Media Releases

TASMANIAN LIBERALS’ CAMPAIGN AN INSULT TO HUNDREDS OF PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO HAVE LOST JOBS IN OUR STATE

The Tasmanian Liberals’ campaign for more Commonwealth public service jobs is an insulting sham, with hundreds of Tasmanian public service workers losing their jobs under the Turnbull and Hodgman Governments.

The latest State of the Service Report revealed Tasmania lost more than 400 Commonwealth public servants in 2017 alone.

When Labor was in Government in 2013 there were 4239 Commonwealth public servants in Tasmania - the latest figures show there are now just 3468.

LABOR WELCOMES CERTAINTY FOR AMC

Tuesday’s announcement by Minister Pyne, that the AMC will be a strategic partner in the establishment of the Naval Shipbuilding College to be headquartered in South Australia is welcome news.

Federal Member for Bass, Ross Hart said yesterday’s admission from the State Minister for Defence, Jeremy Rockliff that there was a chance, however small, that the Australian Maritime College (AMC) could have been lost under the new Maritime Training College raises concerns.

Penalty Rate Cut Threats Continue

The submission to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) by hair and beauty employers arguing for a cut to penalty rates is another attack on workers’ wages at a time when wages growth has hit record lows.

Malcolm Turnbull and his Liberals support these cuts to penalty rates.

LABOR TO ADDRESS RISING HOMELESSNESS – NEW CENSUS FIGURES SHOW URGENT ACTION REQUIRED

Recently released figures from the 2016 Census show that the number of people experiencing homelessness and overcrowding has risen significantly. On 2016 Census night 116,427 Australians were homeless, up from 102,439 in 2011, a 13.7 percent jump. Nearly 26,000 of those people were children & young people.

8,200 homeless people were in improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out, up from 6,810 in 2011. In the Bass electorate, there were around 278 people homeless on Census night. In Launceston the number was around 210.

LABOR’S PLAN TO CRACK DOWN ON TAX LOOPHOLES, PROTECT PENSIONERS, AND PAY FOR SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS

Labor’s reforms to excess dividend imputation credits will crack down on a tax loophole that gives tax refunds to people who don’t pay income tax, while protecting pensioners and paying for better schools and hospitals.
Today, Labor is introducing a new Pensioner Guarantee – protecting pensioners from changes to excess dividend imputation credits.
The Pensioner Guarantee will protect pensioners who may otherwise be affected by this important reform.
Labor is cracking down on this tax loophole because it will soon cost the budget $8 billion a year.