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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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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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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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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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Murrihy Report Must Be Released Before GBE Estimates

Today in Parliament, the Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, asked Racing Minister, Felix Ellis, to ensure the Murrihy Inquiry into allegations of team driving, race fixing and animal welfare concerns in the harness racing industry be publicly released in time for Government Business Enterprise (GBE) hearings, scheduled to begin on 21 November. “It’s now nine months since the Government…

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Disappearing Greyhounds

Statement from Kristie Johnston MP on the release of information from Animal Liberation Tasmania about the greyhound Princess (racing name Zipping Princess). The tragic story of Princess highlights yet again that the greyhound racing industry see greyhounds as commodities that can be tossed aside when they no longer make them money. I have been concerned for some time about greyhounds…

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Vaping or Evaporating?

Statement from Kristie Johnston MP: In Parliament today I pressed the Premier to take more immediate and concrete action on the vaping scourge sweeping through our schools, and ruining the lives of our children. The Premier was big on talk but lamentably low on action. He isn’t even using the tools he has available to him. The Federal Government has…

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Office of Racing Integrity Failures Continue

Statement: To say the racing industry, across all three codes, has lost its social licence and the confidence of the Tasmanian people, is an understatement. There is a crisis at every turn. The latest edition came in Parliament today when I alerted the racing minister, Felix Ellis, to the fact that Tasmania’s leading thoroughbred horse trainer Scott Brunton had been…

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