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Jobs Crisis needs Urgent Attention

Following today’s release of the latest job figures Labor Member for Bass Ross Hart urged the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to do more for job creation in Northern Tasmania.

“These figures are alarming. There are 41,400 Tasmanians out of work or needing more hours competing for just 2,500 jobs. That’s a ratio of more than 16 to 1,” Mr Hart said.

Health Shortchanged

Federal Member for Bass Ross Hart today expressed his concerns in Parliament about Malcolm Turnbull’s secret pre-budget hospital plan, following reports of a leaked COAG note that reveals that the Liberals are seeking a five year deal with no new money for public hospitals.

This plan will lock in seven years of public hospital cuts, leaving states with their current, inadequate funding arrangements until 2025.

UTAS relocation must retain community support

Federal Member for Bass Ross Hart and Senator Helen Polley have today said that the relocation of the University’s Alanvale campus to the site at Inveresk is an essential component of the revitalisation of the city.

“This was recognised by Labor committing to the project as its first and most significant commitment to the electorate in the 2016 federal election,” Senator Polley said.

It is significant that the importance of this project to the future of Northern Tasmania was recognised with the bipartisan adoption of the project, and the recent delivery of initial funding to the University of Tasmania.

The project has the potential, beyond significant construction jobs, to transform the lives of Northern Tasmanians, and the potential of the Northern Tasmanian economy.

Mr Hart reaffirmed that it is absolutely vital that the project retains community support. “The study released by UTAS in 2016 estimated thousands of construction jobs as well as very significant long-term employment within the university sector”, he said.

Mr Hart said “I am aware of a group of residents who have written to the Prime Minister seeking to raise with him concerns about the viability of the project and the suitability of the site.

“I would encourage any community members who may have concerns about the suitability of the site or the masterplan process to engage with UTAS,” said Mr. Hart

“Any concerns about the loss of teaching jobs and courses to Hobart are addressed by UTAS in its commitment to this project”.

Senator Polley added “Labor strongly supports the UTAS transformation project as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to drive growth and long-term employment in the northern economy”.


Finding a full-time secure job has never been harder.

What yesterday’s jobs figures demonstrate is in Australia today more people, particularly our young are ever more reliant on casual and part-time employment than ever before.

Federal Member for Bass, Mr Ross Hart said ‘since June last year 1600 Tasmanians have lost full-time work. These figures are nothing for the Liberal Governments led by Malcolm Turnbull or Will Hodgman to celebrate.


The Turnbull Government’s secret documents have revealed 517 families in the Bass will be worse off under the Turnbull Government’s new child care package come after July 2.

These families are part of the 279,000 families around Australia who will be worse off under the Liberals’ new package.

Ross Hart, Federal Member for Bass has said ‘This is extremely worrying news as most of the families who stand to be worse off are families in the lowest income cohort – that is families who have a combined family income of less than $65,710, and the people that I speak to are very worried about cost of living pressures.