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An exhibition showcasing the remarkable stories and cultural heritage behind some of Tasmania’s most significant objects officially opens at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) tomorrow.

10 objects – 10 stories: Celebrating Community Collections features objects curated by Arts Tasmania’s Roving Curators from community museums across Tasmania, from King Island to the Tasmanian Transport Museum at Glenorchy and Campbell Town Museum in the Midlands.

The exhibition includes a three-dimensional papier-mâché advertising shop display based on the logo of famous 20th century London company, Fox Frames and a recorded interview with the last ANZAC, Tasmanian Alec Campbell.

The Hodgman Liberal Government provided $493,650 through Arts Tasmania’s Cultural Heritage Program, which supports more than 140 small museums and collections with such programs like the Roving Curators.

Tasmania’s small museums and collections play an important role as the custodians and storytellers of our unique cultural heritage.

10 objects – 10 stories: Celebrating Community Collections is on display at TMAG from March 23 - May 13, 2018.

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


Harmony Day is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise Tasmania’s diverse culture.

In its 18th year, Harmony Day brings together our different cultural groups and recognises the rich social contributions that make Tasmania the great place it is.

The Hodgman Liberal Government aims to foster an inclusive, cohesive and open society where differences in backgrounds, cultures and religions are valued and respected.

According to the 2016 census, 61,000 or 12 percent of our population was born overseas.

They represent 170 countries, speak 129 languages and practice 24 religious faiths.

The Government is committed to supporting cultural and linguistic diversity and as part of this we are providing $1.2 million over four years to CatholicCare Tasmania to run the Safe Haven Hub that provides educational support and employment, as well as pathways to refugees on temporary protection visas; and $1 million over four years to the On-Island Support Program for new refugee arrivals across Tasmania.

Australia is one of the most multicultural nations in the world and I encourage all Tasmanians to celebrate Harmony Day.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General

Liberal Member for Denison 


This year’s Estia Greek Festival commemorates 25 years celebrating the culture, heritage and tradition of our Australian Greek community.

Events celebrating the many vibrant cultures in Tasmania are important in that they strengthen community ties and promote understanding of the diverse cultural groups that call Tasmania home.

Presented by the Hellenic-Australian community, the festival is a showcase of Greek music, dancing, sport, language and cultural studies, and of course delicious food and drink.

The Festival has grown in popularity over the years, and typically attracts around 10,000 people seeking a taste of Greek culture.

The Tasmanian Government has been a proud supporter of the Festival for many years and we are delighted to again support the 2018 celebrations.

Congratulations to the Tasmanian Greek community and the many volunteers who have worked hard over many years to make the Estia Greek Festival the great success that it is.

Elise Archer, Liberal Member for Denison


Earlier this week, the Labor Party quietly released its justice policy under the cover of darkness.

No media conference, no announcement, not even a media release.

No wonder. 

Labor should be embarrassed by their so-called justice policy.  Not only does it confirm Labor is soft on crime, it doesn't address many of the key community concerns.

Labor can't even say who their justice spokesperson is, presumably because they don't have one.

Labor's policy completely ignores the need for mandatory sentences for people who commit sex offences against children.

It fails to deal with the growing risks of assaults on our frontline workers.

It rules out building a new prison in the north.

And it says nothing at all about how a minority Labor-Green government would tackle the scourge of ice in Tasmania.

And it fails to provide any detail about how Labor will keep Ashley open - as they now claim they will.

That's because, as we all know, the Greens wouldn't let Labor tackle any of the key challenges in our justice system.

Labor's justice policy is available here - https://liberal.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=bd074e9f9fb8884b04f9dae45&id=11799ac143&e=14bea84529 

Elise Archer, Minister for Justice



A new, next-generation, indoor multi-sports facility will be built in Glenorchy to meet growing demand and encourage even more Tasmanians to play sport.

A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will invest $10 million for design, planning and construction of the new multi-sport facility.

This will provide a state-of-the-art facility for many sports, such as basketball, netball, gymnastics, volleyball and martial arts. It could also be the home of the Hobart Chargers.

The design, location and use of the facility will be determined through extensive consultation that will start immediately, with an expectation of co-investment from all levels of Government.

Following consultation, design work will start in 2018-19, with planning approvals and site preparations in 2019-20 and construction to start in 2020-21.

The new facility will meet the growing demand for indoor sports, with more than 5,000 Tasmanians using existing facilities every week in Greater Hobart and some associations reporting waiting lists.

This investment follows the conclusion of the Southern Indoor Sports Facilities Feasibility Study that was funded by the Hodgman Liberal Government.

The study found that there is a strong demand for an additional indoor multi-sports facility in Tasmania’s south.

The study suggested that the addition of a new facility could result in a 40 percent growth in membership across a large variety of sports over five years.

Participation in many sports is on the increase, and we want to see this trend continue. To participate, Tasmanians need infrastructure that not only supports but encourages activity.

A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will also commit to continuing Basketball Tasmania’s $250,000 funding to deliver school clinics across the State in partnership with SEABL clubs and Netball Tasmania’s $250,000 development funding.

This will help us to achieve our targets, including having the healthiest population by 2025 and reducing obesity to below the national average by 2025.

The policy document can be found here: http://bit.ly/IndoorSportsFacility 

Elise Archer, Member for Denison


The Hodgman Liberal Government has been a strong supporter of Tasmania’s cultural and creative industries and if re-elected, we will invest significantly across the sector to support its further growth.

A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will:

* Create a new, $2 million Screen Innovation Fund to support strategically important screen projects, including up to 25 per cent for the development of promising new projects for the future;

* Encourage philanthropic support for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery through a matching, dollar for dollar fund;

* Invest $1 million in a new, permanent children's exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; and

* Provide $240,000 over three years to offset the considerable cost of selected galleries showcasing Tasmanian artists at the Sydney Contemporary and the Melbourne Art Fair. 

These initiatives build on our strong record of positive reform and investment in Government that saw TMAG become a statutory authority, the facilitation of and investment in The Hedberg building (next to the Theatre Royal), and modernisation of peer-reviewed competitive funding processes in the arts and the screen industry.

The Hodgman Liberal Government grew the competitive funding pool facilitated by Arts Tasmania significantly, in the last State Budget we committed an additional $360,000 per year for the State’s first Youth Arts strategy.

We also invested heavily in TMAG, seeing them return to a sustainable Budget position for the first time in many years.

Our support for the screen industry facilitated major projects, such as Rosehaven seasons one, two and three, as well as The Kettering Incident, The Nightingale and The Light Between Oceans. 

But we know there is more that can be done to see the sector continue to thrive and grow further into the future.

Our policy builds on past successes and will help to maintain momentum for the sector into the future.

If returned to Government, we will also move to quickly convene the Ministerial Arts and Cultural Advisory Council to provide whole of industry, strategic advice to ensure the diversity of those working in the sector have a direct line to Government and a say on its future.

The policy document can be found here: https://liberal.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=bd074e9f9fb8884b04f9dae45&id=9555cab747&e=14bea84529

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts

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