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Minister Snubs Ashley Advice

Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has expressed her frustration following the Minister for Children and Youth, Roger Jaensch, refusing to establish a multidisciplinary taskforce to oversee the removal of children currently on remand at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre. “TasCOSS, the Children’s Commissioner and the Legislative Council have all called for the urgent establishment of this taskforce, and it’s…

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Johnston Slams Government and Opposition Inhumanity

Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has slammed the Government and Opposition for failing to support an amendment to the Racing Regulation and Integrity Bill which would see the insertion of the word ‘humanely’, and make the humane treatment of racing animals one of its core functions. This Bill introduces a new Tasmanian Racing Integrity Commissioner and abolishes the Office…

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St John’s Park Dialysis Patients Deserve Better

Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has urged Health Minister, Guy Barnett, to urgently meet with members of Tasmania’s Kidney Advisory Group to address concerns that the renal unit at St John’s Park in New Town is in a state of disrepair and simply not fit for purpose. With dialysis patients having to attend the facility on average four times…

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Time for Parliament to Get to Work

It is past time for this Parliament to get to work. My consistent stand since the election has been that the party commissioned to form Government should be given a chance to govern. In addition, I’ve also consistently said that I am prepared to provide confidence and supply on a merit basis so that the Government can get on with…

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Johnston Backs Claremont Multisport Centre

Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has thrown her support behind a new multisport centre at Claremont College and has vowed to work with the Government of the day to ensure the much-needed project is delivered. The new Education, Arts and Multisport Centre would include one full-size and two smaller basketball courts, stage and production equipment, storage and office room,…

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Marine Plan for Tasmania Desperately Needed

Have you noticed lately it’s become harder and harder to catch a fish around Tasmania’s coastline? It’s not going to get any better until we get a plan. A comprehensive marine plan that is ecosystem based and integrates different activities, allowing for the needs of the environment to remain healthy. The plan would identify current and future objectives for all…

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Has Rockliff Buckled to the Pokies Lobby?

There’s an election coming for sure. Pokies pubs all across Tasmania are being draped in Liberal election posters. What price has been extracted from the Liberals for all this largess? What deal has Mr Rockliff struck behind closed doors with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA)? I suspect Mr Rockliff has promised to quietly ditch the pokies reforms announced by his…

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International Fight to end Greyhound Racing

Australia is one of only six countries which still has legal greyhound racing tracks. Greyhound racing is a systemically cruel activity that affects all aspects of a dog’s life: breeding, racing and retirement. In 2022, over 13500 Tasmanians signed a parliamentary e-petition calling for the end to the government funding of greyhound racing. Despite being one of the largest responses…

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