Opening of George Town Skate Park fulfils another Liberal promise

The Hodgman Liberal Government continues to build on its goal to make Tasmania the healthiest state in Australia by 2025 with the official opening of the George Town Skate Park.

The opening of the skate park fulfils a promise made at the 2014 election and will provide an important recreational space for George Town’s youth to have fun, to be physically active and improve their fitness. Read more »

Tonight the Tasmanian Parliament voted on the issue of marriage. It’s a matter for the Commonwealth, as confirmed by the High Court. Nonetheless, the vote was carried and I voted for the traditional definition of marriage as I’ve committed to do before my election by the voters of Bass.

What must be noted, is a MAJOR step forward for free speech in Tasmania – at a time when a church leader has been taken to the Anti Discrimination Commission for sharing the Church’s beliefs on marriage.

Tonight the Parliament supported a Liberal motion which: “Affirms its strong support for every Tasmanian to enjoy full freedom of belief and freedom of expression in a respectful debate leading up to the national plebiscite proposed by the Federal Government.”

Also, the Government has indicated that the Anti Discrimination Act needs to be reviewed to ensure principles of free speech are protected.

Whatever your view on this issue, we all should applaud that the Parliament has endorsed a debate where the views of every Tasmanian are welcome and accorded the respect that everyone deserves.

Zero Tolerance for Paramedic Threats

The Hodgman Liberal Government believes Tasmania’s hard working paramedics and other emergency workers are entitled to work free from violence and threats of assault.

Such behaviour is deplorable and unacceptable and I can assure Tasmanians that the safety of patients and emergency service staff is the highest priority.

The Government is committed to taking action to better protect those Tasmanians working in challenging environments, particularly those that face the threat of assault for simply doing their jobs. Read more »