Public Service Jobs
I was reading the newspaper today and had to check to see whether it was April Fools day.
In a commendable, but seriously delayed, move the Tasmanian Liberals have decided that it is appropriate to bid for relocation of Commonwealth public service jobs in the regions, in particular to the north and the north-west of Tasmania.
TAFE and VET
I was recently interviewed by Caitlin Jarvis of the Examiner newspaper regarding vocational training. My thoughts on this issue have been printed in the Examiner newspaper edition of 8 April 2018. The article is extracted below.
The Turnbull Government’s lack of vision
I spoke in the House of Representatives on Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2017-18 and Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2017-18. This was an opportunity to examine the priorities of the Turnbull government: tax handouts for multinationals and millionaires. A clear lack of vision from this out-of-touch Liberal government.
Infrastructure needs of Tasmania
In the cut and thrust of question time, sometimes particular moments stand out.
Today in question time Anthony Albanese, as the Shadow Minister for infrastructure, asked a question of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Barnaby Joyce. That question was directed towards the significant reduction in infrastructure spend within the State of Tasmania under the Abbott/Turnbull governments, and the fact that there were no new infrastructure projects commenced in Tasmania.
The response from Barnaby Joyce was extremely surprising. He made reference to Inland Rail as an infrastructure project, and Badgery's Creek airport.
Tasmania has real need is for infrastructure to drive economic growth. The requirement for infrastructure extends from commitments to the Tamar River Sewerage improvement plan in the Tamar Valley, the replacement Bridgewater Bridge, vital roads funding and essential tourism infrastructure.
This is not a joking matter, the Minister needs to take his portfolio seriously.
Health – Co-Location of a Private Hospital at the LGH
Health is a key issue in Northern Tasmania.
I was recently asked about Tasmanian Labor's plan to call for tenders for development and construction of a new co-located Private Hospital at the Launceston General Hospital, a plan which includes a comprehensive precinct plan to address long overdue issues like lack of parking.
This hospital would be paid for by a private operator, in all likelihood the existing operator in Launceston consolidating their existing facilities.
I was able to respond with some detail, in part due to my governance experience on the THO-North, but also courtesy of some research I had commissioned.
I though I should share that information.
By 2015/16 there were 68 private hospitals that were co-located with a public hospital, around Australia.