Rebecca White MP 
Labor Member for Lyons

Shadow Minister for Federal State Relations

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Shadow Minister for Arts and Creative Industries

Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Regional communities are the heart and soul of Tasmania.

Whether you live in Sheffield or Sorell, Bridgewater or Bicheno, the wide open spaces, safe streets and friendly neighbours you find in small towns and local communities make them great places to raise families.

I want regional communities to thrive. I have the energy and vigour to drive growth for regional Tasmania.

Now more than ever, people throughout Lyons need job security, better transport – more buses and better roads – and better access to services.

I want parents to raise their children secure in the knowledge there is a future for their community.

We must work harder to support our towns’ small businesses and our farmers who are the lifeblood of regional Tasmania.

It is important that Tasmania continues with improvements to water infrastructure with the aim of making Tasmania Australia’s food bowl.

This is a program I fully support. It offers great opportunity for communities throughout Lyons.

The rollout of the NBN will help connect us to the world and provide new ways for communities to engage with Government, private enterprise and each other.

As someone born in Lyons and raised on my parents’ farm ‘Redbanks’ in Nugent I know the issues that confront regional Tasmania.

I have built my own home in the electorate and have a personal stake in ensuring the concerns of country people are heard, listened to and acted upon down in Hobart.

Rebecca White

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Government deliberately tries to shield new children’s commissioner from RTI scrutiny

  • Government tries to protect new children’s commissioner from RTI scrutiny
  • Can the Premier honestly claim this is a coincidence?
  • Government interfering with independence of the role

The Government is deliberately trying to protect the new Commissioner for Children and Young People from scrutiny under Right to Information.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said it was no coincidence that a day after the appointment of the new Commissioner, the Government tried to amend the RTI Act.

“The Government is conveniently attempting to exempt this position from Right to Information when it has never been excluded before, “ Ms White said.

“Can the Premier honestly claim this is a coincidence or is this a deliberate attempt to shield the Government from further scrutiny?

“We know that in July last year, the former Commissioner for Children and Young People Mark Morrissey wrote to the Government asking it to consider including the position in the RTI Act.

“Why did it take the Government 16 months to act?

“We can only assume it is because the person appointed to this new role happens to be the Deputy Premier’s former Chief of Staff.

“The Government has interfered and removed the fundamental need for the Commissioner’s role to be entirely independent from government and free from political interference.”

Labor forges ahead with commitment to create more Tasmanian jobs

  • Labor working with key stakeholders to create jobs
  • The first IAC meets in Northern Tasmania today
  • More needs to be done to match skills with shortages

Labor is forging ahead with its commitment to work with stakeholders across the state’s key economic sectors to create more full time jobs in Tasmania.

The Labor Party today held the first meeting of its newly established Industry Advisory Councils with Daniel Leesong from the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chairing the Tourism, Hospitality, Festivals, Heritage and the Arts IAC at Perth this afternoon.

“We know that to create jobs, we need to have real conversations with the people who know our industries best,” Labor Leader Rebecca White said.

“That’s why we have established eight Industry Advisory Councils to develop strong, enduring policy for our state.”

The meeting coincided with a tour of a local whiskey distillery, which is eager to attract more tourists and employ more Tasmanians.

“The owners of Adams Distillery at Perth expressed concerns over a lack of skilled workers available in Tasmania for its business,” Ms White said.

“This whiskey distillery has been so successful, the owners will soon need to employ another distiller but unfortunately they will need to look interstate and overseas as Tasmania lacks appropriate training courses for their industry.

“This is a common theme expressed by many businesses we are visiting around Tasmania and more needs to be done to match these skills shortages with the education and training being offered to Tasmanians.

“Our IACs will focus on the longer term challenges and opportunities facing Tasmania’s economy and our people, including education and training.”

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