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2017-18 Budget

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The Tasmanian Government makes no apology for taking strong action to protect people from the scourge of drugs and violence.

The Police Offences Amendment (Prohibited Insignia) Bill 2018 is set to be debated next week in Parliament, and already Labor are saying they won’t support it.

Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are involved in a wide range of serious crime, such as drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, firearms and drugs offences and high level violence.

The Bill will prohibit the display of insignia “colours” that promotes criminal associations and causes fear in the community.

Ignoring the advice of Tasmania Police, Police Association and the impact on victims of crime, Labor has shown it’s soft on crime, siding with criminals instead of the community once again.

Labor has a track record of being soft on crime, they have blocked important reform such as Mandatory Sentencing for Serious Sexual Offences Against Children, Mandatory Sentencing for Assaults on Frontline Workers and Mandatory Sentencing for Assaults on Off-Duty Police.

Having successfully restored police numbers by 113, after Labor’s savage cuts, we have committed to recruiting an additional 125 Police Officers over this term of Government which will help strengthen Tasmania’s response to the problems posed by drugs and violence in our community.

In contrast, Labor have learnt nothing from their election defeat and will vote against key legislation for no reason other than pure political self-interest.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General




The Tasmanian Government is supporting the return of the successful BeakerStreet@TMAG event for another year with a $5000 grant.

Opening tomorrow night as part of National Science Week, the event aims to take science out of the laboratory and into the wider community.

Visitors can listen to a range of talks from guest speakers, meet roving scientists, dance to live music, check out the finalists in the Science Photography Prize, and enjoy plenty of Tasmanian food and wine.

An enchanting slime mould forest will be set up in the Bond Store Basement, as well as hands-on workshops including beer brewing, vegetable fermentation and cider science, tracking marine predators, the art of scientific writing and the chance to make your own sound-responsive LED lamp.

Highlights of the free-entry event include a visit from ABC presenter Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and a talk on probability by MONA founder David Walsh.

TMAG is delighted to partner again with Beaker Street in providing an opportunity to share the latest innovations in science and stories of discovery in a less-formal setting.

TMAG will also be hosting a range of other events during National Science Week, including taking part in the Festival of Bright Ideas at Princes Wharf No. 1 on Hobart's waterfront on Friday, 17 and Saturday, 18 August.

TMAG scientists will also offer an insightful and fascinating ‘Into the Vaults’ behind-the-scenes tours at the Rosny Collections and Research Facility and the Tasmanian Herbarium.

Visitors can also view stunning images from the Antarctic Photography Exhibition, currently on display at the museum as part of the Australian Antarctic Festival until 19 August.

BeakerStreet@TMAG runs from 6:00 pm until midnight on Friday, 10 and Saturday, 11 August at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

For program details visit http://www.beakerstreet.com.au

For details on TMAG’s participation in National Science Week, visit http://www.tmag.tas.gov.au

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts





The Nightingale has continued its success with the film set to make its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival this October.

The production was supported with $250,000 in funding from the Hodgman Liberal Government and injected around $4.5 million into the local economy, in addition to employing more than 70 Tasmanian cast and crew.

Predominately shot in Tasmania, the film showcases our unique heritage and landscapes to the rest of the world, and will add to Tasmania's growing reputation as a destination of choice for filmmakers.

The announcement comes on the back of the feature film being selected for competition at the prestigious 75th Venice International Film Festival, announced last week.

The Adelaide Film Festival will also feature the world premiere of virtual reality cinematic installation The Waiting Room, from Tasmanians Molly Reynolds and Rolf de Heer.

We are committed to supporting and growing Tasmania’s cultural and creative industries, and these success stories confirm our investment is working.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts




A man convicted for dumping a large amount of rubbish at Seven Mile Beach is proof of why the Hodgman Liberal Government is cracking down on illegal waste dumping.

The man was fined $795 for dumping a large TV set, car parts, electrical items and general household waste at the Seven Mile Beach Public Reserve.

The waste was discovered and reported by a Parks and Wildlife Service officer who launched an investigation.

Our Government takes the protection of our natural environment seriously and we will not tolerate this type of behaviour.

We made an election commitment to significantly increase the penalties for illegal waste dumping to reflect the true cost to the environment, economy and community.

Work has already commenced in planning a review of the Litter Act, to separate illegal dumping from littering, intensifying the focus on illegal dumping of larger amounts of rubbish as well as littering of small amounts.

Another of the Government’s initiatives is having offenders on Community Service Orders remove rubbish from parks and reserves, to help address the impacts of illegal dumping.

We are also investing $100,000 in this year’s Budget to develop and roll out a web based App that will help locate litter hotspots, and coordinate activities to identify offenders and clean up those areas.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Environment



Nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of our children.

That’s why the Hodgman Liberal Government committed an extra $24 million in the 2018-19 Budget to support the Strong Families, Safe Kids redesign, employing more child safety officers and other frontline staff, and assisting vulnerable children with very complex needs in out-of-home care.

As a result of this funding, new Child Safety Officer positions will be advertised this weekend to support the redesign.

The new CSO positions will assist in supporting vulnerable and at risk children and their families, to provide them with the support they need and allow them the best possible chances in life.

This funding is on top of a total investment of $51.2 million committed in our first term to better support families and children at risk, an out of home care system which provides the best possible care, and including the Strong Families, Safe Kids redesign that is already seeing improvements.

While we know there is more work to be done, we are getting on with the job and assisting Tasmania’s most vulnerable children.

Applications close on Sunday, 29 July and I encourage anyone interested to contact the Department for further information.

Elise Archer, Acting Minister for Human Services



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