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Kristie Johnston

Premier Avoids Scrutiny on Commission of Inquiry Scrutiny into Child Sex Abuse

It is deeply disappointing, utterly frustrating, but sadly not surprising that the Premier has dodged parliamentary scrutiny yet again – this time by calling an election. The Parliament created the Provision of Information Committee, of which I am deputy chair, to determine if the Premier and his departmental secretary Ms Jenny Gale were completely open and honest in regard to…

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John Tucker Has Every Right to Stick to His Guns

Independent Member of Parliament John Tucker has every right to stick to his guns in the face of a ham-fisted ultimatum from the Premier. I fully support the response delivered by Mr Tucker this morning in which he rejected the unreasonable and demeaning demands from the Premier that he, and fellow ex-Liberal Lara Alexander, agree to be little more than…

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HAS FERGUSON BACK-FLIPPED ON POKIES REFORM?

There’s an election coming for sure. The Deputy Premier, Michael Ferguson, seems to have gone soft on his “nation-leading” poker machine reforms he announced back in September two years ago. Perhaps he’s been rolled in the Liberal Party room? The Liberals would be petrified of the powerful pokies barons during an election campaign. They know the gaming giants will  spend…

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Shut Down Harness Racing Now

The much-anticipated final report from Ray Murrihy has laid bare what every observer already knew – harness racing is rotten to the core: Minister Ellis has sat on this report since December and trainer Ben Yole has still been allowed to race. Why? More time wasted and more suffering to horses when he could have been doing something – anything…

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Kristie Johnston – Statement on Animal Cruelty Revelations – 14 December 2023

Statement regarding the shocking revelations of animal cruelty at the Cressy Abattoir: The videos I saw made me sick to the stomach. Sadly, we’ve seen successive Labor and Liberal governments fail to rein in animal abuse in the meat processing industry. As far as I’m concerned, animal welfare is not a tradeable commodity to be discounted or marginalised for economic…

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Kristie Johnston, Question to the Premier – 7 December 2023

Thank you Mr Speaker. My question is to the Premier. Premier, victim survivors, the community and I (and I would assume my committee colleagues) were astounded at your, and your ministers’ lack of curiosity. This was particularly concerning with regard to identifying the individuals who received s18 notices. Throughout your and your Ministers’ responses to questions you frequently hid behind…

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Dark Shadow over COI Response…

“Victim survivors are deeply upset and confused at the Premier’s and his ministers’ apparent lack of curiosity in determining who within government may enabled abhorrent acts of sexual abuse,” Ms Johnston said. “The Premier and his Ministers’ responses to questions frequently hide behind paper thin excuses that the Commission of Inquiry hadn’t provided that level of detail in their report…

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Kristie Johnston, Question to the Minister for Consumer Affairs – 16 November 2023

Thank you Mr Speaker, My question is to the Minister for Consumer Affairs. Minister, members of Families Tasmania (formerly Child Health Association of Tasmania) were devastated to learn that this organisation, with a 106 year history, was put into voluntary solvent liquidation by the board without any communication with its members. Staff were terminated, and the accounts and operations of…

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Kristie Johnston, Question to the Attorney-General – 14 November 2023

Thank you Mr Speaker. My question is to the Attorney General. Attorney Advocacy Tasmania welcomes the passing the Guardianship and Administration Amendment Bill as a step in the right direction to better protect peoples’ rights and liberty. But they are concerned that the government is not urgently prioritising its implementation given the human suffering we know is occurring?   For…

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Johnston Welcomes Greyhound Racing Survey Results

Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, says she is not surprised by the recent EMRS report that reveals more than 60% of Tasmanians oppose greyhound racing. For some time, Ms Johnston has been publicly calling for an end to the Government funding of greyhound racing, and believes the results of the survey is further proof the Tasmanian community have had…

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