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11 06, 2021

Consultation on amendments to defamation laws

By |2021-06-11T15:05:24+10:00Friday, 11 June 2021|

Draft legislation to amend Tasmania’s Defamation Act 2005 has today been released for public consultation. The Defamation Amendment Bill 2021 seeks to enact the Model Defamation Amendment Provisions 2020 (MDAPs) which have been agreed by the Attorneys-General of the States and Territories. The MDAPs modernise and enhance the uniform defamation [...]

11 06, 2021

Tasmania’s Terrapin to join the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework

By |2021-06-11T13:03:41+10:00Friday, 11 June 2021|

Congratulations to Tasmanian-based cultural institution, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, which is one of eight new arts organisations to receive ongoing funding under the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework. Terrapin joins the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as the second Tasmanian performing arts organisation to enter the Framework, bringing the total number of supported [...]

10 06, 2021

Paradise Lost at TMAG

By |2021-06-10T16:26:50+10:00Thursday, 10 June 2021|

A new exhibition about Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, one of Australia’s most intriguing colonial artists, has opened today at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Paradise Lost: Thomas Griffiths Wainewright is the first major exhibition to focus on the life and art of the notorious artist and convict, who was born [...]

10 06, 2021

Haddad should retract false assertions

By |2021-06-10T16:41:38+10:00Thursday, 10 June 2021|

I need to correct the false and lazy assertions put out today by Ella Haddad. The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute (TLRI) conducted a very lengthy and comprehensive review into the Guardianship and Administration Act, which was completed in December 2018. Given the extremely complex nature of this reform, we are [...]

10 06, 2021

Independent review of the Public Trustee

By |2021-06-10T15:21:55+10:00Thursday, 10 June 2021|

The Tasmanian Government will conduct an independent review into the administrative and operational practices of the Public Trustee. While the Public Trustee operates independently of Government, a number of concerns have been raised both privately and through the media in recent days from clients of the Public Trustee around how [...]

8 06, 2021

New Chief Inspector of Mines appointed

By |2021-06-08T14:07:39+10:00Tuesday, 8 June 2021|

Congratulations to Andrew Tunstall who has been appointed as the Chief Inspector of Mines and Major Hazards. Mr Tunstall has extensive experience in the Tasmanian mining industry, having acted in the Chief Inspector role since July 2020, and previously serving as Principal Inspector of Mines since 2008. He has also [...]

6 06, 2021

Celebrating Tasmania’s award winning architects for 2021

By |2021-06-07T10:02:37+10:00Sunday, 6 June 2021|

As Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs, and Ambassador for the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, it was my pleasure to attend the Tasmanian Architecture Awards Presentation Dinner virtually to celebrate the vital work of our State’s architects. Our building and construction industry is a key [...]

20 05, 2021

New television series to be filmed in Tasmania

By |2021-05-21T09:50:35+10:00Thursday, 20 May 2021|

Tasmania’s screen industry is set to benefit from Amazon Prime’s announcement that an eight-part original series will start filming in Tasmania this November. Written by Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan and co-produced by Guesswork Television - who also brought us Rosehaven - the comedy is set in a fictional town [...]

13 05, 2021

Commission of Inquiry progress welcome

By |2021-05-13T15:29:48+10:00Thursday, 13 May 2021|

Today the Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings reached an important milestone, with the President and Commissioners providing an update on the next steps for this important inquiry. I thank the President and Commissioners for agreeing to undertake this important role. [...]

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