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17 12, 2020

Draft Terms of Reference released for Commission of Inquiry

By |2020-12-17T13:18:57+10:00Thursday, 17 December 2020|

There is no more important task for any Government than to ensure the safety and well-being of our children and the Tasmanian Government is committed to making a difference for the future. Today, the Tasmanian Government has released the draft Terms of Reference for the upcoming Commission of Inquiry. These [...]

14 12, 2020

Federal funding welcomed for Tasmania’s arts sector

By |2020-12-14T15:46:26+10:00Monday, 14 December 2020|

The Tasmanian Government welcomes today’s announcement that the Federal Government is providing $2 million in additional support for Tasmania’s arts sector, on top of our Government’s considerable COVID-19 stimulus funding and additional funds in this year’s State Budget. Three projects will share in the funding as part of the first [...]

12 12, 2020

Labor again choosing to ignore the facts

By |2020-12-14T09:32:05+10:00Saturday, 12 December 2020|

Jen Butler has again been caught asleep at the wheel, choosing to blindly ignore the facts in relation to live theatre performances which I advised her of just recently during Budget Estimates. In addition, the Premier clearly said in his media conference two days ago that Public Health are now [...]

12 12, 2020

Artists with Conviction exhibition online

By |2020-12-14T09:30:41+10:00Saturday, 12 December 2020|

The 10th annual Artists with Conviction exhibition, featuring work produced by prisoners within Tasmania’s correctional facilities, has moved online this year. This innovative move will enable more people to appreciate the works produced as a result of this important rehabilitative program. The exhibition invites entries from prisoners within all Tasmania [...]

11 12, 2020

Public comment sought on judge alone criminal trials

By |2020-12-14T09:28:52+10:00Friday, 11 December 2020|

The Tasmanian Government is seeking public comment on draft legislation to allow for the option of criminal trials to be held without a jury in the Supreme Court with appropriate protections. Tasmania does not currently have the option of trial by judge alone. Unless the defendant pleads guilty to an indictable [...]

10 12, 2020

Labor blocks minimum jail term for child sex offenders again

By |2020-12-10T13:48:19+10:00Thursday, 10 December 2020|

Sexual offences against children are heinous, and the community rightfully expects that anyone who commits serious sexual offences against children should go to jail. It is extremely disappointing that Labor has once again opposed our mandatory minimum sentences legislation in the Upper House. Labor’s Leader Rebecca White needs to explain [...]

10 12, 2020

Labor must respond to survivors and support mandatory sentencing bill

By |2020-12-10T10:38:08+10:00Thursday, 10 December 2020|

There must be strong mandatory minimum imprisonment penalties for serious sexual offences against children. Today, the Government is bringing on the Justice Legislation (Mandatory Sentencing) Bill 2019 for debate and a vote in the Legislative Council, as we promised to do. The Tasmanian community, survivors of sexual abuse and their [...]

9 12, 2020

Time to act – Labor must support mandatory minimum sentences for convicted child sexual offenders

By |2020-12-09T14:30:48+10:00Wednesday, 9 December 2020|

There must be strong mandatory minimum imprisonment penalties for serious sexual offences against children. Sexual offences against children are abhorrent. This is why our Government is bringing on the Justice Legislation (Mandatory Sentencing) Bill 2019 for debate and a vote in the Legislative Council tomorrow, as announced a few weeks [...]

7 12, 2020

Removing Barriers for Victims of Family Violence

By |2020-12-07T16:24:24+10:00Monday, 7 December 2020|

Eliminating family violence remains a top priority for our Government and we are strongly committed to preventing and responding to family violence in Tasmania. That is why, to help break down another barrier for those fleeing from family violence, we will exclude fees for all documents relating to proceedings under the Family [...]

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