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 DELIVERING NEW AGED CARE SERVICE FOR NHULUNBUY

DELIVERING NEW AGED CARE SERVICE FOR NHULUNBUY

8 July 2019 - Minister Richard Colbeck, Senator Sam McMahon

The Morrison Government is delivering over $20 million to build a new aged care service for Nhulunbuy in East Arnhem Land.

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck said delivering safe, quality aged care services in remote areas is vital for maintaining strong communities.

 

“Our Government is committed to delivering aged care services for senior Australians in remote areas because it is important people are able to age where they have lived, worked and raised their family.

 

“For Indigenous communities in places like Nhulunbuy it is particularly vital that elders are able to maintain strong connections with country and remain leaders in the local area.

 

“For this reason the Nhulunbuy Flexible Aged Care Service was also designed in close consultation with locals, which has ensured buildings and outdoor spaces are appropriate for Indigenous cultural activities and customs.”

 

The project is supported by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program, which funds organisations to provide culturally appropriate aged care so people can remain close to their homes and communities.

 

The development of the Nhulunbuy Flexible Aged Care Service is a collaboration between the Commonwealth and Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS).

 

ARRCS Group General Manager, Ms Tamra Bridges, said the partnership with the local community would also be important in delivering flexible aged care services in the area.

 

“We greatly look forward to partnering with local communities to help develop and implement culturally appropriate aged care services in East Arnhem Land and contributing to the improvement of aged care service quality and accessibility for Indigenous Australians,” Ms Bridges said.

 

“A key focus for ARRCS during the development phase will be to build a local skilled workforce from within the Nhulunbuy and East Arnhem Land communities.”

 

It is expected construction of the home will start in late 2019 with completion in 2021.The home will have 32 ensuite rooms and a palliative unit.

 

New Northern Territory Country Liberal Senator Sam McMahon welcomed the investment in local aged care services.

 

“This new Nhulunbuy aged care service will also provide the option of home-based care so that people receive the support they need in their own homes later in life,” Senator McMahon said.

 

“Delivering this new service will also provide long-term jobs for local people to staff the new home and jobs during construction.”

 

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Delivering safety and quality in Australia’s aged care system

Delivering safety and quality in Australia’s aged care system

1 July 2019 - Minister Richard Colbeck

Today the Morrison Government has delivered a major reform package for quality and safety in aged care.

 

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck said these comprehensive reforms are designed to protect and improve the lives of senior Australians in care.

 

The Government demonstrates our commitment to continue to improve the aged care system while the Royal Commission proceeds.

 

“Senior Australians must have choice and flexibility in the care they receive and it should be really easy to understand what they can expect from their aged care service. This is why our Government has delivered these new Aged Care Quality Standards,” Minister Colbeck said.

 

“Today is the first upgrade to residential aged care standards in 20 years. The new Standards will improve transparency for senior Australians and their families, as well as making regulation clearer for providers.

 

“The Standards are centred on the needs of senior Australians and provide a solid foundation for providers’ continuous improvement.”

 

The Standards will apply to all Australian Government funded aged care services including residential care, home care, flexible care and services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

 

A new Charter of Aged Care Rights will also take effect today. The new Charter is easy to read and enshrines 14 rights for senior Australians in care.

 

The Government has also moved to minimise the use of restraints by significantly strengthening the regulations which apply to the use of physical and chemical restraints in aged care homes.

 

“Senior Australians must be treated with dignity and respect – this is now explicitly set out in our law,” Minister Colbeck said.

 

“These regulations also mean that restraints must be a last resort. Aged Care providers must now satisfy a number of conditions before physical and chemical restraints can be used.”

 

Government funded aged care homes will also be required to comply with the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program.

 

Quality Indicators measure aspects of service provision which contribute to the quality of care for senior Australians and are used by providers as part of continuous improvement.

This program comprises three clinical quality indicators—pressure injuries, use of physical restraint and unplanned weight loss.

 

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner, Janet Anderson, said that implementation of the new standards, together with other reforms will  enhance the safety, health, wellbeing and quality of life of people receiving aged care funded by the Australian Government.

 

“The new Standards reflect contemporary best practice and current community views appropriate for all aged care settings,” Ms Anderson said.

 

These reforms are in addition to the Government’s commitment to lower aged care fees in the home. From 1 July 2019, a new basic daily fee will be set based on the customers home care package level, reducing fees by up to $400 for those on lower packages.

 

 

For more information, please visit www.agedcarequality.gov.au

 

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Supporting Aussie sport to bring it home

Supporting Aussie sport to bring it home

22 June 2019

Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck is attending the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the ICC Cricket World Cup to show the Morrison Government’s support for Australia’s women’s football and men’s cricket teams and to help secure future opportunities to host major sporting events in Australia.

“I wish the Matildas all the very best against Norway tonight and our men’s cricket team against England on Tuesday,” Minister Colbeck said.

“The Government strongly supports bringing major international sporting events to Australia.

“Events like the Women’s Football World Cup and Cricket World Cups are major drawcards for international visitors and provide a big boost to local economies.”

Minister Colbeck recognised Football Federation Australia’s ongoing efforts to bid for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup (including a $5 million contribution from the Morrison Government to support the bid), and the Government’s ongoing work with the ICC and Cricket Australia officials ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup, to be played in Australia in 2020.

“The Morrison Government’s Sport 2030 plan includes the aim to build the business of sport and sports industry in Australia, to demonstrate our capacity to host such events as well as realise the benefits of strong sport diplomacy.

“Bringing major events like these to Australian shores will benefit not just our sporting heroes, but our nation and Australians as a whole.”

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National research plan leads the way to dementia cure and care

National research plan leads the way to dementia cure and care

13 June 2019 - Minister Richard Colbeck

Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia.

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and is one of our greatest health challenges. As Australians live longer, many people will either be diagnosed with dementia, care for someone with dementia, or watch a relative live with cognitive decline. 

Some Australians will experience all three. 

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, has today launched the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) 2019 Strategic Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation at the Australian Dementia Forum in Hobart.

After five years of significant investment through the Australian Government’s $200 million Boosting Dementia Research Initiative, NNIDR has sharpened the focus for future dementia research efforts. High priorities include introducing new and less invasive methods for early diagnosis into clinics across Australia and tackling the challenge of dementia within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Minister noted the opportunity to support people living with dementia in aged care facilities.

“Earlier diagnosis represents a real opportunity to make a positive impact for people living with dementia,” Minister Colbeck said.“

As Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, I am deeply concerned at the high number of Australians living with dementia in our aged care facilities. More supported access to treatment can vastly improve quality of care, and help people to live well with dementia in the community.”

Since the Initiative was launched in 2015, a total of 133 grants have been awarded to 280 leading dementia researchers working across 26 universities and medical research institutes. It is estimated that the work undertaken through the Initiative represents over one million new hours of dementia research.

Through NNIDR and the Government’s $185 million 10 year Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission, funded through the Medical Research Futures Fund, Australia is committed to the World Dementia Council’s international target to identify a disease-modifying therapy by 2025.

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Barty and Alcott worthy Aussie champions at Roland Garros

Barty and Alcott worthy Aussie champions at Roland Garros

9 June 2019 - Minister Richard Colbeck

Minister for Youth and Sport Senator Richard Colbeck has congratulated Ash Barty and Dylan Alcott on their stunning efforts at Roland Garros.

“Ash Barty and Dylan Alcott have demonstrated the best of the Australian sporting character with their hard work, determination and sportsmanship at the French Open.

“Ash and Dylan are both worthy champions and I congratulate them both for what is an extraordinary result for Australia.”

Ash Barty defeated the Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova overnight 6-1, 6-3 to reach the ranking of number 2 in the world ahead of Wimbledon in July.

Dylan Alcott defeated the United States’ David Wagner 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to record his eighth Grand Slam Singles win.

“Ash Barty is the first Australian woman to win the French open since Margaret Court and follows in the footsteps of Evonne Goolagong Cawley as one of Australia’s greatest ever indigenous tennis players.

“Dylan Alcott has proven himself master of the men’s singles wheelchair tennis and has become the inaugural French Open Quad Wheelchair Champion.

“I also congratulate their opponents, Marketa Vondrousova and the great David Wagner, on their achievement to make the final at Roland Garros.

“Ash Barty and Dylan Alcott have shown they are also true ambassadors for their sport and Australia, sports fans across the country will celebrate with them.”

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Go Matildas!

Go Matildas!

7 June 2019 - Minister Richard Colbeck

Minister for Sport Senator Richard Colbeck has wished the Australian women’s football team the best in their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign.

Minister Colbeck said the 23 players on the Matildas squad had consistently shown on and off the field that they would represent Australia proudly at the tournament in France, beginning with their opening match against Italy on 9 June.

“The Matildas are a source of inspiration for Australians, and especially for young girls,” Minister Colbeck said.

“Whether it’s captain Sam Kerr celebrating goals with backflips, or the entire squad staying behind for hours after matches to sign autographs for fans, the Matildas have proven to be fine ambassadors for their sport and our country.

“They enter this tournament ranked sixth in the world and no doubt millions of Australians will be hoping our team can go well into the tournament and contend for the title.

 “I commend the Matildas for all they’ve done to get to this point, especially the inspiration they provide to the thousands of young girls now taking up football.

“Our Government is a strong supporter of female sport and we will be cheering loudly and proudly as our girls take on the world.”

Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer also wished the Matildas the best, citing a study last year which said the Matildas had one of the strongest emotional connections with sport fans.

“That study was based on measures such as respect, pride, enjoyment and trust, something every team in every sport should aspire to,” Ms Palmer said. “The Matildas have proven to be a benchmark team.

“The Matildas captured Australia’s attention with an inspired performance to make the quarter-finals at the last World Cup, in 2015, and they’ve certainly held our attention since.

“A World Cup is a huge occasion, there’s no doubt going to be many twists and turns throughout this tournament. We wish coach Ante Milicic and his squad the very best of luck.”

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Deepening cultural and commercial ties between Australia and China

Deepening cultural and commercial ties between Australia and China

2 June 2019 - Minister Simon Birmingham, Minister Richard Colbeck

Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck will join Australian business and sports luminaries at the third annual AFL match in Shanghai today, celebrating the deepening cultural and commercial relationship between Australia and China.

 

The Minister’s visit rounds off the inaugural ‘Festival of Australia’, a two-week business promotion program that showcased Australian goods and services in 10 Chinese cities, reaching up to 30 million Chinese consumers.

 

“I’m thrilled to be joining 11,000 fans in the Jiangwan stadium today for the match between Port Adelaide and St Kilda. Sport is a great unifier, and it’s thrilling to see Chinese fans take Australia’s beloved AFL to their hearts in this way,” Minister Colbeck said.

 

“In just three years, AFL has built a following in China, and strengthened our two countries’ longstanding cultural, social and business ties.”

 

More than 250 Australian business representatives have been in China over the past two weeks for Festival of Australia events in Tianjin, Beijing, Jinan, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

 

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the Morrison Government had worked hand-in-hand with industry to ensure the Festival delivered maximum impact for Australian brands in China.

 

“Australian premium products and services have been front and centre in China over the past two weeks, and this extra exposure will help put Aussie products on the radar of Chinese buyers and investors,” Minister Birmingham said.

 

“China and Australia have built strong economic and cultural ties over many years, and initiatives such as this will help further strengthen these ties and help open up new opportunities for Australian businesses.”

 

Coordinated by Austrade in partnership with Wine Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia, Horticulture Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia-China Chambers of Commerce, the AFL and State Governments, the Festival promotes Australian premium food and wine, skincare and health products, aged care and financial services, innovative technologies, tourism, sports and indigenous culture.

 

The Festival of Australia concludes today with the AFL Match and the Festival of Australia Power Footy Carnival. Link to video about the Festival: https://bit.ly/2HvNo0y

 

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Delivering Aged Care upgrades in East Devonport

Delivering Aged Care upgrades in East Devonport

31 May 2019 - Minister Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce MP

The Liberal National Government has delivered upgrades for Melaleuca Home for the Aged in East Devonport.

 

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck, in his first visit as Minister, said following the completion of the $428,863 upgrade Melaleuca would be able to provide an even higher standard of care for local residents.

 

“The Liberal National Government is supporting regional aged care providers to deliver even more choice and quality when it comes to caring for senior Australians.

 

“These upgrades include the conversion of shared rooms into private rooms with ensuites, which will ensure the space is more functional for providing high-level clinical care with appropriate privacy.

 

“Melaleuca was built more than 30 years ago with the extraordinary generosity and support of the local community and it is important that we continue to invest in these facilities to ensure they meet modern standards of quality and privacy.”

 

The upgrades include two out-dated shared rooms which through the grant have been converted to three single rooms with an ensuite. To meet current demand some storage areas and a shared bathroom have been converted into one single room with an ensuite. A toilet off a lounge has been converted into an ensuite for a room that currently shares a bathroom with another residential room, to improve the privacy and dignity of the two residents who occupy these rooms.

 

In his first act since the declaration of the poll, new Liberal Member for Braddon Gavin Pearce visited Melaleuca and said that the upgrades would be a welcome boost for the local community.

 

“Health is one of my main priorities and ensuring our loved ones receive high quality care in their later life is very important for our community.

 

“It is vital that we ensure dignity for all senior Australians, particularly when they require a high level of care like many residents at Melaleuca.

 

“Being able to provide that standard of care in the local area also means that families are able to remain close to their loved ones and personal support networks.”

 

The funding for the grant is part of the Liberal National Government’s $5 million Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grants Scheme announced in the 2018-19 Budget, which is dedicated to upgrading aged care infrastructure to improve the quality and accessibility of aged care services in regional, rural and remote Australia.

 

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New Ministerial Role

New Ministerial Role

26 May 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck has expressed his excitement in taking on responsibility for the portfolios of Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and Minister for Youth and Sport.

                

“It is an important time in these portfolios, particularly with the Aged Care Royal Commission underway and the need to support senior Australians in their later life.

 

“There is always plenty to do in the area of sport and I look forward to continuing the Liberal National Government’s focus on local and community sport, including the booming area of female participation.

 

“I am also delighted to take on the role of Minister for Youth, to support Australia’s next generation to make the most of the exciting opportunities our country has in the coming years.

 

“I look forward to working closely with Minister Hunt, particularly in the area of youth mental health.

 

“Fundamentally, this portfolio is all about people, which is what makes it so exciting.

 

“It is pleasing to see Tasmania’s success at the election recognised with a Ministry and also the appointment of Senator Duniam as an Assistant Minister.

 

“My heartiest congratulations to Senator Duniam and the entire Tasmanian team who worked so hard for the strong result we achieved at the election.”

 

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Australians reject Labor’s marine park lock outs

Australians reject Labor’s marine park lock outs

24 May 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

Australians have rejected Labor’s plans to return to their disastrous marine park lock outs policy.

 

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said the strong result for the Liberal National Government in areas affected, particularly in Queensland, has given a strong mandate for the Liberal National fisheries plan.

 

“Our Government was first elected promising to wind back Labor’s disastrous 2012 marine park lock outs policy and we delivered on that commitment.

 

“Once again commercial, charter and recreational fishers have united in support of our plan, which has allowed Australian fishing families to continue to access waters they have fished for generations.

 

“Tony Burke and Labor’s plan to drag Australia back to their job-destroying marine park lock outs “in full” has been completely rejected by the public three times now.”

 

Labor and the Greens’ proposed lock outs would have been particularly damaging to the industry in Queensland.

 

“Across Australia, and particularly in Queensland, fishing communities have mounted a grassroots resistance to Labor’s disastrous marine park lock outs policy.

 

“At this election there was a clear choice: between the Liberal National Government committed to securing the future of commercial and recreational fishing in Australia, or a Labor-Green alliance committed to job-destroying marine park lock outs.”

 

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Taiwan recognises Tasmania as fruit fly free

Taiwan recognises Tasmania as fruit fly free

24 May 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Taiwan has officially recognised Tasmania as fruit fly free, effective immediately.

 

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said the decision is good news for Tasmanian fruit exporters.

 

“Taiwan has now recognised Tasmania as fruit fly free, which is good news for our growers who were in the affected zones because they have regained market access.

 

“It is also good news for growers state-wide because it affirms Tasmania’s reputation as an exporter of high-quality, safe product.”

 

Taiwan represents a $4 million market for Tasmanian cherries alone and has been closed to growers in the affected zones in the north of the state since January 2018.

 

Taiwan joins other protocol countries like Japan, South Korea and New Zealand in recognising Tasmania’s fruit fly free status.

 

“The Australian Government has been working closely with the Tasmanian Government and our trading partners to ensure that all technical data is available to make assessments on Tasmania’s fruit fly free status.

 

“Our trading partners take their biosecurity as seriously as we do and they make their own assessments based on their own data requirements and timetables.

 

“This is another demonstration of the strong work that has been done to ensure that Tasmania regains its fruit fly free status and is a pleasing result for our exporters.”

 

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SHORTEN AIRBRUSHES $25 MILLION AFL GIFT FROM FINAL PITCH

SHORTEN AIRBRUSHES $25 MILLION AFL GIFT FROM FINAL PITCH

17 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

In his final pitch to voters in today’s northern newspapers*, Labor Leader Bill Shorten has pointedly failed to mention Labor’s $25 million promise to the AFL to help establish a Tasmanian team in Hobart.

 

Across more than 500 words, Mr Shorten even tries (unsuccessfully) to defend the $50 million MONA handout for a luxury hotel, but there is no reference to the AFL promise.

 

It’s almost as if Mr Shorten has finally realised that Tasmanians don’t supporting handing over $25 million to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

Only the Liberals have our priorities right, and will invest in health over an AFL team in Hobart.

 

Vote Liberal.

 

*The Advocate 17/5/19 p. 16; Examiner 17/5/19 p.16

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The Choice

The Choice

17 May 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck, Bridget Archer, Gavin Pearce

Tomorrow voters face a very important choice.

 

They need to decide whether they want Scott Morrison and the Coalition to run the government of their country or whether they want Bill Shorten and Labor to do so.

 

All the polls say the election is very close.

 

Your vote counts.  The results in Bass and Braddon are likely to decide who governs.

 

Bridget Archer said, “Over this election campaign, we have outlined our Plan to invest in health, jobs and protecting the Tasmanian way of life.

 

“This includes a special $25 million North and North West Health Plan, as well as more than $85 million for community infrastructure right around the state.”

 

Gavin Pearce said, “Labor’s priorities are all wrong. 

 

“Labor is focussed only on Hobart, providing a $25 million gift to the AFL, and $50 million to MONA for a luxury hotel.

 

“My priorities are improving local health services, building a stronger economy and protecting our precious way of life,” Mr Pearce said.

 

Senator Colbeck said: “Only the Liberals have a plan to secure Tasmania’s future.  Tomorrow I urge you to vote Liberal in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.”

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LABOR MUST COME CLEAN ON FORESTRY DOUBLESPEAK

LABOR MUST COME CLEAN ON FORESTRY DOUBLESPEAK

17 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES

Bill Shorten must end the doublespeak and come clean with Australians on Labor’s secret backroom deals with the Greens to lock up more of our production forests and undermine the forest industry.

 

This week an explosive letter from Joel Fitzgibbon to AFPA and FIAT, backed up by social media from the Wilderness Society, made it clear that Labor has a secret deal with green groups to lock up more of Tasmania, using the principles and objectives of the sham Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA).*

 

Lyons MP Brian Mitchell’s recent admission that the amount of forest locked up would depend on the impact of this summer’s bush fires demonstrates clearly Labor’s intent.

 

We have also seen with social media posts from the Wilderness Society and the NSW National Parks Association that Labor has promised green groups a review of Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs).

 

The RFAs are the backbone of our native forest industries because they guarantee supply and have been renewed in WA, NSW and Tasmania – delivering on a Coalition election commitment.

 

Of course Greens policy is to shut down the native forest industry, costing thousands of jobs.

 

Labor will need Greens votes to pass their new EPA legislation – undermining forestry is obviously what green groups have been promised and what the EPA will do.

 

Forestry communities have voted decisively against more job-destroying lock ups on more than one occasion.

 

It is blatantly obvious that Labor have a double agenda – promising one thing to the forest industry and another to environmental groups.

 

It has also been demonstrated over considerable time that it doesn’t matter what Joel Fitzgibbon says – Tony Burke is really calling the shots and Mr Fitzgibbon’s promises to the forest industry mean nothing.

 

Bill Shorten and his candidates in forestry regions must put the doublespeak aside and be honest with Australians about their lock up plans for forestry.

 

Brian Mitchell has come clean and admitted there will be more lock ups – Justine Keay and Ross Hart need to come clean too.

 

* Point 73, Protecting biodiversity and natural resources, 2018 ALP National Platform: https://www.alp.org.au/media/1539/2018_alp_national_platform_constitution.pdf

 

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LIBERALS TO FUND UPGRADE FOR DEVONPORT GRASSROOTS FOOTY

LIBERALS TO FUND UPGRADE FOR DEVONPORT GRASSROOTS FOOTY

15 May 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

A re-elected Liberal National Government will deliver $418,000 to upgrade Devonport Football Club’s facilities, which will help increase female footy participation.

Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck said the upgrade would support grassroots footy in North West Tasmania.

“The upgrades for Devonport Football Club will refurbish the home and visitor change room facilities to address gender equality and occupational health and safety issues.

 “We all love our footy, but we’re prioritising grassroots sport while Labor are giving a $25 million handout to the richest sporting organisation in the country for an AFL team in Hobart.”

Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce said that increasing grassroots sport participation is great for healthy, happy communities.

“Health is a priority for me, which is why we will invest $418,000 to help people in Devonport, particularly women and girls, get into footy.

“Local footy is a big part of the Tasmanian way of life and I am a strong supporter of making our great game more accessible for all Tasmanians.

“We need to be supporting the women’s game because it is the major future growth area for footy on the North West Coast.”

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KEAY BREAKS RANKS ON LABOR’S RETIREE TAX, ADMITS IT WILL HURT TASMANIANS

KEAY BREAKS RANKS ON LABOR’S RETIREE TAX, ADMITS IT WILL HURT TASMANIANS

14 May 2019 SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Revelations this morning that Braddon MP Justine Keay has broken ranks and lobbied her own front bench to ditch Labor’s retiree tax show just how bad the policy is for the North West Coast.

The 3,700 retirees in Braddon who will be hit by Labor’s retiree tax, most on low incomes, have been targeted by Shorten Labor to pay for their wasteful spending, including $75 million for Hobart AFL and MONA.

Ms Keay has been denigrating retirees in the media, accusing them of being the beneficiary of a “subsidy” and a “gift” despite earning on average less than $40,000 a year.

But today, under sustained pressure, she has broken ranks and admitted to opposing the policy in a panicked attempt to curry favour with local retirees hurt by the policy.

Treasurer Chris Bowen told retirees that if they didn’t like Labor’s hit to their retirement they were “entitled to vote against us”.

Labor’s arrogance is clearly hurting in Braddon. The reality is a vote for Keay is a vote for Bill Shorten and his new retiree tax.

 

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SHORTEN MUST EXPLAIN WHY LABOR PREFERS AFL AND MONA AHEAD OF HEALTH AND REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

SHORTEN MUST EXPLAIN WHY LABOR PREFERS AFL AND MONA AHEAD OF HEALTH AND REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

14 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

• THE LIBERALS ARE INVESTING IN HEALTH, JOBS AND REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

• LABOR ARE ONLY FOCUSSED ON AFL AND LUXURY HOTELS IN HOBART

 

On his first visit to Bass of – 33 days into the election campaign - Labor Leader Bill Shorten must explain today why the Labor Party prefers AFL and MONA ahead of health and regional infrastructure.

 

Why does Mr Shorten want to give $25 million to the AFL, one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations?

 

Why does Mr Shorten want to gift $50 million to a private institution, MONA, to help pay for a luxury hotel?

 

Labor’s priorities are all wrong.

 

The Liberals are investing in health, jobs and regional infrastructure.

 

We all love our footy and understand the value of MONA, but investing in health and Regional Tasmania is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations for a team in Hobart.

 

And while we recognise the importance of MONA to our tourism industry, we simply cannot countenance providing them with a $50 million gift.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health and regional infrastructure, not an AFL team or a luxury hotel in Hobart.

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LABOR SHORT CHANGES BURNIE PORT

LABOR SHORT CHANGES BURNIE PORT

13 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor’s has short-changed the Burnie port by $15 million to pay for their handout to MONA.

The Liberal’s commitment of $40 million to revitalise the Tasrail infrastructure at Burnie port was developed closely in consultation with the rail and port instructure’s owner, the Tasmanian State Government, as part of their Master Plan.

The Liberal’s commitment to upgrading the Burnie port has been based on close work with the state and a genuine commitment to jobs on the West and North West Coasts.

Labor clearly have had to short change Burnie as Braddon’s pound of flesh for their $50 million handout to MONA for a luxury hotel in Hobart.

In typical Labor fashion, they haven’t listened and they’ve under-delivered.

 

Media Contact: Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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LIBERALS DELIVER FOR GRASSROOTS FOOTY

LIBERALS DELIVER FOR GRASSROOTS FOOTY

11 May 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

A re-elected Liberal National Government will deliver a new package of upgrades to local football clubs in Tasmania’s North West and West.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the Government is a strong supporter of grassroots football clubs.

“We are strong supporters of local footy because we understand the health and community benefits grassroots sport brings to our local area.

“The Liberals are prioritising health, including local sport, whereas Labor are giving a $25 million gift to the AFL, the richest sporting organisation in the country, for a team in Hobart.

“We all love our footy but we will be prioritising grassroots footy and health because it’s time for the AFL to pony up for a Tasmanian team, not the taxpayer.”

Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce said the package would benefit a number of clubs that were in need of an upgrade.

“Footy clubs are in many ways the heart and soul of our communities and the Government has a strong role to play in supporting the work of our local champions to keep Tasmanians healthy and active.”

“Sport teaches you life lessons about teamwork, mateship, dedication and persistence and our grassroots football clubs do a great job in helping shape our next generation.”

The package includes:

-Girdlestone Park, East Devonport, changeroom upgrade, new lighting, new scoreboard ($300,000)

-Queenstown Football Ground changeroom upgrades and new scoreboard ($75,000)

-Rosebery Football Ground change room upgrades and new scoreboard ($75,000)

-Ulverstone Recreation Ground irrigation, new scoreboard and changeroom upgrade ($150,000)

-Wynyard Football Club changeroom upgrade and new scoreboard ($100,000)

 

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NEW MOTHER AND BABY SERVICES FOR THE NORTH AND NORTH WEST

NEW MOTHER AND BABY SERVICES FOR THE NORTH AND NORTH WEST

10 May 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

A re-elected Liberal National Government will deliver new mother and baby services for the North and North West. Until now these service have been only available in Hobart.

 

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the $4.5 million for perinatal infant and mental health services would be an important boost for new mothers.

 

“Supporting new Mums is a priority for our community and we will ensure that Mums are given the care they need so they can best care for their babies.

 

“We will be providing new mental health services closer to home so that when new Mums need these services they also have their families and support networks close by.

 

“Around 13 per cent of women develop severe and complex mental health issues after pregnancy and it is important we provide support for them in our North and North West public hospitals.”

 

Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce welcomed the service as great news for local Mums, bubs and families.

 

“In rural and regional areas like the North West Coast, we know how important it is for our future that we support families to access health services in our local area.

 

“This brand new money will ensure brand new Mums in our region with post-natal depression, for example, have dedicated services that cater specifically for the unique needs of mother and baby mental health issues.

 

“Health for the North West Coast is one of my main priorities and what could be more important than making sure we support new Mums to be healthy, happy and to be the best Mums they can be?”

 

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PORT SORELL’S CAMP BANKSIA UNDER THREAT FOR LABOR LOCAL PROJECT CUTS

PORT SORELL’S CAMP BANKSIA UNDER THREAT FOR LABOR LOCAL PROJECT CUTS

13 May 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

The $4 million grant awarded to Camp Banksia by the Liberal National Government is under threat from Labor who have committed to ripping up the project.

Liberal Senator for Tasmanian Richard Colbeck said the grant would secure the future of the Camp Banksia facility.

“Camp Banksia is a much-loved facility that hosts school camps and other group-based social and recreational activities Port Sorell, but the infrastructure is in dire need of an upgrade.

“Without these upgrades Camp Banksia will be unable to meet current standards of managing risk, particularly for children, and will not remain viable in the future.

“For Shorten Labor to say they’re going to cut this project to fund a $50 million handout to MONA for a luxury hotel in Hobart goes to show their priorities are all wrong.”

Braddon Liberal Candidate Gavin Pearce said the upgrade would bring more visitors to the region to enjoy the unique Tasmanian way of life.

“Port Sorell is one of the fastest growing areas of our State, which is creating construction and tourism jobs for people on the North West Coast.

“We need local projects like the Camp Banksia redevelopment to attract people to the region and experience first-hand our special Tasmanian way of life, and I will fight to stop Labor’s proposed cut.

“At this election there is a clear choice: between a Liberal National Government prioritising local projects and protecting the Tasmanian way of life, or the Labor Party who have cuts to locals to fund handouts to MONA and Hobart AFL.”

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LEAKED LETTER REVEALS LABOR’S COMMITMENT TO RETURNING TO THE SHAM FOREST DEAL

LEAKED LETTER REVEALS LABOR’S COMMITMENT TO RETURNING TO THE SHAM FOREST DEAL

13 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES

An explosive leaked secret letter has revealed that Labor is recommitting to returning Tasmanian to the job-destroying Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA), also known as the sham forest deal.

The letter from Labor’s agriculture spokesperson Joel Fitzgibbon, dated 2 April 2019, to TFA signatories Greg McCormack (Chair of Australian Forest Products Association) and Glenn Britton (Chair of Forest Industry Association of Tasmania) outlines Labor’s support for the deal which crippled the industry in Tasmania.

In the letter, Fitzgibbon outlines his support for the deal, describing “Labor’s ongoing commitment to the TFA’s principles and objectives”.

After voting overwhelmingly to rip up the deal at a Federal level in 2013 and at a State level in 2014, Tasmanian’s forestry families are right to be outraged that Labor is recommitting to the deal which destroyed 4,000 jobs in Tasmania.

Included in the principles and objectives of the deal is the lock up of 356,000ha of production forests.

Labor’s doublespeak has been exposed by social media posts from the Wilderness Society welcoming the lock-ups.

Labor have obviously been promising one thing to industry and another to anti-forestry groups.

Labor has spent six months denying it was planning a return to the sham forest deal – now the truth has come out.

Labor’s Tasmanian candidates must come clean with their electorates and explain where Labor intends to extend their forest lock ups and which communities will be affected by the resulting job losses.

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Coalition funding package to support Tasmanians in need

Coalition funding package to support Tasmanians in need

10 May 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce, Bridget Archer

Emergency relief organisations across the state are set to benefit from an additional $3.4 million of funding from the Liberal National Government if re-elected.

Senator Richard Colbeck said the organisations provide an invaluable service to Tasmanians in need and the commitment will ensure their future.

“The Liberal National Government supports and values the work that emergency relief providers do for our local community.”

“Our Crisis Connect Package, delivered over four years, will ensure these services continue to provide for our states most vulnerable.”

“The Liberal Senate team have been working with local organisations for some time to secure the best possible funding outcome for these services to continue.”

“This new package is in addition to more than $10 million of funding over the next 4.5 years for emergency relief and financial counselling support for Tasmanians who need it most.”

“The package will ensure people in need can access other services available to them such as emergency relief, crisis accommodation and preventative and educational assistance.”

“Our Government is committed to providing the best possible outcomes for people who find themselves in financial hardship.”

Organisations to receive funding:

 

Salvation Army                                                $300,000

St Vincent de Paul Society                            $750,000

Hobart City Mission                                       $850,000

Launceston City Mission                               $75,000

Launceston Benevolent Society                  $200,000

Helping Hand Association                             $80,000

Youth Family and Community                      $60,000

Wyndarra Centre                                            $300,000

Uniting Tas/ Vic                                              $450,000

CatholicCare Vic/Tas                                     $340,000

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MITCHELL EXPOSED BY FACT CHECKER AND CAUGHT OUT ON LABOR CUTS

MITCHELL EXPOSED BY FACT CHECKER AND CAUGHT OUT ON LABOR CUTS

10 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Brian Mitchell has been caught out misleading Tasmanians again - this time regarding false claims on the Coalition’s investments in roads in Tasmania and Labor cuts to local projects to pay for Hobart AFL and MONA.

Mr Mitchell has been caught out misleading the public on Coalition’s investment in roads in Tasmania by the AAP’s FactChecker.

Mr Mitchell claimed that the Government “has failed to commence a single new major project anywhere in the state that had been originally identified and funded by the former federal Labor government.*

The AAP FactCheck’s verdict on this embarrassing gaffe was an emphatic ‘False- All the checkable elements are false’, noting more than a dozen projects worth tens of millions of dollars having been delivered **

In another bizarre case of a cover-up, Mitchell issued a media release on 8 May that he claims was dated 1 May for an announcement he claims was made over the Agfest period (2-4 May) that Labor were not going to cut the Railton Flood Mitigation project by $2.7 million, as had been their policy from 1 March.

This despite the fact that no one, including media and Kentish Mayor Tim Wilson, knew anything about Mitchell’s decision to backflip on his $2.7 million cut until after the Mayor went to the media on 8 May.

All this on top of having recently ‘counselled’ a staff member for using standover tactics against another Mayor critical of Labor’s plans to cut local projects, this time in Glamorgan Spring Bay.

Mr Mitchell is clearly panicking and acting erratically as pressure mounts for Labor to reverse their $85 million in cuts to local projects and abandon their outrageous gifts to Hobart AFL and MONA. 

Brian Mitchell must level with the people of Lyons, apologise for his deceptive and thuggish conduct, and ditch his $75 million worth of gifts for Hobart AFL and MONA.

*https://www.themercury.com.au/news/politics/anthony-albanese-delivers-13-billion-pledge-to-fix-tassie-roads/news-story/c01c4ac70ddfaab9dfcee97956229362

**https://factcheck.aap.com.au/claims/has-the-coalition-failed-to-start-any-new-major-road-projects-in-tasmania

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PLIBERSEK MUST EXPLAIN WHY LABOR PREFERS AFL AND MONA AHEAD OF HEALTH AND REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

PLIBERSEK MUST EXPLAIN WHY LABOR PREFERS AFL AND MONA AHEAD OF HEALTH AND REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

10 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

• THE LIBERALS ARE INVESTING IN HEALTH, JOBS AND REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

• LABOR ARE ONLY FOCUSSED ON AFL AND LUXURY HOTELS IN HOBART

 

Labor’s Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek must explain today why the Labor Party prefers AFL and MONA ahead of health and regional infrastructure.

Labor’s priorities are all wrong.

 

The Liberals are investing in health, jobs and regional infrastructure.

 

In contrast, Labor is focussed only on Hobart, providing  a $25 million gift to the AFL, and $50 million to MONA for a luxury hotel.

 

Worse, to pay for this, Labor are cutting $25 million from Northern and North-Western health, and cutting $85 million from Regional Tasmanian grants.

 

We all love our footy and understand the value of MONA, but investing in health and Regional Tasmania is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations for a team in Hobart.

 

And while we recognise the importance of MONA to our tourism industry, we simply cannot countenance providing them with a $50 million gift.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health and regional infrastructure, not an AFL team or a museum in Hobart.

 

LIBERAL INVESTMENTS THAT LABOR OPPOSE

  • EXAMPLE ONE - $85 million in grants for local communities in regional Tasmania
  • EXAMPLE TWO - $10 million Kings Meadows Community Health Centre Upgrade
  • EXAMPLE THREE - $10 million Upgrade to the North West Regional Hospital at Burnie
  • EXAMPLE FOUR –  $4 million modern wash down truck washes to protect our biosecurity
  • EXAMPLE FIVE - $40 million brand new bulk minerals loader at Burnie Port
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DELIVERING NEW $40 MILLION BULK MINERALS SHIPLOADER TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF TASMANIAN MINING

DELIVERING NEW $40 MILLION BULK MINERALS SHIPLOADER TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF TASMANIAN MINING

9 may 2019 - Deputy Prime Minister McCormack, Senator Colbeck, Gavin Pearce, Sally Milbourne

The Liberal National Government will deliver a new bulk minerals shiploader at the Burnie Port which will secure the future of Tasmanian mining exports.

 

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the $40 million investment in the shiploader would secure the minerals export supply chain in Tasmania.

 

“This new shiploader will have a greater reach and height to accommodate bigger vessels and handle a broad range of commodities, including zinc, nickel, copper, pyrite, lead and differing grades of iron ore.”

 

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the investment would be transformative for the local industry and would ensure that West Coast mining would be globally competitive.

 

“This new shiploader will replace the existing 50 year old unit and will dramatically increase productivity by a minimum of 50 per cent in ship loading rates.”

 

Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce welcomed the investment as a big win for jobs on the West Coast and the broader region.

 

“The West Coast and mining is a key engine room for our economy and we’re backing the industry to create more jobs with better supply chains and support the unique West Coast way of life.”

 

Nationals Candidate for Braddon Sally Milbourne said that it is important for the industry to have certainty about their long term future in Tasmania.

 

“The new shiploader will be far more reliable, so that when industry need to ramp up exports they will have more certainty that the port will be able to handle the increased volumes.”

 

“This commitment builds on the Morrison Government’s job-creating infrastructure investment in Tasmania, including our commitments to upgrade the Bass Highway from Wynyard to Marrawah, the Murchison Highway and the Lyell Highway,” Senator Colbeck said.

 

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 WE’RE FOR THE NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL TASMANIA

WE’RE FOR THE NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL TASMANIA

9 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

• THE LIBERALS ARE INVESTING IN NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL TASMANIA

• LABOR ARE ONLY FOCUSSED ON AFL AND LUXURY HOTELS IN HOBART

 

The Liberals are for North, North-West and Regional Tasmania.

 

In contrast, Labor is focussed only on Hobart, providing  a $25 million gift to the AFL, and $50 million to MONA for a luxury hotel.

 

Worse, to pay for this, Labor are cutting $25 million from North and North-West health, and cutting $85 million from Regional Tasmanian grants.

 

We all love our footy and understand the value of MONA, but investing in North, North-West and Regional Tasmania is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations for a team in Hobart.

 

And while we recognise the importance of MONA to our tourism industry, we simply cannot countenance providing them with a $50 million gift.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health and regional infrastructure, not an AFL team or a museum in Hobart.

 

We are going to spend every day between now and election day highlighting how we are for North, North-West and Regional Tasmania, while Labor are for Hobart.

 

LIBERAL NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL INVESTMENTS THAT LABOR OPPOSE

 

  • EXAMPLE ONE - $85 million in grants for local communities in regional Tasmania
  • EXAMPLE TWO - $10 million Kings Meadows Community Health Centre Upgrade
  • EXAMPLE THREE - $10 million Upgrade to the North West Regional Hospital at Burnie
  • EXAMPLE FOUR –  $4 million modern wash down truck washes to protect our biosecurity
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LABOR CUTS SHORT-CHANGING RAILTON FLOOD MITIGATION

LABOR CUTS SHORT-CHANGING RAILTON FLOOD MITIGATION

8 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Brian Mitchell and Bill Shorten need to explain why they can spend $25 million for an AFL team in Hobart and give $50 million for MONA in Hobart but their cuts are short-changing the Railton flood mitigation project to the tune of $2.7 million.

The Liberals are looking after the North, North West and regions while Bill Shorten and Labor are looking after the big cities and big unions.

The Coalition is delivering $3.5 million for the Railton flood mitigation to keep the community safe during a major flood, such as the 2011 and 2016 floods which impacted the town.

Labor are promising to cut this back to $800,000, despite the fact that this is less than the cost to upgrade just one of the bridges listed in the Railton Flood Report.

Why does MONA deserve $50 million for a luxury hotel in Hobart yet the people of Railton don’t deserve to have adequate flood protection?

Why does the AFL, one of the richest sporting organisations in Australia, deserve $50 million for a team in Hobart but the people of Railton don’t deserve to have adequate flood protection.

Labor have their priorities all wrong.

At this election there is a clear choice: between more local projects to boost our regions and keep Tasmanians safe under the Liberals, or cash handouts to the AFL and MONA in Hobart under Labor.

 

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PENGUIN FORESHORE SCAM

PENGUIN FORESHORE SCAM

8 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Regional Tasmanian communities are all asking themselves the same thing, if Labor really support the Coalition’s regional grants, why are they ripping them up in the first place?

Labor are promising to rip up $85 million worth of regional grants, that were in last year’s Budget and have already been approved, to pay for Hobart AFL and MONA.

Labor are clearly now very sensitive to the community reaction to ripping up these grants and they are now telling the North West to come back with a beggar bowl.

Justine Keay is trying to scam the Penguin community about her plan to rip up the $6.5 million grant they have been allocated.

She says she now supports the project but has the gall to tell them to re-apply for funding through a $62 million national coastal erosion fund.

Ms Keay can’t seriously believe that Penguin is going to get in excess of 10% of a fund for a nation with the seventh longest coastline in the world.

Last week Ms Keay told Cradle Coast Authority CEO Darryl Connelly that Labor would rip up the $4 million grant they were awarded for a series of truck washes.

As cold comfort she said CCA could re-apply for a grant they’ve already been awarded, this time through a fruit fly fund that has nothing do with truck washes.

Labor should just come clean about their regional grants scam – they’re ripping up grants in regional Tasmania to pay for Hobart AFL and MONA and they have no real plans to fund them.

 

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WE’RE FOR THE NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL TASMANIA

WE’RE FOR THE NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL TASMANIA

8 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

• THE LIBERALS ARE INVESTING IN NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL TASMANIA

• LABOR ARE ONLY FOCUSSED ON AFL AND LUXURY HOTELS IN HOBART

 

The Liberals are for North, North-West and Regional Tasmania.

 

In contrast, Labor is focussed only on Hobart, providing  a $25 million gift to the AFL, and $50 million to MONA for a luxury hotel.

 

Worse, to pay for this, Labor are cutting $25 million from North and North-West health, and cutting $85 million from Regional Tasmanian grants.

 

We all love our footy and understand the value of MONA, but investing in North, North-West and Regional Tasmania is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations for a team in Hobart.

 

And while we recognise the importance of MONA to our tourism industry, we simply cannot countenance providing them with a $50 million gift.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health and regional infrastructure, not an AFL team or a museum in Hobart.

 

We are going to spend every day between now and election day highlighting how we are for North, North-West and Regional Tasmania, while Labor are for Hobart.

 

LIBERAL NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL INVESTMENTS THAT LABOR OPPOSE

  • EXAMPLE ONE - $85 million in grants for local communities in regional Tasmania
  • EXAMPLE TWO - $10 million Kings Meadows Community Health Centre Upgrade
  • EXAMPLE THREE - $10 million Upgrade to the North West Regional Hospital at Burnie
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LABOR ALL FOR HOBART

LABOR ALL FOR HOBART

7 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Justine Keay and Bill Shorten need to explain why they can spend $25 million for an AFL team in Hobart and give $50 million for MONA in Hobart but not $6.5 million for the Penguin Foreshore.

The Liberals are looking after the North, North West and regions while Bill Shorten and Labor are looking after their big end of town rich mates in Hobart

Why does MONA deserve $50 for a luxury hotel in Hobart yet the people of Penguin don’t deserve to have their foreshore upgraded?

Why does the AFL, one of the richest sporting organisations in Australia, deserve $50 million for a team in Hobart but the people of Penguin don’t deserve to have their foreshore upgraded.

Labor have their priorities all wrong.

At this election there is a clear choice: between more local projects to boost our regions under the Liberals, or cash handouts to the AFL and MONA in Hobart under Labor.

 

Media Contact: Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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WE’RE FOR THE NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL TASMANIA

WE’RE FOR THE NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL TASMANIA

7 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSO

• THE LIBERALS ARE INVESTING IN NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL TASMANIA

• LABOR ARE ONLY FOCUSSED ON AFL AND LUXURY HOTELS IN HOBART

 

The Liberals are for North, North-West and Regional Tasmania.

 

In contrast, Labor is focussed only on Hobart, providing  a $25 million gift to the AFL, and $50 million to MONA for a luxury hotel.

 

Worse, to pay for this, Labor are cutting $25 million from North and North-West health, and cutting $85 million from Regional Tasmanian grants.

 

We all love our footy and understand the value of MONA, but investing in North, North-West and Regional Tasmania is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations for a team in Hobart.

 

And while we recognise the importance of MONA to our tourism industry, we simply cannot countenance providing them with a $50 million gift.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health and regional infrastructure, not an AFL team or a museum in Hobart.

 

We are going to spend every day between now and election day highlighting how we are for North, North-West and Regional Tasmania, while Labor are for Hobart.

 

LIBERAL NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL INVESTMENTS THAT LABOR OPPOSE

  • EXAMPLE ONE - $85 million in grants for local communities in regional Tasmania
  • EXAMPLE TWO - $10 million Kings Meadows Community Health Centre Upgrade
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COLBECK CALLS BS ON KEAY’S “BULLSHIT” TAX CLAIMS

COLBECK CALLS BS ON KEAY’S “BULLSHIT” TAX CLAIMS

7 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Senator Richard Colbeck has today called BS on Justine Keay’s claims at last night’s West Coast Candidates Forum that concerns of a retiree tax were “bullshit”.

 

KEAY: “The Liberal Party are going around screaming about a retiree tax. That is absolute – excuse my French – bullshit…”

 

“I’m calling BS on Ms Keay’s “bullshit” claim”, Senator Colbeck said.

 

“Ms Keay’s crude dismissal of the impact of this new tax impost on retirees is an insult to the thousands of retirees across the state who will lose money under this new tax.

 

“In Braddon alone, 3,700 retirees will be hit by this new Retiree Tax, punishing those who have worked hard and saved for retirement. It would also increase reliance on the Age Pension.”

 

“In Bass, more than 3,600 retirees will be hit by this new tax.

 

“Ms Keay can use all the crude language she likes, but nothing will change the fact that thousands more Tasmanians will pay higher tax as a result of Labor’s retiree tax hike”, Senator Colbeck said.

 

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Liberals to invest $3.5 million to secure future of softwood processing in Tasmania

Liberals to invest $3.5 million to secure future of softwood processing in Tasmania

6 May 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck, Bridget Archer

A re-elected Morrison Government will provide $3.5 million for the final stage of the Timberlink Bell Bay Mill upgrade, which will secure 200 jobs at the Mill, and also provide more security and an expansion capacity for the Tasmanian softwood forestry sector.

These funds will be used to purchase new state-of-the-art equipment which will ensure Tasmania’s largest timber processor is able increase yield and productivity of the Mill by being able to process smaller and less well pruned logs.

Bridget Archer said the upgrade of the Timberlink Bell Bay Mill was a key priority for the Liberals and Nationals because of the significant benefits for the George Town community.

“As the Mayor of George Town I know how important this mill is to the local community”, Ms Archer said.

“Timberlink’s Bell Bay softwood mill employs nearly 200 people and makes an economic contribution of around $150 million annually to the local community.

“As a local candidate, I am proud to have been able to deliver funding to ensure its long-term future.”

Assistant Minister Colbeck said that the Coalition is the strongest supporter of forestry in Tasmania.

“While Labor prioritises investment in an AFL team and luxury hotels in Hobart, we are investing in projects to support long-term jobs in northern and regional Tasmania.

“This upgrade will also have statewide benefits, as the softwood plantations it takes wood from for processing are located right around the state.

“It’ll also support the domestic construction sector and help reduce our reliance on imported timbers.”

Assistant Minister Colbeck said it was important to note that Timberlink have already invested more than $27 million of their own funds in their mill upgrade.

“Only the Liberals and Nationals have a proven track record when it comes to managing the Budget,” Assistant Minister Colbeck said.

“By paying down debt and growing the economy, we can afford to deliver funding for priorities in local communities such as the Timberlink Bell Bay Mill.

Today’s announcement, when combined with Our Plan for a Stronger Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Sector will help to secure Tasmania’s position as one of the world’s best timber producers.”

 

Media Contact: Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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WE’RE FOR THE NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL TASMANIA

WE’RE FOR THE NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL TASMANIA

22 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

•             THE LIBERALS ARE INVESTING IN NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL TASMANIA

•             LABOR ARE ONLY FOCUSSED ON AFL AND LUXURY HOTELS IN HOBART

 

The Liberals are for North, North-West and Regional Tasmania.

In contrast, Labor is focussed only on Hobart, providing a $25 million gift to the AFL, and $50 million to MONA for a luxury hotel.

Worse, to pay for this, Labor are cutting $25 million from North and North-West health, and cutting $85 million from Regional Tasmanian grants.

We all love our footy and understand the value of MONA, but investing in North, North-West and Regional Tasmania is much more important.

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations for a team in Hobart.

And while we recognise the importance of MONA to our tourism industry, we simply cannot countenance providing them with a $50 million gift.

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health and regional infrastructure, not an AFL team or a museum in Hobart.

We are going to spend every day between now and election day highlighting how we are for North, North-West and Regional Tasmania, while Labor are for Hobart.

 

LIBERAL NORTH, NORTH-WEST AND REGIONAL INVESTMENTS THAT LABOR OPPOSE

  • EXAMPLE ONE - $85 million in grants for local communities in regional Tasmania.
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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $75 MILLION AFL+MONA GIFT

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $75 MILLION AFL+MONA GIFT

5 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor’s $75 million gift to the AFL & MONA is enough to fund 750 Oral Health Therapists.

 

We all love our footy and understand the value of MONA, but health is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

And while we recognise the importance of MONA to our tourism industry, we simply cannot countenance providing them with a $50 million gift.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team or a museum in Hobart.

 

Bill Shorten needs to explain how he can claim to support health when Labor want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

WHAT $75 MILLION WOULD BUY IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM

  • EXAMPLE ONE – 780 new graduate nurses
  • EXAMPLE TWO – Six brand new regional hospitals
  • EXAMPLE THREE – More than 3,000 knee replacements
  • EXAMPLE FOUR – 375 new ambulances
  • EXAMPLE FIVE – 240 senior Emergency Department Doctors
  • EXAMPLE SIX – 450 paramedics for a year
  • EXAMPLE SEVEN – 15 new bulk billing MRI licenses
  • EXAMPLE EIGHT – 2550 hip replacements
  • EXAMPLE NINE – Six brand new 15-bed community mental health facilities
  • EXAMPLE TEN – 12 new ambulance stations
  • EXAMPLE 11 – Nine years worth of flu vaccine for the entire Tasmanian population
  • EXAMPLE 12 – Six state-of-art Hyperbaric Chambers
  • EXAMPLE 13 – Over 6,000 shoulder surgeries
  • EXAMPLE 14 - 150 Diagnostic mammography units
  • EXAMPLE 15 – 36 hospital helipads
  • EXAMPLE 16 – 750 Oral Health Therapists
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MORE FISHING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TASMANIANS

MORE FISHING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TASMANIANS

4 May 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

The Liberal National Government has announced new measures to help provide more fishing opportunities for Tasmanians while opposing Shorten Labor’s new marine park lock outs.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources said a re-elected Liberal National Government would provide $20 million to upgrade recreational fishing and camping facilities across the country.

“We all love our fishing so our Government will provide grants under the new Fishing and Camping Program to maintain and upgrade boating, marine rescue, camping and fishing facilities such as boat ramps.

“The Liberals are the strongest supporters of rec fishing and we will also be opposing Labor’s new marine park lock ups, which would strip fishing rights from families right across Australia.

“There is a clear choice at this election: between a Liberal National Government providing more fishing opportunities for Tasmanians, or Tony Burke and Shorten Labor who have promised new marine parks to lock fishers out of the areas they have fished for generations.

Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce said the new recreational fishing upgrades would help protect the Tasmanian way of life.

“One of the best things about our lifestyle on the North West Coast is throwing a line in with the kids or your mates, and more than one in five Tasmanians go fishing each year.

“Even if you’re a second-rate fisherman like myself, t’s great to see this support for recreational fishing because there are so many great camping and fishing spots that could do with an upgrade.

“In contrast, Shorten Labor are promising extreme green measures to massively expand marine park lock outs, which is an attack on our way of life.

 

Media Contact: Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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LABOR’S RUSHED AND COBBLED TOGETHER HEALTH ANNOUNCEMEN

LABOR’S RUSHED AND COBBLED TOGETHER HEALTH ANNOUNCEMEN

3 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

It appears that Labor has been spooked by the ongoing furore over them cutting health in the North to fund AFL and MONA in the South, and as a result their funding announcement today is clearly rushed and cobbled-together at the last minute.

 

It is apparent that the vast bulk of these funds are for capital building works with no money to actually fund the operation of the beds.

 

In addition, the announcements appear to be at odds with the State Government’s Royal Hobart Hospital Masterplan.

 

And despite all that, Labor are still playing catch up with us on health – we have increased hospital funding by over 40 percent since coming to office and have announced an additional $117 million in health funding on top of that over recent months.

 

Only the Liberals can be trusted to put health before AFL and MONA in Hobart.

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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $75 MILLION AFL+MONA GIFT

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $75 MILLION AFL+MONA GIFT

2 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

• Labor’s $75 million gift to the AFL & MONA is enough to fund 150 mammography units

 

We all love our footy and understand the value of MONA, but health is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

And while we recognise the importance of MONA to our tourism industry, we simply cannot countenance providing them with a $50 million gift.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team or a museum in Hobart.

 

Bill Shorten needs to explain how he can claim to support health when Labor want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

WHAT $75 MILLION WOULD BUY IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM

 

 EXAMPLE ONE – 780 new graduate nurses

 EXAMPLE TWO – Six brand new regional hospitals

 EXAMPLE THREE – More than 3,000 knee replacements

 EXAMPLE FOUR – 375 new ambulances

 EXAMPLE FIVE – 240 senior Emergency Department Doctors

 EXAMPLE SIX – 450 paramedics for a year

 EXAMPLE SEVEN – 15 new bulk billing MRI licences

 EXAMPLE EIGHT – 2550 hip replacements

 EXAMPLE NINE – Six brand new 15-bed community mental health facilities

 EXAMPLE TEN – 12 new ambulance stations

 EXAMPLE 11 – Nine years worth of flu vaccine for the entire Tasmanian population

 EXAMPLE 12 – Six state-of-art Hyperbaric Chambers

 EXAMPLE 13 – Over 6,000 shoulder surgeries

 EXAMPLE 14 - 150 Diagnostic mammography units

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COLBECK DELIVERING SECURE FUTURE FOR FORESTRY, FITZGIBBON FLOUNDERS

COLBECK DELIVERING SECURE FUTURE FOR FORESTRY, FITZGIBBON FLOUNDERS

1 May 2019 - ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES RICHARD COLBECK

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck has announced a transformative $500 million initiative for forestry at the National Forest Industries Election Debate, while opposition spokesperson Joel Fitzgibbon has floundered.

The Liberal National Government will deliver $500 million in concessional low-interest loans for Australian forestry to revolutionise the incentives to plant trees for harvest as our Government delivers on our plan to deliver a billion new trees.

The Liberal National Government will also accelerate the Regional Forestry Hub in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales to be delivered immediately along with the four initial pilot hubs, including in North West and North Tasmania.

In contrast, Mr Fitzgibbon floundered after a torrid few days where he was for returning to the Tasmanian sham forestry lock out deal, then overnight he was against it and then this afternoon he was for it.

Coming under sustained pressure from Tasmanian foresters in Launceston, Mr Fitzgibbon was completely unable to to provide industry certainty about whether Labor would rule out forest lock outs in Tasmania.

Fitzgibbon also refused to come clean on the impact Labor’s proposed Federal EPA would have on native forestry right across Australia.

At the end of the debate the choice at this election for forestry communities is clear: between a Liberal National Government driving future investment to secure the forest industry, or Shorten Labor chaos and uncertainty, who are committed to further deals with the Greens.

 

Media Contact: Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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FITZGIBBON FLIP-FLOPS ON FORESTRY

FITZGIBBON FLIP-FLOPS ON FORESTRY

1 May 2019 - ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES RICHARD COLBECK

Joel Fitzgibbon has flip-flopped on Labor’s plans to return to the Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA), commonly known as the sham forest deal.


Asked by a journalist today “So is Labor standing by the TFA?” Mr Fitzgibbon said: “Labor supports the principles of the TFA - the environmental, the economic and the social outcomes – of course.”
 

Despite claiming on the mainland that Labor had backed away from the sham forest lock out deal overnight, Mr Fitzgibbon is now apparently a supporter of the deal.


When pressed on it whether Labor will “guarantee that it won’t lock up more forests”, Mr Fitzgibbon refused to rule it out.


“Labor has no plans to lock up any more forests.”


It is now clear that Labor is hopelessly divided on dragging Tasmania back to sham forest lock out deal and refusing to guarantee they won’t lock up any more forests.


As suggested just this morning, it hasn’t taken Tony Burke long to rein Joel Fitzgibbon in. You can’t trust anything Mr Fitzgibbon says on this, nor Labor and the Greens on forestry in Tasmania.


This reflects the hopeless confusion among the local Labor members on the issue after the Labor National Policy Platform backed a return to the job-destroying deal for Tasmania’s native forest industry under the leadership of Environment spokesperson Tony Burke.


It is time for Labor to come clean and tell Tasmanian timber families what their secret policies for forestry lock outs really are.

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LABOR FORESTRY BACKFLIP CAN’T BE BELIEVED

LABOR FORESTRY BACKFLIP CAN’T BE BELIEVED

1 May 2019 - ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES RICHARD COLBECK

Labor’s claims that after eight long years they have finally seen the light and abandoned their job-destroying forest deal simply cannot be believed.

 

This is nothing more than a cruel hoax and a desperate attempt to win votes prior to the election.

 

Tasmanians have seen this movie before - Labor say one thing before an election and then climb into bed with the Greens and suddenly decide to lock up even more of the island. 

 

In excess of 50 per cent of Tasmania’s land mass is under reserve and yet the principles of Labor’s sham forest deal committed to further locking up 356,000ha in new permanent reserves.

 

It doesn’t matter what Joel Fitzgibbon says on the eve of a debate, an ongoing commitment to the TFA remains part of Labor’s Platform which was confirmed as recently as December.

 

We all know that it is the Greens, Tony Burke, and the Wilderness Society who are really calling the shots and a Shorten Labor/Green government will lock-up more forest just as soon as they get the chance.

 

At this election the choice is clear: between a Liberal team that ripped up the sham forest lock out deal and helped the industry get back on its feet, or a Labor-Green alliance hell-bent on destroying forestry jobs and once again bringing the industry to its knees.

 

Media Contact: Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $75 MILLION AFL+MONA GIFT

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $75 MILLION AFL+MONA GIFT

1 May 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSO

Labor’s $75 million gift to the AFL & MONA is enough to fund more than 6,000 shoulder surgeries.

 

We all love our footy and understand the value of MONA, but health is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

And while we recognise the importance of MONA to our tourism industry, we simply cannot countenance providing them with a $50 million gift.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team or a museum in Hobart.

 

Bill Shorten needs to explain how he can claim to support health when Labor want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

WHAT $75 MILLION WOULD BUY IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM

• EXAMPLE ONE – 780 new graduate nurses

• EXAMPLE TWO – Six brand new regional hospitals

• EXAMPLE THREE – More than 3,000 knee replacements

• EXAMPLE FOUR – 375 new ambulances

• EXAMPLE FIVE – 240 senior Emergency Department Doctors

• EXAMPLE SIX – 450 paramedics for a year

• EXAMPLE SEVEN – 15 new bulk billing MRI licenses

• EXAMPLE EIGHT – 2550 hip replacements

• EXAMPLE NINE – Six brand new 15-bed community mental health facilities

• EXAMPLE TEN – 12 new ambulance stations

• EXAMPLE 11 – Nine years worth of flu vaccine for the entire Tasmanian population

• EXAMPLE 12 – Six state-of-art Hyperbaric Chambers

• EXAMPLE 13 – Over 6,000 shoulder surgeries

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TASSIE TIMBER TAKES PRODUCTION UP A NOTCH

TASSIE TIMBER TAKES PRODUCTION UP A NOTCH

30 April 2019 - Deputy Prime Minister McCormack, Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The production of Tasmanian timber will be more sustainable thanks to a redevelopment of the Britton Brothers sawmill and timber processing plant in Smithton, on the island’s far north-west coast.

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the construction of two drying sheds along with newly-paved loading and unloading areas has vastly improved the facilities.

 

“The facility will supply a more consistent product to mainland and international markets thanks to the ability to control the drying conditions of 1,700 cubed metres of Tasmanian Oak and 650 cubed metres of Tasmanian Blackwood,” Mr McCormack said.

 

“The project has created a more sustainable sawmill with less wastage, churning out higher quality, higher value timber from the same level of fresh-cut timber, delivering an additional 165 cubed metres of saleable timber.”

 

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said the project is an investment in securing the future of Tasmanian timber jobs.

 

“Circular Head’s forest industry and Britton’s Timbers have been creating local jobs for generations and our Government is supporting them to ensure that forestry remains part of the Tasmanian way of life,” Senator Colbeck said

 

“The project, which supported five jobs during construction, additionally creates five ongoing roles – two of which are roles for highly skilled kiln drying technicians.”

 

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government committed $367,836 to the project under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages. This is a $222.3 million investment to help diversify regional economies, drive economic growth and deliver sustainable employment.

 

The Britton Brothers Pty Ltd committed a further $367,837 to fund the project.

 

Ends.

 

Media Contact:

Mr McCormack – Colin Bettles 0447 718 781 | Dom Hopkinson 0409 421 209

Senator Colbeck – Felix Ellis 0457 517 734 

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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $75 MILLION AFL+MONA GIFT

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $75 MILLION AFL+MONA GIFT

30 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor’s $75 million gift to the AFL & MONA is enough to fund six new state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers

 

We all love our footy and understand the value of MONA, but health is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

And while we recognise the importance of MONA to our tourism industry, we simply cannot countenance providing them with a $50 million gift.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team or a museum in Hobart.

 

Bill Shorten needs to explain how he can claim to support health when Labor want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

WHAT $75 MILLION WOULD BUY IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM

  • EXAMPLE ONE – 780 new graduate nurses
  • EXAMPLE TWO – Six brand new regional hospitals
  • EXAMPLE THREE – More than 3,000 knee replacements
  • EXAMPLE FOUR – 375 new ambulances
  • EXAMPLE FIVE – 240 senior Emergency Department Doctors
  • EXAMPLE SIX – 450 paramedics for a year
  • EXAMPLE SEVEN – 15 new bulk billing MRI licenses
  • EXAMPLE EIGHT – 2550 hip replacements
  • EXAMPLE NINE – Six brand new 15-bed community mental health facilities
  • EXAMPLE TEN – 12 new ambulance stations
  • EXAMPLE 11 – Nine years worth of flu vaccine for the entire Tasmanian population
  • EXAMPLE 12 – Six state-of-art Hyperbaric Chambers
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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $75 MILLION AFL+MONA GIFT

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $75 MILLION AFL+MONA GIFT

29 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor’s $75 million gift to the AFL & MONA is enough to fund nine years worth of flu vaccine for the entire Tasmanian population.

 

We all love our footy and understand the value of MONA, but health is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

And while we recognise the important of MONA to our tourism industry, we simply cannot countenance providing them with a $50 million gift.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team or a museum in Hobart.

 

Bill Shorten needs to explain how he can claim to support health when Labor want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

WHAT $75 MILLION WOULD BUY IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM

  • EXAMPLE ONE – 780 new graduate nurses
  • EXAMPLE TWO – Six brand new regional hospitals
  • EXAMPLE THREE – More than 3,000 knee replacements
  • EXAMPLE FOUR – 375 new ambulances
  • EXAMPLE FIVE – 240 senior Emergency Department Doctors
  • EXAMPLE SIX – 450 paramedics for a year
  • EXAMPLE SEVEN – 15 new bulk billing MRI licenses
  • EXAMPLE EIGHT – 2550 hip replacements
  • EXAMPLE NINE – Six brand new 15-bed community mental health facilities
  • EXAMPLE TEN – 12 new ambulance stations
  • EXAMPLE 11 – Nine years worth of flu vaccine for the entire Tasmanian population
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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL + $50 MILLION MONA GIFT

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL + $50 MILLION MONA GIFT

28 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

With Labor’s announcement yesterday that they now intend to also gift $50 million to a wealthy private institution in Hobart, this now means Labor are spending a total of $75 million in taxpayer’s money on the wrong priorities in Tasmania.

 

$75 million will buy 780 new graduate nurses, or 240 senior Emergency Department doctors, or six brand new regional hospitals (full list below).

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

And while we recognise the importance of MONA to our tourism industry, we simply cannot countenance providing them with a $50 million gift.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team or a private museum in Hobart.

 

Bill Shorten needs to explain how he can claim to support health when Labor want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

WHAT $75 MILLION WOULD BUY IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM

  • EXAMPLE ONE – 780 new graduate nurses
  • EXAMPLE TWO – Six brand new regional hospitals
  • EXAMPLE THREE – More than 3,000 knee replacements
  • EXAMPLE FOUR – 375 new ambulances
  • EXAMPLE FIVE – 240 senior Emergency Department Doctors
  • EXAMPLE SIX – 450 paramedics for a year
  • EXAMPLE SEVEN – 15 new bulk billing MRI licenses
  • EXAMPLE EIGHT – 2550 hip replacements
  • EXAMPLE NINE – Six brand new 15-bed community mental health facilities
  • EXAMPLE TEN – 12 new ambulance stations
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LIBS DO NOT SUPPORT MONA HAND-OUT

LIBS DO NOT SUPPORT MONA HAND-OUT

27 April 2019 - Tasmanian Liberal Team

A re-elected Coalition Government will not match Bill Shorten and Labor’s promise to gift $50 million to MONA, Tasmanian Liberal Senators and candidates announced today.

 

“There’s no doubt that David Walsh and MONA has been a boon for Tasmania but we simply cannot countenance providing a $50 million taxpayer funded gift like this”, spokesperson Senator Jonno Duniam said.

 

“This is a matter of priorities, and our priorities are to invest in essential services like health.”

 

Senator Duniam said that Labor’s announcement, on top of their promise to gift $25 million to the AFL, showed that Labor are completely out of touch with Tasmania and Tasmanians.

 

“First, Labor will cut $25 million from health so that that they can gift the money to the Melbourne-based AFL, now they want to literally double down on this and provide another $50 million hand-out to a wealthy private institution.

 

“Labor can try and dress this up how they like, but no matter what they do they can’t escape the fact that they are telling Tasmanians, loud and clear, that they prefer football and the arts to investing in health.

 

“Only the Coalition Government has a Plan to secure Tasmania’s future and invest in essential services like health, not Hobart-based AFL and museums.”

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 WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE TEN – FOUR NEW AMBULANCE STATIONS

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE TEN – FOUR NEW AMBULANCE STATIONS

27 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor’s $25 million gift to the AFL is enough to build four brand new ambulance stations.

 

We all love our footy, but health is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team in Hobart.

 

Bill Shorten needs to explain how he can claim to support health when Labor want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

RUNNING LIST OF EXAMPLES

  • EXAMPLE ONE – 260 new graduate nurses
  • EXAMPLE TWO – Two brand new regional hospitals
  • EXAMPLE THREE – More than 1,000 knee replacements
  • EXAMPLE FOUR – 125 new ambulances
  • EXAMPLE FIVE – 80 senior Emergency Department Doctors
  • EXAMPLE SIX – 150 paramedics for a year
  • EXAMPLE SEVEN – Five new bulk billing MRI licenses
  • EXAMPLE EIGHT – 850 hip replacements
  • EXAMPLE NINE – Two brand new 15-bed community mental health facilities
  • EXAMPLE TEN – Four new ambulance stations
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 WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE NINE – TWO NEW MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE NINE – TWO NEW MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES

26 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor’s $25 million gift to the AFL is enough to build two brand new 15-bed community mental health facilities.

 

We all love our footy, but health is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team in Hobart.

 

Bill Shorten needs to explain how he can claim to support health when Labor want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

RUNNING LIST OF EXAMPLES

  • EXAMPLE ONE – 260 new graduate nurses
  • EXAMPLE TWO – Two brand new regional hospitals
  • EXAMPLE THREE – More than 1,000 knee replacements
  • EXAMPLE FOUR – 125 new ambulances
  • EXAMPLE FIVE – 80 senior Emergency Department Doctors
  • EXAMPLE SIX – 150 paramedics for a year
  • EXAMPLE SEVEN – Five new bulk billing MRI licences
  • EXAMPLE EIGHT – 850 hip replacements
  • EXAMPLE NINE – Two brand new 15-bed community mental health facilities
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Supporting our veterans

Supporting our veterans

24 April 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

he Liberal National Government will deliver even more support for veterans to build on our record of backing our returned service personnel.

 

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the new veterans package would include a range of measures to support, care for and commemorate our veterans.

 

“Our Government will also ensure veterans are able to find jobs after their service by expanding the employment program to invest $16.2 million into initiatives run by not-for-profit organisations that are supporting veterans transition into civilian employment, including SoldierOn, Team Rubicon and the RSL.

 

“Veterans and their families will also be able to more easily find a home and reduce the cost of living with expanded access to the Defence Home Ownership Scheme and Defence Services Homes Insurance Scheme.

 

“The Saluting their Service grant program will be expanded and World War II service records will be digitised so that we can better commemorate the service of our veterans and educate the next generation.

 

The new veterans support package will include $30 million for six new Veterans’ Wellbeing Centres that will bring together the key services for our veterans and their families.

 

Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) veterans will also be exempt from the “treatment cycle” requirement for exercise physiotherapy.

 

Liberal Candidate for Braddon, and Warrant Officer who served 20 years in the Australian Regular Army including in East Timor, Indonesia and Bougainville, Gavin Pearce welcomed the support for the veteran community.

 

“Tasmanians veteran families are a close knit bunch and we know how important it is that we support our mates when they return home and are looking for work and a place to call home.

 

“As a local RSL branch President myself I know how much of a difference this support will make for Tasmania’s ex-service personnel.”

 

“By offering more support to commemorate the service of our veterans we will also help educate the next generation about the sacrifices that were made for them by past generations of sailors, soldiers and airmen.”

 

ENDS

 

Media Contact: Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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National Science Week grant for TastroFest

National Science Week grant for TastroFest

25 April 2019 - Minister Andrews, Senator Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

Tasmania’s premier astronomy festival, TastroFest is one of 53 projects to share in over $720,000 under the Coalition Government’s 2019 National Science Week Grants.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the aim of the grants was to support science engagement activities for universities, community groups and the public.

“National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of all things science and technology and the grants go towards supporting events like TastroFest taking place across the country.

“This $20,000 grant will enable TastroFest to deliver even more amazing space content this year, including live forums with past and present astronauts in Houston.

“The Liberal National Government is a strong supporter of local science education, including delivering the $2.5 million Ulverstone Cultural Precinct, which will include a state-of-the-art planetarium.”

Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce said this year’s TastroFest will celebrate one of the most significant events in human history.

“This year is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing so it is the perfect opportunity to get our kids interested in science and technology.

“TastroFest is the largest astronomy festival in Australia and based in Ulverstone, so this is a fantastic opportunity for local families to explore the possibilities of science and for our kids to shoot for the stars.

“What could be more inspiring than talking to real life astronauts!”

The Coalition has invested $1.5 billion more into our science agencies compared to when Labor was last in government. Only through our Government’s strategic plan to continue boosting Australia’s economy can we continue funding our capabilities in these sectors, and help create 1.2 million more jobs over the next five years. 

“The Coalition understands science plays a vital role in boosting the economy and building jobs for future generations,” said Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Karen Andrews.

National Science Week was first held in 1997 and has grown substantially, now featuring more than 2,000 events around Australia that attract children, adults, science amateurs and professionals.

This year, National Science Week is running from 10-18 August, for more information visit www.scienceweek.net.au

Media Contact: Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

The Hon Karen Andrews MP

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck

Liberal Senator for Tasmania

24 April 2019

National Science Week grant for TastroFest

Tasmania’s premier astronomy festival, TastroFest is one of 53 projects to share in over $720,000 under the Coalition Government’s 2019 National Science Week Grants.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the aim of the grants was to support science engagement activities for universities, community groups and the public.

“National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of all things science and technology and the grants go towards supporting events like TastroFest taking place across the country.

“This $20,000 grant will enable TastroFest to deliver even more amazing space content this year, including live forums with past and present astronauts in Houston.

“The Liberal National Government is a strong supporter of local science education, including delivering the $2.5 million Ulverstone Cultural Precinct, which will include a state-of-the-art planetarium.”

Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce said this year’s TastroFest will celebrate one of the most significant events in human history.

“This year is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing so it is the perfect opportunity to get our kids interested in science and technology.

“TastroFest is the largest astronomy festival in Australia and based in Ulverstone, so this is a fantastic opportunity for local families to explore the possibilities of science and for our kids to shoot for the stars.

“What could be more inspiring than talking to real life astronauts!”

The Coalition has invested $1.5 billion more into our science agencies compared to when Labor was last in government. Only through our Government’s strategic plan to continue boosting Australia’s economy can we continue funding our capabilities in these sectors, and help create 1.2 million more jobs over the next five years. 

“The Coalition understands science plays a vital role in boosting the economy and building jobs for future generations,” said Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Karen Andrews.

National Science Week was first held in 1997 and has grown substantially, now featuring more than 2,000 events around Australia that attract children, adults, science amateurs and professionals.

This year, National Science Week is running from 10-18 August, for more information visit www.scienceweek.net.au

Media Contact: Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE EIGHT – 850 HIP REPLACEMENTS

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE EIGHT – 850 HIP REPLACEMENTS

24 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor’s $25 million gift to the AFL is enough to fund 850 hip replacements.

 

We all love our footy, but health is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team in Hobart.

 

Bill Shorten needs to explain how he can claim to support health when Labor want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

RUNNING LIST OF EXAMPLES

  • EXAMPLE ONE – 260 new graduate nurses
  • EXAMPLE TWO – Two brand new regional hospitals
  • EXAMPLE THREE – More than 1,000 knee replacements
  • EXAMPLE FOUR – 125 new ambulances
  • EXAMPLE FIVE – 80 senior Emergency Department Doctors
  • EXAMPLE SIX – 150 paramedics for a year
  • EXAMPLE SEVEN – Five new bulk billing MRI licenses
  • EXAMPLE EIGHT – 850 hip replacements
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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE SEVEN – FIVE BULK BILLING MRI LICENCES

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE SEVEN – FIVE BULK BILLING MRI LICENCES

23 April 2019 SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor’s $25 million gift to the AFL is enough to fund five new bulk billing MRI licences.

 

We all love our footy, but health is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team in Hobart.

 

Bill Shorten needs to explain how he can claim to support health when Labor want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

RUNNING LIST OF EXAMPLES

  • EXAMPLE ONE – 260 new graduate nurses
  • EXAMPLE TWO – Two brand new regional hospitals
  • EXAMPLE THREE – More than 1,000 knee replacements
  • EXAMPLE FOUR – 125 new ambulances
  • EXAMPLE FIVE – 80 senior Emergency Department Doctors
  • EXAMPLE SIX – 150 paramedics for a year
  • EXAMPLE SEVEN – Five new bulk billing MRI licences
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LABOR CUTTING REGIONAL ARTS TO PAY FOR AFL GIFT

LABOR CUTTING REGIONAL ARTS TO PAY FOR AFL GIFT

22 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor are cutting regional arts in Bass to help pay for their $25 million gift to the AFL, Senator Richard Colbeck and Bridget Archer, Liberal for Bass, said today.

 

“Last week on ABC radio*, Labor’s most senior representative in Tasmania, Julie Collins, refused to commit to funding dozens of projects across Tasmania which have recently been announced by the Coalition Government”, Senator Colbeck said.

 

“This includes nearly $80,000 in funding for the Junction Arts Festival, which was announced on the 29th of March.

 

“These projects are not promises; they are fully funded and budgeted in last year’s budget, which has passed the Parliament and which Labor voted for.”

 

Bridget Archer said that that Junction Arts Festival was a fantastic yearly event in Launceston and it was disgraceful that Labor were now putting their funding in doubt.

 

“This $80,000 will be used to fit out the Junction’s Little Devil transportable performance venue. The fit out includes portable flooring, seating, lighting, drapes for the inner shell, the stage, and a container for storage and associated external artwork”, Ms Archer said.

 

“We all love our footy but for Labor to threaten to cut this funding to the Junction Arts Festival – a community group – in order to give $25 million to the AFL, one of the richest sporting originations in the country, is disgraceful.

 

“I call on Labor’s Member for Bass to commit to stop playing political games and commit immediately to funding this important project.”

 

*Julie Collins MHR, Leon Compton Statewide Mornings, 18/4/19.

 

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WHERE’S BILL? SHORTEN AIRBRUSHED FROM TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN

WHERE’S BILL? SHORTEN AIRBRUSHED FROM TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN

22 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten appears to have been airbrushed from the Tasmanian Federal election campaign.

 

This follows revelations in today’s Australian newspaper* that Mr Shorten has been airbrushed from Labor’s election material right around the country.

 

“Today is Day 12 of the campaign and we are yet to see Bill in Tasmania”, Senator Richard Colbeck said.

 

“We’ve already seen Mr Shorten airbrushed from Labor’s election material - including that of Braddon member Justine Keay – now it seems he’s been airbrushed from the campaign entirely.

 

“So far this campaign Mr Shorten has been to every other State in the country – he’s even been to the Northern Territory – but not to Tasmania.

 

“You can only draw the conclusion that Labor’s backroom operators have come to the conclusion that Mr Shorten is incredibly unpopular, and they are trying to hide his new taxes, reckless spending, and $25 million gift to the AFL”, Senator Colbeck concluded. 

 

*https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/invisible-shorten-gets-brush-from-campaign-flyers/news-story/f4358190bb6a3442d514b8997456af7d

 

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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE SIX – 150 MORE PARAMEDICS

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE SIX – 150 MORE PARAMEDICS

22 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor’s $25 million gift to the AFL is enough to fund 150 paramedics for a year.

 

We all love our footy, but health is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team in Hobart.

 

Bill Shorten needs to explain how he can claim to support health when Labor want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

RUNNING LIST OF EXAMPLES

  • EXAMPLE ONE – 260 new graduate nurses
  • EXAMPLE TWO – Two brand new regional hospitals
  • EXAMPLE THREE – More than 1,000 knee replacements
  • EXAMPLE FOUR – 125 new ambulances
  • EXAMPLE FIVE – 80 senior Emergency Department Doctors
  • EXAMPLE SIX – 150 paramedics for a year
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ARROGANT SHORTEN TAKING TASMANIA FOR GRANTED

ARROGANT SHORTEN TAKING TASMANIA FOR GRANTED

20 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Bill Shorten is arrogantly taking Tasmania for granted.

 

Today is Day 10 of the election campaign but he has yet to come to Tasmania or show any serious interest in the State.

 

Mr Shorten arrogantly thinks he has got Tasmanian seats in the bag, and that he doesn’t need to pay Tasmanian voters the respect they deserve.

 

Could it be that Mr Shorten is avoiding Tasmania because he doesn’t want to explain why Labor wants to gift $25 million to the AFL rather than investing in our health system, where it's really needed?

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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE FIVE – 80 SENIOR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT DOCTOR

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE FIVE – 80 SENIOR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT DOCTOR

20 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor’s $25 million gift to the AFL is enough to fund 80 senior ER doctors for a year

 

We all love our footy, but health is much more important.

 

The Liberal team can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team in Hobart.

 

Bill Shorten needs to explain how he can claim to support health when Labor want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

RUNNING LIST OF EXAMPLES

 

  • EXAMPLE ONE – 260 new graduate nurses
  • EXAMPLE TWO – Two brand new regional hospitals
  • EXAMPLE THREE – More than 1,000 knee replacements
  • EXAMPLE FOUR – 125 new ambulances
  • EXAMPLE FIVE – 80 senior Emergency Department Doctors
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 Morrison Government delivering on jobs for Tasmania

Morrison Government delivering on jobs for Tasmania

18 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck has welcomed employment figures released today by the ABS.

 

“The Liberals have a clear plan to deliver on three key areas – health, protecting the Tasmanian way of life and jobs.  Today’s figures show that under this government 17,000 jobs have been created in Tasmania.  On average, that’s more than eight new jobs created each and every day since Labor was booted out in 2013,” Senator Colbeck said.

 

“Since the last election in July 2016, we have worked closely with the State Government to create 11,500 new jobs and we have a clear plan to create even more jobs if we are re-elected on 18 May.

 

“A re-elected Morrison Government will invest more into health, primary industries, infrastructure and our vital tourism sector.  All of these areas are driving jobs growth and our plan will see them contribute even more jobs to the Tasmanian economy.  The difference between Labor and the Liberals is that when we say we will create jobs – we mean it and we deliver.

 

“Tasmania cannot afford to go back to the bad days of a federal Labor government, when the Tasmanian unemployment rate was around 8 per cent, there were more people on welfare, and the Tasmanian economy was hit by recession.  Labor can’t manage money and they can’t manage the economy. When Labor can’t manage money, they come after yours.”

 

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Labor leaves Tasmanians hanging over regional grants

Labor leaves Tasmanians hanging over regional grants

8 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Tasmanian Liberal Senator, Richard Colbeck, has slammed Labor for leaving Tasmanians hanging over regional grants.

 

Senator Colbeck said the Morrison Government has recently announced millions of dollars-worth of funding for regional Tasmania, but it’s clear now that Labor has a secret plan to cancel those grants and abandon communities right around the State.

 

“Last time Labor was in power they shut down the forestry industry and Tasmania’s regional communities were cut off at the knees.  Now that Labor’s secret plan to rip millions out of regional Tasmania has been exposed it looks like they’re trying to do it all again,” Senator Colbeck said.

 

“These projects are not promises; they are fully funded and budgeted in last year’s budget, which has passed the Parliament and which Labor voted for.

 

“On ABC radio today, senior Labor MP Julie Collins refused to commit to fund these vital projects.  That means that vital projects including the following are at risk if Labor are elected:

 

1. $2.1 million for the Georges Bay Multi-Use Track

2. $6 million for the Pembroke Park upgrade in Sorell

3. $3.5 million for Railton Flood Mitigation works

4. $4.4 million for the George Town Mountain Bike Trail Network

5. $75,000 for upgrades at the Wynyard Golf Club

6. $650,000 to upgrade the Early Childhood Education and Care Facility on King Island

 

“And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  There are plenty more projects that Labor wants to cut.

 

”Is Labor planning to cut these grants in order to pay for their $25 million gift to the AFL?”, Senator Colbeck said.

 

“Labor should be ashamed that it’s trying to steal this money from regional communities to pay for their warped priorities.”

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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE FOUR – 125 NEW AMBULANCES

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE FOUR – 125 NEW AMBULANCES

18 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor’s $25 million gift to the AFL is enough to purchase 125 new ambulances.

 

The Tasmanian Liberal Team strongly supports Tasmania having our own an AFL team, but we can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team in Hobart.

 

Labor MPs and candidates need to explain how they can claim to support health when they want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

RUNNING LIST OF EXAMPLES

 

 EXAMPLE ONE – 260 new graduate nurses

 EXAMPLE TWO – Two brand new regional hospitals

 EXAMPLE THREE – More than 1,000 knee replacements

 EXAMPLE FOUR – 125 new ambulances

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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE THREE – MORE THAN 1,000 KNEE REPLACEMENTS

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE THREE – MORE THAN 1,000 KNEE REPLACEMENTS

17 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

Labor’s $25 million gift to the AFL is enough to replace more than 1,000 knees.

 

The Tasmanian Liberal Team strongly supports Tasmania having our own an AFL team, but we can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team in Hobart.

 

Labor MPs and candidates need to explain how they can claim to support health when they want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

RUNNING LIST OF EXAMPLES

 

 EXAMPLE ONE – 260 new graduate nurses

 EXAMPLE TWO – two brand new regional hospitals

 EXAMPLE THREE – More than 1,000 knee replacements

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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT  EXAMPLE TWO - TWO BRAND NEW REGIONAL HOSPITALS

WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE TWO - TWO BRAND NEW REGIONAL HOSPITALS

16 April 2019 - SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK, TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON

 Labor’s $25 million gift to the AFL is enough to build two brand new regional hospitals, just like the new St Helens Hospital

The Tasmanian Liberal Team strongly supports Tasmania having our own an AFL team, but we can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

We think that precious taxpayer funds should be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team in Hobart.

Labor MPs and candidates need to explain how they can claim to support health when they want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.

 

RUNNING LIST OF EXAMPLES

 

  • EXAMPLE ONE – 260 new graduate nurses
  • EXAMPLE TWO – two brand new regional hospitals
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THE BLUE ECONOMY AND RENEWABLES COMBINE IN NEW $70M COOPERATIVE RESEARCH CENTRE

THE BLUE ECONOMY AND RENEWABLES COMBINE IN NEW $70M COOPERATIVE RESEARCH CENTRE

16 April 2019 - Minister Andrews, Assistant Minister Colbeck

Australian energy, seafood and marine environment industries are set to benefit from a $70 million grant from the Morrison Government.

 

The funding is to set up a new Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre to bring together national and international expertise in aquaculture, marine renewable energy and marine engineering as part of a collaborative effort between industry, researchers and the community. 

 

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said that the Blue Economy CRC, which will be headquartered at the University of Tasmania in Launceston, would develop innovative and sustainable offshore industries to increase Australian seafood and offshore renewable energy production.

 

“The Liberal National Government has undertaken to double the current value of our aquaculture industry to $2 billion a year by 2027 through the National Aquaculture Strategy.

 

“The activities and outcomes of the CRC will directly address a number of key priority areas identified in the strategy - our aim is to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.

 

“The CRC Program is a proven model of industry and research cooperation that produces impressive commercial results.

 

The Blue Economy CRC will focus on five key areas identified by industry: Offshore Engineering and Technology, Seafood and Marine Products, Offshore Renewable Energy Systems, the Environment and Ecosystems and Sustainable Offshore Developments.

 

It will provide for 50 Postdoctoral fellowships and 50 PhDs across the five research areas to train cross-discipline specialist scientist and engineers unique to the aquaculture, offshore renewable energy and engineering sectors.

 

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the Blue Economy CRC would leverage one of Tasmania’s key competitive advantages.

 

“As an island state with strong research capacity, we are globally competitive when it comes to marine-based industries and this new initiative supports jobs across Tasmania.

 

“The CRC will create 100 high-level research, science and engineering jobs in the state and is already set to attract an additional $258 million of investment in Tasmania’s economy from world-class companies and institutions.”

 

The CRC, which has national and international partners, has generated more than $258 million in cash and in-kind contributions from participants to add to the $70 million grant, which will be paid over 10 years.

 

Around $747.9 million in funding has been committed CRCs since the Liberal National Government came into office in 2013 and this latest funding further builds on our commitment to strengthening Australian industry, strengthening our economic growth and helping to create 1.25 million jobs in the next five years.

 

Marine-based industries, widely referred to as the ‘Blue Economy’, service a sector that provides over 390,000 jobs.

 

The Coalition Government continues to make significant investments in science, research and innovation – smart, strategic investments that will deliver stable support for our researchers and entrepreneurs across the coming decade.

The CRC Program is competitive and merit-based. For more information visit www.business.gov.au/crc

 

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Freycinet National Park to receive major facelift

Freycinet National Park to receive major facelift

16 April 2019 - Minister Birmingham, Assistant Minister Colbeck, Jessica Whelan

Tasmania’s stunning Freycinet National Park is set for a facelift with a $7.2 million funding injection from the Liberal-National Government for tourism infrastructure upgrades.

 

Federal Minister for Tourism Simon Birmingham said the Freycinet National Park was a “must-see” attraction for domestic and international tourists, with three quarters of visitors to Tasmania’s East Coast region making a stop there.

 

“Freycinet National Park is one of Tasmania’s fastest growing tourism destinations, with visitation increasing at an average of 14 per cent per annum over the past five years,” Minister Birmingham said.

 

“Tasmania has a much stronger economy now than when we were elected and this investment will keep creating more tourism jobs and businesses opportunities in Tasmania.

 

“We know Wineglass Bay is one Tasmania’s most iconic tourism hotspots and is major drawcard to the state for thousands of tourists each year, and we want all visitors to have a memorable time when they’re exploring all that the Peninsula has to offer. 

 

“This additional funding will create new transport infrastructure to reduce congestion and support the development of new shelters, lookouts and walkways throughout the National Park as well showcase the Freycinet’s rich Indigenous heritage.

 

“We want tourists exploring Freycinet National Park, whether it be trekking to the Wineglass Bay lookout, lazing on the numerous white-sandy beaches or taking in the breathtaking pink granite peaks to have access to the best possible amenities that enhances their experience. 

 

"Tourists to the East Coast already spend $185 million each year and this infrastructure boost will ensure the quality of the visitor experience remains at the highest level and helps attract even more people to the region, supporting local businesses and tourism jobs.

 

“Tourism is a major contributor to the Tasmanian economy with domestic and international visitors spending a whopping $3 billion last year, injecting millions into regional areas and that’s why the Liberal-National Government is backing the state through investment in vital tourism infrastructure.”

 

These new infrastructure upgrades form part of the Freycinet Peninsula Master Plan with the funding allocation including:

  •          $5.7 million towards a new Visitor Gateway, including transit hub with new road access and car parking, shelter and information area.
  •          $650,000 for an Aboriginal education program and expanding the Discovery Ranger Program to allow visitors to learn about local Aboriginal cultural practices and heritage.
  •          $450,000 for a new Wineglass Bay lookout
  •          $400,000 for a foreshore walkway.

 

Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the $7.2 million Commonwealth contribution to Wineglass Bay tourism infrastructure would be a transformative investment for the East Coast.

 

“Freycinet has become one of the most recognised images of Tasmania globally and its popularity has placed enormous pressure on the existing infrastructure.

 

“The $7.2 million from the Commonwealth will significantly upgrade the infrastructure and importantly add to the existing experience with new interpretive information.

 

“Freycinet is also a popular destination for Tasmanians – easing the congestion at the car park and on walking tracks will contribute to locals’ continued enjoyment of the Tasmanian way of life.”

 

Liberal Candidate for Lyons Jessica Whelan said the investment would support East Coast jobs and build a stronger economy.

 

“Freycinet is the jewel in the crown of the East Coast visitor economy with 310,000 people visiting last year so improving the visitor experience will help support jobs for East Coast locals.

 

“I am delighted to see our Government prioritise job-creating infrastructure upgrades on the East Coast.

 

“It will take the pressure off existing infrastructure and also help locals and visitors connect more with the indigenous heritage of the region.”

 

This funding is part of the Liberal-National Government’s $50 million National Tourism Icons package announced in the Budget for vital tourism infrastructure and upgrades at iconic destinations across Australia.

 

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Media Contacts

Benn Ayre: +61 428 342 325

Felix Ellis: +61 457 517 734

 

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WAYS TO BETTER SPEND LABOR’S $25 MILLION AFL GIFT EXAMPLE ONE – 260 GRADUATE NURSES

15 April 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Labor’s $25 million gift to the AFL would employ 260 graduate nurses for a year.


The Tasmanian Liberal Team strongly supports Tasmania having our own an AFL team, but we can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.


It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team in Hobart.


Labor MPs and candidates need to explain how they can claim to support health when they want to instead gift such a huge amount of money to the AFL.  

 

Media contact Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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NO $25 MILLION HAND-OUT TO THE AFL FROM THE LIBERALS

NO $25 MILLION HAND-OUT TO THE AFL FROM THE LIBERALS

14 April 2019 - JOINT STATEMENT TASMANIAN LIBERAL TEAM

A re-elected Coalition Government will not match Bill Shorten and Labor’s promise to gift $25 million to the AFL for a Tasmanian AFL Team, Tasmanian Liberal Senators and candidates announced today.

 

“The Tasmanian Liberal Team strongly supports Tasmania having our own an AFL team, we are after all, AFL heartland”, Senator Richard Colbeck said.

 

“But we can’t and won’t support a $25 million handout from the taxpayer to one of Australia’s richest sporting organisations.

 

“It is our view that precious taxpayer funds should instead be spent on essential services such as health, not an AFL team in Hobart.”

 

Senator Colbeck said that the Federal team commended the Tasmanian Liberal Government for their work leading the charge for a Tasmanian team, and said a re-elected federal Coalition Government would strongly support that cause.

 

“However, it is our view that it is time for AFL to pony up, not only with an AFL licence for Tasmania, but also the funds to support it.

 

“Every year the AFL gives tens of millions to the Gold Coast Suns and Western Sydney – there is no reason why they cannot also financially support a Tasmanian team.

 

“The federal budget is not a magic pudding like Labor seems to think.

 

“Spending taxpayers’ money is about choosing the right priorities, and our priority is health, not spending $25 million on an AFL team.”

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Helping revitalise North-West Tasmania through training and jobs

Helping revitalise North-West Tasmania through training and jobs

15 April 2019 - Minister Cash, Assistant Minister Colbeck, Deputy Premier Rockliff

A package of initiatives supporting training, workforce planning and employment will help hundreds of people in North-West Tasmania thanks to an Australian Government investment of $3.15 million.

 

The North-West Package signed by Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash and Tasmanian Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff MP, aims to meet existing and emerging skills needs in the region.

 

Among the initiatives are programs to increase pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships in construction trades, a scholarships pilot program offering $2000 grants to 200 apprentices and new training materials to support the development of skills in the agri-tourism sector.

 

Minister Cash said the investment in North-West Tasmania will help reinvigorate the region and put young people on the path to meaningful and rewarding work.

 

“There is considerable potential in North-West Tasmania and investing wisely in training and apprenticeships can help realise that potential and deliver benefits to local communities,” Minister Cash said.

 

“Tasmania already has a strong vocational education and training (VET) sector and one of the highest training participation rates, including more than one in five 18-24 year olds in government funded VET programs.

 

“The Australian Government is committed to helping students transition from school into training and then into work so we’re focused on delivering more school based apprenticeships, through collaboration with local employers and schools.

 

“We want to see local industry grow and flourish and helping students in the North-West gain the skills that will get them into work, and allow businesses to grow.”

 

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said creating the skills package known as the Job Ready Generation Fund delivered on a commitment from the Braddon by-election.

 

“Our Government committed to the Job Ready Generation Fund during the Braddon by-election because building a strong economy means more jobs in North West Tasmania and the need for more skilled workers.

 

“Only the Liberal National Government is delivering on the commitments made during the by-election and this demonstrates once again that we are a Government that keeps our promises.”

 

Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff said the plan will ensure we underpin the booming agricultural developments in the region with targeted investment in training activity.

 

“High quality skills means businesses have job-ready apprentices and can take advantage of Tasmania’s strong economy.

 

“We know small businesses are the engine room of the local economy, we are listening to what industry needs are we are delivering.

 

“The Hodgman Liberal Government will keep the North West and the whole of Tasmania growing and open to investment.” Mr Rockliff said.

 

The $3.15 million comes on top of the $750,000 provided by the Australian Government in 2018 for the purchase of five mobile welding simulators that are being used to support advanced welding training in North-West Tasmania through the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council.

 

Media contacts: Minister Cash – Jessica Cole 0417 220 338

                          Deputy Premier Rockliff – Trent Dann 0411 501 643

                        Senator Richard Colbeck – Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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New Training Hub for Burnie

New Training Hub for Burnie

14 April 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck has announced that Burnie will be the home of a new Training Hub to support jobs opportunities for young people in the region.

“Funding of $58 million has been delivered in the Budget for ten new Training Hubs and I am delighted to announce that Burnie will be the location of one of those Training Hubs.

“The North West Coast has major job opportunities coming online with the Battery of the Nation and other projects and our Government is delivering support for young people to gain the skills required for these new jobs.

“Intergenerational and youth unemployment is still too high in North West Tasmania and this Burnie Training Hub will help combat that by supporting skills training for young people.

“Delivering a stronger economy has meant a record 100,000 new jobs for young people in Australia in the last year and this new Training Hubs plan will ensure that even more opportunities are available for young people in our region.”

Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce welcomed the Liberal National Government's decision to deliver a new training hub in Burnie as a big win for the region.

“I am delighted that Burnie will host a Training Hub to deliver specific training opportunities for our next generation on the North West Coast.

“Senator Colbeck and I have been fighting hard for a Training Hub in Burnie since the program was announced in the Budget and I am very pleased to have delivered.

“The North West Coast has competitive advantages in agriculture, forestry, mining, energy and advanced manufacturing and this Training Hub will help train our young people to take on skilled jobs in those areas and others.”

Young people, aged 15-24, in the hub areas will also be eligible to apply for a scholarship to undertake an eligible VET Approved Program of Study.

Four hundred scholarships, valued at up to $17,500 each, will be made available from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level.

The Hubs will also strengthen partnerships between local schools, employers and industries, and ensure that vocational education programs are tailored to meet local workforce needs and skills demands.

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Funding delivered for Regional Forestry Hubs

Funding delivered for Regional Forestry Hubs

11 April 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

The Liberal National Government has contracted the funding for the four initial pilot Regional Forestry Hubs as part of our National Forest Industries Plan – delivering this important element of the National Forest Industries Plan

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the Hubs will support growth in the industry, leading to more jobs in South West Western Australia, North and North West Tasmania, North East New South Wales and the Green Triangle region.

“The Liberal National Government has now signed agreements with each of the initial pilot hubs, with $1 million to be allocated to each pilot hub over four years.

The Hubs are a central part of our National Forest Industries Plan to plant a billion new plantation trees over the next decade, with a focus on the right trees, at the right scale, in the right places.

Agreements have been signed with host agencies: Bunbury Geographe Economic Alliance (BGEA) (South West Western Australian Hub), Tasmanian Forests & Forest Products Network (TFFPN) for North and North West Tasmania, Timber NSW (for year 1) for North East New South Wales and Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub for the Green Triangle hub.

“North East NSW pilot hub, through Timber NSW, will receive $250,000 for the first year as the Hub establishes a new representative body to drive future collaboration and investment, with the new body to then receive the committed funds for the Hub in due course.

“The World Bank has identified that global demand for timber will quadruple by 2050, driven in part by new products like cross laminated timber (CLT) and Cyrene, which are providing renewable alternatives to concrete, steel and petroleum.

“The Regional Forestry Hubs are about removing the barriers to growth in the industry and focusing on maximising the competitive advantages of our traditional forestry regions.

“Securing the future of Regional Forestry Hubs will help secure the future of forest industry and I look forward to rolling out the additional Hubs from 2020.

More information on the National Forest Industries Plan, including the pilot Regional Forestry Hubs, is available at: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/forestry/national-forest-industries-plan.pdf

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Delivering for Circular Head indigenous community

Delivering for Circular Head indigenous community

11 April 2019 - Minister Scullion, Assistant Minister Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

The Coalition Government is investing $647,726 to deliver employment engagement, alcohol and other drug, youth mental health and cultural education services in Circular Head.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said that everything the Coalition had delivered since coming to office was delivered in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and designed to help close the gap in disadvantage between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

“We have ensured that the priorities and needs of Indigenous communities have been at the centre of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

“Importantly, 60% of the organisations we are funding are Indigenous organisations, compared to only 30% at the start of the IAS. We are committed to this because we know Indigenous organisations are best placed to deliver these services and are more likely to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the three grants to Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation (CHAC) would deliver important services for people in the local area.

“The Community Capacity Building Project delivers $120,000 to encourage employment engagement and participation among indigenous people in Circular Head, as well as cultural education for the next generation.

“The Reduced Substance Misuse and Harm Project will deliver $197,726 for alcohol and other drug awareness, education, referral and support services.

“The Health, Wellbeing and Resilience Project will provide $330,000 for intervention and prevention of mental health issues for indigenous young people between the age of 12 and 24, particularly those affected by domestic violence.”

Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce welcomed the support for the Circular Head indigenous community.

“CHAC are real leaders in our community and do excellent work serving indigenous people in Circular Head, particularly on their youth, and alcohol and other drug services.

“Young people are our community’s greatest assets and we stand ready to provide them with job readiness, drug, health and education services when they need a helping hand.”

                                                                                                                         

Media enquiries:           Minister Scullion – Brett Chant, 0477 744 614

                                    Senator Colbeck – Felix Ellis, 0457 517 734

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$9.9 MILLION RECOVERY PACKAGE TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY THE TASMANIAN BUSHFIRES

$9.9 MILLION RECOVERY PACKAGE TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY THE TASMANIAN BUSHFIRES

13 April 2019 - Minister Reynolds, Premier Hodgman, Assistant Minister Colbeck

A $9.9 million Economic and Community Recovery Package is being made available to support communities affected by the Tasmanian bushfires.

Funding for the Package is being provided through the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Minister for Emergency Management and North Queensland Recovery Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the bushfires had a significant impact on communities, infrastructure and essential services, disrupting community activities in the Central Highlands, Derwent Valley, Huon Valley and West Coast local government areas.

“The bushfires struck during Tasmania’s peak summer tourism season which had an immediate impact on tourism and the local economy,” Minister Reynolds said.

“This assistance package includes funding to promote tourism, support businesses and repair damaged recreation and community facilities.

“The Commonwealth and Tasmanian governments are working closely to support affected communities with their recovery.”

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman said the Economic and Community Recovery Package would support longer term community and economic recovery initiatives in the fire affected regions.

 “This assistance package will play an important role in social and economic recovery, which is crucial to the health and wellbeing of the Tasmanian community,” Premier Hodgman said.

“It will support businesses to restructure, diversify and reposition themselves, and enable the promotion of tourism opportunities in the target regions.

“It will also fund the restoration and reinstatement of Parks and Wildlife Service assets and infrastructure, which will help the economic recovery of local communities which rely on these parks for tourism and visitors.”

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck said communities were still dealing with the impacts of this bushfire season.

“These bushfires have had a devastating impact on local communities and businesses, affecting the ability for individuals to earn a living,” Assistant Minister Colbeck said.

“For the sake of local jobs, the important message is that the affected regions are now well and truly open for visitors and business alike.”

The Package will also provide dedicated Community and Economic Recovery Officers who will work with affected businesses and local communities, a grants program and a range of social recovery initiatives to meet an urgent need for improved support networks in fire affected areas.

The $9.9 million Economic and Community Recovery Package is in addition to the range of assistance already made available under the DRFA to help affected individuals, families, small businesses and local councils with their recovery from the bushfires.

More information about these initiatives will be made available in due course.

Media contacts:

Nicky Hamer 0437 989 927 (Minister Reynolds)

Andrew Hudgson 0439 083 275 (Premier Hodgman)

Felix Ellis 0457 517 734 (Assistant Minister Colbeck

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PZJA orders review of Developmental Permits used for training

PZJA orders review of Developmental Permits used for training

8 April 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

At its 31st meeting on Wednesday 3 April, PZJA members agreed to commence a review of how Developmental Permits are used for training purposes in all Torres Strait Fisheries.

 

The Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, and Chair of the PZJA, Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck said the legislation has always provided for non-Traditional trainers to be included as part of community fishing, but it is timely to provide an opportunity for the community to be consulted on the role of Developmental Permits in increasing access to fisheries by Traditional Inhabitants.

 

“The PZJA continues to acknowledge and support the aspirations of Traditional Inhabitants for 100 per cent ownership of access to commercial fisheries, and we want to be confident that the

Developmental Permit arrangements are contributing to this goal,” said Senator Colbeck

 

The Chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), Pedro Stephen, said training for the future employment of young Indigenous people in these fisheries is intertwined with ownership aspirations and access to Torres Strait fishery resources.

 

“Developmental Permits were established to create opportunities for Traditional fishers to be trained and supported as they entered the industry,” said Mr Stephen.

 

It is expected the review will lead to the creation of detailed criteria, against which any future applications for Developmental Permits will be assessed.  These criteria must also lead to relevant permit conditions so the use of these permits can continue to be assessed to ensure they deliver their intended purpose of training.

 

The TSRA will lead the review of how to best use the Developmental Permits and it is expected this will be concluded by around September 2019.

 

The PZJA has agreed it will not consider any further applications for training under Developmental Permits, until new arrangements are established, following the review.

 

The PZJA also discussed a number of key developments in the management of Torres Strait fisheries, including the release for consultation of draft Harvest Strategies, and total allowable catches for Spanish mackerel and reef line species.

 

The PZJA is comprised of the Chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority, the Commonwealth Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and the Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries.

 

Further information on the outcomes of the PZJA meeting can be found on www.pzja.gov.au.

 

Media contacts

Torres Strait Regional Authority: Bruce Nelson, at Zakazukha, 0423 403 449 bruce@zakazukha.com 

Assistant Minister Colbeck: Felix Ellis, 0457 517 734

Minister Furner: Ron Goodman, 0427 781 920

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New forestry research puts Launceston at the cutting edge

New forestry research puts Launceston at the cutting edge

6 April 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck, Minister Courtney

The Australian Liberal National Government and the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s jointly funded Launceston centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) will deliver eight new cutting edge forestry research projects.

Federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said that the projects identified will receive $4.2 million in support from Federal and State Governments and industry.

“The Launceston NIFPI was an election commitment of our Government and this is the second round of projects which will have a transformational effect on many aspects of Australia’s forest industry,” Minister Colbeck said.

“This second round has a number of research projects which will cut the waste and develop lean supply chains to make Australia’s forest industries even more competitive in the global marketplace.

“These projects will create more jobs by improving the way we process shorter logs, manage timber moisture, damage and discolouration and demonstrate durability in commercially relevant timeframes.”

Tasmanian Minister for Resources Sarah Courtney said some projects would make a major difference for the local industry.

“The successful applicants demonstrate the type of innovation that is occurring across the forest industry, such as improving the quality of plantation timber and developing supply chain efficiency,” Minister Courtney said.

“Tasmania’s foresters face some unique challenges and the Launceston NIFPI will be delivering specific projects to benefit our State, including a feasibility study into a wood pellet industry in Tasmania, which has the potential to complement the Government’s southern forests initiatives.

“The value-adding of lower grade forest resources into products such as bio-fuel pellets could lead to major private investment and job-creation in Tasmania.”

More information on the National Institute of Forest Products Innovation can be found here: https://nifpi.org.au/

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Landmark agreement secures the future of WA forestry

Landmark agreement secures the future of WA forestry

5 April 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The Australian and Western Australian Governments have signed the landmark 20 year extension of the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) for the south-west forest region of Western Australia (WA RFA).

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said that the improvements and extension to the RFA provides long term confidence in the sustainable management of Western Australia’s forests, including securing the future of the forest industry.

“The extended WA RFA will continue to deliver the right balance of economic, social and environmental outcomes for WA’s forests,” Minister Colbeck said.

“This twenty year extension includes five year reviews to provide ongoing confidence and monitoring of forest management practices, and a stable investment environment for Western Australia’s $1.4 billion forest and forest products industry.

“This is a critical agreement which builds on similar agreements already signed with Tasmania and New South Wales and delivers on our election promises.

“Forest management within the RFA region provides for the sustainable co-existence of forest-based industries (including timber production) and biodiversity outcomes.

“The south-west has a proud history of generations of foresters, and the WA RFA means that the next generation will have the opportunity to work in our sustainable forest industry too.”

Since the WA RFA was signed, the area of forest in reserves has increased by 52 per cent and over one million hectares of forest is now protected. It also protects important environmental assets and threatened species.

The extension offers a modernised approach to forest management through greater transparency, outcomes-focused reporting and long-term sustainability of a truly renewable industry.

Media contact COLBECK: Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

Fast facts:

• In Western Australia there are around 6,000 jobs in the forestry and wood products industry

• Valued at $1.4 billion, Western Australia’s forest and forest products industry sector makes a significant contribution to both the Australian economy and many regional and rural economies

• Nationally, the sales and service income of Australia’s forest product industries amounted to over $23 billion in 2016-17, and provides more than 50,000 jobs

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Understanding the impact of recreational fishing

Understanding the impact of recreational fishing

5 April 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

A new survey launched today will help build a better understanding of the demographics, attitudes and social and economic contribution of Australian recreational fishers.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck said the survey would provide a clearer picture of one of Australia’s most loved past times.

"Recreational fishing ranges from families taking their kids fishing once a year on the family holiday, to avid fishers who fish hundreds of days using equipment worth tens of thousands of dollars,” Minister Colbeck said.

“The 12 month survey launched today will provide us with a better understanding of rec fishers across Australia including where they fish, how often they fish, what motivates them and what is important to their experience.

“This will be an important tool in continuing to adapt Australia’s world-class fisheries management practices to the needs and impact of our rec fishers.

“This data-driven approach stands in stark contrast to the anti-science, anti-rec fishing marine parks lock-ups proposed by Tony Burke and Labor.

“The last national recreational fishing survey was undertaken in 2001—18 years ago and much has changed in that time.

“This study will make use of new online techniques to survey the Australian population, and aims to address many of the shortcomings of typical online survey methods.

“The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is working with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARES) and the University of Canberra to implement the survey.

“ABARES and the University of Canberra have developed a methodology which reduces the cost of running these surveys, while maintaining the robustness required by the Australian Government.

“We must continue to balance the social and economic considerations of recreational fishing with the need to ensure the sustainable management of Australia’s fisheries for the benefit of all Australians.”

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Delivering additional drug and alcohol treatment facilities and services for the North West

Delivering additional drug and alcohol treatment facilities and services for the North West

6 April 2019 - Minister Hunt, Assistant Minister Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

The Liberal National Government is investing an additional $6.3 million for new residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment facilities and services on the North West Coast.

The new residential facilities will build on the important work done by the City Mission at their Serenity House project at Sulphur Creek, and provide more options for those in need of assistance in the Smithton and Circular Head region.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said the Government is committed to supporting Australian communities in their fight against substance abuse.

“We continue to invest strongly in drug and alcohol services in North West Tasmania,” Minister Hunt said.

“Alcohol and drug misuse affects not just the individuals involved, but the people and communities around them.”

“Rehabilitation services are crucial to enable people with substance problems to get their lives back on track.”

This funding comes in addition to the recently delivered $4.8 million North West Mental Health Package, which was a commitment made during the Braddon by-election.

Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the new $6.3 million investment would include the construction of new facilities in Burnie and the establishment of much needed services in Smithton together with operational funding for three years.

“City Mission has identified a need to deliver additional services to the North West and this funding will mean a new Serenity House with 10 beds in a new $2.5 million purpose-built facility.” Senator Colbeck said.

“There is also a need to expand the reach of drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation to the Circular Head region, with the Commonwealth providing $600,000 in seed funding to establish a new 8 bed facility in Smithton which will provide important capacity into the health system.”

Liberal for Braddon Gavin Pearce welcomed the additional investment in these health services in the North West.

“I know alcohol and other drug abuse is an issue for the region and it is something I’ve been speaking about with the Senator,” Mr Pearce said.

“Drug misuse, including the use of ice, can be devastating for our communities.

“I’m pleased the Liberal National Government is building on its record to provide $6.3m for the facilities and services to help vulnerable people and their families who are seeking help to beat addiction in the North West.”

The Liberal Nation Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.

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Bill Shorten’s $200 billion in new taxes to damage Tasmania

Bill Shorten’s $200 billion in new taxes to damage Tasmania

4 April 2019 - Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team

Spokesperson for the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team, Senator Richard Colbeck, said Tasmanians now had a clear choice between a Liberal Plan for more jobs and a secure future with lower taxes and a Labor agenda for higher taxes.

“Tasmanians know the Budget is not a magic pudding – higher spending and bigger surpluses are too good to be true, it simply doesn’t add up.

“Labor only have a plan for higher taxes.

“Bill Shorten is so out of touch with Tasmania, his headline project was funding the Bridgewater Bridge – a project already funded in last year’s Budget.

“Tasmanians have seen this before from Labor – when Labor runs out of money, they always come after yours.

“Bill Shorten’s claim of a Labor surplus is about as credible as Wayne Swan’s four separate surplus promises – Australia will only see a surplus if Bill Shorten never becomes Prime Minister.

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OUR PLAN FOR A STRONGER ECONOMY DELIVERS FOR TASMANIA

OUR PLAN FOR A STRONGER ECONOMY DELIVERS FOR TASMANIA

2 April 2019 - Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team

The 2019-20 Budget is the next stage of the Morrison Government’s plan to build a stronger economy and secure a better future for all Australians.

Senator for Tasmania and Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Richard Colbeck, said the Budget delivers the first surplus in more than a decade, creates more jobs, lowers taxes and guarantees essential services like schools, hospitals and roads.

“After more than a decade of deficits, this budget forecasts a surplus of $7.1 billion in 2019-20 – a
$55.5 billion turnaround from the deficit we inherited seven years ago,” Senator Colbeck said.

The Government’s strong budget management allows us to invest in lower taxes and essential services for Tasmania, including:

  • Delivering an additional $158 billion in income tax relief for hard-working Australians, on top of the $144 billion in tax cuts locked into legislation last year. This includes immediate tax relief of up to $1,080 for low and middle income earners and up to $2,160 for a dual income couple to ease cost of living pressures, benefiting 210,000 people in Tasmania.

     

  • Backing small business by increasing the Instant Asset Write Off to $30,000 and expanding its access, benefitting 60,000 businesses in Tasmania.

     

  • Guaranteeing the essential services people in Tasmania rely on.
    • To assist with their next power bill and the cost of living, the Morrison Government will provide a one off, income tax exempt payment of $75 for singles and $125 for couples to more than 3.9 million eligible social security payment recipients across Australia.
    • The Budget provides record levels of funding for public hospitals in every state. Payments to Tasmania for public hospitals have increased by almost 45 per cent, from $294 million in 2012-13 to $425 million in 2019-20. Health funding for Tasmania increases by $33 million from 2019-20 to 2022-23.
    • For schools, record funding for Tasmania will increase from $454 million in 2019 to $629 million in 2029, ensuring teachers have the support they need to prepare students for the future. The Budget also includes $30 million for the Local School Community Fund that will allow communities to fund projects such as upgrades to libraries, classrooms and play equipment.

       

  • Delivering a record infrastructure investment of $100 billion over the next decade, getting families home sooner and safer and unlocking the potential of our regions. This includes an additional $313 million over the next decade for new land transport infrastructure projects in Tasmania, bringing total infrastructure investment in the state to more than 2.7 billion from 2013-14.

“This Budget is about easing cost of living pressures, guaranteeing essential services and building new congestion busting infrastructure to ensure families in Tasmania can get home easier and safer,” said Senator Colbeck.

“This is all possible because of the Morrison Government’s strong economic and budget management.”

“The Government’s total commitment to transport infrastructure projects in Tasmania is now up to $2.8 billion from 2013-14.”

The Budget also locks in funding for the Hobart City Deal, and $56 million to accelerate delivery of the Marinus Link – a proposed second interconnector with the mainland.

Specific measures funded in the budget for Tasmania include:

  • $210 million for specific projects under the Roads of Strategic Importance Initiative including:
    • $130 million for the Hobart to Sorrell Road Corridor; and
    • $80 million for Birralee Main Road, Murchison Highway, Old Surrey Road and Massey Greene Drive, and Strahan Road.
  • $35 million through the Urban Congestion Fund including $25 million for a Hobart Congestion Package and $10 million for Tasman Highway Intelligent Transport Solutions.
  • Tasmanian Headstone Project being recognised for deductible gift recipient status from 1 July 2019.
  • $1.5 million to support tourism projects in the Huon Valley.
  • $56 million for a feasibility study to accelerate the delivery of the Marinus Link.
  • $4.4 million to fund a second linear accelerator at the North West Cancer Centre in Burnie.
  • $68 million for Tranche 3 of the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation project.

 

Media Contact: Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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Delivering new linear accelerator to boost cancer treatments in the North West

Delivering new linear accelerator to boost cancer treatments in the North West

2 April 2019 - Minister Hunt, Assistant Minister Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

The Liberal National Government is expanding the cancer treatment capacity at the North West Regional Hospital cancer centre with a $4.4 million investment in a new linear accelerator (LINAC).

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the Liberal National Government continues to deliver on its record of additional health services for patients and families in North West Tasmania.

“Our Government is steadfast in its commitment to ensuring all Australians have access to the critical health services that we all rely on,” Minister Hunt said.

“This means more services for more patients in the North West – an area sadly disproportionately affected by cancer.”

“The North West Regional Hospital cancer centre was built with a $25 million investment from our Government and we are dedicated to ensuring its capacity grows to meet demand.”

“This latest announcement will help save lives and improve patient care.”

“By delivering our plan for a strong economy we can make investments in projects like the North West Regional Hospital cancer centre that Tasmanians want and need.”

Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the additional LINAC machine would be a significant benefit to local families managing a cancer diagnosis.

“LINAC machines are vital pieces of technology in the treatment of cancer because they are utilised for many indications and allow doctors to target cancer cells while protecting the surrounding healthy tissue.”

“The cancer centre design was future-proofed with an additional bunker built to accommodate a second LINAC because we were conscious of the growing need for this kind of health service.”

Liberal for Braddon Gavin Pearce said the ability to access a cancer treatment closer to home would make a big difference to North West families.

“I lost my wife to cancer suddenly and at a young age so I am passionate about ensuring our community has access to the best cancer treatment available – after all, every Tasmanian has a cancer story.”

“Travel takes a heavy toll on cancer patients and families, so it is critical for their wellbeing that we minimise the need for people to travel to the major cities,” Mr Pearce said.

The Liberal National Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued investment of record funding into vital health initiatives including drug and alcohol treatment, mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.

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Devonport to receive Medicare-eligible MRI licence

Devonport to receive Medicare-eligible MRI licence

28 March 2019 - Minister Hunt, Assistant Minister Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

Patients in Devonport and throughout the North West will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions, with the Liberal National Government announcing a new MRI licence for Regional Imaging in Devonport.

This MRI licence means locals will be able to access a Medicare rebate for an estimated 3,354 services a year – saving lives and reducing the costs for patients.

An MRI is a commonly used medical scan which gives a detailed view of the soft tissues of the body such as muscles, ligaments, brain tissue, discs and blood vessels.

It is used by doctors to diagnose and monitor a number of different medical conditions including cancer and trauma or sporting injuries.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said delivering the new Devonport MRI licence would be a major boost health services in the North West.

“This is an exciting new investment in Medicare-supported health services in the region because it will reduce travel times for patients and deliver affordable healthcare choices for families.

“By delivering a strong economy, the Liberal National Government is able to invest in new health infrastructure and services for North West Tasmanians.”

Liberal candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce welcomed the new MRI licence for Devonport.

“I am very pleased to get this result for Devonport – it is something I have been publicly fighting for because Devonport was the last major Tasmanian population centre without an MRI.

“I lost my wife suddenly and at a young age to cancer so I am glad to see that families in the region will have even better access to Medicare-supported MRI scans and health services in our local area.”

Patients will receive the Medicare-covered MRI services once the unit is established.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the Liberal National Government is helping Australians stay healthy and keeping down the cost of healthcare for families.

“Our plan for a strong economy means we continue to deliver record funding for essential services such as Medicare, public hospitals and life-saving medicines,” Minister Hunt said.

“Not only will our new Medicare support ensure patients get better treatment and save money, it will also cut down the amount of time patients travel to get a scan.”

“Our investment in MRI licences of over $375 million over the forward estimates for 50 new locations around the country delivers on the Government’s commitment to improve access and outcomes for patients.”

“Unlike Labor we have also committed to reduce the cost for patients by indexing targeted diagnostic imaging services including mammography, fluoroscopy, CT scans and interventional procedures.”

“Under the Liberal National Government, Medicare spending is guaranteed and increasing every year from $24 billion in 2017–18 to $28.8 billion in 2021–22 to support health care for every Australian.”

“The Government is committed to delivering improved health services which includes increased hospital funding with an extra $8 billion for hospitals taking it to $29.5 billion over five years,” Minister Hunt said.

The Liberal National Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.

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Breast cancer MRI scans now listed under Medicare

Breast cancer MRI scans now listed under Medicare

29 March 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

The Liberal National Government has today announced the $32 million investment so that breast cancer patients can have life-saving scans covered under Medicare, saving patients up to $1,500 a scan.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck welcomed the announcement as a major boost for breast cancer patients in North West Tasmania.

“Today I announced that our Government is delivering a new Medicare-supported MRI licence for Devonport, which means that now all major population centres in Tasmania have access to Medicare-supported MRI scans.

“By extending this support to women in our community suffering breast cancer we will help ease the financial pressure on families during their illness.

“This is what can be done by delivering a strong economy – our Government is extending more services to more patients and taking the pressure off families.

Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce welcomed the announcement as excellent news for the North West.

“As a community we know all too well the hardship of cancer diagnoses in the family, a tragic experience I have had in my own family.

“This new investment will save local patients $1,500 per scan, which will make a massive difference to family Budgets.

“I note that last year the Australian Government also delivered life-saving support for breast cancer medication Kisquali, which will save patients $71,000 a year.

“I welcome the support for breast cancer patients and I hope it goes some way to easing financial difficulties for North West, West Coast and King Island families at what is already a difficult time.”

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BLACK SPOT PROGRAM FUNDS SET TO SAVE LIVES IN THE NORTH WEST

BLACK SPOT PROGRAM FUNDS SET TO SAVE LIVES IN THE NORTH WEST

29 March 2019 - Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Senator Colbeck, Senator Martin

Residents of North West Tasmania received a major road safety boost today with the Federal Liberal and Nationals’ Government announcing it will invest $885,000 toward three projects under the 2019–20 Black Spot Program.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said Devonport and Burnie will be made safer thanks to the Government’s investment.

“I am pleased to see that projects such as $415,000 to install a roundabout at the intersection at Fenton Street and Stewart Street in Devonport will be delivered under the 2019–20 funding round,” Senator Colbeck said.

“Motorists living within and visiting the North West will also be pleased to know that notorious black spots in a total of three locations in the electorate will be fixed with funding from the program.

“Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities, but particularly the families and friends of the victims.”

Nationals Senator Steve Martin said the community’s input was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.

“None of these projects would be delivered without the community’s vital input and I’d encourage all residents and motorists in the region to nominate projects for future funding rounds,” Senator Martin said.

“In this round Our Government is also delivering $400,000 to install a roundabout at the intersection of Berrigan Road and Lyons Avenue in Miandetta and $70,000 to install a safety barrier on a section of West Mooreville Road near Poimena Road at West Mooreville.”

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Tasmania would receive $1.653 million under the latest round of program funding.

“The Federal Liberal and Nationals’ Government is committed to making roads safer in Tasmania and right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.

“Representing a regional electorate myself, I know first-hand how road crashes causing death and injury affect smaller communities, so I am very pleased to be able to announce today the details of how this round of Black Spot funding will be distributed.

“By specifically targeting road locations with a history of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes causing injury and death at those sites by around 30 per cent.

“Under the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020, the Australian, state and territory governments have committed to reducing the numbers of deaths and serious injuries recorded on the nation’s roads by at least 30 per cent by 2020.

“Fixing the 11 black spots identified in Tasmania over the next 12 months will play a crucial role in helping us achieve that goal.”

The Australian Government is providing $744.5 million to the Black Spot Program between 2013–14 and 2021–22 to improve road safety across the nation.

For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.

Media Contacts

Mr McCormack – Colin Bettles 0447 718 781 | Dom Hopkinson 0409 421 209

Senator Colbeck – Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

Senator Martin – Murray Lees 0436 424 750

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Delivering modern learning spaces at Stella Maris

Delivering modern learning spaces at Stella Maris

29 March 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

Primary school students at Stella Maris Catholic Primary School in Burnie will benefit from refurbished general learning areas with shared spaces and storage areas thanks to a significant Coalition Government grant.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck today announced the Coalition Government is delivering $402,332 towards the project at Stella Maris Catholic School through the Capital Grants Program.

“Students and teachers thrive when their schools have modern and up-to-date facilities – that’s why the Coalition Government is proud to support educational choice and affordability for families at non-government schools in the North West,” Senator Colbeck said.

“This project at Stella Maris will deliver the refurbishment of twelve general learning areas with shared spaces, storage areas, asbestos removal, furniture and equipment.”

Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce welcomed the upgrades to learning spaces at Stella Maris as a significant investment in the local community.

“These upgrades provide a significant boost to Stella Maris and ensures our children will be able to learn in classrooms have modern facilities – this is about the next generation.

“I congratulate Stella Maris for their successful grant and look forward to seeing the impact these improvements will have in the Burnie community.”

The Government has committed $660 million until 2021, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure.

Schools that want to learn more about the Capital Grants Program can visit https://www.education.gov.au/capital-grants-non-government-schools.

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Statement on Forestry

Statement on Forestry

28 March 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

The Coalition categorically rules out ending native forestry harvesting in any State or Territory, including Victoria, unlike the Victorian Labor Government who clearly have an agenda to do just that.

The Coalition’s policy for forestry is to ensure both a strong plantation and native forests sectors, including in Victoria into the future.

As stated in our ten year National Forest Industries Plan, the native forest sector will remain an important part of the industry going forward, especially in regional Australia, with special timbers to be continued to be harvested from appropriate regions.

We remain committed to the 20 year rolling extension of all the Regional Forestry Agreements (RFAs), including the current negotiations with the Western Australia and Victorian Governments, as the best mechanism for delivering environmental, economic (including the forest industry) and social demands on our native forests.

These include an ongoing five–yearly review of the RFA's performance, including consultation with stakeholders and utilising the latest science.

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Hong Kong trade deal provides certainty for Tasmanian exporters

Hong Kong trade deal provides certainty for Tasmanian exporters

27 March 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck has welcomed the signing of the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (A-HKFTA) and associated Investment Agreement.

“This trade deal with Hong Kong is a big win for Tassie farmers in particular because we have a clearly complimentary trade relationship with a densely populated city like Hong Kong.

“Hong Kong is already Australia’s sixth largest market for exported goods at $12 billion a year, $140 million of which are Tasmanian.

“This agreement formally locks in Australia’s existing duty-free access arrangements with Hong Kong, which will provide certainty to our growers and exporters that this vital market will remain open for business.

“Hong Kong imports 95 per cent of its food and beverage products so we must ensure we continue to have free access to Hong Kong’s market of 7.8 million consumers.

“Our cherries are an iconic premium export to Hong Kong but we also have a number of other major export streams.

“Tasmania wine, fruits and nuts, meat and seafood can all attract premium prices in Hong Kong because of our strong reputation for high-quality, safe produce.

“Gold and zinc are also major export commodities to Hong Kong, both of which are important minerals to the Tasmanian economy.”

“Australia now has free trade deals with seven of our top eight export destinations, including China, Korea, Japan and member countries of the TPP-11 which have all been delivered by the Liberal National Government.

“Locking in trade deals is growing Tasmania’s economy and creating the jobs and exports which will set our State up for the future.”

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Delivering safer communities in the North West

Delivering safer communities in the North West

27 March 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

The Liberal National Government is delivering $199,570 to install additional CCTV cameras in Wynyard, Somerset and Burnie, which was a commitment made during the Braddon by-election.

Senator Colbeck said the two grants are part of a strategy for keeping Australians safe and providing additional support to help keep businesses secure.

“One grant will provide $140,000 for Waratah-Wynyard Council to install 16 CCTV Cameras in the Wynyard and Somerset precincts. The installation of CCTV cameras in these areas will improve the safety and security for the community and business owners.

“Another grant will provide $59,570 for Burnie City Council to install an additional 10 CCTV cameras in the Burnie CBD, connected to the CCTV existing system. Locations have been selected to support improved community safety and assist Tasmania Police.

“Vandalism and anti-social behaviour can have a huge impact on small businesses so we are ensuring that there is the very real deterrent of being caught and prosecuted due to video evidence.”

Liberal for Braddon Gavin Pearce welcomed the CCTV cameras in CBDs as a way to help deter criminal behaviour, particularly violence against women.

“Providing a network of CCTV cameras in and around entertainment districts will increase public safety, particularly for young women.

“We have to send a strong message that any type of predatory behaviour targeted at women around pubs and nightclubs is unacceptable and could be captured on camera and used as evidence against perpetrators.

“We have seen too many tragedies in other places to be complacent and CCTV has played a big role in putting cowardly attackers behind bars.”

The grant has been committed under Round 3 of the Liberal National Government’s $30 million Safer Communities Fund which has delivered more than 300 community security projects over all three rounds.

The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said that all Australians have a right to feel safe and secure when their communities come together, having now committed $138 million across Australia to deliver on various strategies designed to strengthen our communities.

“The Coalition will continue to assist local councils and organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour and make our nation safer,” Mr Dutton said.

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INVESTING IN LOCAL PROJECTS FOR CIRCULAR HEAD

INVESTING IN LOCAL PROJECTS FOR CIRCULAR HEAD

27 March 2019 - Deputy Prime Minister McCormack, Senator Colbeck, Senator Martin

Tasmania’s Circular Head region will receive almost $5 million worth of local projects thanks to Federal Liberal and Nationals Government funding.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said $2 million will be invested in the AgriTas Robotic Dairy development.

“This funding will go towards the construction of a commercial and educational robotic dairy farm which will use the world’s best technology to generate new commercial insights into dairy and farm management,” Mr McCormack said.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the project will highlight and demonstrate the commercial realities of the agricultural and dairy industries.

“The development includes farm upgrades, construction of a new dairy shed, yards, a Virtual Memory System (VMS) Robotics milking system, an automatic calf rearing system, an irrigation and bore system and a dairy herd,” Senator Colbeck said.

The Nationals’ Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said the Government is also investing $2.8 million in a purpose-built heritage and visitor information centre at Duck River Meadows.

“The development includes the construction of a café, a museum display hall, tourist foyer, collection storage and a commercial kitchen,” Senator Martin said.

“It means more tourists will spend time and money in this wonderful part of Tasmania, providing a major boost to the local economy.”

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Media Contact:
 

Mr McCormack – Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254
Mr Colbeck – Felix Ellis 0457 517 734
Mr Martin – Murray Lees 0436 424 750

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INVESTING IN LOCAL PROJECTS FOR WYNYARD

INVESTING IN LOCAL PROJECTS FOR WYNYARD

27 March 2019 - Deputy Prime Minister McCormack, Senator Colbeck, Senator Martin

Tasmania’s Wynyard region will receive more than $2 million worth of local projects thanks to Federal Liberal and Nationals Government funding.

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said $1.365 million will be invested in an all-abilities playground at Anzac Park in Somerset.

 

“This is a thriving little community and we want to make sure families have a safe and fun place to spend time outside with their children,” Mr McCormack said.

 

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the Government is also investing $75,000 to upgrade the Wynyard Golf Club.

 

“A new shed will be built, the workshop will be upgraded, a disabled toilet will be installed in the clubroom, along with water solutions and the construction of a walkway,” Senator Colbeck said.

 

The Nationals’ Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said a further $5000 will be spent re-connecting the Coastal FM power line to a transmitter, which was damaged during a storm.

 

“This is part of my agenda of getting a fair share for regional Tasmania and a concrete example of the Nationals in Government building stronger Tasmanian communities,” Senator Martin said.

 

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Media Contact:

Mr McCormack – Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254

Mr Colbeck – Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

Mr Martin – Murray Lees 0436 424 750

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TRUCK WASHES TO IMPROVE BIOSECURITY IN TASMANIA

TRUCK WASHES TO IMPROVE BIOSECURITY IN TASMANIA

27 March 2019 - Deputy Prime Minister McCormack, Senator Colbeck, Senator Martin

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is investing $4 million to construct a series of truck washes and effluent dumping facilities in King Island, Smithton, Devonport and Burnie.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the facilities will improve biosecurity and welfare outcomes for livestock.

“By reducing the spread of disease and weeds during transport, the truck wash will also help the state’s livestock and broader agricultural industries and communities thrive and grow,” Mr McCormack said.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said this important infrastructure project will improve farm hygiene.

“This project is a great example of what can be achieved when the Government works together with local communities, agribusiness, transporters and farmers to support growth in our local livestock sector,” Senator Colbeck said.

The Nationals’ Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said the wash-down stations will be state-of-the-art,

“Tasmania’s farming and agricutural sector is one of the state’s main economic drivers, with exports to the rest of the world continuing to grow,” Senator Martin said.

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Mr Colbeck – Felix Ellis 0457 517 734
Mr Martin – Murray Lees 0436 424 750

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Life-changing restorative aged care places available in the North West

Life-changing restorative aged care places available in the North West

26 March 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The Morrison Government is delivering additional short-term restorative care places as part of the record 2018–19 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), which was announced by Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck congratulated Care Forward in Devonport for their successful application to deliver the care.

“Short-term restorative care can be life-changing, helping people remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible and improving their health and wellbeing,” Senator Colbeck said.

“A total of four places have been allocated to this service located in North West Tasmania and will be available to help senior Australians maintain their independence and live in their community in the company of family and friends.

“Short-term restorative care is just that – helping people age well and access care when and where they need it, to restore them to independence.

“The short-term restorative care plan is designed with, and approved by, the person receiving the care and can be delivered at home, in a residential aged care home or a combination of both.”

Liberal for Braddon Gavin Pearce welcomed the commitment to aged care in the region.

“It is important that we look after our senior Australians and restorative aged care is a great way to maintain and improve quality of life.

“It is pleasing to see the commitment the Morrison Government has to securing the future of aged care in North West Tasmania.

In total, 775 new short-term restorative care places will be allocated across Australia, 350 in 2018–19, with the remaining 425 places to be allocated in 2019-20. The Liberal National Government is investing an estimated $58 million each year in these new places. This is on top of the $34.7 million made available by our Government for short-term restorative care in 2017–18.

Additional residential aged care places and capital grant components of the 2018–19 ACAR will be announced by April 2019.

The Liberal National Government has invested an extra $1 billion a year in aged care services since 2013 and is continuing its record investment, with increases of more than $5.5 billion over the next four years.

Information about the 2018−19 ACAR short-term restorative care outcomes, including details of the successful approved providers, is available at www.agedcare.health.gov.au/2018-19acar.

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Devonport to receive Medicare-eligible MRI licence

Devonport to receive Medicare-eligible MRI licence

29 March 2019 - Minister Hunt, Assistant Minister Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

Patients in Devonport and throughout the North West will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions, with the Liberal National Government announcing a new MRI licence for Regional Imaging in Devonport.

 

This MRI licence means locals will be able to access a Medicare rebate for an estimated 3,354 services a year – saving lives and reducing the costs for patients.

 

An MRI is a commonly used medical scan which gives a detailed view of the soft tissues of the body such as muscles, ligaments, brain tissue, discs and blood vessels.

 

It is used by doctors to diagnose and monitor a number of different medical conditions including cancer and trauma or sporting injuries.

 

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said delivering the new Devonport MRI licence would be a major boost health services in the North West.

 

“This is an exciting new investment in Medicare-supported health services in the region because it will reduce travel times for patients and deliver affordable healthcare choices for families.

 

“By delivering a strong economy, the Liberal National Government is able to invest in new health infrastructure and services for North West Tasmanians.”

 

Liberal candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce welcomed the new MRI licence for Devonport.

 

“I am very pleased to get this result for Devonport – it is something I have been publicly fighting for because Devonport was the last major Tasmanian population centre without an MRI.

 

“I lost my wife suddenly and at a young age to cancer so I am glad to see that families in the region will have even better access to Medicare-supported MRI scans and health services in our local area.”

 

Patients will receive the Medicare-covered MRI services once the unit is established.

 

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the Liberal National Government is helping Australians stay healthy and keeping down the cost of healthcare for families.

 

 “Our plan for a strong economy means we continue to deliver record funding for essential services such as Medicare, public hospitals and life-saving medicines,” Minister Hunt said.

 

“Not only will our new Medicare support ensure patients get better treatment and save money, it will also cut down the amount of time patients travel to get a scan.”

“Our investment in MRI licences of over $375 million over the forward estimates for 50 new locations around the country delivers on the Government’s commitment to improve access and outcomes for patients.”

 

“Unlike Labor we have also committed to reduce the cost for patients by indexing targeted diagnostic imaging services including mammography, fluoroscopy, CT scans and interventional procedures.”

 

“Under the Liberal National Government, Medicare spending is guaranteed and increasing every year from $24 billion in 2017–18 to $28.8 billion in 2021–22 to support health care for every Australian.”

 

“The Government is committed to delivering improved health services which includes increased hospital funding with an extra $8 billion for hospitals taking it to $29.5 billion over five years,” Minister Hunt said.

The Liberal National Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.

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Improving productivity through protected cropping

Improving productivity through protected cropping

25 March 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The Australian Government has convened a roundtable today bringing together key horticulture stakeholders and industry members to discuss increasing productivity and job creation through protected cropping and horticulture.

 

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said protected cropping has long been seen as a potential game changer for Australia through its efficiency and ability to effectively manage risks that the Australian environment is known for.

 

“Australia’s $1.8 billion protected cropping industry offers optimal growing conditions for premium produce and delivers higher yields with less water usage, making it an essential tool during times of drought,” Minister Colbeck said.

 

“In partnership with Hort Innovation and Western Sydney University, we contributed $4.3 million to The National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre, a state-of-the-art glasshouse facility to house research, education and training opportunities.

 

“This centre features cutting-edge design and technology specifically developed for Australia’s harsh climatic conditions, enabling precise control of temperature, humidity, CO2 and light.

 

“The average return on investment from protected cropping is between 5 per cent and 10 per cent—this can increase to up to 25 per cent for high technology greenhouse vegetable enterprises.

 

“According to the Going Dutch report released by KPMG, Australia needs to move its focus to technology innovation. Major investment into cutting edge technology development is what sets the Netherlands apart.

 

“There are 355 greenhouse vegetable producers in the Netherlands in comparison to our 105 greenhouse producers.

 

“Dutch farmers have reduced dependence on water for key crops by as much as 90 per cent, demonstrating the effectiveness of protected cropping and horticulture advances.

 

“Horticulture is the third largest agricultural industry behind meat and grains, employing more than 60,000 people around the country. It’s imperative we continue to promote technological advancement in the sector to support jobs and further growth.

 

“The Government will continue to invest in ongoing research and innovation in horticulture through the Rural Research and Development Corporations. In 2018–19 it is expected that matching government contributions to Hort Innovation will be over $55 million.

 

“There is an opportunity to harness the growth and productivity of the sector to make a substantial contribution to the vision of $100 billion in agricultural production by 2030.” Minister Colbeck said.

 

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Vegetable farm financial survey released

Vegetable farm financial survey released

25 March 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has begun the 12th Australian Hort Innovation vegetable-growing industry survey, gathering information to help Australia’s $3.9 billion vegetable growing industry manage challenges and plan for the future.

 

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the survey results provide a national and state-by-state picture of the vegetable-growing industry and highlight the importance of the industry to the Australian economy.

 

“The Australian vegetable growing sector is an important source of food and a major contributor to jobs and the Australian economy,” Minister Colbeck said.

 

“Investing consistently in information and tools that the industry needs to make the decisions will define the future success for the vegetable sector in Australia. 

 

“Government and industry invest over $600 million annually in research and development and extension through our rural research and development corporations like Hort Innovation.

 

“The survey collects data about production, financial performance and socio-economic characteristics of approximately 300 vegetable growing farms, providing accurate information to industry and government to ensure research and development initiatives are effectively targeted.

 

“Topics that will be covered this year include farm structure, land use, production, capital, income, costs, debts, assets and farm labour for the 2017–18 financial year, and selected estimates for 2018–19.

 

“It is the fourth most valuable agricultural industry in Australia, valued at $3.9 billion in 2016–17, and is also the backbone of many rural and regional economies and communities.

 

“It contributes significantly to the strength of our horticulture sector, which is forecast to be valued at $12 billion by 2022–23.

 

“The survey is an important research and development initiative the Australian Government and Hort innovation are delivering to guide future growth for the industry.”

 

The 2019 survey began on 4 March and is expected to be completed by May. The results will be released in September 2019.

 

Results from the past eleven surveys of vegetable growing farms are available here: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/research-topics/surveys/vegetables

 

Fast Facts:

  •          ABARES conducts the vegetable growing farm survey annually.
  •          The vegetable industry survey is a joint strategic levy investment between the Hort Innovation Vegetable Fund, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Australian Government.
  •          The survey is part of ongoing research into how the industry adapts to changing environmental and market factors, which affect production and profitability. 

 

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INVESTING IN LOCAL PROJECTS FOR DEVONPORT

INVESTING IN LOCAL PROJECTS FOR DEVONPORT

24 March 2019 - Deputy Prime Minister McCormack, Assistant Minister Colbeck, Senator Martin

Devonport will receive $3.2 million worth of local projects thanks to Federal Liberal and Nationals Government funding.

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said $3 million will be invested in a vehicle entry point into Tasmania.  

 

“The funding will go towards street scaping, soft infrastructure and foliage, underground power lines and entry marker signage,” Mr McCormack said.

 

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the Government is also investing $200,000 in the redevelopment of the Devonport Bulls Facility.

“The change rooms will be extended along with new electrical and plumbing works,” Senator Colbeck said.

“By securing new community sporting infrastructure our Government is helping bring Tasmanians closer together.”

 

The Nationals’ Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said the Liberals and Nationals are investing in local projects because we understand Australia is made of more than big infrastructure projects.

 

“This is part of my agenda of getting a fair share for regional Tasmania and a concrete example of the Nationals in Government building stronger Tasmanian communities,” Senator Martin said.

 

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Media Contact:

Mr McCormack – Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254

Mr Colbeck – Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

Mr Martin – Murray Lees 0436 424 750

 

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INVESTING IN LOCAL PROJECTS FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

INVESTING IN LOCAL PROJECTS FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

24 March 2019 - Deputy Prime Minister McCormack, Assistant Minister Colbeck, Senator Martin

Tasmania’s Central Coast region will receive $6.5 million of Federal Liberal and Nationals Government funding to upgrade the Penguin Foreshore.  

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberals and Nationals are investing in local projects because we understand Australia is made of more than big infrastructure projects.

 

“The funding will go towards a new foreshore boardwalk, the remediation of the old surf club and beach repairs including an aesthetically pleasing wall system for the full length of Penguin Beach to protect it from erosion,” Mr McCormack said.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said a board walk along the entire length of Penguin Beach will be built.

“We’ll also improve beach access for emergency and council vehicles and remediate the former surf club back to its natural state,” Senator Colbeck said.  

"The boardwalk will be a great addition to the tourism experience on the North West Coast.”

 

The Nationals’ Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said this is a concrete example of the Liberals and Nationals in Government building stronger regional communities across Tasmania.

“I’m proud to have won this project for my local community and am proud to be seeing it through to fruition,” Senator Martin said.

 

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Media Contact:

Mr McCormack – Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254

Mr Colbeck – Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

Mr Martin – Murray Lees 0436 424 750

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INVESTING IN LOCAL PROJECTS FOR LATROBE

INVESTING IN LOCAL PROJECTS FOR LATROBE

23 March 2019 - Deputy Prime Minister McCormack, Assistant Minister Colbeck, Senator Martin

Tasmania’s Latrobe region will receive $7.63 million worth of local projects thanks to Federal Liberal and Nationals Government funding.

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said $3.4 million will be invested in a flood levee system for the town of Latrobe.

 

“This important funding will go towards the construction of a levee bank and earth and engineering works,” Mr McCormack said.

 

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the Government is also investing $230,000 to upgrade Stage 2 of the Port Sorell Surf Club.

“The funding will go towards new change rooms, showers and toilets to cater for a growing number of users,” Senator Colbeck said.
 
“The Liberals and Nationals are investing in local projects because we understand how important it is to secure the future of our community organisations.”  

 

The Nationals’ Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said $4 million will be spent redeveloping the popular Camp Banksia site.

 

“Work will include improving disability access to amenities and the creation of a Port Sorell Performing Arts Hub on the site,” Senator Martin said.

 

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Media Contact:

Mr McCormack – Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254

Mr Colbeck – Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

Mr Martin – Murray Lees 0436 424 750

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Delivering upgrades to Penguin Men’s Shed

Delivering upgrades to Penguin Men’s Shed

23 March 2019 - Minister Hunt, Senator Colbeck

The Penguin Men’s Shed has been awarded a grant of $2,455 from the Liberal National Government as part of the National Shed Development Programme.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck congratulated the Penguin Men’s Shed on their successful application.

“Penguin Men’s Shed will now be able to undertake a number of infrastructure tasks at their Shed including new safety signage, a kitchen splashback, security grill, Laserlite sheeting, improvements to Shed lighting, and 2 bi-fold door unit.

“They will also use the grant to purchase a number of tools, including a reciprocating saw, cordless planer, battery charger and sander grinder.

“By delivering a strong economy the Liberal National Government is able to invest in infrastructure like this for our community organisations in the North West.”
Liberal for Braddon Gavin Pearce welcomed the announcement and said it was a great opportunity for men in the local area.

“These upgrades to the Penguin Men’s Shed will give local men in the community a great meeting place to come and work on a few projects and enjoy some relaxed, easy-going company.

“Too often men allow ourselves to become isolated, so it’s important we provide social hubs where blokes can go to keep busy, as well as have a chat about things like health and well-being.

“I know from my experience with the Lake Sorell Young Veterans’ Bush Retreat what a difference it makes to people’s mental health to have a place like this in our community.”
Heath Minister Greg Hunt said feeling part of a social group is important to our emotional and mental health.

“Every day Men’s Sheds across Australia and in North West Tasmania provide men with an opportunity for companionship and support within their community,” Minister Hunt said.

The Men’s Shed grants programme provides funding for health improvement activities, the purchase of tools and equipment, community projects and training, and for building maintenance and development.

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New CEO to lead Australian fisheries into the future

New CEO to lead Australian fisheries into the future

22 March 2019 - Minister Littleproud, Assistant Minister Colbeck

Mr Wez Norris announced as Australian Fisheries Management Authority CEO
 Five year term commences in April 2019
 Mr Norris has qualifications in natural resource management and over 20 years’ experience in fisheries management, regulation and development
 

Mr Wez Norris has today been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).
Minster for Agriculture David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Agriculture Senator Richard Colbeck welcomed Mr Norris to the role, recognising his experience in all aspects of fisheries management, regulation and development.

“Mr Norris brings unique expertise to the role, with strong understanding of Australia’s fisheries and the Australian fishing industry,” Minister Littleproud said.
“He has significant experience in fisheries management having held executive positions in the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, AFMA and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

“I am confident Mr Norris will provide the leadership needed to ensure the ongoing good management and sustainable use of Commonwealth fish resources, a strong compliance culture to deter illegal fishing in the Australian Fishing Zone and prioritising research funding towards activities that directly benefit the Australian fishery industry.

“I thank the outgoing CEO Dr James Findlay and Ms Anna Willock who has been acting in the role for their valuable contributions to AFMA.”

Assistant Minister Colbeck said the appointment would support AFMA’s ongoing work to ensure Australia continues to be a global leader in fisheries management.

“As a former AFMA employee Mr Norris has a working knowledge of the organisation and the critical role it plays in helping Australian fisheries improve profitability and returns,” Senator Colbeck said.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr Norris as the new AFMA CEO to continue the vital work they undertake, including leading our world-class fisheries management policy.”

Fast Facts:
 Mr Norris was identified as the best candidate following a merit-based selection process.
 The former CEO, Dr James Findlay, resigned on 23 November 2018 to take-up the position of Director of National Parks.
 Ms Anna Willock has been acting in the role since 24 November 2018.

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Support for South West WA Region on International Day of Forests

Support for South West WA Region on International Day of Forests

21 March 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck, Nola Marino MP

To mark International Day of Forests, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Colbeck, yesterday visited the SW Timber Hub in the Bunbury Geographe region with the Member for Forrest, Nola Marino MP, to discuss the National Forest Industries Plan and launch a new forestry education program.

Senator Colbeck joined Mrs Marino for a tour of the SW Timber Hub at Wespine and other forest related operations in the region.

“In last year’s Federal Budget, the Liberal National government announced $20 million over four years to support the implementation of the National Forest Industries Plan, to drive expansion of the wood and fibre production forest estate. This will create regional jobs, support regional communities and add value to Australia's wood and fibre industries,” Senator Colbeck said.

“Forestry education is identified as a key to supporting the growth of the industry. Last night at the World Forestry Day Dinner - hosted by the Leschenault Timber Industry Club - I announced that in partnership with Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA), the Government will provide $200,000 for two exciting new education activities in line with our Plan and the theme of International Day Forests.”

“One will be running a competition across Australia for Universities to look for innovative uses for wood residues. The second activity will be at the secondary level supporting further developing virtual reality experiences to capture the renewable cycle of forests and wood products.”

Senator Colbeck also outlined the next steps to progress the SW WA Regional Forestry Pilot Hub.

“The Government via my Department will ask FIFWA to be the lead organisation for the South West WA Regional Forestry Hub on behalf of the broader industry in the region. I outlined that $250,000 has already been announced to be contracted this financial year as a Pilot hub, and a further three years funding of up to $250,000 per year will be available for this Hub subject to ongoing negotiations.”

“Also as outlined in our Plan, the Government is working on establishing at least two additional centres of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI).My intention is, subject to State Government agreement and matching funding, to provide $2m over 3 years for this region of WA, to have one of these new NIFPI centres.

“I have also written to the relevant NSW and Queensland Ministers to begin discussions towards having a NIFPI in those States too”.

“The Australian Liberal National Government also remains committed to securing the future of native forestry with rolling 20 year extensions of the Regional Forest Agreements (RFA).”

“I was pleased to be able to confirm that the Prime Minister has signed the WA RFA for the Commonwealth and we now await the State Premiers signature to extend this agreement.”

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said these positive announcements were important for the area.

“This announcement will mean more jobs as the industry expands and will add hugely to our regional economy,” Mrs Marino said.

“I have been working with Assistant Minister Colbeck to establish this hub in the South West and I look forward to watching it grow and continuing to be an important economic benefit for the South West.”

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Growing forestry education on International Day of Forests

Growing forestry education on International Day of Forests

21 March 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

The Australian Liberal National Government is delivering $200,000 for two new education initiatives in partnership with Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) to educate the next generation to help the industry thrive into the future.

 

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the new National University Challenge for timber products and a virtual reality (VR) tool for forestry education would grow opportunities for students and the industry.

 

“Today is International Day of Forests, with the theme for 2019 being Forests and Education, so it is fitting that today the Australian Liberal National Government is bringing forestry to the fore in the classroom and university laboratories.

 

“Education is key part of our new $20 million National Forest Industries Plan to deliver a billion new trees over the next decade.

 

“This is through tertiary education and more broadly through our schools and communities.

 

“Firstly, the Australian Liberal National Government is delivering a new National University Challenge, in partnership with Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA).

 

“The Challenge will offer financial prizes totalling $100,000 for researchers under 35 developing new timber-based products.

 

“Wood is the ultimate renewable and we are already seeing it used as a sustainable alternative to concrete, steel and petroleum in a number of applications.

 

“The Challenge will offer an incentive for our blue-sky thinkers to make the next big breakthrough in developing new renewable timber-based products.

 

“Secondly, the Australian Liberal National Government is delivering a new virtual reality education tool to bring the opportunities of the forest economy into our classrooms.

 

“One of the key competitive advantages of the new initial Regional Forestry Hubs is their people – maintaining and developing a skilled forestry workforce is key to the future of the industry.

 

“The ForestVR project will bring the scope of the opportunities available in forestry to students in classrooms in North/North West Tasmania, South West Western Australia, the Green Triangle and North East New South Wales.

 

“We need to encourage more young people to study forestry and the related skills that will be needed in the industry in the future.

 

“The National University Challenge and the ForestVR will encourage the next crop of bright minds to discover the breakthrough ideas to create jobs and economic opportunities in Australia’s forest industry.”

 

More information on the UN International Day of Forests: www.un.org/en/events/forestsday

 

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Delivering innovative forest research in Mt Gambier

Delivering innovative forest research in Mt Gambier

21 March 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck, Minister Whetstone, Tony Pasin MP

Australia's forestry industries are set to benefit from more than $2.4 million of new research through the second round of projects funded under the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) centre in Mount Gambier.

 

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, and South Australia's Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tim Whetstone, congratulated the grant recipients and welcomed the benefits these projects will bring to Australia and South Australia.

 

"These projects will create jobs by driving forestry research and development in areas such as worker safety, carbon emission targets, design standards, biosecurity, fire detection, and genetics," Minister Colbeck said.

 

"The total value of these projects is more than $5 million through a combination of Australian and South Australian Government funds, together with funding and in-kind contributions from industry and research agencies.

 

“NIFPI was an election promise which has been delivered by our Government and growing forestry research is a key part of our National Forest Industries Plan to plant a billion new trees over the next decade to meet surging demand.

 

“By delivering a strong economy the Australia Liberal National Government has been able to invest in forestry and scientific research to continue to create jobs and economic opportunities.”

 

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tim Whetstone, said these projects provide exciting opportunities for the future of the South Australian forestry industry.

 

"Forestry is an important industry in South Australia and Mount Gambier is leading the way in research and development on Australia's plantation forests," Minister Whetstone said.

 

"Importantly, much of this research done in Mount Gambier will have national application—it can be applied to other forestry regions across the country.

 

“These projects build on the research being undertaken by those funded through round one.”

 

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, pointed to the long history in plantation forestry and the invaluable local knowledge.

 

"All of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation projects are driven by the needs of the forestry industry. The industry and scientists are undertaking these projects in partnership and are building on the knowledge and the research and innovation capacity of the south east," Mr Pasin said.

 

Launceston NIFPI projects will be announced soon.

 

Find out more about the successful NIFPI recipients and the round two projects here: www.nifpi.org.au

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Assistant Minister Colbeck welcomes the end of dollar-a-litre milk

Assistant Minister Colbeck welcomes the end of dollar-a-litre milk

20 March 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck has welcomed the end of dollar-a-litre milk.

“Supermarkets, led by Coles, have used our dairy farmers as marketing tools for too long,” Minister Colbeck said.

“Milk is at the back of the supermarket for a reason, to draw consumers past other products in the knowledge that they will buy more on the way through.

“Their marketing deception, which created the perception of a significant price decrease, also devalued milk as a product in the market.

“Fortunately consumers caught on and have reacted in favour of farmers.

“Farmers should not be used as marketing tools by big companies, whether its processors or supermarkets”

“Having grown up on a dairy farm myself, I understand the hard work required for farming families to make a profit in the dairy industry and I am pleased to see consumers and supermarkets putting a higher value on milk.”

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23,859 pensioners to receive payment boost in Braddon

23,859 pensioners to receive payment boost in Braddon

20 March 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

The Liberal National Government has delivered another increase to payment rates for pension and allowance recipients in Braddon from 20 March.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said pension payments including Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment will increase by $9.90 a fortnight to $926.20 for singles, and by $14.80 a fortnight to $1,396.20 for couples combined.

“Since we were first elected, the Age Pension has increased by $117.80 per fortnight for single pensioners and by $177.40 per fortnight for couples combined,” Senator Colbeck said.

This will directly benefit the 23,859 pensioners living in Braddon.

Individuals receiving Newstart Allowance, Widow Allowance and Sickness Allowance will benefit from an increase of $5.50 a fortnight to $564.50, including Energy Supplement. Members of a couple will see an increase of $5.00 a fortnight to $509.60 each, including Energy Supplement.

The rate of Parenting Payment (Single) will increase by $7.60 to $788.10 a fortnight, including Pension Supplement and Energy Supplement.

“The Liberal National Government understands the importance of these increases to help pensioners and allowance recipients keep up with the cost of living,” Senator Colbeck said.

“Rent Assistance rates will also increase from 20 March, as well as a range of income and assets limits for pensions and allowances. This includes higher limits to the income and assets tests for age pensioners.

“While the Liberal National Government is protecting older Australians in Braddon, Labor and Bill Shorten wants to steal their retirement incomes. Labor’s Retiree Tax would rip an average of $1,400 in income away from more than 1 million retirees across Australia, including pensioners.”

Full details of new rates and thresholds can be found on the Department of Social Services website at www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/benefits-payments.

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New support services for Tasmanians with severe mental illness

New support services for Tasmanians with severe mental illness

14 March 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Tasmanians living with severe mental illness who sometimes need support to meet the demands of daily life will soon have access to a new, statewide service.

Senator for Tasmania, the Hon. Richard Colbeck announced today that community care provider Baptcare has won a tender to deliver psychosocial support services across Tasmania to help people of all ages boost their capacity to function in day-to-day life.

The Australian Government has committed $1.7 million to June 2021 to establish and fund these new non-clinical social support services for people who aren’t eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and who don’t already access other similar services.

“Psychosocial support services are programs and activities designed to help people improve their ability to participate fully in life when their mental illness temporarily impacts on their day-to-day activities,” Senator Colbeck said.

“The support can take many forms, such as helping people get better at managing money, developing work goals, maintaining relationships, and more.

“By delivering a strong economy our Government can secure the future of mental health services for people across Tasmania.

“Baptcare has a strong track record supporting Tasmanians in this area and will have these services on the ground as soon as possible so people can start benefitting from them.”

Baptcare has been commissioned by Primary Health Tasmania (Tasmania PHN) under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program following an open tender process. The new services are expected to be available from April.

“Primary Health Tasmania developed the new services following consultation with more than 100 stakeholders including consumers, carers, GPs, and social service and mental health providers,” Senator Colbeck said.

“This consultation helped build a better understanding of needs and priorities so the new services could be designed to provide maximum benefit.”

Baptcare spokesperson Debra Fast said the services will be delivered in the form of individual and group-based activities across Tasmania, with some transport support available and each targeted support package lasting for up to six months.

“We are proud to have been awarded this opportunity to deliver psychosocial support services within Tasmania. The additional funding means that Tasmanians living with severe mental illness can get support to navigate through the daily demands they sometimes struggle with,” Ms Fast said.

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For more information, contact:

Felix Ellis (Senator Colbeck): 0457 517 734, felix.ellis@aph.gvo.au
Debra Fast (Baptcare): 0447 666 737, dfast@baptcare,org.au
Jenny Denholm (Primary Health Tasmania): 0418 773 233, jdenholm@primaryhealthtas.com.au

Severe mental illness and psychosocial support
• Approximately 3% of the Tasmanian population will experience a severe mental illness.
• People living with a severe mental health illness experience many symptoms that may make it difficult for them to meet the demands of daily life.
• Psychosocial support can take many forms. It may mean supporting people with:
o developing social skills and friendships
o building family relationships
o managing money
o finding and looking after a home
o developing work goals
o improving educational skills
o staying physically well, including with exercise
o support with drug, alcohol and smoking issues
o building broader life skills including confidence and resilience.

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New campaign to boost regional tourism

New campaign to boost regional tourism

14 March 2019 - Minister Birmingham, Minister Coleman, Assistant Minister Colbeck

The Liberal-National Government has today announced a new campaign to attract more working holiday makers to Australia, helping to support our farmers and boost regional tourism.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said Australia had a reputation as a top destination for working holiday makers, but more could be done to convince working holiday makers to pack their bags and book a flight to Australia.

“Working holiday makers are an essential part of Australia’s agricultural and tourism industries,” Minister Birmingham said.

“They’re absolutely critical to filling short-term workforce shortages in regional areas and they also inject over $3 billion into our economy each year.

“We know working holiday makers who travel to Australia, stay longer, spend more and travel further into regional areas than most other international visitors. They also importantly help fill seasonal roles in regional Australia, where farmers often struggle to source labour.

“Working holiday makers basically spend every dollar they earn while in Australia, in addition to the savings they bring here, creating more jobs for Australians in our tourism and hospitality industry.

“Whilst Australia is a highly desirable working holiday maker destination, research shows there are some barriers to travel, such as distance and a lack of understanding of the long-term benefits of a working holiday in Australia.

“This campaign ‘Australia Inc’ is aimed at demonstrating how living and working in Australia will make young people stand out from the crowd when they return home and benefit their long-term career and life goals.”

Australia Inc. will run through the United Kingdom, France and Germany and target young people who have a high likelihood of considering overseas travel with temporary work.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said recent enhancements to the work and holiday visa program were designed to support rural and regional areas.

“This campaign forms part of our ongoing work to enhance and promote the work and holiday visa program that is so important in supporting regional and rural communities,” Minister Coleman said.

“We want Australians filling Australian jobs but when this isn’t possible action is needed to ensure farmers and other employers can continue to operate.

“Our enhancements include expanding the regional areas where working holiday makers can work, increasing the time period they can stay with an employer and adding the option of a third-year.

“They’ve been specifically designed to target genuine workforce shortages in regional Australia.”

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said it was vital Australia continued to attract temporary workers to fill genuine workforce shortages in regional areas.

“Access to sufficient labour, particularly for seasonal work, is a perennial issue and concern for the industry,” Assistant Minister Colbeck said.

”Our changes to the working holiday visa are specifically designed to help meet the needs of our farmers, as part of broader measures.

“Our approach is in stark contrast to Labor and the ACTU whose plan to abandon altogether the second year working holiday visa would remove over 36,000 Working Holiday visa holders from the Australian economy.

“Labor and the ACTU’s proposed backpacker ban would have a devastating impact on our farmers and hurt Australia’s thriving tourism industry.”

Media Contacts
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Sustainability goes digital on Sustainable Seafood Week

Sustainability goes digital on Sustainable Seafood Week

13 March 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

This week is National Sustainable Seafood Week — a celebration of Australia’s seafood industries and the well-managed, sustainable fisheries that supply our favourite fish and crustaceans.

 

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said independent information on the true sustainability of our seafood was now more accessible than ever.

 

“Australians can be confident that Australian seafood comes from well-managed, sustainable fisheries, which ensures that our fish stocks will be around for generations of seafood lovers,” Minister Colbeck said.

 

“Last week at ABARES Outlook Conference, I launched the 2019 Status of Australian Fish Stocks Reports, which is the most comprehensive guide to the sustainability of our fisheries, developed by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation – Australia’s leading, genuinely independent fisheries research body.

 

“It shows that Australia’s fisheries management is world class and our fisheries are getting even healthier, with iconic species like Southern Bluefin Tuna recovering well and now sustainable to catch and eat.

 

“All Aussie fishers and consumers will now have the opportunity to access a free, easy-to-use app version of the Status of Australian Fish Stocks Reports called ‘SAFS – Sustainable Fish Stocks’.

 

“The SAFS app will provide Australians with a simple summary of the latest blind peer-reviewed scientific assessments from over 100 leading scientists for the definitive authority on seafood sustainability – all easily available at the touch of a button.

 

“This Sustainable Seafood Week, Australians can continue to support our fishery and aquaculture industries with confidence by downloading the SAFS App and make sure sustainable Aussie seafood is on their menu.

 

“The Liberal National Government will continue to implement effective marine management strategies to secure the future of our fisheries industry for generations to come.”

 

To find out more about Sustainable Seafood Week and to view events near you, visit: https://www.msc.org/en-au/home/sustainable-seafood-week.

 

Download the SAFS App now.

 

Media contact

Felix Ellis, 0457 517 734

 

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Morrison Government supporting Tasmania's youth build a better future

Morrison Government supporting Tasmania's youth build a better future

13 March 2019 - Minister Fletcher, Assistant Minister Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

The Morrison Government is investing in 70 young Tasmanians struggling to find work through a package of increased support.

your job your way is being trialled in Devonport and Burnie, and will provide individually tailored support for 70 unemployed young people who have been unemployed for longer than 12 months.

Meeting with young people in Devonport, Federal Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said the your job your way project will help participants find and keep a job by providing intensive coaching, mentoring, life skills development, further education and referrals to other services.

“This project will help those young Tasmanians at risk of long-term welfare dependence.” Mr Fletcher said.

“Trialling new projects such as your job your way will help achieve the objectives of welfare reform – that is helping our young Australians to create a positive future beyond the welfare system.”

The Morrison Government has provided $350,000 to the Australian charity, yourtown, to deliver this trial under the Try, Test and Learn Fund.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said we need to give young people in Tasmania with fragmented work histories the best possible opportunities to succeed in the workforce.

“The prospect of long-term unemployment is a very real risk for some young people. By investing in innovative projects like your job your way, individuals are given vital supports to change their lives and become financially independent,” Mr Colbeck said.

Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce said that your job your way will give these 70 young Tasmanians the confidence to find a job.

“The level of support provided in the 18-month your job your way trial will give young Tasmanians that extra helping hand in combatting barriers to finding a job,” Mr Pearce said.
 

yourtown Chair of the Board, Peter Ffrench said yourtown had developed the program to ensure participants will be supported every step of the way with young people working closely with a pathways coach and employment mentor, and supported for the first 26 weeks of employment.

“your job your way takes a client-centred approach towards employment services that includes employer engagement, community connections and understanding the individual needs of each young person and employer,” Mr Ffrench said.

“The project is very much focused on helping young people achieve their goals – they will be continuously supported to find a job, and once they’ve secured a job, we will keep developing their skills, experience and confidence so they can maintain employment.”
 

The your job your way trial will be funded under the Liberal Nationals Government’s $96.1 million Try, Test and Learn Fund.
Young people interested in this trial should visit www.yourtown.com.au/our-services/your-job-your-way

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Media contact:
Minister Fletcher: Brooke Leembruggen: 0447 743 835 brooke.leembruggen@dss.gov.au
Senator Colbeck: Felix Ellis: 0457 517 734 felix.ellis@aph.gov.au

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Delivering strategic plan for Wynyard Community Hub

Delivering strategic plan for Wynyard Community Hub

8 March 2019 - Senator Colbeck, Deputy Prime Minister McCormack

The Liberal National Government has delivered a grant of $19,635 for a strategic plan for a Wynyard Community Hub.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said that a range of community service groups are looking to establish a physical presence for meeting clients and coordinating their efforts.

“I am very pleased to announce that a network of Wynyard community groups has been awarded a grant to undertake a strategic plan for a Community Hub in the town, which will enable them to deliver more services in the local area.

“There are 30 community groups who are supporting people in Wynyard but there is currently no physical Community Hub.

“By delivering a strong economy and a Budget surplus, the Liberal National Government is able to support community organisations in the important work they do serving people in the North West.”

Robin Krabbe from Live Well Tasmania said the grant will enable organisations to come together to deliver more for the community.

“By having a common meeting place, community organisations will be able to work together and establish if there are areas of unmet need or duplication in services in the Wynyard area.

“This Federal grant will also enable us to run a series of breakfast workshops which will bring together not-for profits and business to find common service opportunities – including potentially establishing youth-led social enterprises in Wynyard.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to ensuring Australia’s regions remain strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term.

“We are supporting our regions through investing in important local infrastructure, as well as great community-building and planning initiatives under the Building Better Regions Fund and other Government priorities such as the Regional Growth Fund and our decentralisation agenda.

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Media Contact:
Mr McCormack – Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254
Senator Colbeck – Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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Second meeting of National Fishing Advisory Council

Second meeting of National Fishing Advisory Council

2019 03 06 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The second meeting of the National Fisheries Advisory Council (NFAC) in Canberra today will see representatives from Australia’s commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing sectors come together to discuss issues facing Australia’s seafood industry.

 

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the NFAC will discuss challenges and opportunities for Australian fishers, including relationship building between sectors, access to resources, resource sharing and future proofing the industry.

 

“Australia’s seafood industry is world-class but we are seeing that it is vulnerable to third parties seeking to limit fair and science-based access, to the detriment of industry and jobs,” Senator Colbeck said.

 

“NFAC brings together leaders from the commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing sectors and encourages discussion and progress on issues affecting all sectors.

 

“Members have been chosen for their expertise and understanding of fisheries issues, geographic representation and ability to consider the long-term interests for the benefit of all Australians.

 

“Our oceans are a shared resource, and as a government we are committed to securing the future of all of Australia’s fishing sectors—commercial, recreational, Indigenous and aquaculture—and the jobs and opportunities they create.

 

“If we are to strengthen our seafood industry it is crucial all sectors work together effectively to combat shared challenges.

 

“I look forward to continuing to work with the NFAC to foster, improve and grow our commercial, Indigenous and recreational fishing sectors.”

 

Media contact

Felix Ellis, 0457 517 734

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Bright future, clear risks for forestry, fisheries and horticulture

Bright future, clear risks for forestry, fisheries and horticulture

6 March 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

The outlook for the forest, seafood and horticulture sectors is bright despite clear risks, with continued growth both in Australia and overseas providing new markets and opportunities for Australian producers.

 

That was the key message delivered by Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, to delegates at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resources Economics and Sciences (ABARES) annual Outlook conference in Canberra today.

 

“The Liberal National Government is committed to making the tough choices to boost agricultural productivity and resilience in the forest, seafood and horticulture industries,” Minister Colbeck said.

 

“The Liberal National Government will hold the line on native forestry, a vital industry for regional jobs that is under persistent threat from anti-science activists.

 

“We have the balance right on economic and environmental security in the native forest industry.

 

“We will also clear the roadblocks that have caused the stagnation of plantation growth and plant a billion new trees over the next decade.   

 

“A few weeks ago I launched Australia’s State of the Forests Report 2018, produced by ABARES—the fifth in the series of national five-yearly reports on Australia's forests covering all levels of forest management.

 

“The report demonstrated that our forest and wood products industries have a strong future, but as a nation we can’t risk going back to anti-industry ideology that did so much damage in the past.

 

“Our fisheries industry is another that has gone from strength to strength and today I was proud to release the fourth edition of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation 2018 Australian Stock Status Reports.

 

“This is more hard evidence of the responsible management delivering powerful returns to the Australian community and shows why locking our fishers out of these resources is simply regressive and anti-science.

 

“Australia’s horticulture sector is also on the upwards trajectory—consumer demand for Australian grown fresh produce continues to rise, with the value of production in the vegetable industry alone expected to be around $4 billion in 2018–19.

 

“Additionally, ABARES has forecast that the value of the horticultural industry will be almost $12 billion in 2019–20.”

 

“Further opportunities exist in horticulture including genomic mapping for key tree species and I will soon hold a protected horticulture Roundtable to help drive the sector.

 

“Crucially, all three sectors will benefit from the series of free trade agreements delivered by the Liberal National Government, including most recently with Indonesia.

 

“We are working with industry to reduce regulatory burden and remove unnecessary red and green tape—this will help create more jobs and a secure future for our forest, seafood and horticulture industries.”

 

Find out more about the ABARES Outlook conference at: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/outlook

 

Fast Facts:

  •          In last year’s Federal Budget, the government announced $20 million over four years to 2021–22 to support the implementation of the National Forest Industries Plan with a goal to plan a billion more trees over a decade.
  •          In November 2018, the Australian Government announced a $13.3 million joint research project to look at tree genetics to better understand how genes control traits that are valuable to Australian horticultural growers.
  •          The Australian Government continues to invest in horticulture research and innovation through its Rural Research and Development Corporations. In 2018–19 it is expected that matching government contributions to Hort Innovation will be over $55 million.

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Second meeting of National Fishing Advisory Council

Second meeting of National Fishing Advisory Council

6 March 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

The second meeting of the National Fisheries Advisory Council (NFAC) in Canberra today will see representatives from Australia’s commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing sectors come together to discuss issues facing Australia’s seafood industry.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the NFAC will discuss challenges and opportunities for Australian fishers, including relationship building between sectors, access to resources, resource sharing and future proofing the industry.

“Australia’s seafood industry is world-class but we are seeing that it is vulnerable to third parties seeking to limit fair and science-based access, to the detriment of industry and jobs,” Senator Colbeck said.

“NFAC brings together leaders from the commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing sectors and encourages discussion and progress on issues affecting all sectors.

“Members have been chosen for their expertise and understanding of fisheries issues, geographic representation and ability to consider the long-term interests for the benefit of all Australians.

“Our oceans are a shared resource, and as a government we are committed to securing the future of all of Australia’s fishing sectors—commercial, recreational, Indigenous and aquaculture—and the jobs and opportunities they create.

“If we are to strengthen our seafood industry it is crucial all sectors work together effectively to combat shared challenges.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the NFAC to foster, improve and grow our commercial, Indigenous and recreational fishing sectors.”

Media contact

Felix Ellis, 0457 517 734

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Increasing Tasmania’s Exports to Indonesia

Increasing Tasmania’s Exports to Indonesia

6 February 2019

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck has welcomed the signing of the historic Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).

Assistant Minister Colbeck: “This free trade agreement with Indonesia will open up a major new market for Tasmania and create job opportunities in our State.

“The reach of the IA-CEPA is staggering, with 99 per cent of goods exported to Indonesia to be duty free or with significantly improved preferential arrangements.

“IA-CEPA has been supported by National Farmers Federation, AUSVEG, Australian Dairy Industry Council, Meat & Livestock Australia and many other representatives of the agriculture industry.

“As an export State, this will give Tasmania access to a market of 270 million consumers who are increasingly seeing value in our high-quality, safe produce.

“We are in a particularly strong position to expand with our cool-climate horticulture exports such as cherries, berries and apples as well as vegetables such as potatoes, broccoli and carrots.

“Our seafood and aquaculture industries will also be competitive, not just with our produce but also with our supply chain services which are world-class.

“The elimination or reduction of tariffs across many dairy lines will also increase demand for the industry and give our farmers more options when it comes to where they sell their product.

“It is disturbing to see reports that the unions which run the Labor Party are already lobbying Bill Shorten to rip up this agreement, which is so vital to the future prosperity of Tasmania.”

For more information on the IA-CEPA can be found here: https://dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/not-yet-in-force/iacepa/Pages/indonesia-australia-comprehensive-economic-partnership-agreement.aspx

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Expanding North West future leaders network to King Island

Expanding North West future leaders network to King Island

4 March 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

The Liberal National Government is delivering expanded opportunities for future leaders to progress their careers on King Island.

Future leaders network, The Coasters, has had outstanding success in the North West and they have now been granted $17,500 from the Building Better Regions Fund to expand their offering to King Island.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said The Coasters was inspiring young people to take advantage of the opportunities in regional Tasmania.

“Encouraging our future leaders to see opportunities in rural and remote parts of Tasmania is critical to our future economic success.

“The Liberal National Government is backing our next generation because retaining our best and brightest will secure a bright future for King Island.”

 Daryl Connelly, CEO of the Cradle Coast Authority which applied for the grant on behalf of The Coasters said they have been supporting the group as part of a strategy to retain talent in regional Tasmania.

“Cradle Coast Authority is proud to support such a strong organisation of young people like The Coasters and this grant will allow these benefits to spread to a remote area like King Island.”

The Coasters’ Claire Smith said the group was having great success in bringing together future leaders and young professionals for the betterment of the region.

“In a short period of time we have had noticeable impact in increasing retention and connectedness among young people in our region, particularly those who have moved here to advance their careers.”

Helen Thomas, Growth & Strategy Manager at King Island Council, said she is looking forward to seeing The Coasters established on King Island.

 

"Providing King Island's young leaders with access to a network of like-minded, aspirational young people will increase their opportunities to connect, inspire and grow".

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to ensuring Australia’s regions remain strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term.

 

“We have seen fantastic outcomes from the first two rounds, and today’s announcement continues our commitment to unlocking the economic potential of regional Australia and ensuring our regions continue to thrive.”

 

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Media Contact:

Mr McCormack – Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254

Senator Colbeck – Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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Delivering the King Island Club upgrade

Delivering the King Island Club upgrade

4 March 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

The Liberal National Government will deliver a much-needed upgrade to the King Island Club to protect the heritage value of the building.

The roof of the Club has been in disrepair and replacing it will prevent the building being damaged by water incursion.

Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the Club is a cornerstone of the Island's community and a worthy recipient of the Building Better Regions Fund grant.

"This $61,875 grant will secure the future of the King Island Club and protect the priceless records of Island life that the club has custody over.

"The building has been a meeting place for Islanders of all walks of life for 75 years and this grant will ensure that it will continue to serve the community into the future.

"By delivering a strong economy and a Budget surplus the Liberal National Government has been able to invest in the vital community infrastructure that is so important to the lives of people in regional Tasmania."

Graeme Keeley from the King Island Club said the Club was delighted they were able to invest in the upgrade to the roof.

"The new roof will allow for better drainage which will prevent the leaks that have plagued the Club for years and allow for solar panels to be installed in the future.

"Over the years the Club has sponsored various sporting clubs and organisations such as the local football clubs, race club, Lions Club, RSL, Senior Citizens, Masonic Lodge, dance group, community events, Phoenix House, the garden club, and many more, which in return have supported us with meetings and functions – all of whom will benefit from this upgrade.

"I thank the Federal Government for supporting the King Island Club, this grant will make a big difference to the community."

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to ensuring Australia’s regions remain strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term.

“We are supporting our regions through investing in important local infrastructure, as well as great community-building and planning initiatives under the Building Better Regions Fund and other Government priorities such as the Regional Growth Fund and our decentralisation agenda,” Mr McCormack said.

“In this round we are also investing more than $70 million in regional tourism infrastructure, to support those many regional communities that rely on tourism to bolster their economy.

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Media Contact:

Mr McCormack – Hannah Maguire 0429 920 254

Senator Colbeck – Felix Ellis 0457 517 734

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Delivering the Wynyard Waterfront

Delivering the Wynyard Waterfront

3 March 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

The transformative upgrade to the Wynyard Waterfront will be delivered by the Liberal National Government.

The $3.2 million Building Better Regions Fund grant has been approved and will completely revitalise the way Wynyard interacts with the beautiful Inglis River.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the Wynyard Waterfront project would bring jobs to the region.

"Revitalising the heart and soul of Wynyard will be a major drawcard for visitors year round and will bring jobs and tourism.

"Wynyard's great strengths are its natural beauty and it's friendly community, which is why combining the two with the Waterfront development is so compelling.

"By delivering a strong economy and a Budget surplus the Liberal National Government is able to invest in projects which will grow job opportunities in the North West."

Waratah-Wynyard Mayor Robby Walsh said the project would transform the way the community interacts with the river.

"This section of the Waterfront has great natural beauty and this grant from the Federal Government will allow it to live up to its true potential.

"The Wynyard Waterfront will complement other aspects of the town such as Gutteridge Gardens, Fossil Bluff, Table Cape and the Wonders of Wynyard and we look forward to working collaboratively with current users of the area, including the Wynyard Yacht Club, to bring this project to fruition.”

"The Wynyard Waterfront will be a natural place for families to come together and enjoy all that makes this community so special."

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Does Justine Keay support Marinus Link and Pumped Hydro?

Does Justine Keay support Marinus Link and Pumped Hydro?

28 February 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Electors of Braddon should be very concerned about Justine Keay’s comments against yesterday’s announcement of funding to progress Marinus Link and Pumped Hydro.

While Ms Keay is promising a “renewable energy zone”, the Liberal State and Australian Governments are getting on with progressing these real-world projects.

Ms Keay is also promising a disastrous 45% renewable energy target, which has been described by the Business Council of Australia as an economy killer and research published last week said the policy would push electricity prices 50% higher and cost workers up to $9,000 a year in wages. *

Instead the Government is getting on with real projects that will provide reliable, affordable energy into the grid.

The need for that reliable, affordable energy was a recommendation of both the Finkel review and the ACCC review. **

The Liberal National Government is acting on those recommendations and that is what will drive these projects – a balanced policy that grows renewables while keeping energy prices down.

Just forcing more intermittent energy generation into the market will drive energy prices up – the infrastructure needs to be paid for whether it is generating energy or not, and it is only generating for at most 50% of the time and often not when we need it.

Australians want the lights to go on when they flick the switch!

Ms Keay needs to explain why she doesn’t support affordable, reliable energy.

It is a simple question for Ms Keay – does she support Marinus Link and Pumped Hydro?

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Background

* Carbon cut apocalypse: cost of ALP energy plan: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/climate/carbon-cut-apocalypse-cost-of-alp-energy-plan/news-story/96c9af15d670a6725146e356fd4b6414

** Restoring electricity affordability and Australia’s competitive advantage: https://www.accc.gov.au/publications/restoring-electricity-affordability-australias-competitive-advantage

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Colbeck welcomes $56m charge-up for Bass Strait second interconnector

Colbeck welcomes $56m charge-up for Bass Strait second interconnector

25 February 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Senator for Tasmania, Richard Colbeck, has welcomed the development of the Federal Government’s further investment in the proposed second interconnector with the mainland, following the release of the Tasmanian Government’s business case assessment of Project Marinus.

“After many years of strong advocacy for Tasmania’s potential in the national energy market, I welcome this important development to cement Tasmania’s critical role in renewable energy generation into the future” Senator Colbeck said.

“The Coalition Government’s announcement today to provide $56 million dollars towards a second Bass Strait interconnector will supercharge Tasmania as the battery of the nation into the future”

“This critical investment will speed up this important project, which will not only mean more reliable and affordable electricity in the national energy market, sooner, but also bring with it important jobs and investment into Tasmania.”

“Critically, today’s announcement is expected to lead to the creation of up to 1400 jobs and boost the Tasmanian and Victorian economies by $1.6 billion.”

“This project also brings with it the important lower cost renewable energy generation into the market, including from wind, solar, hydro and storage - with up to 25 million tonnes of emissions abatement expected by 2030.”

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Statement on Julie Bishop

Statement on Julie Bishop

21 February 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Senator Richard Colbeck paid tribute to retiring colleague – Julie Bishop:

“Julie Bishop has been an extraordinary servant of the people of Australia, the electorate of Curtin and the Parliamentary Liberal Party during her 21 year parliamentary career.

“Anyone who holds the position of deputy leader of the Liberal Party for 11 years through opposition and into government has demonstrated considerable leadership.

“Julie has always responded positively to requests to visit Tasmania and Tasmanians embraced her warmly.

“In her role as Foreign Minister, Julie stood with strength at critical times in Australia’s best interests, cementing her place as a leading voice and consolidating Australia’s reputation on the global stage.

“She stood as a beacon to young women considering a career in politics, providing a bright example of the opportunities in public office.

“I wish Julie all the best for the future.”

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SECURING THE FUTURE OF OUR FORESTRY INDUSTRY

SECURING THE FUTURE OF OUR FORESTRY INDUSTRY

16 February 2019 - Prime Minister Morrison and Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The Morrison Government is backing the future of the Tasmanian forestry industry with the roll out of its Regional Forestry Hubs, driving investment and jobs growth for generations to come.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the development of nine initial Regional Forestry Hub sites will provide strategic vision for forest industries in Northern Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

“Today in Tasmania’s north-west forestry belt, we are sowing the seeds for the first of our Regional Forestry Hubs under the $20 million National Forest Industries Plan.

“We want Northern Tasmania’s key forestry industries to be even stronger, and today’s announcement will ensure a brighter and more secure future.

“This plan will protect and grow Northern Tasmania’s vital forestry industry, create more jobs, and open up opportunities to build new and improved roads, rail and port facilities.

“Around 52,000 Australians are directly employed in growing and processing our forest products. Tens of thousands more jobs are indirectly supported by a sector that contributes more than $23 billion to the national economy.”

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck said the Regional Forestry Hubs were a commitment in the Morrison Government’s National Forest Industries Plan and will support strategic planning of future needs for the industry in the region.

“Timber is the building material of the 21st century and the Morrison Government is beginning the process of creating the initial Regional Forestry Hubs to meet future demand for forest products,” Minister Colbeck said.

“Four trials of nine initial pilot Hubs will be created, and the Government will work with industry, State Governments and Local Governments to deliver maximum benefit from them.

“Our Government has committed $12.5 million to the Regional Forestry Hubs and research and development elements of the National Forest Industries Plan to further grow Australia’s forest industries and set the industry up for the future.

“This Plan ambitiously aims to deliver a billion new trees to meet a projected quadrupling of global demand for timber products by 2050, planting the right trees, at the right scale in the right places.

“The end result will be better returns to business, more investment, more jobs and greater economic prosperity for Australia.”

Through the development of Regional Forestry Hubs and the implementation of the broader set of actions in the Plan, the Government is supporting forest industries as part of our commitment to deliver 1.25 million new jobs over the next five years.

Most of those trees will be in key areas that have clear competitive advantages for forestry, such as access to processing plants, transport routes and a skilled forestry workforce.

The State of the Forests Report released today shows clearly the need to plant more trees to create Australian jobs and increase our access to this truly renewable resource.

Planting a billion trees will also contribute to the removal of 18 million tonnes of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere per year by 2030.

Locations of the pilot Regional Forestry Hubs are:
o South West - Western Australia
o Green Triangle – South Australia and Victoria
o North/North West - Tasmania
o North East - New South Wales

Locations of Regional Forestry Hubs that will follow the pilot hubs:
o Gippsland – Victoria
o South West Slopes - New South Wales
o Central West - New South Wales
o South East – Queensland
o North – Queensland.

More information on the National Forest Industries Plan is available here: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/forestry/national-forest-industries-plan.pdf

Media contacts:

Prime Minister’s Office: Press Office, (02) 6277 7744

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources: Felix Ellis, 0457 517 734

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Sydney

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Senate supports Tasmania’s bushfire-affected communities

Senate supports Tasmania’s bushfire-affected communities

14 February 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

A motion of support for Tasmania’s bushfire-affected communities has been lodged in the Senate with the support of Liberal and Labor Senators.

Senator Colbeck: “In times of difficulty Tasmanians and Australians pull together and help out their mates.

“This was also reflected in the bipartisan support of my Senate colleagues for a motion resolving to continue supporting Tasmania as we move from disaster response to recovery.”

The full motion is below:

NOTICE OF MOTION

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move –

That the Senate –

(a) notes
(i) the hardship suffered by all Tasmanian communities affected by bushfires over the last two months, including the Huon Valley, Derwent Valley, West Coast, Central Highlands and North West communities,
(ii) the loss of homes, property and livelihoods, as well as the damage caused to approximately 200,000 hectares of land, including productive forests and also areas in the Wilderness World Heritage Area, and
(iii) the extraordinary resilience of our community and emergency service personnel in responding to these tragic circumstances, and

(b) acknowledges
(i) the Tasmanian Fire Service and all their personnel for the professionalism and dedication they have shown in keeping Tasmanians safe,
(ii) the volunteer fire brigades who have sacrificed so much to protect their neighbours and put themselves in harm’s way for their communities,
(iii) the Parks and Wildlife Service for their skill in protecting Tasmania’s wilderness heritage values while battling extremely remote and difficult conditions,
(iv) the thousands of Tasmanians and Australians who have contributed their time, money, resources and assistance to caring for the victims of the bushfires including from interstate, and also international assistance, and

(c) resolves
(i) to continue supporting the State of Tasmania as the disaster moves from response to recovery through the formal Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements to get these families and communities back on their feet as they begin the process of rebuilding

Senator Richard Colbeck

Senator Jonathon Duniam

Senator Eric Abetz

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Labor weak and divided on border security

Labor weak and divided on border security

12 February 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

It is now clear by Bill Shorten’s own admission that what Labor did last year was to put a cheap tactical win in the Parliament ahead of the security of Australia’s borders when they voted for the Phelps Medivac Bill.

By Bill Shorten’s own admission Labor Senators have already voted to weaken Australia’s borders – how will, Justine Keay, Julie Collins, Brian Mitchell and Ross Hart vote?

Labor promised to maintain our strong border security arrangements in 2007, they then promptly dismantled them.

We know from Labor’s vote before Christmas that they really want to do the same again – they are weak on border protection and they have history.

The Phelps Bill was supported by their Labor/Green Senate colleagues, including Senators Anne Urquhart and Nick McKim.

Labor MPs must tell their electors what their convictions are on border protection.

Ms Keay in particular has form opposing boat turnbacks and offshore detention, saying on 24 July 2015, “I understand why some see it as an option to have in a tool chest of policy responses but I do not support it. I believe other, more humane options should be utilised”.

She also famously unravelled on Tasmania Talks in 2016 when asked if she supported strong border protection measures: “Um sort of, a bit — either/or at the moment. Um, I would like to see people not die at sea obviously. But I would like to ensure that our asylum seekers are treated humanely.”

Home Affairs has advised that the Phelps Bill will cost $1.4 billion and ASIO has advised that it will open the door to migration for violent criminals and paedophiles, and potentially even terrorists.

No amount of decoys from Labor handlers this week will distract from the fundamental question: how will Keay, Collins, Mitchell and Hart vote on Australian border security as we know it?

ENDS

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Liberal and Nationals Government delivers $100,000 for Latrobe cricket

Liberal and Nationals Government delivers $100,000 for Latrobe cricket

10 February 2019 - Senators Colbeck and Martin, Mayor Freshney

Perkins Park in Latrobe is set to undergo major upgrades thanks to a large grant from the Liberal & Nationals Federal Government, Tasmanian Senators Richard Colbeck and Steve Martin announced on Sunday.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said it is important community sport infrastructure keeps up with the needs of locals.

“Latrobe has seen growing grassroots sport participation, particularly from women and girls, and delivering a strong economy and Budget surplus has allowed us to back them to upgrade their Club facilities,” Senator Colbeck said.

Tasmanian Nationals Senator Martin said delivering funding for regional Tasmania was his most important focus.

“I recently brought Nationals Deputy Leader and Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie to Latrobe to help convince her of the merit of Council’s funding application. A successful outcome followed,” Senator Martin said.

Latrobe Mayor Peter Freshney welcomed the funding boost.

“Latrobe Council has an ambitious plan to upgrade Perkins Park with the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant of $100,000 from Canberra expanding the project through the installation of additional lighting, the re-orientation of the concrete wicket, a new playing surface, replacement of existing training nets, new goal posts and barrier fencing to address risk issues,” Mayor Freshney said.

“This project is particularly important and will assist in meeting the needs of continued participation growth in both football and cricket of local girls and boys.”

For information on how to apply for a Liberal and Nationals Government sports grant, please visit sportaus.gov.au

Media contacts:

Felix Ellis 0457 517 734 (Senator Colbeck) – Murray Lees 0436 424 750 (Senator Martin)

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Trade to resume to Japan as fruit fly free status recognised

Trade to resume to Japan as fruit fly free status recognised

8 February 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck has announced that Japan has recognised mainland Tasmania as fruit fly free and trade of fruit can resume to the country.

Assistant Minister Colbeck: “Regaining market access to Japan is a major breakthrough as Tasmania seeks to have its fruit fly free status recognised among our trading partners.”

“Japan is a strong premium horticulture export destination and they also have some of the strictest technical requirements for their protocols in the world.

“This decision is particularly important for crops soon to be harvested, including apples, so it is a very welcome development.

“Japan has acknowledged that our procedures for fruit fly detection and monitoring are fundamentally sound.

“Each of our trading partners is quite different and may require different levels of detail and technical data, which is reflected in our various market access protocols.

“The Australia Government continues to work closely with the Tasmanian Government to ensure this data is available.

“Our trading partners take their biosecurity very seriously like we do – we understand the value of it so we need to respect their protocols and biosecurity as we ask them to respect ours.

“Decisions on market access are for our trading partners to make and based on their own assessments and timetables – further updates will be available as our trading partners finalise their assessments.

“It is a good sign that a major protocol nation like Japan recognises that Tasmania is fruit fly free and I look forward to continuing discussions with other protocol nations in due course.”

ENDS

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New Indian walnut market a major opportunity for Tasmania

New Indian walnut market a major opportunity for Tasmania

6 February 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Richard Colbeck has welcomed the decision by India to grant market access to Australian-grown walnuts.

Assistant Minister Colbeck: “This is a major new opportunity for Tasmania, with Australia’s largest walnut producer Webster Ltd based in our state.

“India is a huge market of over a billion people and Tasmania’s global competitive advantage as a Southern Hemisphere exporter means that we can provide the freshest walnuts in the world for several months of the year.

“Tasmania also has a reputation for high-quality, safe produce, which was recognised by India’s scientific study that enabled our growers to gain market access.

“Global demand for walnuts continues to grow steadily on the back of publicity from a number of nutritional studies proving the health benefits of walnuts.

“Webster’s has identified significant room to expand in Tasmania, which means that new trade opportunities will create more jobs for Tasmanians.

“The Liberal National Government continues to work to create more market access for Tassie exporters so that we can deliver on our promise of 1.25 million new jobs over the next five years.”

ENDS

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Apprentice trial to create 68 jobs in Tasmania

Apprentice trial to create 68 jobs in Tasmania

6 February 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck and Gavin Pearce

Liberal Senator for Tasmanian Richard Colbeck and Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce have welcomed the overwhelming success of the regional apprentice wage subsidy trial in Tasmania.

The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial began in January to examine the effect of wage subsidies as an incentive for rural and regional employers to engage more apprentices in areas of skill needs.

Senator Colbeck: “The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial is nearly fully subscribed and will create 68 new full-time skilled jobs in regional Tasmania this year – an excellent result which demonstrates strong interest in technical and trades training.

“The Liberals in Government have delivered on our pledge to create 1 million new jobs over the last five years, and apprenticeships will be a major driver in our commitment to deliver 1.25 million new jobs in the next five years.

“Getting a start as an apprentice can be a life-changing experience which can open doors for young people – as I found when I completed my carpentry apprenticeship.

“By delivering a strong economy and a Budget surplus, the Liberals in Government are able to provide the training and job opportunities that Tasmanians deserve.”

Mr Pearce: “This is great news for jobs on the North West Coast and providing wage support will go a long way to encouraging businesses to share their skills and know-how with the next generation.”

“Some businesses are looking to sign up an apprentice for the first time and I believe strongly that we should be incentivising them to teach the life-changing vocational skillsets they have to offer.

“I know how important an apprenticeship is for establishing a strong career – I completed my dairy apprenticeship in Tassie and have also been an instructor at the Army Apprentices School at Bonegilla.

“The Tasmanian economy is growing strongly and there are new skilled jobs being created, including plumbers, mechanics, butchers, welders and hairdressers, so now is a great time to pick up a trade that will set you up for life.

The AAWS is based on the relevant Australian Apprentice award wage rate, payable as follows:
• 75 per cent of the first year award wage
• 50 per cent of the second year award wage, and
• 25 per cent of the third year award wage.

It is available for businesses in rural and regional communities with
• fewer than 20 employees, the AAWS applies if they employ an additional apprentice (above their normal intake)
• 20 or more employees, the AAWS is limited to those who have not previously employed an Australian Apprentice
• employed an Australian Apprentice in the three years prior to 1 January 2019.

More information is available here: https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/publications/australian-apprentice-wage-subsidy.

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Major gaffe exposes Labor arrogance on retirees tax

Major gaffe exposes Labor arrogance on retirees tax

5 February 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck has condemned Labor’s Anne Urquhart who either doesn’t know that her own policy will tax pensioners, or she and Bill Shorten have deliberately misled the people of Tasmania.

Senator Colbeck: “Anne Urquhart has exposed what local retirees have known for nearly a year; Labor MPs don’t even understand the damage their policy will do to people’s retirement plans.

“While Chris Bowen is busy giving retirees the two finger salute around the country, Senator Urquhart is misleading Tasmanians about Labor’s plans to strip up to 30% off those on low taxable incomes and retirees.

“Senator Urquhart arrogantly said that “Every pensioner is exempt from Labor’s franking credit changes”. * This is wrong:
- those individuals and couples already in a Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) who go on the aged pension on or after 28 March 2018 will be affected (unless they were lucky enough for one of their SMSF fund members to already be on the age pension before 28 March 2018); and
- All pensioners who establish a SMSF on or after 28 March 2018 will be affected.

“Senator Urquhart was hopelessly out of touch when she said that “No-one is facing a tax increase”. ** This is also wrong:
- those individuals and couples already in a Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) who go on the aged pension on or after 28 March 2018 will be affected (unless they were lucky enough for one of their SMSF fund members to already be on the age pension before 28 March 2018)
- all pensioners who establish a SMSF after 28 March 2018 will have their tax increased
- self-funded retirees who currently receive franking credits will have their tax increased; and
- low-income people, regardless of age, who receive franking credits will have their tax increased.

“ATO data shows the total number of people who will have their tax increased in Braddon alone is 3,534. The total number of people who will have their tax increased in Tasmania is 20,201.

“On average, Australians affected by the retiree tax would lose $2,200 a year. Those with self-managed super funds would lose around $12,000 a year.

“For many, their losses will be much higher and may even force some on to a part-pension.

“Senator Urquhart and the Tasmanian people don’t need to take my word for it, Chris Bowen claims the policy would rake in $55 billion.

“The people who won’t be affected by Labor’s tax increase are the Labor politicians who have their retirement nest eggs in sheltered in union super funds.***

“Labor’s continuous lies are desperate and the truth is compelling. They’re don’t know how to implement policy, they don’t know how to manage money, and they don’t even know how their big new taxes actually work or who they will affect.”

ENDS

*POLITICALLY SPEAKING: Labor to invest in people, for a fair go: https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/5883615/labor-to-invest-in-people-for-a-fair-go/?cs=89

**POLITICALLY SPEAKING: Labor to invest in people, for a fair go: https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/5883615/labor-to-invest-in-people-for-a-fair-go/?cs=89

***Senior Labor figures unaffected by franking credits reforms that hit self-funded retirees hard: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/business/senior-labor-figures-unaffected-by-franking-credits-reforms-that-hit-selffunded-retirees-hard/news-story/00330bc633bd307fbd24ed81f67ce9d7?fbclid=IwAR0waWhfHiUqocn7G5v5KRoV9gCfumHXQNGwL8eA_pBecScFWHeYIxxtyFQ

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Choice and quality in aged care for East Devonport

Choice and quality in aged care for East Devonport

5 February 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck has announced funding for improved aged care infrastructure at a high needs centre in East Devonport.

The $428,863 grant will enable extensions, refurbishments and improvements at the Melaleuca Home for the Aged, under the Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grants scheme.

Senator Colbeck: “Melaleuca provides important high-needs care for older Tasmanians in East Devonport and by investing in aged care infrastructure the Liberals in Government are improving the lives of residents and staff.

“Construction has begun and when completed these rooms will be better able to provide quality care in the kind of environment that people are increasingly choosing in aged care.

“This aged care infrastructure funding is part of our Government’s $5 billion aged care funding boost, announced in the 2018-19 Budget, and is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of aged care services in regional, rural and remote Australia.”

“By delivering a strong economy and a Budget surplus the Liberals in Government are able to provide the essential health services Tasmanians deserve.

“Every senior Australian should have a dignified retirement and a comfortable place to live.

“Investing in new infrastructure will allow Melaleuca to provide their residents with modern facilities and amenities, which is key to increasing the choice and affordability offered in aged care in Tasmania.

“The shared rooms will be upgraded to private rooms, each with en suites, to make the space more functional for providing the high-level clinical care on offer here in East Devonport.

“Modern aged care design has come a long way in the 36 years since these rooms were built and the refurbishment will improve safety and comfort for residents and staff.”

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Labor confirms return to sham forest deal job losses

Labor confirms return to sham forest deal job losses

31 January 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

After repeated denials from Tasmanian State and Federal members, the Federal Labor leadership confirmed they are promising to return Tasmania to the dark days of the sham forest deal which destroyed 4,000 jobs.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said that forestry workers and the industry were right to be furious after local Labor members denied the truth for more than a month.

Assistant Minister Colbeck: “After playing for time since their Annual Conference in December, Labor has officially announced their policy to reintroduce the sham forest deal which locked up Tasmania and collapsed the forestry industry and jobs.

“Former Wilderness Society and current Labor Environment spokesman Tony Burke has come out spruiking Labor’s policy to return to the deal which destroyed 4,000 Tasmanian jobs, scoffing that “The only people who don’t seem to want peace in the forest sector and certainty for industry and their markets are the Liberals.” *

“The bad news for the greatest threat to the forest industry, Tony Burke, is that Tasmania and the forest industry have moved on from the disaster of his sham deal – they said so comprehensively at two elections.

“The Industry, under the supportive policies of the Liberals in Government is on the rise, investing and growing.

“Labor and the Greens put all that at risk.

“Labor will try to spin their position as supporting the industry, but we know from history that they don’t.

“This revelation confirms that Labor will say one thing one day, and another the next. 

“Federal and State Labor members and Senators must today publicly reject a return to the sham forest deal.

“Justine Keay misled the Tasmanian public on 18 December last year when she said of reports that Labor were recommitting to the sham forest deal that “Senator Colbeck is desperately making up claims as a distraction”. **

“The State Labor Party – the most left-wing rabble in any state in the country – also maintains a commitment to the sham forest deal on their publicly available Party Platform. ***

 “Spokesman Josh Willie misled the Tasmanian public on the same day when he said any suggestion of a Federal Labor move back to the sham forest deal was a “spurious claim” and said there were no plans to go back to the dark days of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement – now it is all there in black and white. 

“At least their Braddon Labor counterpart Shane Broad was honest in their intentions when he boasted to The Advocate in May about the job-killing deal. ****

“Greens spokesman Nick McKim showed gobsmacking hypocrisy when he called into question my integrity by saying “This is just about Richard Colbeck trying to restart the forest wars” while in the same breath reiterating his party’s complete ideological commitment to the disastrous deal he stitched up as part of the Labor-Green trainwreck government in Tasmania”.*****

“It is worth noting that the only people using the language of war and conflict are Labor and the Greens.

“Foresters and the industry are telling us they want the certainty provided by the Liberal-National Government’s National Forest Industries Plan.

“The Liberals in Government are planning for the exciting future of the industry through our forest industry plan while Labor are lost in the distant past.

“Industry and workers have told us explicitly that they don’t want to go back to the dark old days of lock-ups and job destruction as part of a Labor-Green policy of terminal decline.

“Tasmanians agreed, with both Federal and State Liberal Governments coming to office promising to rip up the sham forest deal which was written by campaigner and Labor frontbencher Tony Burke.

“Industry are furious and Tasmanians have a right to wonder how many times they have to tell the Labor-Greens: no lock ups, no job losses, hands off Tasmania!

ENDS

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When released, the Labor National Policy Platform will read: “Labor will continue to support the implementation of the conditions of the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement (TFA) as a future pathway for the forest industry in Tasmania.  This provides resource security for the iconic special timbers industry, under agreed terms. Labor supports this as a broad industry plan to achieve the outcomes from the TFA.”

* Labor flirts with forest protection, angering timber industry: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/labor-flirts-with-forest-protection-angering-timber-industry/news-story/79613cff35811a02a4504b0b079b8b90

** Nightly News 7 Tasmania – 18 December 2018:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-B_Q781rAM&t=629s

*** Tasmanian Labor Policy Platform 2018:http://taslabor.com/platform/natural-resources-energy/

**** Tasmanian forest lock-up fears: Jonathon Duniam:https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/5374311/tasmanian-forest-lock-up-fears-jonathon-duniam/

***** Nightly News 7 Tasmania – 18 December 2018:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-B_Q781rAM&t=629s

 

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Delivering on Ulverstone Cultural Precinct commitment

Delivering on Ulverstone Cultural Precinct commitment

31 January 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck & Gavin Pearce

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck and Braddon Liberal Candidate Gavin Pearce have welcomed the launch of the Ulverstone Cultural Precinct Project, which was a commitment made during the Braddon by-election.

The project will construct a Museum and Art Gallery complex that will co-locate the Visitor Information Centre and History Museum and incorporate a retail space, café, Science Centre and Planetarium.

Senator Colbeck: “The Ulverstone Cultural Precinct will be a centrepiece of cultural life and science education for people on the North West Coast.

“The Liberals in Government committed to the Cultural Precinct during the Braddon by-election and today marks the launch of this ambitious project.

“This $7.5 million project includes $2.5 million in funding from both the Australian and State Liberal Governments and demonstrates what can be achieved when all levels of Government work together.

“By delivering a strong economy and a Budget surplus the Liberals in Government have been able to deliver on the education and cultural infrastructure that Tasmanians deserve.”
 

Mr Pearce: “Having worked in the technology space in the armed services, I understand the importance of encouraging our next generation to take up an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“By delivering the Ulverstone Cultural Precinct commitment we hope to inspire children and school-leavers to pursue higher education, particularly in STEM, which we know is going to be critical to the jobs of the future.

“Australia is soon to be home to a significant space industry and the proposed planetarium may spark the imagination of the next Rose Tasker, who is working to become Tasmania’s first astronaut.

“The Ulverstone Cultural Precinct will be more than just a building; it will be a place to open the eyes of our young people to the possibilities in the world of science, technology and higher learning.”

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BUSHFIRE ASSISTANCE FOR TASMANIA

BUSHFIRE ASSISTANCE FOR TASMANIA

25 January 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck & Premier Will Hodgman

Disaster assistance has been made available for Tasmania to support the considerable operational effort in combatting bushfires that have been burning since December.
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck, representing Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Linda Reynolds who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments were working together to support operational efforts as difficult conditions continue to fuel bushfires around the state.

“The fires in Tasmanian have been burning for several weeks, threatening communities and scorching thousands of hectares of wilderness. Our thoughts today are with communities on the West Coast, in the Central Highlands and South of Huonville who are under threat,” Senator Colbeck said.

“National assistance, including firefighting personnel, appliances, aircraft and support staff, is being delivered to protect life and property in Tasmania because in tough times Australians pull together.”

Tasmanian Premier the Hon. Will Hodgman MP praised the work of firefighters and the community as fires burn across the state, with a majority burning in remote areas and hard-to-access terrain.

“Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timbers Tasmania have been joined by more than 100 interstate and New Zealand personnel to support firefighting operations across the state,” Premier Hodgman said.

“Our firefighters are facing extremely hot and difficult conditions to ensure Tasmanians are safe and to protect our property and natural heritage. We are extremely grateful for the incredible job they are doing.”

The funding available through the DRFA will help cover the cost of fighting the bushfires.

Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Tasmanian Government’s emergency management website at www.tasalert.com.

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Misfire by Keay

Misfire by Keay

22 January 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

I don’t decry Justine Keay taking advantage of the Defence exchange program, having the chance to talk directly to our defence personnel in their workplace, while they are undertaking their duties and hearing their stories and getting a sense of their concerns. That is what the program was set up for and it is a good program.

I have participated a couple of times myself, most notably in 2003 around the time of the commencement of the Iraq war, one of the most difficult periods of my time in politics.

What I didn’t do though was come home to use that experience as a political weapon, complete with photo.

For Ms Keay to suggest that because she had spent a few days alongside some hard working defence personnel, had a photo taken in uniform and then had all the policy answers that were better than the other side of politics undermines the program and is an insult to those who wear the uniform.

I have had feedback from veterans to that effect already.

Whether Ms Keay’s handlers had decided that they needed to make some sort of statement given the real and genuine experience of her challenger at the election, Gavin Pearce, I don’t know, but putting such a political slant on her Op-Ed along with the accompanying photo was a huge mistake.

I would take Gavin’s view of the experiences and needs of returned service personnel over Ms Keay’s any day, his experience is real, hers is fleeting and observational at best, and particularly given that Gavin is so actively involved in helping those with mental health issues through the development of the Lake Sorell Young Veterans’ Bush Retreat in the Central Highlands.

Justine Keay may very well have just had her “Dukakis in a tank” moment.

A completely disrespectful move by her handlers and she should have known better.

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Delivering Advanced Welder Training Centre in Burnie

Delivering Advanced Welder Training Centre in Burnie

18 January 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck and Braddon Liberal Candidate Gavin Pearce

A $750,000 Liberal commitment, made in the Braddon by-election, to deliver an Advanced Welder Training Centre (AWTC) is helping deliver skills and jobs in Burnie and North West Tasmania.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck and Braddon Liberal Candidate Gavin Pearce said the partnership between the Liberal National Government and the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) was already delivering advanced manufacturing skills.

Senator Colbeck: “North West Tasmania has enormous opportunities for advanced manufacturing in the pipeline and it is vital that we pass on the technical know-how of our region to the next generation.

“This Advanced Welder Training Centre in South Burnie is the first industry-led centre in Australia and has consolidated the town’s reputation as a hub for advanced manufacturing and mining services.

“The Liberals are methodically delivering on our Braddon by-election commitments and we are clearly the only Party that believes in delivering on our by-election promises.

“By delivering a strong economy and a Budget surplus we are able to pay for the skills and education opportunities that are essential for the success of Tasmanian’s next generation.”
 

Mr Pearce: “I congratulate TMEC and industry for identifying and developing a practical way to ensure key skills required for local business to participate in the $200 billion defence industry build-up can be met.

“It is critical that we back North West Tasmanian businesses to train our people in the high-level skills needed in advanced manufacturing.”

“The Burnie AWTC will also increase our capacity to export advanced manufacturing products around the world, including as part of the global defence industry and mining supply chains.

“Welding simulators allow students and professional welders to up-skill with different materials and practice techniques that will allow them to pass the stringent tests required for advanced welding certification.

“It also saves on costs and waste because materials aren’t required until students attain high levels of competence, which allows our manufacturers to maintain their lean manufacturing processes without compromising on training quality.”

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Draft Dairy Code available for further consultation

Draft Dairy Code available for further consultation

17 January 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck is encouraging people involved in the dairy industry to give their feedback on the draft Dairy Code.

Assistant Minister Colbeck: “The draft Dairy Code was designed with feedback from the first round of consultations in all eight dairy regions, including in Devonport in November.”

“There is now a second opportunity for consultation as promised, including two tele-town halls that will give even more people the opportunity to hear more and to have their say.

“Farmers are busy people, particularly this time of year, and by opening up the consultations with this exciting new format they will be able to call in and engage in real time without having to physically be off the farm.

“Tasmania is dairy heartland and some farmers and processors here may have different views on the Dairy Code to some of their mainland counterparts.

“It is important that we strike the right balance of power between farmers and processors so that players across the industry remain strong into the future.

“For those people who are unable to call in to the tele-town halls I encourage them to email their submission to the Have Your Say website so that their voices are heard.”

A number of documents have been publicly released online ahead of the final stages of consultation including:  Issues raised at public consultations on a dairy code  Draft clauses for dairy code  Draft clauses for dairy code – overview for farmers  Draft regulation impact statement (RIS)

More information about the draft code and consultations can be found on the Have Your Say website at https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/dairy-code-conduct. People can also email dairycode@agriculture.gov.au or phone 1300 044 940.

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Trade to resume to South Korea as fruit fly free status recognised

Trade to resume to South Korea as fruit fly free status recognised

16 January 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck has announced that South Korea has recognised mainland Tasmania as fruit fly free and trade of fruit can resume to the country.

Assistant Minister Colbeck: “This is good news for our exporters who were in the affected zones because they have regained market access to South Korea for their produce at a critical harvest time.

“South Korea is satisfied that mainland Tasmania is fruit fly free, having assessed our data and finding that there is no contamination risk to Tasmanian fruit.

“The Australian Government has been communicating with trading partners in the lead up to 9 January, however decisions on market access are for our trading partners to make based on their own assessments and timeframes.

“Each of our trading partners is quite different and may require different levels of detail and technical data, which is reflected in our various market access protocols.

“The Australia Government continues to work closely with the Tasmanian Government.

“Our trading partners take their biosecurity very seriously like we do – we understand the value of it so we need to respect their protocols and biosecurity as we ask them to respect ours.

“Decisions on market access are for our trading partners to make and based on their own assessments and timetables.

“It is a good sign that a major protocol nation like South Korea recognises that Tasmania is fruit fly free and I look forward to continuing discussions with other protocol nations in due course.”

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Strengthening mental health services and job security in Tasmani

Strengthening mental health services and job security in Tasmani

16 January 2019 - Senator Richard Colbeck

The Liberal National Government will provide a record $1.45 billion for community mental health services and change the funding model to ensure security for both jobs and services.

The Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team welcomed the announcement and said the funding will be provided through the Government’s innovative 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

“PHNs were setup as independent regional health organisations to commission health services, including mental health, in response to the needs of local communities throughout Australia, including that of Tasmania,” Senator Richard Colbeck said.

“The Tasmanian Primary Health Network is expected to receive $41.9 million over a three period to help tailor services to meet the specific needs in our region and help deliver a stronger, more integrated mental health system.

“Mental health is becoming an increasing concern among the community and timely support can help minimise the harm done by conditions such as anxiety, depression and other illnesses.

“Young people, people in remote areas, and people in aged care will be significant beneficiaries of this major mental health package.

“As part of this record investment, Tasmania’s indigenous community will also receive $3.1 million over three years for targeted mental health services because we know indigenous Tasmanians have particular mental health complexities that need additional support.

“By delivering a strong economy and a Budget surplus the Liberal National Government has been able to increase investment in health and education to support the Tasmanian community.”

It is estimated that one in five people in Australia experience a common mental disorder each year. Nearly half of the Australian population will experience mental illness at some point in their lives, but less than half will access treatment.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said PHNs coordinate local support for child and youth mental health, psychological therapy, severe and complex illness, community-based suicide prevention and Indigenous mental health.

“In 2017–18, about 200,000 Australians accessed over 900,000 mental health services through local providers commissioned by PHNs,” said Minister Hunt.

“The record three year $1.45 billion funding commitment will commence from July this year until 2021-22 and is $170 million more than what was provided for the previous three years.”

“It will continue to support important services such as headspace centres, psychological services for hard to reach groups, suicide prevention activities, mental health nurses and mental health support for older Australians.”
Included in the $1.45 billion funding is:
 $177 million for mental health nurses
 $77 million for suicide prevention, including Indigenous suicide
 $74 million for the mental health of those in residential aged care
 $89 million for Indigenous mental health
 $617 million for youth mental health, including headspace
 $399 million for psychological therapies for hard to reach populations

Minster Hunt said the Government will also change the way that PHNs are funded to ensure that the staff and mental health professionals who deliver these critical services will no longer face uncertainty on short term contracts.

“This will allow longer term planning, provide job certainty for thousands of people employed in the sector, and deliver a stronger mental health system,” Minister Hunt said.

“The new funding process will dramatically improve their ability to ensure that services can be commissioned well in advance at any point in time, and provide greater funding certainty for the community-based mental health sector.”

“This will particularly benefit those living in rural and remote areas where staffing shortages, due to employment uncertainty, have historically reduced access to mental health services.”

“Our Government has an ongoing commitment to supporting the mental health of Australians,” Minister Hunt said.

The Liberal National Government has prioritised better mental health for all Australians with $4.7 billion expected to be spent on mental health this financial year.

The Government’s strong economic management ensures continued investment of record funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.
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Focus turns to exports as Tasmania declared fruit fly free

Focus turns to exports as Tasmania declared fruit fly free

9 January 2019 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The end of the required period for the Tasmanian mainland to demonstrate freedom from fruit fly is great news for local growers who have been restricted in their trade due to required control zones.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck: “It has been a tough year for many growers and the freedom to once again sell product into the local market will be a great relief.

“The next step is to demonstrate our fruit fly freedom to our export markets so that vital trade can resume as well.

“Our trading partners take their biosecurity as seriously as we do – we can now finalise the technical submissions required by our various biosecurity arrangements so that trade can recommence following on from preliminary communications held in the lead up to today.

“Tasmania will have similar conversations with other Australian States who also have biosecurity requirements.

“The good news today has been made possible by the close cooperation between Federal and State Governments, Tasmanian growers and the general public, all of whom have contributed tremendously to stop this outbreak.

“The Liberal National Government delivered $20 million to ensure that Tasmania had the biosecurity resources needed to tackle the outbreak and were able to increase inspection capacity around the State.

“The funding also supported the Grower Assistance Package so that farmers in the control zones were able to stay afloat during the outbreak.

“Our trading partners internationally have been monitoring our response to fruit fly closely and I am confident that our protocols will stand up to the highest scrutiny and our exporters will have restored access to these lucrative markets soon.

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New grants to get communities moving

New grants to get communities moving

8 January 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck and Braddon Liberal Candidate Gavin Pearce are encouraging all community and sporting organisations to take advantage of a new grant round to get people moving.

The Move it AUS – Participation Grants Program will deliver $28.9 million in grants to sport and physical activity providers, with a focus on groups who are at risk of inactivity and non-participation.

Senator Colbeck: “The Move it AUS campaign is part of the Liberal National Government’s Sport 2030 plan to make Australia the world’s most active, healthy nation.

“I encourage all community and sporting organisations on the West and North West Coasts and King Island to put their hand up and get involved to encourage more people to participate in sport.

“Obesity is a major cause of many of the chronic health problems faced in Tasmania, and making sport more accessible for more people is a fun and inclusive way to tackle this serious problem.”
 

Mr Pearce: “We know women’s sport in particular is seeing a participation boom, which is putting resourcing pressure on clubs to upgrade their facilities and field new teams in new leagues.

“Helping remote communities like King Island and the West Coast participate in sport is also a priority of mine because it improves health and brings our dispersed communities together.

“Organisations providing physical activity opportunities for people with a disability also have an excellent opportunity to attract more resources for the amazing work they do.

“Move It AUS is a great new initiative because community sport gets people off the couch, kids away from screens and brings families together and I strongly encourage eligible organisations to apply.”

Applications for the Sports Participation Grants Program close on 18 February 2019. Guidelines and details on the application process are available at www.sportaus.gov.au/participationgrants.

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New Free Trade Agreements under threat from Labor

New Free Trade Agreements under threat from Labor

6 January 2019 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

From 1 January 2019 the latest round of tariff cuts came into effect for Tassie exports around the world, including to China, South Korea, and TPP-11 countries such as Canada, Mexico.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said removing tariff barriers was leading to strong export growth but Labor protectionism was a threat to that success.

Assistant Minister Colbeck: “Tasmania has what the world wants and removing tariff barriers has allowed our primary producers to compete globally and take advantage of booming demand.”

“From 1 January tariffs are now eliminated on 5418 products with China alone - a benefit to Tassie exporters - which has been opposed by Labor MPs and threatened by their blatant protectionism.

“Bottled wine, for example, will now be exported to China tariff-free, meaning our spectacular Tasmanian cool climate and sparkling wines will have unparalleled access to the Chinese market.

“Australian wine exports to China grew 51% last year to exceed $1 billion for the first time, which makes China both our largest market and our most significant growth opportunity.

“Chinese tariffs have been eliminated on Atlantic salmon, rock lobster and other Tasmanian grown fishes, as well as horticultural produce like potatoes, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples.

“Tasmania’s sheep meat producers will have big new opportunities too, with a tariff reduction of 2.2 per cent on sheep meat exported to South Korea.
“Much of Tasmania’s recent growth success can be traced directly back to the success of the Coalition’s trade agenda.
“As a trading nation we can’t afford to return to the lost years of Labor-Green protectionism, where not a single Free Trade Agreement was initiated and delivered in six years of government.
“The union movement in particular has been brazen in holding Australian exporters to ransom, with new changes to the Labor Policy Platform making signing new agreements virtually impossible.

“Labor has been further hog-tied by their union masters with Platform demands that even undo reforms of Hawke and Keating – Tasmania’s growing export sectors will be harmed by such backward-looking madness.

Full details of the latest round of tariff cuts can be found on the FTA Portal: ftaportal.dfat.gov.au

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STEM futures for Devonport’s next generation

STEM futures for Devonport’s next generation

20 December 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Primary school students at Devonport Christian School in Don will benefit from a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) building thanks to a major Liberal National Government grant.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck today announced the Liberal National Government would provide $600,000 towards the project at Devonport Christian School through the Capital Grants Program.

Senator Colbeck: “Students and teachers thrive when their schools have modern and up-to-date facilities – that’s why the Coalition Government is proud to deliver the Capital Grants Program, which has benefited thousands of schools across the nation.”

“We know that STEM capabilities will be at the core of the future economy, and encouraging the curiosity of the next generation is one of the best investments we can make.

“These upgrades will help advance Devonport Christian School, ensure our classrooms have modern facilities and offer local parents affordable education choices.

“By delivering a strong economy the Liberal National Government has been able to fund the essential services our community relies on to educate the next generation.

“I congratulate Devonport Christian School for their successful grant and look forward to seeing the impact these improvements will have in the Devonport community for years to come.”

The Coalition Government has committed $660 million until 2021, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure.

Schools that want to learn more about the Capital Grants Program can visit https://www.education.gov.au/capital-grants-non-government-schools.

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Labor locks in promise for native forestry armageddon

Labor locks in promise for native forestry armageddon

18 December 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Labor have locked in the promise to shut down native forestry in Tasmania by 2027 and revisit one of the greatest policy disasters in living memory – the sham forest industry death deal.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resource Richard Colbeck said Tasmanians have a clear choice when it comes to forestry jobs for regional Tasmania.

Assistant Minister Colbeck: “Labor’s leadership have locked in a promise to shut down native forestry in Tasmania by 2027 and seek to take Tasmanians back to the dark old days of the Labor-Green sham forest industry death deal.

“Labor’s National Conference voted to bind the Labor Caucus to reinstating the disastrous sham forest deal which collapsed Tasmania’s forest industry in 2012 and destroyed more than 4,000 jobs.

“Justine Keay and Labor remain captured by Green ideology, and the Wilderness Society campaigners who now seek to become Labor Ministers are determined to lock up Tasmania’s resources as they tried to do in 2013.

“Both the Abbott Government in 2013 and the Tasmanian Liberal Government in 2014 came to power in a landslide by promising to rip up the sham forest peace deal and have delivered exactly that.

“Since then confidence has rebounded, production is up, exports are booming, there is no spare machinery capacity, jobs are growing and Tasmania forest industry is attracting investment from around the nation and the world.

“Tasmanians are completely justified in asking themselves how many times they have to send Labor a message on forestry: we don’t want lock ups, we don’t want the death of native forestry, and we don’t want to go back to being ruled by Green ideology.

“Tasmanians have moved on, they know that our forests are well managed and they have rejected the deceit of Tony Burke and his Green mates – Justine Keay should do the same.

“The sham forest peace deal is nothing short of a policy armageddon for the native forest industry in Tasmania and Labor have once again proven they have learned nothing in 5 years of Opposition.

“It is time to send Justine Keay and Labor another message: no lock ups, no job losses, hands off Tasmania!”

Labor’s National Conference passed the motion: ‘Labor will continue to support the implementation of the conditions of the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement (TFA) as a future pathway for the forest industry in Tasmania. This provides resource security for the iconic special timbers industry, under agreed terms. Labor supports this as a broad industry plan to achieve the outcomes from the TFA’.

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Places of Pride to honour our military service personnel

Places of Pride to honour our military service personnel

16 December 2018

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck and Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce are encouraging Tasmanians to contribute to the new Australian War Memorial initiative Places of Pride— an online national register of war memorials that will record the locations and images of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia.

Senator Colbeck said Places of Pride reminds regional Tasmanians that their stories are an integral part of the national commemoration led by the Australian War Memorial.

“Places of Pride is open to every club, community group, school, RSL, and individual to share their heritage and make it more accessible for locals and visitors alike,” Senator Colbeck said.

“Our memorials will be beautifully documented online and in a new display in the proposed expanded galleries of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

“Whether you live in Devonport, Burnie, Currie, Smithton or Queenstown you will be able see your local memorial shared with the world.”

Braddon Liberal Candidate Gavin Pearce said as a retired serviceman and veteran himself he welcomed the Government’s commitment to commemorating the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women.

“All our war memorials are special places because they allow current and future generations to reflect on the sacrifices made for the peace and freedoms we all enjoy,” Mr Pearce said.

“Being able to access information online about Places of Pride such as the Sheean Walk in Latrobe – named in honour of the heroic actions of Seaman Teddy Sheean – will allow our young people to better connect with their history.

“I encourage every school teacher to do an assignment with their class and upload a local Place of Pride to the database to teach our next generation about the important sacrifices that were made for them.”

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said it was incredibly important to instil an ongoing sense of remembrance and respect in future generations of Australians.

“The way in which Australia commemorates our servicemen and women is just one of the many ways in which we publicly say to our ex-service community, thank you for your service,” he said.

Places of Pride can be found at: https://placesofpride.awm.gov.au.

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Further $2 million research investment to grow Tasmanian forestry

Further $2 million research investment to grow Tasmanian forestry

11 December 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The Federal Liberal National Government and Tasmanian Liberal Government are providing $2 million for the second round of research proposals to grow the future of forestry.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said this investment through the Launceston Centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) will help boost sustainability, jobs and economic benefits to Australia’s forestry industry and Tasmania.

“I encourage industry and researchers to work together to ensure proposals that will benefit Australia’s strong forestry industry are submitted for support from the $2 million investment available from the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation,” Minister Colbeck said.

“We are seeking to support proposals that show innovation in areas such as new products and services, and opportunities to obtain more benefit from existing forestry resources.

“The forestry industry sales and service in Tasmania for solid timber, log and chip products is worth over $389 million, contributing to Australia’s overall forestry industry sales and service income of more than $23 billion.

“Projects under round one in Launceston saw nearly $5.5 million in combined government, industry and research community funding for nine projects, which include developing new appearance grade products from hardwood, increasing hardwood durability, improving harvesting operations in small scale plantations, using new technologies in hardwood timber drying, and developing collaborative and integrated pest management systems.

“Global demand for timber products is expected to quadruple by 2050. To help meet this demand, we need to work smarter and sustainably. Under the Liberal National Government’s National Forest Industries Plan, this second round of funding will help deliver world-class research.

“The plan is our roadmap to growth in Australia’s renewable wood products industry, and provides it with certainty and support.”

Applications for the second round of NIFPI research grants close 15 February 2019.

For more information, visit nifpi.org.au.

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Further 2.5 million research investment to grow South Australian forestry

Further 2.5 million research investment to grow South Australian forestry

11 December 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The Federal Liberal National Government and South Australian Liberal Government are providing $2.5 million for the second round of research proposals to grow the future of forestry.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the investment through the Mt Gambier Centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) will help boost sustainability, jobs and economic benefits to Australia’s forestry industry and South Australia.

“I encourage industry and researchers to work together to ensure proposals that will benefit Australia’s strong forestry industry are submitted for support from the $2.5 million investment available from the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation,” Minister Colbeck said.

“We are seeking to support proposals that show innovation in areas such as new products in bioenergy, improving workplace safety and efficiency, and enhancing forest growth through health and genetic gains.

“The forestry industry sales and service in South Australia is worth nearly $2 billion, contributing to Australia’s overall forestry sales and service industry income of more than $23 billion.

“Projects under round one in Mt Gambier saw nearly $3.3 million in combined government, industry and research community funding for four projects, which include increasing the use of remote sensing for measuring forest inventories, tree health and nutrition and mapping weeds to improve productivity, wearable sensors to improve worker safety, and using remote sensing for early fire detection in forest estates.

“Global demand for timber products is expected to quadruple by 2050. To help meet this demand, we need to work smarter and sustainably. Under the Liberal National Government’s National Forest Industries Plan, this second round of funding will help deliver world-class research.

“The plan is a roadmap to growth in Australia’s renewable wood products industry, and provides it with certainty and support.”

Applications for the second round of NIFPI research grants close 15 February 2019.

For more information, visit nifpi.org.au.

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Landmark Medicare support for Tasmanians living with an eating disorder

Landmark Medicare support for Tasmanians living with an eating disorder

10 December 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

The Liberal National Government will help people in West and North West Tasmania living with an eating disorder to access life-saving treatment with a $115 million landmark package.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck welcomed the announcement and said for the first time, those Australians with severe eating disorders will now be able to access a comprehensive treatment plan under Medicare.

“Patients in West and North West Tasmania will be able to access up to 40 Medicare funded psychological and an up 20 dietetic sessions each year from November 1 next year,” Senator Colbeck said.

“Eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric illness, with anorexia by far the deadliest mental health condition in Australia. There are around 1 million Australians living with an eating disorder.

“The Liberal National Government is committed to delivering more Medicare services to more Tasmanians who need them and we have been able to pay for it by building a strong economy.”
Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the $110.7 million investment into the first dedicated Medicare item for eating disorders will benefit around 30,000 people each year living with these debilitating disorders, helping them to get better and stay out of hospital.

“This will undoubtedly save many lives as eating disorders can be debilitating for both men and women of any age and this illness is one of the many nightmares parents have for their children,” Minister Hunt said.

“It is only right that we recognise these debilitating conditions within our Medicare system.”

“We have worked closely with medical experts and key stakeholder for many months to achieve this outcome and we thank the independent Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce for their work, following our request for a review last year.”

“Our Government will also provide $4 million to the InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders.”

“This funding will support new research into better treatment and care for people living with an eating disorder condition.”

Our Government is prioritising better mental health for all Australians with $4.7 billion expected to be spent on mental health this financial year.

This is also why we are so committed to keeping our economy strong. Because without a strong economy and getting our budget back into balance, we can’t make these important decisions. This is why a strong economy matters.

The Liberal National Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued to investment of record amounts of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and public hospitals.

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Labor seeks to divide community to benefit big energy companies

Labor seeks to divide community to benefit big energy companies

7 December 2018 - Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team

Under the big stick energy legislation public power assets will remain in public hands and there will be a tough cop on the beat if Labor Governments and the big energy companies try to gouge their customers.

Colbeck: “The Coalition Government’s big stick energy plan will protect customers from big public and private energy companies while keeping public assets in public hands.

“Tasmanians will be disappointed to know that Tasmanian Labor is running a protection racket for a rogue Queensland Labor Government which is paying for its reckless spending by price gouging electricity customers.”

Abetz: “Labor are again working against the national interest and trying to divide the community based on lies to protect the sectional interests of big unions and big business.”

“Responsible State Governments will have nothing to fear, such as the Tasmanian Liberal Government which has delivered the lowest regulated power prices in the nation.”

 Bushby: “It is deeply concerning that Labor opposes the powers outlined in the big stick energy legislation, which will only apply to companies whose conduct is dishonest, in bad faith, fraudulent, and for the purpose of manipulating prices.

“It is deeply concerning that Tasmanian Labor is again cosying up to these kinds of corporations, as they have infamously done with the militant MUA and CFMEU.”

Duniam: “The ACCC review identified serious misconduct in the energy sector and the Liberals make no apologies for acting swiftly to bring down energy costs for Australians.

“As history shows, under Labor power prices always go up, whereas only the Liberals have a plan to get energy prices down for families, pensioners and small businesses.”

Any divestiture of a government owned enterprise is only to be made to another government owned energy company where the two entities genuinely compete with one another.

The Treasurer can only make an application to the Federal Court for a Divestiture order where both the ACCC and the Treasurer are satisfied that the order would result in a net public benefit.

The ACCC’s price gouging report can be found here: https://www.accc.gov.au/publications/restoring-electricity-affordability-australias-competitive-advantage

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Coalition Government Delivering on Phoenix House Promise for King Island

Coalition Government Delivering on Phoenix House Promise for King Island

5 December 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

The Coalition Government has delivered on another by-election commitment, this time to King Island with $120,000 for the Phoenix Community Complex – Stage Two.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the upgrade to the facilities for the Island’s Community Centre will provide a safe, friendly meeting place for the local community.

Senator Colbeck: “The Liberal Party is the only Party who is delivering our by-election commitments to the people of West and North West Tasmania.

“King Island’s Phoenix House does extraordinary work in the local community and $120,000 to upgrade their facilities recognises the strong value locals place on their services.

“The Coalition Government is proudly committed to its role in backing the work of volunteers, particularly in remote areas like King Island, where they form the backbone of the local community.

“The consolidation of Phoenix House, including its Men’s Shed, Community Centre and community garden will bring King Islanders from all walks of life together.

 

“Like similar community centres across Australia, the King Island Phoenix House Community Centre will offer support to locals who need a bit of space and some friendly, easy-going company.

“It will also bring the full array of community services available to more people and in a more accessible way.”

“The Men’s Shed, for example, is extremely important because men are often the last ones to make their health and wellbeing a priority and it’s imperative that we do what we can to ensure they get the support they need and deserve.

“The Coalition Government delivered $125,000 for Stage One of the Phoenix House and the delivery of Stage Two funding will now finish the project.

“By supporting a strong economy the Coalition Government is able to deliver on its election promises and the essential services Tasmanians rely on.”

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The Future of Better Regional Telecommunications

The Future of Better Regional Telecommunications

5 December 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

The release of the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review reinforces the Liberal National Government’s strategy to invest in telecommunications to build a stronger regional economy and help create jobs.

The 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review: Getting it right out there puts forward 10 recommendations to improve access to telecommunications infrastructure, ensure modern and appropriate consumer protections and promote digital inclusion. 

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said that the Review provides a pathway for the Liberal National Government to improve regional telecommunications that will support local small businesses, keep friends and family in contact and provide reliable communications in times of emergency.

Senator Colbeck: “We are seeing the benefits already of our investment in regional telecommunications in Tasmania, through more reliable services and strong uptake by business but we can’t afford to slow down.”

“With better telecommunications, small business owners can grow their enterprise without being held back by the tyranny of distance as they know customers are only a click away.

“The Liberal National Government has funded 867 new mobile black spot base stations, compared to 0 from Labor, including at Temma, Gawler, Rocky Cape, Sisters Beach, Elliot, Melrose, South Riana, Loyetea, Gunns Plains,Devonport and two at Yolla.

“The NBN is also rolled out right across the state with more that 99% completed, including delivering fibre down the West Coast.

“The Review shows there are many benefits flowing from increased digital connectivity, with economic modelling showing that digital agriculture could increase the value of the industry by $20.3 billion.

“Better telecommunication also drives a more successful tourism industry that creates jobs in our regions. Tourists being able to share their images and stories in real time from Cradle Mountain or the wild West Coast is showcasing our region to the world.”

The Committee was the most consultative ever held, with 22 public sessions across the country, including in Devonport and Circular Head. More than 380 submissions were received from a range of individuals and organisations.

The Government will respond to the Committee’s recommendations in early 2019.

The final report is available at: www.communications.gov.au/regional-telecommunications-review

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NSW Regional Forest Agreements signed off

NSW Regional Forest Agreements signed off

31 November 2018 - Minister David Littleproud, Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck, NSW Minister Paul Toole

The Australian and NSW governments have released a modernised approach to forest management through the renewal of three NSW Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs).

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud, Assistant Minister for Agriculture Senator Richard Colbeck and NSW Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said the improvements and the
20 year extension to the RFAs provide long-term confidence and sustainability for the future of NSW’s $2.4 billion wood product manufacturing industry. 

“We’re pleased to deliver our commitment on these RFAs,” Minister Littleproud said.

“We understand certainty matters to business and that’s what we delivered.”  

Assistant Minister Colbeck said the forest industry was the backbone of many regional communities and was set to provide even more opportunities under the extended RFAs.

“Timber is the building material of the 21st century, with global demand expected to quadruple by 2050, so it is important we give regional communities the confidence to invest in their forest industries,” Minister Colbeck said.

“Australia has a recognised world-class forest management system and one covered by multiple internationally recognised sustainability certifications, which give assurance to consumers that their beautiful native species floors,
furniture and feature pieces are sourced with the highest ethical standards.”

New South Wales Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said as a result of the NSW RFAs, the native forest timber industry operates with some of the highest levels of sustainability in the world.
“The renewed Agreements pave the way for the continued sustainable management of the state’s forests, while providing critical protection of the environment and threatened species,” Minister Toole said.

“The renewed RFAs bring together extensive community and stakeholder input, as well as key recommendations from a detailed independent review of our past performance.  
“We are committed to maintaining our support for the long-term NSW RFAs, and the ongoing certainty of a truly renewable industry.” 

The Agreements will be underpinned by the NSW Government’s $7.2 million forest monitoring program that focuses on adaptive management and fine-tuning in NSW’s management of the forest estate. 

Fast facts:

  • In NSW there are more than 22,200 employees in the forestry and wood products manufacturing sectors 
  • Valued at $2.4 billion, NSW’s forest and forest products industry sector makes a large contribution to both the Australian economy and many regional and rural economies.

 

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Celebrating the best of Australian regional exporters

Celebrating the best of Australian regional exporters

28 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Businesses from across the country came together last night in Canberra for the 56th Australian Export Awards, with Barossa Valley winemaker Torbreck Vintners taking out this year’s Regional Exporter Award.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the award celebrates exporters outside our metro areas that are succeeding internationally.

“Our regional exporters play a vital role in supporting the prosperity of local communities, driving jobs and economic growth through their business ventures,” Minister Colbeck said.

“Congratulations to Torbreck Vintners for taking out the 2018 Regional Exporter Award.

“I would like to congratulate all the finalists for their hard work and dedication in raising the profile of Australian products in the international marketplace, particularly a number from the agriculture sector.

“It takes a lot of work to build international trade links and each of this year’s finalists has demonstrated extraordinary talent to succeed in a highly competitive global market.

“It is great to see regional Australian businesses using innovative approaches to help contribute to our global reputation as a provider of world-class products.”

The 2018 Regional Exporter Award finalists included:

  •          Blue Hills Honey – Tas
  •          Envirostream Australia – VIC
  •          Telsoft – ACT
  •          Torbreck Vintners Pty – SA
  •          Opmantek – QLD
  •          Churchview Estate – WA
  •          Spell & The Gypsy Collective – NSW

The Australian Export Awards is a national program that recognises and honours Australian companies engaged in international business who have achieved sustainable growth through innovation and commitment.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has sponsored the Regional Exporter Award since 2015.

For more information, visit https://www.exportawards.gov.au/

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Delivering the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan

Delivering the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan

27 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

The Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) has considered the views of stakeholders and agreed to implement a Tropical Rock Lobster (TRL) Fishery Management Plan, from 1 December 2018, to coincide with the commencement of the Torres Strait Fisheries Amendment (Tropical Rock Lobster) Management Instrument 2018.

The Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, and Chair of the PZJA, Senator Richard Colbeck said the Australian Government had taken decisive action to deliver the TRL Fishery Management Plan after extensive consultation.

“Today’s historic announcement is the result of strong and decisive leadership from Torres Strait Islanders, non-traditional fishers and the Australian Government, and adds to Australia’s reputation as a world leader in fisheries management,” Minister Colbeck said.

“The Management Plan will implement a quota management system and includes an allocation process that will take a minimum of 10 months.

“The PZJA has agreed to an interim total allowable catch (TAC) of 200 tonnes from 1 December 2018, which will allow fishers to head out and free dive and lamp fish from this weekend, and hookah fishing can commence on 1 February 2019.

“The annual stock assessment undertaken by CSIRO has been completed and the PZJA expects to receive advice from the TRL Resource Assessment and Working Groups early next year, in order to determine a final TAC by late March 2019.”

The Chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), Pedro Stephen, said recent community visits included discussions with Traditional inhabitants across 16 islands and there was considerable support for the TRL Management Plan and instrument.

“Management arrangements have been made for the 2018–19 fishing season while the Management Plan gets implemented,” Mr Stephen said.

“The instrument will ensure Traditional Inhabitant Boat (TIB) fishers are allocated 66.17 per cent of the TAC and 33.83 per cent will be allocated to the Transferrable Vessel Holder (TVH) licence holders, according to the October 2007 provisional allocation notices.

“These new arrangements will provide certainty for the fishing community, from the fishers, to fish receivers, communities and seafood retailers, whilst the allocation process under the Management Plan is completed.

“The PZJA recognises and fully supports the aspirations of Traditional inhabitants to increase their share of TRL Fishery quota to 100 per cent and the Management Plan will pave the way.”

Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the development of the TRL Fishery Management Plan has been very thorough.

“I thank the industry and all stakeholders for their comments and submissions, which have allowed the PZJA to improve the draft Management Plan and to create a strong foundation for the TRL Fishery into the future,” Minister Furner said.

The PZJA is comprised of the Chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority, the Commonwealth Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and the Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries.

Further information about the TRL Management Plan and associated management measures can be found on the PZJA website at pzja.gov.au

 

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$100 million to support type 1 diabetes patients

$100 million to support type 1 diabetes patients

27 November 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

The Liberal National Government will expand free access to glucose monitoring devices for pregnant women, children and more adults with type 1 diabetes, saving people in West and North West Tasmania up to $7,000 a year.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck welcomed the $100 million announcement and said the investment guarantees certainty.

“This additional funding over the next four years will ensure that free glucose monitoring devices will be available to over 37,000 eligible people with type 1 diabetes across Australia,” Senator Colbeck said.

“Delivering a strong economy is allowing the Liberal National Government to invest in the essential services Tasmanians rely on.

“Diabetes management is an ongoing challenge for many people, but particularly pregnant women and young people, and the consequences of mistakes can be dire.

“Free access to glucose monitoring devices will ease household budgets and make life just that bit easier for people facing the challenge of monitoring and managing their type 1 diabetes.”

From March 1, 2019 eligibility for fully subsidised continuous glucose monitoring devices will be expanded under the National Diabetes Services Scheme to include:

  • women with type 1 diabetes who are pregnant, breastfeeding or actively planning pregnancy
  • people with type 1 diabetes aged 21 years or older who have concessional status, and who

have a high clinical need such as experiencing recurrent severe hypoglycaemic events

  • children and young people with conditions similar to type 1 diabetes who require insulin.

This includes a range of conditions such as cystic fibrosis related diabetes or neonatal

  1.  

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that attacks a person’s ability to produce insulin. People with this condition must be able to monitor their glucose levels day and night.

Continuous glucose monitoring devices continually monitor a person’s glucose levels and provides alerts if glucose levels drop too low.

It involves a sensor, usually attached to the stomach, that monitors the glucose levels and has an alarm that can alert people or their carer if the levels drop to low

Our Government also plans to add the new the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system to the scheme for these people with type 1 diabetes. This will provide patients with more choice in how they manage their diabetes through this important program.

The FreeStyle Libre device involves a sensor on the arm that monitors glucose levels and sends readings to a user’s mobile phone or diabetes management device. When a patient passes their phone or device past the sensor it provides a reading of their glucose levels.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the Government will work with Diabetes Australia and key diabetes experts to implement the expanded scheme and finalise the clinical criteria.

“Expanding access to these glucose monitoring devices helps reduce stress and anxiety as well as emergency visits to the hospital,” Minster Hunt said.

“These devices will bring peace of mind to Australians with type 1 diabetes and improve their quality of life now and into the future.”

In line with a commitment made during the 2016 federal election, the Coalition Government has already made access to glucose monitoring products available to eligible children and young people aged under 21 years with type 1 diabetes - nearly 9,500 young Australians - through the National Diabetes Services Scheme have already taken up the free devices.

The Morrison Government’s strong economic management means we can make sure more patients have access to more life-saving and life-improving medicines and treatments.

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Future-focused forest research grows in Tasmania

Future-focused forest research grows in Tasmania

23 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Tasmania’s forest industries are set to benefit from $5.5 million of new research through the inaugural round of projects funded by the Launceston centre of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI).

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, joined Tasmania’s Minister for Resources, Sarah Courtney, in congratulating the funding recipients and welcoming the benefits these projects will bring to Australia and Tasmania.

“The projects will provide economic returns to Tasmania’s forest industries and the local economy while the lessons learned here will help lead the way across Australia,” Minister Colbeck said.

“They range from improving remotely acquired forestry data to increasing the durability of Tasmanian hardwoods and developing next generation engineered structural timber.

“Global demand for timber products is expected to quadruple by 2050 and the Coalition Government’s National Forest Industries Plan will deliver world-class research and one billion new trees to meet that demand.

“The total combined value of this first round of approved projects is over $5.5 million in a combination of Commonwealth and State funds, and matched funding and in-kind contributions by industry and research agencies.

“This investment will play a vital role in fostering collaboration, supporting cutting edge research, boosting innovation, growing jobs and securing Tasmania’s place as the centre for forest-industry research.”

Tasmania’s Minister for Resources, Sarah Courtney, said the first round of projects would contribute to further enhancing Tasmania’s forestry management practices and bringing new ideas to life.

“Tasmania has a proud history of supporting a sustainable and well-managed forestry sector,’’ Minister Courtney said.

“These exciting and innovative projects will maximise the economic value of our forest products, ensuring sustainable jobs into the future.

“The Tasmanian forest industry continues to evolve into a sophisticated, high value industry. This is only possible due to our extensive expertise and local knowledge and I congratulate the successful recipients.

“I encourage innovators in the industry to apply for the second round of grants opening soon.”

Find out more about the NIFPI recipients and the round one projects here: www.nifpi.org.au

Fast Facts:

  •          The establishment of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation, and its regional centre in Launceston, was a 2016 election promise.
  •          The Australian Government is providing $4 million toward the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation with matched funding by the Tasmanian and South Australian state governments ($2 million each) as well as by industry.
    •          The Australian and Tasmanian governments are contributing $1.9 million to these successful projects—which is being matched by $3.6 million of funding and in-kind contributions from the forestry industry and research agencies.
  •          The dates and parameters for the next round of proposals will be released soon on the NIFPI website.

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Growing forest research in Mt Gambier

Growing forest research in Mt Gambier

23 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Australia’s forestry industries are set to benefit from $3.3 million of new research through the inaugural round of projects funded under the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) centre in Mount Gambier.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, joined South Australia’s Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tim Whetstone, in congratulating the funding recipients and welcoming the benefits these projects will bring to Australia and South Australia.

“These projects will play an important role in exploring and facilitating innovation in areas such as forest management, worker safety, advanced remote sensing, forest water use and the application of advanced technologies ” Minister Colbeck said.

“Importantly, the research done in Mount Gambier will have national implications—it can be applied to other plantation regions across Australia—and it will maximise the economic returns from every dollar invested.

“Global demand for timber products is expected to quadruple by 2050 and the Coalition Government’s National Forest Industries Plan will deliver world-class research and one billion new trees to meet that demand.

“The total value of this first round of approved projects is $3.3 million through a combination of Australian and South Australian government funds, together with funding and in-kind contributions from industry and research agencies.”

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tim Whetstone, said these projects provide exciting opportunities for the future of the South Australian forestry industry.

“Forestry is truly a sunrise industry in South Australia—I am proud to see Mount Gambier leading the way in building knowledge on Australia’s plantation forests and revolutionising the way they are used,”
Minister Whetstone said.

“I encourage innovators and researchers to apply for the second round of grants opening soon.”

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the South East of South Australia had a long history in plantation forestry dating back to the establishment of some of Australia’s first forest plantation trials in the 1870s, and that this local knowledge was invaluable.

"By building on this long tradition of plantation forests, and by making the most of local knowledge in the South East and research and innovation capacity, we can increase the plantation sector’s contribution, not only locally but also to the broader South Australian and national economy," Mr Pasin said.

Find out more about the successful NIFPI recipients and the round one projects here: www.nifpi.org.au

Fast Facts:

  •          The establishment of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation, and its regional centres in Mount Gambier and Launceston, was a 2016 election promise
  •          The Australian Government is providing $4 million toward the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation with matched funding by the Tasmanian and South Australian state governments ($2 million each) as well as by industry.
  •          The Australian and South Australian governments are contributing $1.3 million to these successful projects – which is being matched by $2 million of funding and in-kind contributions from the forestry industry and research agencies.
  •          The dates and parameters for the next round of proposals will be released soon on the NIFPI website.
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Shorten walking away from Battery of the Nation

Shorten walking away from Battery of the Nation

22 November 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said Bill Shorten’s plans announced this morning to subsidise chemical batteries has cast doubt on his commitment to Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation project.

Senator Colbeck: “Today Labor jeopardised 3,000 jobs in regional Tasmania so that Elon Musk can buy a new yacht.

“Labor’s announcement today on chemical battery handouts has shown that once again Bill Shorten is crab-walking away from vital Tasmanian energy infrastructure that is genuinely renewable.

“Under the Coalition Government, Tasmania is gearing up for a once-in-a-generation investment in the pumped hydro Battery of the Nation project which will bring down power prices, provide reliable energy into the national market and future-proof our State’s economy.

“Under Labor, Silicon Valley billionaires will be licking their lips and the Tasmanian taxpayer will foot the bill.

“Expensive chemical batteries will only drive up prices in the grid and send profits offshore, whereas pumped hydro will provide cheap, reliable power and the profits will go into the Tasmanian economy.

“Shorten’s plan will also cripple the business case for a second Bass Strait interconnector which is vital for pumped hydro and a range of major North West wind power projects.

“It is becoming clear why Bill Shorten and Labor are only proposing some vague concept of a “Renewable Energy Zone” rather than backing pumped hydro and a second interconnector.

“Justine Keay must decide whether she supports Bill Shorten and Elon Musk or construction and energy workers in Tasmania.

“Only the Coalition will put Tasmanians before tech billionaires.”

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Labor meatworker union reveals plans to butcher Tasmanian economy

Labor meatworker union reveals plans to butcher Tasmanian economy

22 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Tasmanian Senator Richard Colbeck, said Labor’s union masters have endangered Tasmania’s economy by demanding a future Labor government gut the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES).

Assistant Minister Colbeck: “With Bill Shorten’s union masters demanding he scrap the TFES for unprocessed Tasmanian goods, Labor must reveal their plans to cut the TFES.

“The Labor-aligned meatworkers union demanding the gutting the TFES is the one of the most staggering acts of economic sabotage I have ever seen.

“What is so disturbing about the proposal to end TFES rebates for raw materials is that it will be an economy-wide hit on Tasmania’s primary producers – from farmers to foresters, miners to fishers.  

“The meatworkers union, like the MUA, are calling for Tasmania’s agricultural sector to be brought to its knees and a permanent handicap be placed on our economy.

“Bill Shorten and his Tasmanian Labor-Green cohort must come clean on their plans to butcher the TFES and hold Tasmanian primary producers to ransom.

“The Coalition Government has a proud record of extending the TFES on many occasions since its inception, including most recently by extending the TFES to exports and donated drought relief fodder.

“The extension of the TFES to exports in 2015, in particular, was regarded as a game-changer for the Tasmanian economy and our unparalleled export growth since then has proved it to be true.

“Livestock has been a part of the TFES since its inception under Malcolm Fraser and Labor’s plans will rock the scheme to its very core.

“Gutting the TFES is quite simply an act of treason against the Tasmanian economy and Bill Shorten must come clean on his plans.”

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World-class AFMA to welcome new acting leader to the helm

World-class AFMA to welcome new acting leader to the helm

22 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The agency responsible for the sustainable management of Commonwealth fisheries, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), has today farewelled their CEO, and has welcomed a new acting leader.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, thanked outgoing AFMA CEO, James Findlay and welcomed Anna Willock to head the authority.

“James has done an exceptional job at the helm of AFMA over the past eight years, ensuring that Australia continues to be a global leader in fisheries management,” Minister Colbeck said.

“James worked effectively to balance the interests of commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers, environmental and marine stakeholders, regional and global institutions and policy agencies from all Australian fishing jurisdictions, leaving our Commonwealth fisheries in excellent condition.

“For the fifth year in a row, not a single fishery managed solely by the Commonwealth is subject to overfishing, which sets a shining example of effective fisheries management internationally.

“Our fish stocks are sustainably harvested with domestic and international consumers enjoying safe, high-quality Australian seafood sourced from flourishing marine ecosystems.

“I would like to express my gratitude to James for his leadership and commitment to a sustainable fishing industry, and wish him well in his new appointment to Parks Australia.

“I’m pleased to welcome Anna Willock as AFMA’s acting CEO to carry on this important work, including leading our world-class fisheries management policy.

“The authority is in safe hands, with Anna bringing 20 years’ experience in fisheries management conservation and regulation, across national, regional and international positions.

“She comes across from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, where she has been leading the department’s Biotechnology, Dairy and Levies Policy branch.”

A selection process is underway to identify the new permanent AFMA CEO, and is expected to be finalised in early 2019.

For more information on the important work AFMA does please visit: https://www.afma.gov.au/.

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Celebrating National Agriculture Day

Celebrating National Agriculture Day

21 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, welcomed National Agriculture Day today and encouraged Tasmanians to celebrate by buying local Tasmanian produce.

Assistant Minister Colbeck: “For generations agriculture has been the backbone of Tasmania’s society and economy, and it is important we honour this important industry today.

“I urge all Tasmanians to celebrate by buying Tasmanian produce at their local shop and enjoy the high-quality produce our farmers work hard to deliver to us every day.

“Tasmania is recognised as producing some of the best food and fibre in the world and it is important we stop and reflect on the value of this special part of living in Tasmania.

“Our meat producers provide the cornerstone of a healthy diet and keep Tasmanians strong and performing at their best.

“Our dairy industry has shown its resilience and consumers have responded with a clear show of support for our locally produced milk and dairy products.

“Our horticulture industry provides the two fruit and five veg we need daily to keep our families healthy and happy.

“Tasmanian salmon farmers Frances and Peter Bender were this year awarded Australian Farmer of the Year and a feed of seafood would also be a fitting tribute to this landmark achievement.

“Tasmania’s forest industry also continues to grow in an effort to meet the surging global demand for our sustainable timber and timber products.

“Celebrate this National Agriculture Day by buying local, and particularly by buying Tasmanian.”

To learn more about National Agriculture Day please visit: https://www.agday.org.au/

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LABOR CUTS TO TRUCK WASHES THREATEN BIOSECURITY

LABOR CUTS TO TRUCK WASHES THREATEN BIOSECURITY

16 May 2019 - Assistant Minister for Agriculture Richard Colbeck, Gavin Pearce

Labor’s refusal to honour the Liberal National Government’s $4 million in grants for North West Tasmanian truck washes is a threat to our biosecurity.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Richard Colbeck said Tasmania’s biosecurity underpins our State’s reputation for safe, high-quality produce.

“Our livestock transporters do an excellent job getting Tasmania’s safe, high quality produce to market but we need to be doing more to support them to fight biosecurity risks.

“Modern truck washes will help our truckies stop any potential spread of pests and diseases between farms, which is why the Liberal National Government has approved grants in Smithton, Burnie, Devonport and King Island.

“Labor’s refusal to honour these grants to pay for their MONA handouts is simply disgraceful, and to tell the livestock transport industry to come back, cap in hand, and beg for money in a fruit fly fund shows how out of touch Labor is.”

Braddon Liberal Candidate Gavin Pearce said small trucking operators, in particular, would benefit from modern, accessible truck washes.

“Truck washes may not be sexy in Salamanca but they will make a hell of a big difference for small livestock operators in the North West and will mean far more for the local industry than Labor’s $50 million MONA handout.

“As a farmer and heavy haulage contractor myself, I know how important having clean trucks moving between farms is for our biosecurity and also for animal welfare.

“At this election the people of Braddon have a clear choice: between the Liberal National Government backing farmers and jobs, or Shorten Labor who seem more interested in lining David Walsh’s pockets than they are about projects for the North West.”

 

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Revamped fisheries harvest strategy policy

Revamped fisheries harvest strategy policy

21 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

The harvest strategy policy underpinning Australian fisheries has been updated, in a move which reflects advances in international best practice, further supports trust in our world-class fisheries management systems and provides certainty for commercial fishers and the environment.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said that the Second Edition of the Commonwealth Fisheries Harvest Strategy Policy and implementation guidelines would ensure that Commonwealth-managed fisheries remain at the forefront of sustainability.

“Australia is a world leader in fisheries management and I am committed to keeping our fisheries healthy and sustainable for the benefit of all Australians,” Minister Colbeck said.

“This policy is the cornerstone of the government’s commitment to Australia’s fishing industry—providing the framework for the evidence-based approach to setting sustainable harvest levels.

“The second edition of the policy has been updated following developments in fisheries science and fisheries management practice, as well as stakeholder consultations and technical reviews.

“The policy now gives even greater guidance on managing for variability in our ocean environment, and more explicit consideration of recreational and Indigenous fishers.

“It also ensures consistency of management across fisheries to provide the industry with a more certain operating environment.

“By using the best available research, we’re able to meet these sustainability targets and support jobs all over the country, particularly in regional areas.

The Commonwealth Fisheries Harvest Strategy Policy and the Commonwealth Fisheries Bycatch Policy, also released today, are the foundation for the management of Commonwealth fisheries.

The Commonwealth Fisheries Harvest Strategy Policy is available online at agriculture.gov.au/fisheries/domestic/harvest_strategy_policy.

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Reducing bycatch in Commonwealth fisheries

Reducing bycatch in Commonwealth fisheries

21 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Australia continues to improve its fisheries management systems with the release of a new Commonwealth policy for avoiding and minimising bycatch—species caught but not targeted by commercial fishers.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said that the Second Edition of the Commonwealth Fisheries Bycatch Policy and implementation guidelines give practical instructions to limit fishing impacts on the marine environment and further supports trust in our world-class fisheries management systems.

“Being World Fisheries Day, today is a perfect opportunity to launch the revised policy and highlight Australia’s role as an international leader in sustainable fisheries management”, Minister Colbeck said.

“This bycatch policy complements and supports the new Commonwealth Fisheries Harvest Strategy Policy, and will contribute to Australia’s world-class, sustainable and environmentally responsible fisheries management regime.

“This will in turn increase the confidence of retailers, consumers and the general public in the world-leading sustainability of Australian seafood.

“The bycatch policy and harvest strategy policy will also provide greater management certainty for fishers.

“We continue to work collaboratively with marine scientists and fisheries managers to drive innovation in on-water practices, bycatch mitigation technologies and fishing gear design.”

Minister for the Environment, Melissa Price, said the policy aims to reduce fishing-related impacts on bycatch species and the marine environment consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development.

“The purpose of the bycatch policy is to ensure that direct and indirect impacts on marine systems are taken into account and managed accordingly,” Minister Price said.

“This is done through mechanisms that reduce bycatch, improve mitigation measures for protected species and minimise impacts of fishing on the marine environment.

“These policies reflect the significant commitment by the government, industry and scientists to ensure Commonwealth fisheries are managed on an ecologically sustainable basis.

“This Government pursues bycatch management options that are practical, cost-effective to apply and that support environmental and fisheries legislative requirements.”

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Genome mapping for trees critical to Australian horticulture

Genome mapping for trees critical to Australian horticulture

21 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

A new $13.3 million joint research project will look at tree genetics to better understand how genes control traits that are valuable to Australian horticultural growers.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said this genomic project is essential to ensure Australia’s horticulture industry growth remains competitive domestically and internationally.
“This is a landmark investment in research and development that will improve productivity, farmgate profitability and global competitiveness for Australian horticultural industries,” Minister Colbeck said.

“This five-year project, delivered through Hort Innovation and its research partners, aims to build a complete DNA map, which shows the genetic make-up and variability of Australia’s leading tree crops – avocado, mango, macadamia and citrus fruits.

“The Coalition Government is committed to its vital role in enabling research and development which will bear fruit for industries, workers and businesses in regional Australia.

“Understanding our leading tree crop DNA will help our Australian growers to develop more resilient trees and produce new plant varieties in response to pest and disease outbreaks, climate variation, and evolving consumer preference.

“In times of drought, trees which are able to produce more value for less water are critical and will allow our growers in areas like the Murray Darling Basin to better adapt to dry spells.

“I am excited the Australian Government was able to contribute to Hort Innovation’s research through Commonwealth co-investment in the Hort Frontiers Advanced Production System Fund.

“Australia’s horticultural industry operates in a highly competitive market—domestically and internationally—and has a reputation for high quality and safety standards across all stages of the supply chain—from the farm to consumers.

“Excluding wine grapes, our competitive horticultural industry is Australia’s third largest agricultural industry, behind meats and grains. For it to remain competitive, our growers need cutting edge research and efficient production technologies.”

Further information on the project can be found at https://horticulture.com.au/co-investment-fund/advanced-production-systems-fund/.

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Forest industry grows for fourth year running

Forest industry grows for fourth year running

20 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, welcomed the continued growth in the forestry sector as outlined in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) report released today.

Minister Colbeck said the forestry sector was experiencing a strong surge in confidence and was benefitting from regulatory certainty and growing global demand for sustainable product.

“The Australian forestry industry continues to provide more jobs, exports and sustainable products for Australian and global consumers,” Minister Colbeck said.

“The Coalition Government continues to enable a strong resurgence in the forest and wood products industry, with the industry growing 4.4 per cent to $8.8 billion in 2016–17.

“The value of woodchip exports, in particular, has soared to a record $1.3 billion in 2017–2018, a 6.1 per cent increase from the year before.

“Paper and paperboard exports also increased by 5.8 per cent to $962 million, driven by a massive 33.9 per cent growth in the value of newsprint exports.

“Global demand for timber and timber products is projected to quadruple by 2050 and the Coalition Government has delivered a National Forest Industries Plan to take advantage of this, which includes the planting of a billion new trees over the next decade.

“The Coalition Government will also establish Regional Forestry Hubs based in leading production zones to drive strategic development and research opportunities in regional Australia.

“20 year rolling extensions to the Regional Forestry Agreements are providing long-term certainty across the country, with the Tasmanian agreement already signed and other states set to follow.

“Exciting opportunities also exist with the recent release of the national standard for the Forest Stewardship Council certification to go with our existing Australian standard of the ‘Responsible Wood’ certification.

“Consumers and communities can be confident that Australia’s forestry and wood products industry continues to grow as a preferred supplier of sustainable timber products both here and around the world.”

Australian forest and wood products statistics: March and June quarters 2018 is available here: www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/publications.

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Water Fund to Help Transform Tasmanian Farming Communities

Water Fund to Help Transform Tasmanian Farming Communities

20 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The National Water Infrastructure Development Fund will deliver an extra $500 million for water infrastructure, including in Tasmania.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the Coalition Government is committed to a stronger economy.
Assistant Minister Colbeck: “We can grow a strong economy by investing in infrastructure that grows jobs and opportunities for Tasmanian farming communities.”

“Irrigation infrastructure has been transformative for farmers right across Tasmania and access to new resources will provide expanded export opportunities.
“Tasmania has a competitive advantage because we are one of the only areas in Australia where we are actively developing water resources.
“This year the Coalition Government, in partnership with local irrigators and the Liberal State Government, has delivered funding for the $57.3 million Tranche 2 Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme.

“For some farmers in that region it has given them the opportunity to double their herds because the right amount of water at the right time provides the certainty they need to invest and to grow.
“The Duck River scheme in Circular Head has also been vital for that region’s cropping and grazing operations and was made possible by a $15.8 million Coalition Government investment.
“The transformative effect of irrigation is seen most starkly in the Midlands, where irrigation has reinvigorated the area and been a major contributing factor to the strong growth of our exports.
“New markets for Tasmanian farmers have emerged through Coalition Government Free Trade Agreements with China, Japan, South Korea, Peru, TPP-11 and now Hong Kong, and Tasmanian farmers will be able to take advantage by investing in new water infrastructure through the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.”

The Fund’s expansion to more than $1 billion, as well as the existing $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility program, means more than $3 billion is now available from the Federal Government to support State and Territory Governments and their project partners, to build new water infrastructure and provide greater social and economic opportunity for Australians.

Further information on the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund is available at https://infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/water-infrastructure/nwi-development-fund/.

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$2 billion fund to transform access to finance for small businesses

$2 billion fund to transform access to finance for small businesses

19 November 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Small and family businesses in Tasmania will benefit from the Coalition Government’s introduction of a $2 billion Australian Business Securitisation Fund.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said many small business owners on the West and North West Coasts find it difficult to obtain finance, and funding costs can be unnecessarily high.

Senator Colbeck: “Family businesses know all too well the daunting feeling of putting up the family home as collateral as a condition of getting finance.

“Small and family businesses are the engine room of our economy, particularly in regional Tasmania, but their enterprise is often restricted by a bottleneck in finance and a lack of competition among lenders.

“The Coalition Government believes it has a strong role to play in enabling businesses to get the vital access to capital to grow, develop and employ more Tasmanians.

“To overcome the finance bottleneck and ensure small businesses in Tasmania are able to grow, the Australian Business Securitisation Fund will invest up to $2 billion in the securitisation market.

“This will provide significant additional funding to smaller banks and non-bank lenders to on-lend to small businesses on more competitive terms.

“The Government has introduced a number of measures to support Australian small businesses including our small business tax cuts, the $20,000 instant asset write-off and cutting nearly $6 billion worth of red tape.

“This stands in stark contrast to the Labor-Green opposition who are committed to imposing $200 billion in punishing new taxes, including on housing, low-income retirees and family businesses.”

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Workshop to strengthen relationship of seafood and petroleum industries

Workshop to strengthen relationship of seafood and petroleum industries

16 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Australia’s seafood and offshore petroleum industries will benefit from a workshop held today that provides a forum to discuss issues and opportunities to promote stronger relationships into the future.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck said both industries make an important economic contribution to Australia and share a commitment to safe and environmentally-responsible operations.

“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting a sustainable seafood industry, protecting the marine environment and encouraging the investment in, and development of, Australia’s offshore petroleum resources,” Minister Colbeck said.

“Our oceans are a shared resource and coordination between both industries will allow them to continue to be major job creators for regional Australians.

“That means open dialogue, better information sharing and constructive cooperation, including the joint research already underway to identify effects of seismic testing on fisheries.

“Australia is a world leader in sustainable fisheries management and has one of the most robust regulatory regimes for offshore oil and gas exploration and development in the world.

“This workshop will build on the successes already under our belts as well as review the Memorandum of Understanding between the industries.

“The challenge for the fisheries and petroleum industries is to learn from past experiences and move forward in a way that promotes collaboration and a constructive and positive relationship between the industries – it is important that they work together cooperatively.”

Fast facts:

  • In 2014 the oil and gas industry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with several of Australia’s peak commercial fishing, aquaculture and seafood industry associations.
  • The renewed MoU will aim to improve the consultation practices between the industries and Seafood Industry Australia.
  • No petroleum activity, including seismic surveys, can occur in Australian waters without a valid petroleum title and an Environment Plan accepted by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).
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Helping the community care for our natural resources

Helping the community care for our natural resources

15 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, is encouraging local landholders and community groups to apply for round 2 of Smart Farms Small Grants.

Assistant Minister Colbeck said Landcare groups, NRM bodies, Indigenous organisations and community groups in Tasmania could apply for grants of between $5,000 and $200,000.

Assistant Minister Colbeck: “Tasmania is incredibly lucky to have committed people from all walks of life who value their local environment and regularly make a contribution in caring for it.

“The Coalition Government is backing industry and community groups to continue the excellent work they do on natural resource management in Tassie with round 2 of Smart Farms Small Grants.

“Sustainable, long-term land management practices make for profitable and productive farms which support jobs, particularly on the North West Coast and King Island.

“The flow-on effects of strong land care initiatives are felt throughout our natural systems and healthy, functioning environmental processes contribute so much to our economy.

“Timely interventions on pest and weed management are vital in ensuring we protect our native flora and fauna, as well as improving land use productivity.

“Proper care of our waterways will also protect our valuable fisheries resources and ensure Tasmanian families can all take part in this key part of the Tasmanian way of life.

“The first round of funding was highly competitive and I strongly encourage those who missed out to apply again.”

More information is available online. Visit the Community Grants Hub to apply.

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Download Cap Scrapped on NBN Sky Muster Satellite Service

Download Cap Scrapped on NBN Sky Muster Satellite Service

14 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

Tasmanian families and businesses are set to be major beneficiaries of a new initiative to upgrade the capacity and capability of the NBN Sky Muster satellite service.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, welcomed the upgrade as a major boost to internet access in remote areas.

Senator Colbeck: “Sky Muster provides NBN access to some of our most remote areas, such as King Island and the West Coast, where access to high quality internet is essential to overcome the tyranny of distance.

“On the North West, West Coast and King Island we have 1,000 premises registered on the NBN Sky Muster satellite service and scrapping the download cap will encourage a further 2,638 premises to take up the service.

“Businesses in remote areas, particularly those in primary industries, will also be able to further modernise and digitise their operations, which will drive productivity gains for our exporters.

“Farmers are increasingly embracing precision agriculture, with harvesting data becoming almost as important as harvesting crops.

“Boosting “burst” downloads speeds above 25 Megabits per second will make data transfers between farmers and agronomists far less excruciating than previously.

“With mountainous terrain, isolated communities and a primary industries sector punching above its weight, the North West, West Coast and King Island will be major beneficiaries of the $2 billion NBN Sky Muster program.”

The new product is to be known as Sky Muster Plus and it will provide unmetered monthly data for web-browsing, email and software updates, and is expected to be available in 2019.

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New Australian standard for forest stewardship

New Australian standard for forest stewardship

12 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Colbeck

Australia’s forestry industry is set to benefit from the launch of a second Australian certification standard for the sustainable management of the nation’s forests.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck welcomed the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) National Forest Stewardship Standard, which joins the existing “Responsible Wood” certification standard in providing assurances that Australian wood products are from forests managed to the world’s highest standards.

"Australia's forest and wood products sector is a great contributor to our nation—through the jobs and wealth the industry creates and its dedication to sustainable production,” Minister Colbeck said.

“Global demand for timber products is projected to quadruple by 2050 and the new Australian FSC Standard will help us tap into this growth market by utilizing a globally recognised trust mark for sustainable forest management.

“Certification continues to be an important part of the Australian forestry sector and demonstrates the strong sustainability credentials of our well-managed forest industries.

“Consumers are increasingly aware of, and interested in, the origins of the products they buy and the processes that go into making them.

“Both nationally and internationally, certification has developed as a way of providing assurance to consumers that the wood products they are purchasing are from sustainably managed forests.

“The new FSC national standard was jointly agreed by industry, environment and community interests. Australia now has national standards aligned to the two global certification systems, PEFC and FSC, which have been specifically tailored to Australia’s unique conditions and high-quality regulatory framework.

“The Australian Government contributed $900,000 to the development of both the new FSC standard and the Responsible Wood standard and is fully committed to sustainable management of Australia’s forests.

“This new FSC standard will also complement the Coalition Government’s new National Forest Industries Plan, which will help plant one billion new trees to meet future demand and establish research and production hubs to help set up the industry for decades to come.

“The forest industry is in a strong position to continue to grow and prosper, and the Australian Government will be there every step of the way.”

Consumers and producers can read the ‘National Forest Stewardship Standard for Australia’ here: https://au.fsc.org/en-au/standards/forest-management

Fast Facts

  •          The standard was developed over 5 years, with input from a range of economic, environmental and social stakeholders.
  •          The development process included extensive consultation, expert input, and field testing.
  •          There are two forestry certification schemes operating in Australia, the FSC and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) accredited ‘Responsible Wood’ standard.
  •          According to the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), over 90% of Australia’s native forest operations are independently certified under the FSC or Responsible Wood certification schemes.
  •          The forest industry is vital to our regional communities, directly employing more than 70,000 people.
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Heritage Rifles Presented to Honour Centenary of Armistice

Heritage Rifles Presented to Honour Centenary of Armistice

8 November 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

8 November 2018

 

Heritage Rifles Presented to Honour Centenary of Armistice

On behalf of the Department of Defence, Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck today presented Wynyard RSL with heritage rifles in the lead up to the Centenary of Armistice.

Senator Colbeck said it was a special honour to recognise the service of local veterans and contribute to their preservation of our military history.

Senator Colbeck: “The Wynyard RSL is a passionate custodian of the local military heritage, with a collection of artefacts and memorabilia from conflicts spanning more than a century.

“The presentation of M16A1 rifles is significant because they are weapons of high heritage value and are immediately recognisable as a weapon used by the Australian Army during the Vietnam War.

“In many ways Centenary of Armistice this Sunday is a reminder of the sacrifice of generations in the hundred years since the end of the “War to End All Wars.”

“The presentation of these heritage rifles to Wynyard RSL reminds our veterans of later conflicts that their stories are intrinsic to the story of Australia at war, and to the freedom we all enjoy today.

 

“North West Coasters played a vital role in all wars fought in the name of this country and the presentation today is a reminder of the sacrifice of our region in the pursuit of peace.”

 

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Simplot Progresses Major Economic Development Grant

Simplot Progresses Major Economic Development Grant

7 November 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck and Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce have welcomed the progression to Full Business Case assessment for Simplot in their application for a $12 million economic development grant.

Senator Colbeck: “The Coalition Government is committed to unlocking significant private investment in our regions through the Regional Growth Fund, which will support the generation of new local jobs.

“Simplot has successfully passed the initial phase of the grant process for its Ulverstone plant and is now invited to submit a Full Business Case for final assessment.

“Industry Minister Karen Andrews will be touring the facility today to gain an understanding of the importance of this potential $12 million investment, which will unlock a further $37.1 million investment from Simplot in Ulverstone.

“The upgrade of the potato processing facility will see Simplot increase production capacity by 5-10% over the next decade, driving a projected growth of $164 million in the local economy over that period in logistics, packaging and raw materials (including potatoes) with additional revenue for local businesses reaching approximately $11.5 million by Year 3 of operation.”
 

Mr Pearce: “As a farmer I get how important it is to invest in the economic future of our region, particularly when it comes to helping our businesses compete.

“Simplot directly employs 320 locals in our region and sources potatoes from over 150 local growers and 15 seed growers.

“I’m very pleased to see the commitment from Simplot and the Coalition Government to progress this project to the next stage.

“Agriculture is one of the core industries in our local economy and the opportunity to facilitate the growth of downstream processing and the increased demand for product from our farmers is very welcome.”

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Devonport to Host First Dairy Code Consultation

Devonport to Host First Dairy Code Consultation

6 November 2018

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, welcomed the beginning of the consultation process around a proposed mandatory Code of Conduct for the dairy industry.

Assistant Minister Colbeck said he was pleased the North West was able to lead off on the consultation process nationally.

Assistant Minister Colbeck: “North West Tasmania is dairy heartland and the perspectives of farmers here matter a great deal when it comes to future decisions made for the industry.

“I encourage all dairy farmers in the region to come along and have their voices heard.

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New showcase building demonstrates benefits of structural timber

New showcase building demonstrates benefits of structural timber

31 October 2018 - Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resource Richard Colbeck

A showcase midrise timber building launched today will benefit Australia’s construction and forestry industries by demonstrating the extraordinary capacity of timber as a sustainable, renewable and versatile building resource.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said Forest and Wood Products Australia’s (FWPA) midrise demonstration represents an exciting step forward for Australia’s forestry sector.
“The change to the national construction code in 2016 has created new opportunities for the forestry sector to market timber products as a renewable rival for steel and concrete,” Minister Colbeck said.

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Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan to be in place by 1 December 2018

Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan to be in place by 1 December 2018

30 October 2018 - Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck

The Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) has reaffirmed its intention to have the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster (TRL) Fishery Management Plan in place by 1 December this year.

The PZJA has also further considered implementing catch share splits between the Traditional Inhabitant Boat (TIB) sector and the Transferrable Vessel Holder (TVH) sector for the 2018-19 TRL fishing season.

“A quota management system will better ensure the sustainability of TRL stocks and encourage greater business efficiency and profitability than the current management arrangements,” Senator Colbeck said.

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Safeguarding the health of our Aussie seabirds

Safeguarding the health of our Aussie seabirds

24 October 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Australia continues to improve its fisheries management systems with the release of a new national approach to mitigating incidental catch of seabirds.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the rele­­­ase of Australia’s National Plan of Action for Minimising Incidental Catch of Seabirds in Australian Capture Fisheries (NPOA–Seabirds) demonstrates Australia’s commitment to ensuring our world-leading sustainable fisheries don't negatively impact our unique environment.  

“It’s very important that we maintain trust among Australian and international consumers, and manage our fisheries with minimal impact on the natural environment – including seabirds,” Minister Colbeck said.

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Support for headspace boosts youth mental health in West and North West Tasmania

Support for headspace boosts youth mental health in West and North West Tasmania

16 October 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Mental health care for young Australians is set for a $51.8 million funding boost.

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck said the Government’s extra investment in the national network of headspace centres and the digital portal, eheadspace, means young people will have access to around 14,000 additional services nationally, shorter wait times and extra clinical staff.

“We want young people to know they are not alone on their journey, and that we’re backing quality frontline support,” Senator Colbeck said.

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Round 4 of Mobile Black Spots Program Opens

Round 4 of Mobile Black Spots Program Opens

16 October 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck is today encouraging local residents, community organisations and businesses to get on board to support the opening of Round 4 of the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).

“The Coalition Government is committed to making it easier for small business in rural and remote areas to serve their customers and keep in contact with suppliers,” Senator Colbeck said.

“Our Government is also focused on helping to keep Australians together, and one of the best ways to mitigate the tyranny of distance is for families to have access to reliable mobile phone coverage.”

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Pressure on Justine Keay to Stand up for Small and Medium Business

Pressure on Justine Keay to Stand up for Small and Medium Business

11 October 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck welcomed today’s announcement to fast-track legislated tax relief to bring down the tax rate to 25% for businesses with a turnover under $50 million by 2021– five years early.

“Small and medium businesses employ more than 50% of our workforce and tax relief gives them the ability to provide more opportunities for workers and young people in Braddon,” Senator Colbeck said.

“The first wave of tax relief has already boosted jobs, investment and wages in towns right across our region.”

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Southern Bluefin Tuna rec fishing survey

Southern Bluefin Tuna rec fishing survey

4 October 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

The Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to undertake a survey of the recreational catch of Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT).


Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Richard Colbeck, announced that the survey will be conducted by the University of Tasmania, starting 1 December 2018 and concluding on 30 November 2019.


“This survey will encapsulate recreational fisher efforts, catch, release and harvest estimates of SBT and other large tuna and billfish,” Minister Colbeck said.

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Trust Mark for Craft Cider Comes to Fruition

Trust Mark for Craft Cider Comes to Fruition

2 October 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck has congratulated Cider Australia for launching the world’s first trust mark for craft cider.

“Australia, and particularly Tasmania, produces some of the best apples and pears in the world and Cider Australia’s trust mark will let consumers know that the cider they are buying is made from the highest quality fruit.

“Provenance is playing an increasingly important part of consumer choices, and the trust mark of Australian fruit also lets people know the product is quality and safe.

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Applications Open for $200 Million Regional Funding Round

Applications Open for $200 Million Regional Funding Round

2 October 2018 - Assistant Minister Richard Colbeck

Communities in West and North West Tasmania are invited to apply for a share in $200 million under Round Three of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Senator Richard Colbeck is urging communities in the region to take advantage of the fund and get local infrastructure and community-building projects of all sizes off the ground. 

“This fund is dedicated to unlocking the economic potential in remote and regional Australia and I encourage all eligible organisations with a great project idea to apply for the third round of funding,” Senator Colbeck said.

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Reports show strong Australian fisheries management

Reports show strong Australian fisheries management

2018 09 28 - Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck today welcomed the latest Fishery status reports by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), which show that Commonwealth fisheries management continues to deliver for the sustainability of our oceans.

“For the fifth year in a row, the reports show that no solely Australian government managed fish stock has been classified as subject to overfishing,” Minister Colbeck said.

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Agriculture Research Futures for Young Tasmanians

Agriculture Research Futures for Young Tasmanians

28 September 2018 - Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck

National grants of $22,000 are being offered for young people between 18 and 35 to find the next big breakthroughs in agriculture, fisheries, and forestry.
“I encourage young Tasmanians looking to build their future in agricultural science to apply - you might be able to make the next game-changing discovery in your field,” Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said.

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Tasmanian Men’s Sheds given a boost

Tasmanian Men’s Sheds given a boost

25 September 2018 - Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team

The Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team has today announced $34,147 in grants to Men’s Sheds around Tasmania to support their work in local communities.

“Men’s Sheds provide an important space for some friendly, easy-going company, right around Tasmania and the Federal Government, along with the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team, are pleased to support them,” Senator Colbeck said on behalf of the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team.

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Devonport and Burnie Men’s Sheds to be Upgraded

Devonport and Burnie Men’s Sheds to be Upgraded

25 September 2018 - Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck

The Devonport Men’s Shed has been awarded a grant of $2,500 from the Morrison Government for new digital equipment while the Burnie Men’s Shed is set to receive $3,545 for soundproofing upgrades under round 17 of the Government’s National Shed Development Programme.

“Like similar sheds across Australia, the Devonport and Burnie sheds offer support to any local men who need a bit of space and some friendly, easy-going company,” Senator Colbeck said.

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West and North West Coasters urged to contribute to aged care Royal Commission Terms of Reference

West and North West Coasters urged to contribute to aged care Royal Commission Terms of Reference

20 September 2018 - Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck

People living in West and North West Tasmania can have their say on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into the aged care sector through an online feedback tool.

“As the Prime Minister has said, there are thousands of operators, facilities, care providers, nursing and other clinical staff, volunteers, cleaners, cooks and therapists here in West and North West Tasmania and across the nation who are out there improving the lives of senior Australians every day. This is something we should all be proud of,” Senator Colbeck said.

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WORLD-CLASS BIKE TRAILS A STEP CLOSER IN TASMANIA’S NORTH-WEST

WORLD-CLASS BIKE TRAILS A STEP CLOSER IN TASMANIA’S NORTH-WEST

14 September 2018 - Minister Colbeck, Minister McCormack, Minister Rockliff, Senator Martin, Mayor Thwaites, Mayor Freshney

Work has begun on 45 kilometres of world-class mountain bike trails in north-west Tasmania as part of a plan to promote the state as a first-rate adventure holiday destination.

“It’s likely to become one of Australia’s leading mountain bike attractions, hosting annual mountain bike events, including national championships which will benefit the local economy and market the north-west as a wilderness-based adventure destination,” Senator Colbeck said.

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Nominate a mobile phone black spot today

Nominate a mobile phone black spot today

2018 09 13 - Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck

The Coalition Government has re-opened the Mobile Black Spot Program’s Database of Reported Black Spot Locations for new nominations from state and local governments, and Federal Members of Parliament.

“I strongly encourage residents in Tasmania to contact my office as soon as possible to nominate any mobile phone black spots in our community,” Senator Colbeck said.

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A billion new plantation trees - Forestry’s plan for the future

A billion new plantation trees - Forestry’s plan for the future

12 September 2018 - Minister Littleproud and Minister Colbeck

Australia’s renewable timber and wood-fibre industry will be better prepared for future challenges and opportunities with the support of the Australian Government’s National Forest Industries Plan – Growing a better Australia.

Minister Colbeck said the delivery of the plan will underpin growth in the renewable timber and wood-fibre industry, provide the vision and certainty for Australia’s sustainable forestry industries, and support the sustainable forestry industries as long-term growth engines for regional Australia.

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Schools' Mailout Arrives in West and North West Tasmania

Schools' Mailout Arrives in West and North West Tasmania

10 September 2018 - Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck

Senator for Tasmania the Hon Richard Colbeck is pleased to announce schools in the West and North West will soon be receiving their annual educational kits in preparation for Remembrance Day, this year marking the centenary of the First World War Armistice.

“Today we know 11 November as Remembrance Day, but its origins started 100 years ago when the Armistice ending the fighting during the First World War was signed,” Senator Colbeck said.

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Liberal Senate Team

Liberal Senate Team

9 September 2018 - Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck

“I congratulate fellow candidates Claire Chandler and Tanya Denison for their selections,” Senator Colbeck said.

“I am delighted to lead a powerful ticket to represent the values of Tasmanians in the Federal Parliament.

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Opportunities for Tasmanian Protected Horticulture

Opportunities for Tasmanian Protected Horticulture

30 August 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck welcomed the release of a KPMG report* on Dutch agricultural lessons for Australian producers.


“I have had the opportunity to observe protected horticulture in the Northern Hemisphere when I was previously in this role and from those observations I believe that Tasmania could be one of the best locations in Australia to develop this practice,” Assistant Minister Colbeck said.

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Strahan Connected to the NBN

Strahan Connected to the NBN

29 August 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Strahan has officially become the first major West Coast town to connect to the NBN today, with around 400 premises served by the new infrastructure.

“The Coalition Government is delivering on its election promise to the people of Strahan, who can officially sign up today for an NBN service,” Senator Colbeck said.

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Senator Colbeck Elevated to Ministry

Senator Colbeck Elevated to Ministry

27 August 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck is delighted with his inclusion in the new generation Morrison Ministry.

"It is an honour to serve my country as Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and I'm delighted to return to this portfolio which I know well," Senator Colbeck said.

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Statement on the Leadership

Statement on the Leadership

24 August 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck congratulated the new Liberal leadership team of Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg and thanked outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party Julie Bishop for their service to the people of Australia.

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Remembering Dame Enid Lyons

Remembering Dame Enid Lyons

21 August 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the day Dame Enid Lyons became the first woman elected to the Australian House of Representatives.

Senator Richard Colbeck paid tribute to the Smithton native who represented the seat of Darwin, the precursor to the seat of Braddon in North West Tasmania.

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Josephite Centre opened at St Peter Chanel Catholic School

Josephite Centre opened at St Peter Chanel Catholic School

17 August 2018 - Richard Colbeck

Students and staff at St Peter Chanel Catholic School in Smithton will have full use of the newly constructed Josephite Centre consisting of the extended general learning areas, the new general learning areas and multipurpose hall and the refurbished administration area thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government.

Senator Colbeck participated in the opening of the new facilities today on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.

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Coalition Extends TFES for Tasmanian Drought Relief Fodder Donations

Coalition Extends TFES for Tasmanian Drought Relief Fodder Donations

10 August 2018 - Senator Richard Colbeck

The Coalition Government has extended the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) to include northbound donated fodder, in a move which will ease some of the hardship in drought affected areas of the mainland.

“We don’t know what next summer will bring but, with this historic amendment to the TFES, mainland farmers can be sure that Tassie has their backs," Senator Colbeck said.

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Keay’s Bold-Faced Lie Derails Labor Campaign

25 July 2018

Former Braddon MP Justine Keay has been exposed in an act of brazen deception towards the Tasmanian people in the final days of the campaign.

“Ms Keay, in prepared remarks that she later double down on, told the people of Braddon at the TCCI forum that her party would match the Coalition Government’s business tax reduction to 25%,”* Senator Richard Colbeck said.

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Funding to Complete Devonport Gymnastics Facility

6 July 2018

The Coalition Government will contribute $300,000 to complete a new facility for the Devonport Gymnastics Club.

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Embarrassing business lunch belly-flop for Shorten

4 July 2018

Reports* that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s Devonport business lunch has had to be downgraded to a “working lunch” due to a lack of numbers are telling about what business think of Mr Shorten, Senator Richard Colbeck said today.

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Labor Trainwreck Interview Exposes Keay

27 June 2018

Senator Richard Colbeck has called on Justine Keay to come clean with the electorate and tell them if she backs Tasmanian colleague Bass MP Ross Hart or leader Bill Shorten on Labor’s new company tax hike.

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Keay Must Rule Out Tax Hikes on 388 Businesses in Braddon

27 June 2018

Today Justine Keay must call on leader Bill Shorten to rule out rolling back legislated tax cuts on all businesses between $2m and $10m which would hurt the workers of 388 businesses in Braddon.

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Keay Caught Out Again

21 June 2018

Senator Richard Colbeck has said that Justine Keay shows no shame with her misrepresentations.

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Mary Binks OAM

13 June 2018

Senator Richard Colbeck paid tribute to the life and contribution to her community of former Devonport Mayor Mary Binks OAM.  “I had the genuine pleasure to serve on Devonport Council with Mary when she became Devonport’s first female Mayor from 1999."

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Tackling the Scourge of Ice in Circular Head

11 June 2018

The Coalition Government is delivering on our strategy to tackle the scourge of ice in our communities, with a Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) being established in Circular Head.

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Ulverstone Neighbourhood House Solar Communities Grant

5 June 2018

The Coalition Government continues to deliver on its commitment to regional communities with a $7,827 grant to Ulverstone Neighbourhood House for a solar PV system.

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Liberals guarantee future for National Resource Management organisations in Tasmania

1 June 2018

The Federal Coalition Government has delivered $660,000 for the Cradle Coast and Southern National Resource Management organisations to ensure business continuity.

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Another Labor Con - Mobile Phone Towers

1 June 2018

During their seven years in Government from 2007-2013 Labor delivered ZERO new mobile phone blackspot towers in Braddon – they scrapped the Black Spots Program. The facts are, since being elected in 2013, the Liberal Government has delivered nine new mobile phone towers in Braddon and three more have been announced in recent weeks.

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Shorten fails to rule out preference deal with the Greens

30 May 2018

In today’s Advocate, Bill Shorten twice failed to rule out doing a preference deal with the Greens in Braddon.

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Tasmanian Trade Mission to Asia to Benefit NW Agriculture

29 May 2018

Senator Richard Colbeck and Liberal candidate Brett Whiteley have urged North West businesses to jump on board the State Government’s latest Trade Mission, announced today.

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Shorten must rule out preference deal with Greens

29 May 2018

Senator Richard Colbeck has called on Bill Shorten to rule out a preference deal with the Greens in the upcoming Braddon byelection, during his visit today. "Mr Shorten needs to be upfront with the voters - will he rule out doing a preference deal with the Greens?" Senator Colbeck said.

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Colbeck Responds to Shorten

28 May 2018

Bill Shorten’s promise today is as dodgy as he is - it’s a fake promise that won’t be delivered because even if Labor win the Braddon by-election, they won’t be in government.

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Keay Caught Out on Company Tax Numbers

22 May 2018

Former MP Justine Keay has been caught out fudging the numbers on her company tax claims. Her recent claims that only ten businesses on the North West Coast would benefit from the Coalition Government’s tax relief have turned out to be completely false.

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Colbeck Responds to Keay Over Bass Highway

22 May 2018

"The Labor position is little different from the Liberal position except they have allocated $6 million and we have allocated $400 million," Senator Colbeck said. "Labor hasn’t nominated a single project for the Bass Highway. Both need to talk to the State Liberal Government. We don’t pretend to ride into town and tell the State what to do. We all know Bill Shorten came to Tassie and promised enough money to build less than a quarter of the Bridgewater Bridge."

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Colbeck Debates European Union Ambassador in Hobart

18 May 2018

With negotiations set to heat up around a potential EU/Australia Free Trade Agreement, Senator Richard Colbeck has debated the European Trade Delegation on the issue of Geographic Indicators in Tasmania. Senator Colbeck, who was previously Minister assisting the Minister for Trade, said that protecting Brand Tasmania was a critical part of the state’s future but that Geographic Indicators were not the way to do it."

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High Value Timber Improvement Project in Smithton

14 May 2018

The next phase of the Britton Brothers High Value Timber Drying Improvement Project (HVTDIP) has commenced, with the project to provide five full time jobs in the timber industry in Smithton as well as five in construction. Senator Richard Colbeck congratulated Britton Brothers on the progress of the project, welcoming the boost to jobs in the North West forestry sector.

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Funding for Exports in TFES

12 May 2018

The Coalition Government continues its strong commitment to the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) with continued funding for the export component across the forward estimates in the 2018/19 Budget. Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said that since its expansion to include exports in 2016 the TFES had been the assisting Tasmanian businesses to compete in markets around the world.

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Exceptionally good budget for Tasmania

8 May 2018

This year’s Federal Budget is an “exceptionally good” budget for Tasmania, the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team said tonight. It delivers a record-breaking nearly one billion dollars in infrastructure funding, as well securing essential services funding, while delivering tax relief that will directly benefit around 170,000 Tasmanians. Spokesman for the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team, Senator Richard Colbeck, said: "This budget delivers for Tasmania, and is clear evidence of the Federal Government’s commitment to our state."

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Braddon families to benefit from added early learning support

30 April 2018

Families in Braddon are set for more support to access early childhood education and care, backed by new funding from the Turnbull Government. Senator Richard Colbeck today welcomed the support for much needed local child care and early learning services.

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Senator Colbeck Raises Awareness for World Vaccination Week

26 April 2018

Tasmanian Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck has acted to help lift flu immunisation rates by getting his flu vaccination administered by a local community pharmacist.

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Future Jobs Boom in Agriculture

24 April 2018

The agriculture sector is predicted to be a significant area of jobs growth over the next 6 years, with a report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research predicting 80,900 job openings for farm managers in that time.

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Coalition backs young sporting champions

24 April 2018

Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck has urged young athletes to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant to support their involvement in sport. “The Coalition Government is committed to getting Australian kids more active, more often,” Senator Colbeck said today.

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Australia Defence Export Office and Defence Industrial Capability Plan to Support Tas Industries

23 April 2018

The Turnbull Government has taken the next step in creating a significant defence export industry with the establishment of a coordinating body to link suppliers with overseas customers.

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Europeans attempt to undermine Brand Tasmania

20 April 2018

Ahead of early negotiations of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Australia, the Europeans have made ambit claims over a number of generic product names that are widely used in the rest of the world. Senator Richard Colbeck said that Tasmanian producers of feta, parmesan and many other goods would be harmed by European insistence that only producers from particular continental regions can use such terms on their labelling.

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AFL Steering Committee Disconnected from Community

19 April 2018

In a sign of the increasing disconnect between the AFL and the many Tasmanians who love the game, Gillon McLachlan’s new steering committee met far from the people they seek to provide solutions to. “It was telling that while Tasmania’s State League footy club Presidents met in Hobart last night, the AFL steering committee deigned to meet in Melbourne to decide their fate,” Senator Richard Colbeck said.

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Qantas Pilot Training College

19 April 2018

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck has called on the Tasmanian State Government to take the lead in coordinating submissions to Qantas for their proposed Pilot Training College.

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Recreational Fishing Forum

19 April 2018

The North West Recreational Fisheries Public Forum held last night at the Devonport Yacht Club was an opportunity for around 65 interested recreational fishers, DPIPWE fishery managers and IMAS fisheries scientists to come together to discuss key challenges and opportunities for the industry.

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Keay Behind the Ball on Mobile Black Spots

12 April, 2018

Labor’s Justine Keay has proven once again that she is out of touch with issues facing the electors of Braddon.

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