Government Failing Tasmania’s Homeless

Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has accused the government of failing vulnerable Tasmanians, including many who are forced to sleep in their cars each night due to the state’s worsening housing crisis. “We are in the depths of a bitterly cold winter and currently my office is working desperately hard to help people find appropriate shelter.  These are people…

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Johnston Calls for Vinnies Donations

Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, is urging people to throw a few extra items in their shopping trolley next time they go to the supermarket to help Tasmania’s homeless this winter. St Vincent de Paul is desperate for donations of non-perishable food and other essential items, and Ms Johnston has made her electorate office in Glenorchy available as a…

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Adjournment Speech – 1 July 2021 42nd Southern Tasmanian Dancing Eisteddfod

Mr Speaker, I rise tonight to acknowledge that the 42nd Southern Tasmanian Dancing Eisteddfod has commenced today.  There will be children, young adults and families converging from all around Tasmania on Wrest Point today  and over the next nine days for this exciting event.  I acknowledge the contribution of the volunteer committee who  run this event – in particular the president, Piper Robertson, who has been organising this event now for some time.   Unfortunately, due to COVID19, this event had to be cancelled that last year, but literally thousands of young  Tasmanians will be participating, to show off their dancing skills that they have been saving up for the last two years.   Over 20 dancing schools will be participating in this particular event.  It does attract a very large audience.  In fact, in  previous years, over 16 000 people attended one particular event.  The youngest performer is four years old, and probably very nervous to be appearing on that particular stage. I want to record a thanks in particular to the volunteer committee who make this major event happen every July school holidays, where possible, and the work they do in doing that.  I also acknowledge all the families and young people  who will be participating and showing off the incredible talent that we have here in Tasmania.   As a dancing mum myself, I know that there will be plenty of people there who will be covered in head to toe in glitter and sequins and thoroughly enjoying the event.  I am sure that we will all be very proud to see what these fine young Tasmanians can achieve.   I thank the volunteer committee for all the hard work they do to deliver this event, and in particular this year as a COVID-19-safe event.

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Government Bidding for Gambling Lobby

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is doing the gambling lobby’s bidding with the new tax and licence deal on poker machines. Federal Group get their tax rate cut in half. Every pub gets a windfall increase in value for every pokies licence received, and no harm minimisation measures such as $1 maximum bets. The end result is that the Tasmanian taxpayer…

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Anti-corruption Reform Urgently Needed

Today in Parliament I raised, on behalf of my constituents and the broader Tasmanian community, some deficiencies in the legislation that establishes the Tasmanian Integrity Commission. I asked the Attorney-General the following question: Attorney-General, last night in this House I called out some of deficiencies in the capacity of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission to do its job.  You became animated, somewhat,…

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Premier Turns Back on Problem Gamblers

Today in Parliament, I asked the Premier if he would support a reduction in the maximum bet per spin on poker machines, from the current $5 per spin to $1 a spin. Such a reform is almost universally supported by gambling reformers and researchers in Australia. I noted that a parliamentary committee in 2012, of which both he and the…

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