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 The Hodgman Liberal Government congratulates Tassal on its commitment to recycle 100 per cent of its major plastic waste.

We also welcome the expansion of Envorinex, which is expanding its business to include the recycling of soft plastics in addition to rigid plastics produced by industry within the State.

This is a great example of Tasmanian-owned businesses investing in innovative solutions and working together for resource efficiency, waste minimisation and environmental sustainability.

The Tasmanian Government recognises that we need to work together to tackle issues of waste and recycling, covering both industrial and domestic waste sources.

That’s why we are currently in discussions with Local Government and our national counterparts, regarding the need to expand and develop our recycling industry, grow our domestic capabilities and increase the demand for recycled products, as we work towards a target of 100 per cent of Australian packaging being recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025.

Elise Archer, Minister for Environment





Today, I tabled the Justices of the Peace Bill 2018. The Bill aims to contemporise the framework for Tasmanian Justices of the Peace, who do excellent, invaluable work in our communities. 

The Bill addresses the current limitations of the Justices Act 1959, with a new and more comprehensive framework for the appointment and regulation of the conduct of Justices of the Peace in Tasmania.

The Legislation will increase the transparency of the process of appointing Justices of the Peace, and the processes around resignation, retirement, suspension and removal from office.

Justices of the Peace serve the community, and occupy a position of trust and responsibility.  It is important that they have a modern legislative framework underpinning them. 

Elise Archer, Minister for Justice




The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to keeping Tasmanians safe, protecting vulnerable people and victims of crime, and ensuring our laws reflect the community’s expectations. 

Today, I was pleased to table the Corrections (Prisoner Remission) Amendment Bill that will deliver on our re-commitment to abolish the outdated practice of granting prison remission. 

Remission of prison sentences (early release from prison) has remained a long-standing practice in Tasmania despite being phased out in all other Australian states and territories in the last 20 years.

The Tasmanian Government is concerned that the outdated practice of remission allows prisoners to be released up to three months before the release date handed down by the Court and we strongly believe that not only is this practice not in line with community expectations, but it does not align with the importance of truth in sentencing.

The Hodgman Liberal Government has also invested significantly in the Tasmania Prison Service and Justice System since coming to office.

This includes:

• recruiting correctional staff at an exponential rate. Since May 2016 the TPS has recruited 78 new Correctional Officers. This includes 18 officers who graduated in December 2017, and a further 23 who graduated on the 27th April this year;

• we have also invested substantially in prison infrastructure with 81 beds anticipated to come online this year; and

• we have also committed to a new, $70 million remand facility in the South, and a new prison in the North.

The Hodgman Liberal Government supports a safer Tasmania and will continue to deliver on these commitments.


Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections




The Government is today calling for public submissions as part of our review into the Electoral Act and associated election laws.

This is the start of an extensive community and stakeholder consultation process to give every Tasmanian, political parties, and organisations a chance to have their say.

The review, which was announced last month, is a responsible action following a state election and will ensure our democratic processes are contemporary and in line with changing community expectations.

The review will be guided by two governing principles: protecting freedom of speech, with note to Constitutional implications, and minimal cost to the taxpayer.

The terms of reference for the review are:

• Modernising the current Tasmanian Electoral Act, with specific examination of sections including 191(1)(b); 196(1) and 198(1)(b); 

• Whether state-based disclosure rules should be introduced and, if so, what they should include; and  

• The level of regulation of third parties, including unions, during election campaigns.

 Public submissions are invited until July 20. Targeted stakeholder consultation will also be undertaken.

An interim report is expected by the end of this year and a final report is expected in 12 months.

I encourage all Tasmanians to have their say via: https://www.justice.tas.gov.au

Elise Archer, Attorney-General




A new contemporary art exhibition exploring issues relating to incarceration opens today, as part of this year’s Dark Mofo Festival.

A Journey to Freedom presents a range of thought-provoking artworks providing audiences with an opportunity to reflect on the nature of imprisonment at both a personal, local and global level.

Guest curated by Swiss born Barbara Polla, A Journey to Freedom brings together new and recent works by contemporary national and international artists working across installation, sculpture, video, photography and virtual reality.

The exhibition is presented across the museum’s temporary galleries and transitional spaces, with a special late night opening featuring a performance by Tasmanian sound artist, Matt Warren.

I am delighted that TMAG is once again partnering with Dark Mofo and MONA to present this exciting new exhibition.

A Journey to Freedom opens from 6:00 pm with additional late night openings programmed throughout the festival between 15-17 June and 21-23 June.

The exhibition continues at TMAG until 29 July.

For more information, please visit: http://www.tmag.tas.gov.au

 Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts and Corrections




Today, I am pleased to announce the successful applicants for the Tasmanian Government’s $50,000 ChargeSmart grants program.

ChargeSmart provides one-off grant funding of up to $5,000 to workplaces to support the installation of electric vehicle charging stations for use by employees.

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government recognises that electric vehicle uptake is on the rise and we want to support workplaces to prepare for the technology by increasing the availability of electric vehicle charging opportunities.

As a result of the program, electric vehicle charging stations will be installed across a variety of workplaces including local government, schools, private business and a Government Business Enterprise.

Electric vehicles, powered by Tasmania’s renewable energy, have the potential to reduce emissions in the transport sector, reduce transport costs and help to improve the State’s energy security.

The ChargeSmart initiative is just part of the Tasmanian Government’s broader commitment under Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 to support electric vehicle uptake in the State, including improving the State’s electric vehicle charging network.

Further information about ChargeSmart including a full list of successful applicants, is available at: http://www.climatechange.tas.gov.au

Elise Archer, Minister for Environment



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