Business as Usual for Ben Yole

It shows how weak integrity standards are in the racing industry when, despite a Supreme Court decision to confirm Tasracing’s power to warn off notorious harness racing trainer Ben Yole, he is able to merely transfer the horses to his father and carry on as before. At yesterday’s Hobart harness meet, Yole horses placed first in races 7, 8, 9…

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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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JOHNSTON SLAMS ESSENTIAL SERVICES FUNDING CUT PROMISE

Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has described Labor and Liberal’s failure to commit to fair funding indexation to Tasmania’s community services as “callous” and “cold-hearted,” with figures showing it effectively equates to real funding cuts of between $7.35M and $14.7M over four years. “With Tasmania in the grip of housing, health and cost of living pressures, more and more…

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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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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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