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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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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 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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Racing Minister Calls for Tasracing to Revoke Bullock’s ‘Trainer of the Year’ Award

Statement from Kristie Johnston MP; Today in Parliamentary question time I asked the Minister for Racing, Felix Ellis, the following: Minister when I asked you last question time about the appropriateness of Anthony Bullock and his fellow notorious trainers receiving trainer of the year awards you made light of the matter and failed to condemn Tasracing’s actions. Since then Mr…

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Lifetime Ban for Greyhound Trainer Bullock

Statement from Kristie Johnston MP It is welcome news that greyhound trainer Anthony Bullock has been banned for life from the greyhound industry. Earlier this year I drew Racing Minister Felix Ellis’s attention to the apparent terrible treatment of dogs at Anthony Bullock’s property at Westbury, which resulted in the Office of Racing Integrity to finally commit to an investigation…

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Who Can We Trust?

Statement from Kristie Johnston MP; Today in Parliament I sought assurances from the Premier that public servants who would have had adverse findings against them by the Commission of Inquiry had it not been for legal restrictions, are not still working with vulnerable people and are not tasked with investigating others or in implementing the recommendations of the Commission. He…

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IF YOU GO INTO THE WOODS TODAY YOU’RE IN FOR A BIG SURPRISE. DON’T TAKE PICTURES – YOU MAY BE BREAKING THE LAW!

Today in Parliament I asked the Minister for Parks, Mr Jaensch, if he understood that our out-of-date legislation makes it illegal for social media influencers to publish photographs taken in our national parks. I pointed out to him that Tasmanian tourism will suffer if modern forms of online publishing is not addressed. No one will come to Tasmania if they…

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Office of Racing Integrity Acts… Finally

Statement from Kristie Johnston MP: I have been making the case for some time that the racing industry, across all three codes, has lost its social licence and the confidence of the Tasmanian people. Today we see that the Office of Racing Integrity (ORI) has finally done its job, and stripped the licence from leading trainer, Scott Brunton. Months ago…

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