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Upgrades to the Launceston Supreme Court are moving ahead, with tenders now open for the redevelopment.

The work will involve the redevelopment of the correctional cell area, work spaces, office accommodation and staff amenities, and is expected to be worth more than $500,000.

Delivering on our commitment in July, Correctional Officers assumed the prisoner escort and security responsibilities at the Court to allow Tasmania Police officers to return to duties in the community.

The upgrade will improve safety and security, including CCTV and fire safety systems, ensuring the building meets current standards.

Amenities for staff will also be improved, providing a modern working environment.

These upgrades are another example of the Hodgman Liberal Government working hard to build for the future and improve the lives of all Tasmanians.

Work is expected to be completed during the summer recess, ready for next year’s Court sittings.

Elise Archer, Minister for Justice

 

 

The 18th Burnie Shines festival officially kicks off today showcasing a fantastic mix of exhibitions, shows, events, performances and parties, bringing together people from the North West Coast and all over Tasmania.

As a strong supporter of the arts and cultural industries in regional Tasmania, it’s great to be able to launch the festival today and see Burnie growing as an arts hub in the North West region.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to ensuring this growth continues, and recently announced a new Northern Tasmanian Arts Organisations Initiative.

The initiative will support arts organisations in places like Burnie to deliver high-quality arts activities and creative ideas that engage and inspire audiences and the wider community.

Burnie Shines is such a wonderful example of what happens when communities work together, resulting in a festival of which we can all be proud, and participate in. 

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts

 

 

 

Today I tabled a Bill in Parliament to improve Tasmania’s existing unexplained wealth legislation, the Crime (Confiscation of Profits) Act 1993.

These laws are an important tool in the fight against organised crime across all Australian jurisdictions, and are squarely aimed at those people who appear to live beyond their legitimate means of support.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to ensuring Tasmanians are safe from crime and that we take action to achieve results.

This Bill implements key recommendations from the Crime (Confiscation of Profits) Act 1993 independent review of the unexplained wealth provisions undertaken by former Tasmanian and Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Damian Bugg AM QC.

The proposed amendments clarify that the unexplained wealth provisions apply to a club or association, what can be required of certain persons and financial institutions, how evidence can be used, and that the Public Trustee can recover fees and expenses incurred in managing property.

Further, the Bill addresses a current issue with the timeframes for applications to be made in the Supreme Court that may prevent the DPP pursuing worthwhile applications.

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s strong law and order agenda stands in stark contrast to the efforts of the Labor opposition, who sacked 108 police officers in government, who have opposed mandatory prison time for serious child sex offenders, opposed removing remissions and have no policies or plans to keep Tasmanians safe. 

Elise Archer, Attorney-General

 

 

 

Today I tabled the Corrections Amendment Bill 2018 which delivers on our commitment to ensure a member with policing experience is represented on Tasmania’s Parole Board.

Police are at the frontline of crime in Tasmania and have a unique set of skills and experiences relevant when deciding if a prisoner should be considered for parole.

This commitment is just one of a suite of initiatives under our Keeping Tasmanians Safe – Law and Order policy that addresses concerns around certain offenders being granted parole.

We have also previously amended the Corrections Act to ensure that the Parole Board includes a victim of crime representative.

Community safety is a core priority for the Hodgman Liberal Government and we will continue to deliver on our plan to improve the lives of all Tasmanians. We will always stand up for victims of crime and protect our State’s most vulnerable.

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections

 

 

Expressions of Interest have now opened for landowners in northern Tasmania interested in submitting their site for consideration as a location for a new prison.

The Government has today sent invitations for participation in the processes targeted to northern Tasmanian councils, utility companies, the property sector and economic development groups.

This is a critical milestone in delivering on our plan to increase prison capacity and keep Tasmanians safe.

The Department of Justice will also continue canvassing potential Crown land options and work with relevant State and Federal Government agencies to identify any suitable sites that are surplus to core government requirements.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to building a new prison in northern Tasmania, at an estimated cost of $270 million to house approximately 270 prisoners.

This is a core commitment from the Hodgman Liberal Government that will significantly boost jobs and the northern economy.

A multidisciplinary Siting Panel has already been established to guide the identification of a suitable site for the new northern prison, and this Siting Panel will recommend a shortlist of sites for consideration in the months ahead.

The Department will also conduct a range of community engagement activities, including information sessions.

The EOIs will remain open for nine weeks, closing on 22 November 2018, and interested parties can request more information or nominate a potentially suitable site via email: mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections

 

 

 

Today the Legislative Council indicated their support for the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018.

As a result, from the 1November 2018, Tasmania will formally join the National Redress Scheme meaning that Tasmanian survivors of institutional child sexual abuse can have their applications assessed.

Tasmania’s involvement with the Scheme acknowledges the failings of the past, and I would encourage any non-government institutions that haven’t already indicated their support for the Scheme to do so.

The Scheme will run for 10 years and provides successful applicants with monetary payments, access to counselling, as well as a direct personal response if requested.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to supporting survivors of abuse. While we can never undo the suffering, our involvement in the Scheme acknowledges the wrong that was done and significantly allows institutions to take responsibility for the harm caused.

Further information on the Scheme is available at http://www.nationalredress.gov.au. 

Elise Archer, Attorney-General

 

 

 
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