Murchison MLC Ruth Forrest has repeated recent calls she made in Parliament for the Government to take a long term view to find a workable solution for King Island shipping services in light of more evidence interim solution is inadequate.
“A reliable shipping service is essential for King Island and the Government have failed to take timely action and provide a solution to shipping services on King Island” Ms Forrest said.
Last week Ms Forrest called on the State Government to work with the Federal Government to find a long-term solution to provide a reliable shipping service for King Island.
“It is clear that the current ‘interim solution’ proposed by the Government will not meet the needs of King Island” Ms Forrest said.
This lack of suitability of the interim replacement vessel has already been demonstrated before the vessel has even arrived in King Island.
BLAIR RICHARDS, State Political Reporter, Hobart Mercury - December 5, 2016
INDEPENDENT MLC Ruth Forrest is set to face her first election in 12 years after confirmation a long-serving North West mayor will throw his hat in the ring.
Circular Head Mayor Darryl Quilliam, a councillor for 30 years, said he would run as an independent after being encouraged to stand by community members.
Cr Quilliam said he would campaign on issues including jobs and training opportunities, supporting agriculture, forestry and tourism.
He is also in favour of reopening four-wheel-drive tracks in the Arthur-Pieman conservation area.
MP’s salaries – a vexed issue.
As the matter of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission’s (TIC) determination regarding MP’s salaries has been a matter of public interest for some time, I thought it would be beneficial to make some comment through easily accessible means. The TIC determination reflects a catch-up resulting from a history of politically driven wage freezes for MP’s over many years that public servants have not been subject to.
20 May, 2016: Letter to the Minister for Primary Industries and WaterMinister Jeremy Rockliff MP
Dear Minister, I know that you are well aware of the challenges that dairy farmers are currently facing. I also appreciate your recent comments regarding the dairy industry and applaud the coordinated response from industry and government in understanding the implications to respond immediately to ensure that the dairy farmers, their workers and their families have a secure future.