Better protection for off-duty police officers one step closer, despite Labor-Green opposition

I am very pleased the Government’s legislation to better protect off-duty police officers has today passed the House of Assembly, despite Labor joining their Green allies and voting against. The law already provides for guaranteed jail for people who seriously assault on-duty police officers, and today marks another important step in having the same protection…

Energy, irrigation and light rail identified as infrastructure priorities

Hobart light rail, Tranche 3 of the Tasmanian Irrigation Project and developing Tasmania’s future energy opportunities have been identified as new infrastructure priorities as part of our latest referral to the Infrastructure Australia Priority list. These priorities meet Tasmania’s future infrastructure needs across energy, irrigation and public transport and have the potential to create thousands…

Police numbers continue to build

The Hodgman Liberal Government came to office promising to restore police numbers to 1233 after former Labor Police Minister David O’Byrne callously axed 108 officers from the frontline, The 2016/17 DPFEM Annual Report confirms we are delivering on that promise, with an additional 66 constables added over the reporting period and police numbers being restored…

Great year for TasPorts

The Hodgman Government came to office with a commitment to turn around those state owned companies that were under-performing, and the 2016-17 TasPorts Annual Report tabled today confirms we are delivering on that commitment. TasPorts has delivered a profit of $4.8 million for 2016/17- more than triple the previous year’s result of $1.5million. Under Labor…