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TasTAFE is experiencing increased growth in the number of Construction apprentices in training, reflecting Tasmania’s present strong economic status.

Today I had the pleasure of visiting the TasTAFE Construction and Allied Trades Expo at its Clarence Campus. This event provides an opportunity for employers and potential employers of apprentices in the Construction and Allied Trades sector to visit the training facilities, to view apprentice training in action.

TasTAFE is preparing the next generation of construction and allied trades workers to take advantage of the current solid growth in the industry. In 2016, about 1350 Construction industry apprentices were enrolled. By May 2017 almost 1400 Construction apprentices were enrolled state-wide.

The overall number of apprentices and trainees in training at TasTAFE has grown by 5.6 per cent over the past year, reflecting an increasing demand for vocationally trained Tasmanians. These positive figures reflect TasTAFE’s ability to deliver training that is relevant to the needs of industry.

In the Allied Trades area which covers glazing, flooring, plastering, tiling bricklaying and painting, the number of TasTAFE apprentices has grown by 18 per cent in the past five months from 356 in December 2016 to 429 in May 2017.

TasTAFE’s Construction and Allied Trades area provides training across the areas of carpentry and joinery, concreting, painting, plastering, glazing, flooring, bricklaying and tiling.

Training an apprentice is a partnership between employers and TasTAFE. It supports what apprentices are learning on the job and provides them with an opportunity to practise their skills in a more in-depth way.

The teachers come from industry backgrounds and work closely with employers and industry to ensure training is up to date and relevant.

Tasmania’s building and construction industry is critical to our economy, employing more than 20,000 people across the State, and it is pleasing to see this continued increase in demand.



Today I had the pleasure of visiting the set of Rosehaven season two, at Longley.

The State Government, through Screen Tasmania, is investing a total of $500,000 in season two of Rosehaven ($300,000 was committed as a 2016/17 Budget measure, which will go towards this investment). Outside of The Kettering Incident, this is the largest investment made by the State Government in a screen production.

The State Government, through Screen Tasmania, invested $450,000 in Rosehaven season one in 2016. The eight-episode series received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, and was nominated for ‘Most Outstanding Comedy Program’ at this year’s Logie Awards.

In addition to the Government funding, Rosehaven season two is being financed by the ABC, Production Company Guesswork Television, Film Victoria and Sundance TV. The total budget of season two is $4.4 million, of which $2 million is expected to be expended on Tasmanian goods and services.

Created and written by Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola, Rosehaven has unprecedented level of Tasmanian involvement, which is a great strength for the State. Co-writer/star Luke McGregor, Co-Producer Fiona McConaghy, second-block Director Shaun Wilson and key cast members Katie Robertson, Kris McQuade and Noela Foxcraft are all Tasmanian.

In fact, Rosehaven season two is providing a total of 89 jobs for Tasmanian cast and crew, including 39 cast (out of a total of 53 roles) and 59 crew (out of a total crew of 102).

The scenes being shot today are the largest in this series as they are set at the ‘Rosehaven Hops Festival’ involving complex sets, the largest crew for the production to date and many extras. The Rosehaven Hops Festival will appear in episode 7 of the series set to air later this year on ABC TV.



Today I accepted on behalf of the State Government and Parliament the Youth Bills that were passed by students taking part in the 30th Tasmanian Youth Parliament in Hobart this week.

At the official closing ceremony, I also presented around 50 youth parliamentarians in Years 10–12 with certificates acknowledging their participation.

This year’s Youth Parliament tagline was ‘The Voice of Young Tasmanians’ which is exactly what Youth Parliament is all about.

Students sat in both the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council, with many of the sessions being chaired by ‘real’ Members of Parliament from both chambers.

Bills that were passed by the Youth Parliament included Youth Public Service, Opt-Out Organ Donation, Driver Re-Examination and Renewable Energy.

I have been thoroughly impressed with the students’ ability to articulate clearly their opinions on a range of complex issues, as well as the way in which they have grasped our political system and its procedures.

The Youth Bills will be provided to the leaders of each party and I have no doubt the concerns, ideas and solutions presented will help shape future policy.

The State Government supported the 2017 Youth Parliament program with a $13,750 grant through the organising body, YMCA Hobart.

I commend the students, the Youth Parliament Taskforce, the YMCA and our Tasmanian Parliamentary staff for their efforts in ensuring the week-long event was a success and surpassed all students' expectations.



Today I had the pleasure of officially opening the 30th annual Tasmanian Youth Parliament at Parliament House in Hobart which I have presided over since being elected to the position of Speaker of the House of Assembly in 2014.


Fifty two students in Years 10-12 from fourteen schools and colleges around the Stare are taking part in the week-long event with the tagline for the event being ‘The Voice of Young Tasmanians’.


Youth Parliament is an innovative program run by young people for young people, aimed at educating and empowering our youth through public speaking, whilst also providing them with opportunities to engage with elected Members, contribute their opinions and help shape political policy.


Participants sit in both the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council, with several sessions to be chaired by ‘real’ Members of Parliament from both chambers.   


The Youth Parliament program provides Tasmanian students with a unique insight into parliamentary processes such as writing legislation, debating bills and understanding the Standing Orders as well as learning more about our Westminster system of government.


Having been involved in Youth Parliament in previous years, one of the most exciting elements of the program is seeing students evolve over the course of the week and, in some cases, the course of a couple of years if they are return participants. 


The annual event is organised by a not-for-profit group of volunteers under the age of 25 called the Tasmanian Youth Government Association Task Force supported by the YMCA and the Tasmanian Government, which has provided a $13,750 grant towards this year’s Youth Parliament.


Through workshops and speakers' panels the specific focus this year is on issues facing the Tasmanian health system. Bills scheduled to be debated include Adoption, Beach Rejuvenation, Children’s Equality, Education Reform, Organ Donation and many other topics chosen by the students.


Bills that are 'passed' and policy documents formulated will be presented to me to provide to the State Government at the end of the week.


I am proud to support a program that provides an educative forum for bright young Tasmanians to express their ideas, learn about Parliament and better understand the importance of politics in a democratic society.



The Hodgman Liberal Government is investing in our state’s infrastructure to drive economic growth and create jobs from planning to construction.

Today, Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff joined Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer to officially open a new courtyard area for Glenorchy LINC and Service Tasmania.

“This outdoor area with new paving, gardens and seating will no doubt bring more people to the Glenorchy LINC to access the many resources available, with free wifi to ensure the community have digital access to information sharing and learning,” Minister Rockliff said.

“The Government is proud to support the Glenorchy LINC to ensure it is well equipped to continue to provide important literacy, learning, and information services to the local community.”

Tasmanian landscape architects, Inspiring Place, and local contractors, Cordwell Lane worked together to deliver an open and inviting space, complementing the existing works that brought together the two busy customer services into a shared space.

“While such new contemporary environments provide excellent spaces to inspire learning - they also mean local jobs across the building and construction sector while helping give Tasmanians access the skills they need for life and for work,” Minister Rockliff said.

Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer has been a strong supporter of upgrading the Glenorchy LINC, which is in the heart of her electorate, for several years.

"During one of my site visits to the Glenorchy LINC prior to redevelopment works in December 2015, I noted the need for courtyard works to be undertaken outside the redeveloped facility," Ms Archer said.

"This was a wasted, bare concrete area with nothing in it to encourage people to stop and enjoy the outdoor space."

"I have been committed to improving the space, particularly for public access and youth participation as you enter the LINC building. The redeveloped courtyard is now a great location which encourages community members to stop and learn in an outside as well as inside environment."

The Hodgman Liberal Government knows there is no better foundation to Build Tasmania’s Future than in education, which is why we are driving economic growth and job creation and reinvesting the dividends into essential community services.



As a local Member for Denison with my office in the Glenorchy municipality I am very concerned about the continual delays preventing the Minister for Local Government being able to receive the final Board of Inquiry report, and that's why the State Government is joining the court action, which can only be brought in the name of the Acting Attorney-General only.

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