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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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