Media Releases

SCOTT MORRISON CAN’T BE TRUSTED WITH TAFE IN TASMANIA

The Liberals cannot be taken seriously on TAFE or skills and apprenticeships after six years of savage cuts and policy chaos.

Tasmanians won’t be fooled by an election eve announcement that does little to fix the damage of years of cuts.

Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “Since being elected, the Liberals have cut $3 billion from TAFE and there are now nearly 150,000 fewer Australian apprentices.

“The reality is the Liberals have done absolutely nothing over the last six years to address the loss of apprenticeships in Tasmania which has occurred under their watch.”

GOVERNMENT MOBILE BLACK SPOT PROGRAM PLAGUED WITH DELAYS

Labor Spokesperson for Regional Communications Stephen Jones MP, says claims by the Minister for Regional Communications that she has “fixed” hundreds of mobile black spots are simply not credible.

In Senate Estimates last week, the Department of Communications released a list of locations where new mobile base stations have been funded but which are not yet operational.

“More than three years after promises have been made, there are currently 167 or nearly 20% of the promised base stations not yet on air.

BETTER CANCER CARE FOR PROSTATE, METASTATIC AND PANCREATIC CANCERS

A Shorten Labor Government will boost the number of specialised cancer nurses across the country – ensuring that as many cancer patients as possible get specialised care and support.

Labor will more than double the number of federally-funded prostate cancer nurses across the country – working with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to employ an additional 42 nurses across the country, building on the 28 already funded by the Commonwealth.

Labor will also invest in 24 metastatic cancer nurses in hospitals across the country, extending support beyond specialist cancer centres and beyond particular tumour types. This will ensure that the additional support provided by these nurses isn’t just limited to the big cities.

LABOR TO FUND NEW MENTAL HEALTH HUB IN LAUNCESTON

A Shorten Labor Government will ensure the people of Northern Tasmania have better access to mental health services by building a new mental health hub and 25 bed acute mental health unit within the Launceston Health Precinct.

Labor will invest $15 million to build the new hub, which will be located close to the Launceston General Hospital and will replace the Northside ward.

The new hub will provide the best and most modern models of care – providing acute care, as well as facilities for group care, day programs and outreach services to enable better integration with the community.

HYDROGEN EXPORT INDUSTRY MEANS JOBS FOR NORTHERN TASMANIA

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $250,000 towards the potential development of a major new job creating export industry for Northern Tasmania – Hydrogen.

Creating new clean energy and advanced manufacturing jobs in places like Northern Tasmania is a key priority for Federal Labor.

Hydrogen gas is an energy source that can be produced through the process of electrolysis using renewable energy, meaning it can leverage Tasmania’s abundant supply of clean, green renewable energy to make much cleaner hydrogen competitively.

The potential for hydrogen production in Northern Tasmania represents a huge export opportunity, with the global market for hydrogen expected to be worth $215 billion by 2022 according to the International Energy Agency.