Media Releases

BETTER CARE FOR TASMANIAN STROKE VICTIMS UNDER LABOR

Residents of Northern and North West Tasmania will get 24/7 access to the country’s best stroke specialists under a Shorten Labor Government plan that will save lives by rolling out state-of-the-art telehealth technology to regional hospitals across Australia.

Every year, 56,000 Australians have a stroke – that’s one every nine minutes.

People in regional and rural areas are almost 20 per cent more likely to suffer a stroke. They’re also more likely to die or be left with serious disability from a stroke because most stroke specialists and units are in the cities, denying country Australians access to life-saving treatments to dissolve and remove clots.

That why Federal Labor will invest $11.9 million to build a National Telestroke Network.

FOOTBALL TO FLOURISH IN NORTHERN TASMANIA UNDER A SHORTEN LABOR GOVERNMENT

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $1 million to upgrade Northern Tasmanian football (soccer) grounds so that junior players can develop their skills on first grade ovals and senior teams have improved home grounds in Launceston.

The world game is one of the most popular sports in the region and Labor will ensure that budding footballers and experienced players alike have the best facilities possible to help them achieve their sporting goals.

WHILE GOVERNMENT PLAYS LEADERSHIP GAMES, LABOR COMMITS TO REGIONAL AUSTRALIA SERVICE GUARANTEE

Federal Labor Member for Bass, Ross Hart is disappointed, but not surprised that the Morrison Government is more focused on itself than addressing growing inequality in regional Tasmania.

While the Liberals and Nationals play endless leadership games, Labor have made commitments that will address growing regional inequality and improve the lives of people in communities like George Town and Dorset.

Labor is concerned about growing regional inequality and is determined to fix it by investing in health, skills training and education.

 LIBERALS COMMIT TO UNDERWRITING COAL PUTTING THE MARINUS BASS LINK AND PUMPED HYDRO AT RISK

Federal Member for Bass, Ross Hart said on Sunday “I am very concerned by this morning’s admission on Insiders by the Minister for Energy, Angus Taylor that Government underwriting of coal projects will be in direct competition with Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation project”.

“Modelling has found that Tasmania’s Marinus Bass Link and related pumped hydro and wind generation investments only stack up under increased investment in renewables and a reduction in energy produced by coal”.

“The Tas Networks Feasibility Study is clear – the Marinus Bass Link project only stacks up if supported by a high emissions reduction target, like Labor’s 50 percent 2030 renewable energy commitment,” Mr Hart said.

LABOR WILL FIX MOBILE BLACK SPOTS IN THE WEST TAMAR

Labor’s Regional Communications Spokesperson, Stephen Jones, and Labor Member for Bass, Ross Hart today announced that Labor will provide essential funding to help fix mobile blackspots in the Tamar Valley.

This is critical infrastructure that keeps locals connected to family and friends and that saves lives in an emergency. It is central to the daily life of all local residents and businesses.

The Tamar Valley in Tasmania’s North has a number of towns with poor communications including Grindelwald, Greens Beach, York Town and even parts of the suburban area of Trevallyn in Launceston. Fixing these black spots will be a priority for a Shorten Labor Government.