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Today the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018 passed the Lower House.

This legislation is another critically important milestone that facilitates Tasmania’s formal participation in the National Redress Scheme.

The Bill will allow both the State and non-government institutions to formally participate in the national scheme.

The legislation ensures that Tasmanian applicants are able to access not just a financial payment, but also crucially provides access to counselling, as well as a direct personal response to the extent requested.

Whilst we can never undo the suffering experienced by so many, Tasmania’s involvement in the Scheme acknowledges the wrong that was done to Tasmanian survivors.

Today is a significant step towards organisations acknowledging and taking responsibility for the sexual abuse that happened to the children for which they owed a duty to care.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General



Today, the Hodgman Liberal Government’s Bill to amend the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 passed both Houses of Parliament.

The Bill will significantly increase the penalties for those who deliberately kill threatened species in Tasmania.

The shooting of three threatened eagles since May last year sparked community outrage, and these changes will bring penalties more in line with community expectations.

The amendments will increase the penalties to a fine of up to $102,527 and/or a maximum custodial sentence of up to 12 months' imprisonment.

The Hodgman Liberal Government takes very seriously our responsibility for the protection of threatened species and these amendments send a strong message that the deliberate killing of threatened species will not be tolerated.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Environment




The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of our cultural and creative industries and the jobs and investment they create.

That’s why we have invested more than $45 000 of ‘Originate’ funding for the development of three exciting new projects.

Tasmanian Aboriginal writer Nathan Maynard and Queensland producer Chris Brown (The Proposition, The Railway Man) have received support to develop Musquito - a feature film inspired by the life of the nominal Aboriginal warrior who fought against the white colonists during the Black Wars in Van Diemen’s Land.

Emerging indigenous director, Dylan River, is attached to help develop and ultimately direct the film.

Additionally, Producer Posie Graeme-Evans, creator of McLeod’s Daughters and Hi-5, has received funding to develop a new television drama series, Family Arrangements with writers Franz Docherty and Belinda Bradley.

Screen Tasmania also invested in the development of a second feature film project from writers Belinda Bradley and Franz Docherty: The World Beneath- a story of survival set against the Tasmania landscape from producers Fiona McConaghy (Rosehaven, The Kettering Incident) and Jannine Barnes (Downriver).

We will continue to do all we can to grow the sector to ensure it can continue to thrive and create jobs for Tasmanians.

For more information visit https://www.screen.tas.gov.au/funding/funding_approvals/2018-19_financial_year

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts




The Tasmanian Government has today introduced the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018, which will bring Tasmania into the National Redress Scheme and fulfil our commitment under the Scheme.

Under the Bill, from 1 November 2018, people who suffered sexual abuse as children in government institutions or while in the government’s care will be able to access redress through the National Redress Scheme.

This includes access to a monetary payment of up to $150 000, access to counselling, and the opportunity to engage with senior government officials responsible for the institutions and policies that ensure the safety of children in government agencies.

Importantly, this Bill will also enable Tasmanian non-government institutions to join the Scheme and we urge these organisations not to fail these victims a second time.

Nothing will ever undo the suffering experienced by so many, but we wish to acknowledge the wrong that was done to those in the care of the Tasmanian Government and take responsibility for the sexual abuse that happened to the children for which the State had a duty to care.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General



Two important new art exhibitions exploring the State’s colonial past have today opened at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

The National Picture has been developed in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia (the National Gallery) and is a major exhibition of colonial art works and contemporary responses to the Black War in Tasmania.

Curated by Professor Tim Bonyhady (Australian National University) and Dr Greg Lehman (University of Melbourne), the exhibition draws on key loans from national and international collections, including several works from TMAG’s collection, and examines British colonists’ representations of Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

This exhibition is the first time many of these portraits have been seen in Tasmania, and it was developed after extensive consultation between the National Gallery, the co-curators and importantly, the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

Also opening today is the Thomas Bock exhibition that showcases exquisite drawings, watercolours and daguerreotypes by convict artist Thomas Bock, developed in collaboration with the UK’s Ikon Gallery.

At the heart of the Thomas Bock exhibition is the extraordinary series of portraits of Tasmanian Aboriginal people, now held in the British Museum and on show in Australia for the first time as part of this exhibition.

Both exhibitions provide a wonderful opportunity for Tasmanians to see major works from TMAG’s collection sitting alongside significant colonial works from other institutions that have rarely been seen in the State.

The exhibitions are accompanied by a range of public programs, including a forum discussing the themes explored in The National Picture on Friday, 17 August at 11:00 am, and a Thomas Bock curator floor talk on Saturday, 18 August at 11:00 am.

I encourage all Tasmanians to visit TMAG to view this truly unique opportunity.

The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania’s Black War is on show in Argyle Galleries 1-3 and Thomas Bock is on show in Argyle Gallery 4 from 17 August until 11 November 2018.

For further information visit http://www.tmag.tas.gov.au  

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts




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



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