Media Releases

STUDENTS AND UNIS IN BASS HIT HARD BY MALCOLM TURNBULL’S CUTS

Just days out from Christmas, Malcolm Turnbull has delivered students a nasty surprise, revealing he’ll cut $2.2 billion from unis.

The cuts effectively put a cap on the number of uni places – taking us back to the bad old days of John Howard.

The Federal Member for Bass, Ross Hart has said that these cuts will place an unnecessary burden on students and families in Bass, and also sends the wrong message about the UTAS Transformation project-which should drive the future of Northern Tasmania.

HOME CARE CRISIS IN TASMANIA REVEALED

Older Australians in Bass have been let down by the Turnbull Government’s failure to fund more home care packages in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

Last week it was revealed that more than 2,391 older Australians living in Tasmania are languishing in limbo waiting for a package and care.

This includes 1,811 older Australians in Tasmania waiting with high needs, many with dementia.

Time for wine rebate fix

In Federal Parliament today, Member for Bass Ross Hart MP has argued that the Turnbull Government’s attempt to mitigate the effects of  their heavy handed reform of the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate, is not sufficient, nor will those efforts come in time for our local wine industry.

The Turnbull Government introduced their Wine Australia bill which is intended to mitigate some of the unfortunate consequences of their decision to reduce the WET rebate from $500,000 to $350,000, with the wine tourism and cellar door grants program.

LAUNCESTON INTERNET SERVICE COMPLAINTS SOAR UNDER TURNBULL’S NBN

Federal Member for Bass Ross Hart has slammed the Turnbull Government’s second rate NBN following the release of the latest Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) report.

The report revealed;

·         There has been a 160% increase in complaints to the TIO

·         Launceston has the most complaints in Tasmania

·         There are 4 times more complaints made about the telecommunications industry than the banking/finance industry

Tasmania is being let down by Liberal Senators

The Draft Productivity Commission report into Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation shows how much change to GST distribution would hurt Tasmania.

Despite their protestations today Tasmania’s Liberal Senators have let Tasmanian’s down again. The Turnbull Government is once again considering redistribution of GST.