 6223 2770 Website:
02.09.14 1:35 pm

EDO Tasmania will launch the Community Guide to Mining Law on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 at the Old Woolstore.  The Guide is designed to assist the community to understand the assessment process for mining and exploration and how to have a say in decisions affecting their land. 

The Guide’s author, Sarah Wilson, said:

“Based on the number of calls EDO Tasmania receives, it is clear there is a lack of understanding about the legal framework regulating mining proposals.  Landowners and rural communities are keen to understand the laws that affect their lives and livelihoods, and how their concerns will be dealt with.”

Southern Midlands Councillor, Alex Green, agreed.

“When the application to explore for unconventional gas in the midlands was made last year, the community was nervous.  Having heard about CSG issues in other parts of Australia, they really just wanted to understand what process would apply in Tasmania?  How would their land and water resources be affected?  Who would make the decisions?  Could they have a say?  This Guide helps to provide some of those answers.”

Ms Wilson stressed that the Guide is not an anti-mining publication.  The Guide aims to raise public awareness about mining laws, and make sure communities have access to clear information about how to have their views heard. 

EDO Tasmania is also running a series of workshops across the state to answer community questions. 

“The Guide, and the supporting workshops, will help to empower rural communities to engage with the decision making process, to negotiate with mining companies and to secure more sustainable outcomes in their area,” she said.

Free copies of the Guide will be available at the launch and from after the event.  To register for the event, go to


Rockliff Unable to Detail Pathway Planners Job Losses

Nick McKim MP | Greens Education spokesperson
02.09.14 11:37 am

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff has refused to confirm exactly how many Pathway Planners will lose their jobs under his budget cuts to education, instead claiming that Guaranteeing Futures ‘is not working”.

“Guaranteeing Futures has been a crucial part of delivering a sustained improvement in Tasmania’s Direct Retention rates every year since 2008,” said Greens Education spokesperson Nick McKim MP.

“The Minister has made it clear that Tasmania’s hard working teachers will be forced to take on the work of about 50 people who will be lose their jobs as a result of the Liberals’ extravagant election promises.”

“Mr Rockliff is gambling on the future of our young people by abolishing a program that is demonstrably working, and asking teachers to work even harder to pick up the slack.”

“This is a direct cost shift onto our schools, and there is no doubt that some teachers will have to drop core teaching duties in order to cover the funding gap caused by the Liberals’ extravagant election promises.”

“While there is of course more work to do on post year 10 retention, the job has just got a whole lot harder with the loss of 50 positions specifically and successfully working to improve post year 10 retention,” Mr McKim said.


Tony Abbott’s new laws bring back some of the worst parts of Workchoices

02.09.14 9:23 am

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Celebrating our Hospitality Industry

Will Hodgman, Premier Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
02.09.14 8:29 am

I congratulate the award winners at last night’s Tasmanian Hospitality Association annual Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner.

The hospitality industry is critically important to growing our tourism industry and helping us to reach our target of attracting 1.5 million visitors to our state by 2020.

It was a great pleasure to present the Minister’s Award for Contribution to the Industry to Errol Stewart and the Premier’s Award for Contribution to the Community to Allen Hansen. Both men have made enormous contributions to the sector.

The hospitality industry is our state’s third largest employer, with more than 2,000 cafes, restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts and accommodation venues across the state.

It plays a vital role in ensuring tourists have a positive experience while exploring our island, as well as showcasing our produce.

That’s why we’re providing more than $1.5 million in funding over four years, including $800,000 for the Tasmanian Hospitality Industry Strategic Plan, $400,000 to maintain the Workforce Development Program and $300,000 to implement a Customer Service Program.

I would also like to congratulate the Tasmanian Hospitality Association on its 175th anniversary. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the THA and the industry.


AFL backs Marriage Equality

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome
02.09.14 7:32 am


The Australian Football League (AFL) has backed marriage equality in a move welcomed by advocates.

AFL chief executive, Gillon McLachlan, revealed the league’s stance on the reform in response to a letter from Geelong woman Sharyn Faulkner, who has a gay son.

In a letter to Mr McLachlan Ms Faulkner wrote,

“If the AFL publicly declares that they are in support of marriage equality you will give that young player who is struggling with their sexuality the courage to realise just who they are.”

In response, Mr McLachlan wrote that football was no place for homophobia, and gave his personal commitment to “continue to speak out in this area whenever I can.”

“The AFL will keep saying no matter how many times it takes, that our game does not tolerate discrimination in any form, be that sexual identity, gender, race (or) religious views ... we also support the position of marriage equality for all people.”

“This matter is a serious issue for many young gay people, in terms of how they are treated in the wider community, and football leaders such as myself will continue to say that we do not tolerate it, and will continue to push for a change in behaviour from all sections of society.”

Ms Faulkner welcomed the AFL’s support for marriage equality saying,

“The AFL’s policy of having no tolerance to discrimination in any form was heartening and for them to actually say that ‘they support the position of Marriage Equality for all people’ will make it so much easier for people to say ‘If the AFL and my football club can say no to discrimination and yes to equality, then so can I!’.”

“I applaud Gillon McLachlan for giving his personal commitment to continue to speak out for marriage equality whenever he can and I hope that all the AFL Club Presidents and members give that same commitment.”

National director of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome, also welcomed the AFL’s support.

“I applaud the AFL for extending its leadership on combatting homophobia to support for marriage equality.”

“AFL is central to Australian identity and the AFL’s support for marriage equality reaffirms that values like inclusion and fairness are central too.”

“With almost three quarters of Australians supporting marriage equality, the AFL’s support for the reform will be welcome by many AFL players and fans, and in all likelihood draw new fans to the game.”

The AFL’s support for marriage equality comes just weeks after the Geelong Football Club became the first senior club to support the reform:


The link to the news report was incorrect. The correct link is below. Also, it was stated that Geelong was the first AFL team to support marriage equality. It was actually Greater Western Sydney. A link to a news story about that is also below.


Let’s get back in touch with the people, says Peter Coad

Peter Coad Candidate for councillor and mayor
02.09.14 7:13 am

Peter Coad, the independent councillor and mayoral candidate for the Huon Valley Council, says the decision of the council to abolish both township committees and the five regional annual forums must be reviewed by the new council after the October poll.

As a councillor and mayor, he says, he would work to develop a much closer relationship with the valley’s disparate communities.

He plans to promote the idea of “township development boards” that would be given budgets to spend on local needs.

Peter Coad says: “They will not need the approval of council to expend their funds, but they will be required to adhere to proper governance procedures set down by council.”

These appointed boards would develop new ideas and opportunities that are conducive to economic development within their areas.

“The actions of these boards will be reported back to the community,” he says.

“Revitalising the townships in the Huon Valley is essential if we are to generate real employment opportunities and be able demonstrate to funding bodies, such as state and federal governments, that Huon Valley Council has the capacity and ability to make positive things happen. It is important for tourism and industry that town brands are developed and promoted.”

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Peter Coad Candidate for councillor and mayor
02.09.14 7:09 am


Peter Coad hits campaign trail for Huon Mayor

Peter Coad — previous deputy mayor Huon Valley council and councillor for more than a decade
— has announced he will be campaigning to become the Huon Valley’s next mayor.

Lifetime residents of the Huon, Peter and Patricia Coad live at Deep Bay. They have four children,
Brad, Simon, Carmen and Cassandra, most of whom have made the valley home. “Family is
everything,” says Mr Coad, “so it is essential that we create a dynamic and sustainable lifestyle for
all of us.”

In addition to his long experience in local government, Mr Coad — well known for his strong
interest in innovation and technology — has held executive positions in the construction industry
at state and national level, and management roles in developing co-operative research centres
with national universities and international bodies.

He has also owned and operated a small business in the aquaculture industry in the Huon Valley.
“The fishing industry, including the recreational fishing sector, is vital to the state’s economy,” he

He says that, as mayor, he would raise the profile of all potentially sound businesses in the valley
by streamlining and better utilising existing council services and resources.

“My campaign will be about recognising significant challenges that are about to occur, and that
we, as a collective community, must address. First, as a council and a community, we must work to
remove the division and frustration that exist among us.”

Mr Coad, pointing to the forest industry in the valley, says: “It must be supported, and, in
particular, the people most affected by the changes in that industry in recent years.

It should not mean a continuation of the practices that have brought the industry to its present
dire situation. “New proposals to establish an industry that is sustainable and adds economic value
to the region must be supported in a positive and constructive way by council,” says Mr Coad.

Mr Coad says that, in standing for election as councillor and mayor, he wants to make a real
difference to the community “so that my children and other families’ children and grandchildren,
can grow up knowing that they will not have to leave the valley to find employment or the
opportunities needed to safeguard their families and their aspirations.

“We need to care for and manage our environment and use it in a sustainable way so that we can
all reap rewards from the ensuing economic benefits.

“In the weeks ahead, I will present specific policies and remedies that I feel will put our council
in tune with the needs of the people of the valley and with the interests of its economic and
environmental well-being.”

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Greens Alternative Budget Avoids Public Sector Job Cuts and Pay Freeze

Kim Booth MP | Greens Leader
01.09.14 6:16 pm

The Greens’ Alternative Budget Statement 2014-15 has identified new Revenue and Savings means the Greens will reverse the Hodgman Budget’s damaging cut to public sector jobs and wage freeze (amounting $374.3 million); and cover all their costed March election commitments which totaled approximately $239 million, Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

The Greens’ Alternative Budget Statement 2014-15 delivers:

• Avoids Liberals’ 700 Public Sector Job Cuts and Wage Freeze

• All Greens’ March Election Commitments Funded

• Kicks-Starts Long Term Structural Reform

“The Tasmanian Greens Alternative Budget Statement 2014-15 delivers all our election promises, saves 700 public sector workers jobs and their wage agreements, and commences the long term structural reforms necessary to protect the Tasmanian economy and our quality of life,” Mr Booth said.

“The Liberals move to sack 700 public sector workers is ideological and unnecessary and is based on a “pin the tail on the donkey game” rather than a rational, critical appraisal of the public services Tasmanians need.”

“The Liberals have sacrificed good public sector workers on the altar of ideology and to pay for their extravagant promises which they made to buy their way into power.”

“We have re-prioritised budget expenditure and as well as delivering all our financially responsible election commitments, we have retained all 700 public sector workers targeted for the Liberal axe and also retained their wage agreements.”

“The Greens have also faced up to the long term structural problems facing the Tasmanian economy which are the massive debts hidden in the total state sector, ie, GBE’s SOC’s and the massive $5.5 billion unfunded superannuation liability.”

“The Greens will fund an independent State Finances and Taxation Review, which will have as part of its brief an examination of the Government Business Enterprise and State Owned Company risks including the massive unfunded superannuation liability.”

“The Greens self- funding Pokie-free Tasmania strategy will see the community finally rid of these dangerous and destructive machines.”

“Interestingly the Liberals have now adopted our six year rolling deficit policy and their budget papers identifies exactly the same economic growth of 1.5% as the last financial year.”

“We have delivered a budget that cares for the community, protects our beautiful places and lifestyles and builds on our clean green comparative and increasingly, competitive advantages.”

“We demonstrate there is a different and more constructive way than the Hodgman Liberal government’s way,” Mr Booth said.


DOWNLOAD: The Greens Alternative Budget Statement 2014-15, released September 2014.




Breast cancer surgeon answers her critics

Mrs Roslyn Phillips, BSc DipEd National research officer FamilyVoice Australia: a Christian voice for family, faith and freedom
01.09.14 6:13 pm

Respected US breast surgeon Dr Angela Lanfranchi – pilloried in the Australian media for her lecture tour explaining the reasons behind various breast cancer risks such as delayed childbirth, smoking, hormonal contraception and abortion – gave a scholarly presentation at a FamilyVoice meeting in Adelaide yesterday.  She will also deliver a lecture to a group of obstetricians, gynaecologists and other medical practitioners at 7.30 pm tonight at the Tennyson Conference Centre, 520 South Road, Kurralta Park.

Dr Lanfranchi decided to become a breast surgeon following the tragic death of her much-loved mother from breast cancer.  When Dr Lanfranchi began practising in 1984, US breast cancer rates were already on the rise – but today those rates are even higher.

She told the packed FamilyVoice meeting yesterday that the increase is due to a number of factors following huge changes in Western culture in the last 50 years, including:

•      Childbirth delay: having several children soon after early marriage, and breastfeeding them, provide significant protection against breast cancer.  Now many women delay childbirth or don’t have children.  Delaying childbirth increases a woman’s breast cancer risk by 5% each year after the age of 20.
•      Smoking: tobacco is now acknowledged as a carcinogen contributing to cancers in the lung, mouth, throat, kidney, liver, breast and elsewhere.  Tobacco companies targeted young women in the 1960s – 80s with ads saying: “You’ve come a long way, baby!”  Many more women became addicted and are now suffering the consequences.
•      The pill: introduced in the 1960s, its oestrogen/progestagen components were classified by the World Health Organisation as class 1 carcinogens in 2005.  Prolonged use of hormonal contraception and hormone replacement therapy are now acknowledged risk factors for breast cancer.
•      Abortion: legalised and normalised in the 1970s, now shown to be a risk factor for breast cancer – particularly when performed in the second trimester, or before the first full-term pregnancy.  Early miscarriages, caused by insufficient oestrogen to maintain the pregnancy, do not pose a risk – but late miscarriages or very early premature birth (before 32 weeks) are acknowledged breast cancer risks.  Cervix damage caused by a previous abortion can result in premature birth in a following pregnancy, thereby further increasing the breast cancer risk.

Dr Lanfranchi explained the physiological changes in the breast during pregnancy, when oestrogen levels soar – increasing the number of types 1 and 2 breast lobules which are vulnerable to carcinogens.  It is not until the last two months of pregnancy that hormones change the lobules to types 3 and 4 which are cancer-resistant milk-producers.  Interrupting the pregnancy before this stage leaves the lobules in a cancer-vulnerable state.

“I did not know about these risks back in 1984,” Dr Lanfranchi said.  “I had a family history of breast cancer, but I did not know that delaying childbirth would add to that risk.  I was married for 17 years before I had my first and only child at age 41.  I could have had a child earlier, but no one told me why that would have been a good idea.”

Dr Lanfranchi said breast cancer rates have long been highest in older, post-menopausal women.  Breast cancers can take up to 14 years to become a detectable lump.  She became concerned when her patients began to include more women in their 30s or even younger.  She began asking them about their medical history, including their reproductive history.  She found that many of the younger women with aggressive forms of breast cancer had previously had multiple abortions.

She then looked at the medical literature – and discovered studies showing a link between abortion and breast cancer.  A 1996 meta-analysis of all published studies since 1957 found a 30% average increase in cancer risk following an abortion.  A study of female rats, specially bred to develop breast cancer when injected with a certain chemical, found that of three groups of rats – virgins, aborted rats, and rats that had given birth – only the rats that had given birth did not develop breast cancer, and the aborted rats had the highest cancer rate.

Some other studies have been cited, purporting to show no link between abortion and breast cancer – but on closer inspection have been found to be methodologically flawed. 

A 2014 meta-analysis by Huang et al has found a clear link, with the breast cancer risk increasing in line with the number of abortions the woman has had.

This year a comprehensive review of the link between induced abortion and breast cancer by Dr Lanfranchi and Dr Patrick Fagan has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Issues in Law & Medicine, Vol 29 No 1.

“Woman deserve to know if they have breast cancer risk factors,” Dr Lanfranchi said.  “They are then more likely to have regular mammograms.  If cancer does develop, it can be detected at an early stage when it is more easily treated.”

Such knowledge can save lives.


Weeding Out a Threat to Primary Producers

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water
01.09.14 6:03 pm

This week’s Australasian Weeds Conference, hosted by the Tasmanian Weed Society in Hobart, highlights the importance of weed management to the environment and to primary producers.

In opening the conference today, it was pleasing to speak to participants from across Australia and New Zealand of the Tasmanian Government’s strong, new agenda for the State, and particularly for our primary industries.

Our Agrivision 2050 is a plan for growing the value of Tasmania’s agricultural produce ten-fold to $10 billion a year by 2050.

A key policy initiative of the Liberal Government was the creation of Biosecurity Tasmania to consolidate our efforts to protect our primary industries from pests, diseases and, importantly, weeds.

Weed management is a serious issue and one that requires a response across different levels of government and from the wider community.

Council weed inspectors and government officers work cooperatively to tackle invasive weeds alongside an army of volunteers through Landcare and Natural Resource Management groups.

In Tasmania, weed management has focussed in recent years on those weeds we have a good chance of controlling.

Significant programs have targeted serrated tussock, other needle grasses, and orange hawkweed, while annual programs focus on agricultural weeds such as ragwort, Patterson’s curse and St John’s wart.

The Australasian Weeds Conference, which runs from today to Thursday, presents a great opportunity for participants to learn from each other on how to tackle a problem that is not only environmentally damaging, but that can be expensive for farmers.


Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Research Symposium 2014

Lynne Maher Workforce Development Officer Alcohol, Tobacco & other Drugs Council Tasmania
01.09.14 6:00 pm

On Tuesday 2 September, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council (ATDC), in collaboration with the University of Tasmania, will present the second Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Research Symposium.

The Symposium will present the work of four emerging researchers from different faculties within the University of Tasmania.

“The ATOD Research Symposium provides the opportunity to celebrate some of the diverse and excellent ATOD related research being undertaken in Tasmania,” said ATDC Policy and Research Officer, David Gardiner.

David Gardiner observed that “the Symposium enables the sector to learn from these researchers who are helping us to better understand this complex issue.”

“Frontline staff are potentially able to improve their services to clients by applying evidence based practices which improve client outcomes,” continued Mr Gardiner.

The ATOD Research Symposium program for 2014 includes the work of three new researchers to the sector and one known well-known young researcher who has new work to present. Presentations at the Symposium include:
•      Monitoring Substance Use in Prisons: Assessing the Potential Value of Wastewater Analysis
•      Yoga Therapy: Application in Drug and Alcohol Treatment
•      A Smartphone Application for Monitoring Alcohol Consumption and Risk Taking Tendencies
•      Practitioner Leadership, Change and Knowledge Exchange


Libs cuts undermining outcomes for students

Michelle O’Byrne MP Shadow Education Minister
01.09.14 3:21 pm

Axing pathway planners from the education system grossly undermines efforts to improve outcomes for students, including year 11-12 retention rates, Shadow Education Minister Michelle O’Byrne said today.

“Last Thursday Peter Gutwein put the entire pathway planning structure and the people who staff it in grave jeopardy,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“His budget told them the approach to pathway planning would be ‘redesigned’.

“It appears that ‘redesign’ in fact means scrapping the program, in line with a $148 million cut to education.”

Ms O’Byrne, Labor Leader Bryan Green and Member for Franklin Lara Giddings met with a pathway planner and concerned members of the Huonville school and business community today.

“To axe about 50 professional pathway planners shows the scant regard Jeremy Rockliff has for achieving anything other than the Liberals’ poorly thought out election slogans for our schools,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“Dismantling the pathway planning set up undermines efforts to increase retention rates.

“Why even bother to have a policy for years 11-12 if you intend to scrap the pathway planning program that sets it up for success?

“The Liberals were already grossly inflating the progress they’re making on extending Tasmanian high schools to year 11 and 12.

“Every school that was hand-picked for the Liberal Party’s policy already provide year 11 and 12 courses.

“Labor supports expanding educational choice is regional schools but the Liberals have to be realistic about what they’re proposing.

“Axing pathway planners only damages the prospects of students staying in school through until year 12, and puts educational outcomes at risk.”


Send a tweet to China for Australian dairy farmers

TFGA chief executive Jan Davis
01.09.14 2:56 pm

Tasmanians who want to support their dairy farmers in securing a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, putting them on the same footing as NZ farmers, are being invited to tweet a selfie (post a photo of themselves on Twitter) with a message promoting the cause.

The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association is backing the campaign by the Australian Dairy Farmers organisation.

“China is Australia’s largest dairy export market, worth $524 million a year. It should be a level playing field between Australian and NZ farmers, but NZ has had an FTA with China since 2008,” TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said today.

“New Zealand dairy farmers have free access to the Chinese market; we have to pay $30 million a year in tariffs. That money should stay within the Australian economy.

“It means we are at a considerable disadvantage and that particularly affects the 43,000 people employed here in the dairy supply chain,” Ms Davis said.

“Whether you’re a dairy farmer, politician, supporter or an everyday consumer, you can help,” she said.

Selfie photos can be posted to #FTA4dairy and #FTA4farmers hashtags on Twitter.


Lord Mayor candidate Philip Cocker: Candidate Points to Performance

Philip Cocker Alderman Hobart City Council
01.09.14 1:32 pm


Alderman Philip Cocker today announced his candidature for Mayor of Hobart City Council. Alderman Cocker said he was keen to alert ratepayers to his record as the Chair of the Council’s Finance, Superannuation and Audit Committees.

When I became the Chair of the Finance Committee rate rises of 5% per annum were projected for the next ten years and budget deficits had been the norm. With my colleagues we have this year delivered a minimal CPI rise this year and Council enjoys a very healthy surplus.

We have examined all of the 300 services that council undertakes and searched hard for efficiencies without lessening of service and in many cases we have improved service provision.

As the Chair of the Superannuation Committee we have revived a defined benefit scheme that post the GFC was considered out of control. This work required major restructuring to restore it to a fully funded scheme. This work is now complete.

The next four years for Hobart City Council is one of delivering the Gehl liveable city projects which the council is financially prepared for.

We are ready to fund stage one of the Battery Point Walkway as it passes the planning stage.

As the Chair of these committees I have led in a cooperative manner, a marked improvement in the Council’s financial position and we now have the capacity and ability to fund major city improvements.

I have also strongly pushed shared arrangements with other councils where it has delivered efficiencies.


Council amalgamations a must, says Zucco

Hobart Alderman Marti Zucco
01.09.14 1:29 pm

LONG-TIME council amalgamation advocate Marti Zucco has urged local government to seriously consider council amalgamations.

Ald Zucco said the time had come to reduce the number of local councils in Tasmania and if councils didn’t act then the State Government should intervene.

“Council amalgamations should be managed in an appropriate manner with serious consideration of all issues,” Ald Zucco said

“Consultation needs to be based on big picture benefits and what’s best for each region rather than political grandstanding.

“The increased sophistication in service delivery and provision of amenities has outstripped the colonial boundaries of our current local government jurisdictions,” he said.

“We need to look at amalgamations with an open mind.  The State Government says it will leave it to local government to determine but it must act and take the lead on this issue or the status quo will ensue.

“Unfortunately, I can’t see local government representatives electing to vote themselves out of their roles.

“At the same time, it’s interesting that the State Government is considering legislation to allow an open field for Mayors and their deputies so why not put amalgamations on the table as well?

“I am prepared to risk my position as an alderman in a process that evaluates the benefits of amalgamations and to see this through. I will continue to pursue this. The State that is over-governed with 29 councils for a population of a little more than 500,000 residents.” 

Alderman Zucco said the amalgamated council scenario could see a greater Hobart/Southern region comprising four distinct geographic areas – central, outer northern, south and east.  A proposal for amalgamations should reflect this geographic reality, and would provide a visionary approach to this matter.

He said the proposal would not adversely affect democratic traditions and would be based on an eastern council (Clarence, Sorell, Tasman), a central council (predominantly Hobart and Glenorchy), a southern council (Kingborough and the Huon Valley),  and an outer northern regional council (Brighton, Derwent Valley, Southern Midlands and Central Highlands) with each city maintaining its status within the regions.

“Ultimately we need to look at the big picture and how we can improve the economic benefits and cost effective services for the regions and the ratepayers, rather than what may be an idealistic view point that fails to grasp the most important issue of concern and that is the ever increasing charges and the rising costs of living for households.”


New scholarship round launched for Tasmania’s LGBTIQ youth

The Pinnacle Foundation Tasmanian Chairperson, Mike Cain
01.09.14 1:24 pm

The Pinnacle Foundation’s Tasmanian Regional Committee today called for new applications for the 2015 academic year to support young disadvantaged Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) youth.

Tasmanian Chairperson, Mike Cain, said the launch was a great opportunity for The Pinnacle Foundation to help young 16 to 24 year old LGBTIQ young people in Tasmania to light the sparkwithin and realise their potential.

“We know some young people can face a tough time coming out to their families, friends and schools, with some finding themselves without money and support to keep up their studies. That’s where we come in,” Mr Cain said.

“The Pinnacle Foundation scholarships are a great way for Tasmania’s young LGBTIQ people to break the chains that sexuality-based disadvantage and truly light the spark within.”

“With so much determination and unrealised potential out there, we’re about providing financial and mentoring support to young people who may not be able to achieve their educational or career goals on their own. Pinnacle aims to give young LGBTIQs the chance to achieve their full potential.”

“There are two scholarship types available in 2015, the Pinnacle Foundation Scholarship of $3,000 for the first year and Sponsored Scholarships of $5,000 for the first year.”

“Education is a powerful tool makes a difference in people’s lives and we’re proud to help young people reach their potential and live their lives with confidence,” he said.

The Scholarship round is open until 1 October 2014 and applications forms can be found via the website

Download addresses by Michael Cain and Rodney Croome from this morning’s launch of the next Pinnacle Scholarship round at Parliament House: