Media Releases

JOB CRISIS: 15,900 TASMANIANS COMPETING FOR JUST 2,500 JOBS

Key points:

  • 6.4 unemployed Tasmanians are competing for every vacant job
  • the national average is 3.4 unemployed persons for every job vacancy
  • Private sector job vacancies in Tasmania are down 10.7% in 3 months.

The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveal Tasmania is in a jobs crisis, with the worst ratio of job vacancies to out of work people in the nation.

TAKATA COMPULSORY RECALL ONE STEP CLOSER, BUT STILL NOT CLOSE ENOUGH

Federal Member for Bass, Ross Hart MP welcomes the decision by the Minister responsible for Product Safety to issue a Proposed Recall Notice, the first step towards a compulsory recall of Takata airbags.

However Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs Tim Hammond MP is reiterating Labor’s call for the Minister to use his emergency recall powers to immediately issue a compulsory recall for Takata ‘Alpha’ airbags.

We are pleased the Government has finally decided to heed Labor’s call to protect the tens of thousands of Australian motorists still driving vehicles with potentially deadly Takata airbag units.

LABOR STANDS WITH STUDENTS AND UNIS AGAINST THE LIBERALS CUTS AND FEE HIKES

The Liberals are pushing ahead in the Parliament with their legislation to jack up students fees and cut university funding by $3.8 billion.

Labor stands with students and universities and will fight against these short-sighted cuts and fee hikes.

The Liberals’ plan means the University of Tasmania will have funding slashed by $51.3 million over the next four years.

VITAL WORK AROUND SUICIDE PREVENTION MUST NOT BE DELAYED

Today Labor has welcomed the opportunity to meet with services providers as Tasmania prepares to participate in a suicide prevention trial site.

Representatives of Tasmania’s mental health sector gave their perspectives on suicide prevention policy.

Labor’s roundtable discussion emphasised the need for continued reform to help reduce the rate of suicide across the state.

PING PONG BETWEEN NBN AND TELCO LEAVES 83 Y.O. 3 MONTHS WITHOUT PHONE

At last night’s NBN forum Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications and Ross Hart, Member for Bass heard from people all over Bass, and the multiple issues they’re having with Malcolm Turnbull’s botched rollout of the Fibre-To-The-Node NBN, and NBN issues generally.

Betty, an 83 year old a Bass resident, spoke passionately about her fight to have a phone connection to her house.