Media Releases

WOMEN’S REPRESENTATION

IN HIS letter to the editor (The Examiner, June 1) Senator Jonathon Duniam claims real progress is being made with regards to female representation.
The article in question by Rob Inglis was about the Federal Liberals in Tasmania, and the numbers tell the story. Out of 11 Liberal candidates in 2016 there was one female candidate.

HART TO STAND UP TO PRIVATE HEALTH EXCESS HIKE

The Federal Member for Bass, will stand up for the 7,092 families in Bass with Private Health Insurance as the Government  attempts to amend Private Health Insurance Legislation to allow insurers to offer maximum excesses of $750 for singles and  $1,500 for families, compared to $500 and $1,000 at present.

Unlike Labor, the Government has no real plan for to keep insurance premiums down, it is trading higher excesses for lower premiums, which creates concerns that people will not be able to pay and force them into the public system.

HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES IN BASS ARE IN FOR A RUDE SHOCK COME JULY 2

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development, Amanda Rishworth has joined Member for Bass, Ross Hart to talk to families in Launceston about the changes to the child care system.

With less than two months until the child care changes take place, there are 517 families in Launceston who will be worse off from July 2 under the Turnbull Government’s unfair child care package.

This shocking number will see 1 in 7 families across the Bass electorate out of pocket when they lose the subsidy. They will have to pay more for early education or keep their kids at home.

HART STRONG SUPPORT FOR QANTAS ACADEMY BID

Federal Member for Bass recently met with the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, to discuss a bid for Launceston to house the Qantas Flight Academy.

Ross Hart, Member for Bass said “I strongly support the bid. Launceston Airport has many advantages in its bid over many other regional centres around Australia”.

Qantas has stated that it requires a regional centre with an airfield that has access to uncongested airspace and the infrastructure to support and accommodate up to 100 students in the first year of operation, with the potential to grow up to 500 students a year by training pilots for other airlines.

Mr Hart said “Launceston Airport’s close proximity to the University of Tasmania and its size and its facilities make it an ideal location for a college.

“Launceston’s Australian Maritime College is just one example of why Launceston is an ideal location for Qantas to train up to 500 pilots a year here.

“Our ability to house one of the southern hemisphere’s pre-eminent maritime training institutions should be a big tick for Qantas in deliberating on its decision” Mr Hart said.

LABOR’S FUND OUR KINDERGARTENS CAMPAIGN

The Turnbull Government’s Budget is failing Tasmania’s kindergarten children.

Labor recently launched its national campaign calling on the Turnbull Government to properly fund our kindergartens in the Budget and end the uncertainty for families in Bass.

Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham failed this test.