Press Releases

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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Penguin Men's Shed

6 April 2018

The Penguin Men’s Shed has been awarded a grant of $4930 from the Turnbull Government for new tools and building maintenance under the Government’s National Shed Development Programme.

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