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Nominations are now open for five members to join The Community Review Committee (Threatened Species) which manages threatened species in rural communities and provides advice to the Tasmanian Government.

Vacant positions include a Chairperson, an Economist, a Rural Industry Representative, a Forest Industry Representative and a Fishing Industry Representative.

The functions of the committee include consideration of listing statements for threatened or endangered flora and fauna species, and advising on private land management plans and interim protection orders.

The Committee is established under the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995  and plays a critical role protecting our most vulnerable flora and fauna.

Nominations close on the Friday, 28 September 2018 and further information can be provided by contacting DPIPWE.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Environment



Twelve Tasmanian artists will receive funding of over $30 000 through Arts Tasmania’s latest funding round.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is delivering on our long term Plan to improve the lives of Tasmanians, and this funding shows our strong commitment to our cultural and creative industries and the jobs and investment they create.

With the help of this funding, Dr Gina Mercer will represent Tasmania as a featured guest poet at the renowned Clifden Arts Festival in Ireland.

Dr Mercer received a grant through the Artsbridge program, which helps Tasmanian artists to travel interstate or overseas to pursue important development opportunities.

Emerging artist Arita Ghedini has been awarded funding through the Vita Brown Bequest Bursary to purchase equipment for her contemporary jewellery practice.

The bursary supports emerging artists to establish their practice through the purchase of materials and equipment and has been made possible through a generous bequest from Ms Vita Brown (1916–2012).

The funding recommendations were made by expert peers drawn from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register.

For a full list of recipients please visit http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/2018r2 

For further information on Arts Tasmania’s funding programs, please visit http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts




The Family Violence Reforms Bill has been released for consultation.

The Bill is part of our commitment to reduce levels of family violence in the State and improve the way Tasmania’s justice system deals with perpetrators of family violence.

The Bill makes a number of amendments, including to insert a new offence of persistent family violence in the Criminal Code. The Bill will also amend the Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Act 2001 to be clear that a self-represented defendant is not permitted to cross-examine a witness who is the alleged victim of family violence during an application under parts 3 or 4 of the Family Violence Act 2004 or bail applications.

The Tasmanian Government is committed to strengthening family violence legislation, and we will continue to deliver on our nation leading reform targeting repeat offenders.

A copy of the Bill is available on the Department of Justice’s website at https://www.justice.tas.gov.au/community-consultation 

Elise Archer





Today marks the opening of the 75th Venice International Film Festival and this year, Tasmanian feature film, The Nightingale, has been selected for screening. 

The Hodgman Liberal Government supported The Nightingale through a $250,000 investment from Screen Tasmania. 

The screening is an outstanding achievement and just another example of our screen industry going from strength to strength.

We have many more exciting projects in the pipeline and 2018-19 is shaping up to be another busy year for screen production activity in Tasmania.


A record seven projects received support through Screen Tasmania’s Capitalise production investment program and will create around 160 jobs for Tasmanians during production.


By investing additional funding in key screen projects through our recently announced $2 million Screen Innovation Fund we can guarantee these economic benefits for the State continue well into the future.


Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts




The Hodgman Liberal Government is pursuing our law and order agenda and that includes stronger tools for our police to crack down on serious and organised crime in Tasmania.

I will soon be introducing a Bill to further refine Tasmania’s Crime (Confiscation of Profits) Act to ensure that our laws provide the tools that are needed to combat organised crime.

In our first term of Government, we introduced a range of effective tools in the Removal of Fortifications Act that allow Tasmania Police to disrupt attempts by organised crime groups to conceal their criminal activities in fortified clubhouses.

We also implemented the Confiscation of Profits Unit, focused on disrupting criminal activity by reducing the profitability of crime and removing the financial means to commit crime from criminals and their associates.

Since the Unit’s establishment in October 2015, in excess of $3 million has been seized from criminals and criminal organisations.

This means less money in the pockets of criminals, and confirms the Unit is a crucial tool in the fight against serious organised crime.

These figures show our methods are working, and only the Hodgman Liberal Government will continue to take action and get results.

Our strong law and order agenda stands in stark contrast to the efforts of the Labor Party who sacked 108 police officers, opposed tougher sentences for child sex offences, and last week tried to delay debate on legislation to crack down on organised crime groups.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General



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