The Commission of Audit spells the death of Medicare as we know it along with many other “suggestions” on how to screw over the Australian people. This has to be the biggest waste of money spent second to the Joint Strike Fighters F-35’s
Greens renew push to increase size of State Parliament to 35 seats
INCREASING the number of seats in parliament is the most appropriate way to deliver a strong, majority government, says Greens MP Kim Booth.
Mr Booth renewed the party’s call to restore the parliament to 35 seats as debate about the future of the Labor- Green arrangement continued to rage yesterday.
“Most people want to see a return to the 35-seat House just to increase the diversity of opinion and intellectual capacity in the House,” he said.
“It’s not necessarily the only way to get a majority government, but it’s the only way to get a functioning parliament.” Asked whether the Greens would again enter a formal partnership with Labor after the next election, if the opportunity arose, Mr Booth was adamant no such deal had been made.
“It’s actually a misnomer,” he said.
“There was no formalised partnership.
I’ve not agreed to anything with Labor, nor has Tim Morris and neither has Paul O’Halloran.
“The only agreement was for Nick McKim and Cassy O’Connor to be ministers to enable their ministry.” Asked who would replace two Greens ministers if speculation the Premier would strip them of their portfolios proved to be accurate, Mr Booth said: “That’s a question only Lara Giddings can answer, but I’m not sure who she intends to bring in as ministers instead – Brenton Best or Graeme Sturges? I mean you’ve got to be joking.” Greens leader Nick McKim said Tasmanians were “bored” by debate about party deals.
“We believe that Tasmania is a better place when people work together and that’s what we remain committed to,” he said.
Liberal leader Will Hodgman again ruled out working with Greens.
“It leads to compromised government, it leads to decisions that have been made about political self-interest – that’s what’s happening with Labor and the Greens now,” he said.
Deputy Premier Bryan Green yesterday hosed down talk of a leadership challenge in the Labor Party.
So if the Greens seriously believe that this is the answer then they need to look at the reason why the lower house numbers were reduced.
In 1998 it was reduced to five, resulting in the current 25 member parliament. The reduction has been criticised by minor parties, particularly the Greens, as an attempt to reduce their influence… Source from Wikipedia
Tasmania simply can’t afford to increase parliament because it will only benefit the politician not the people!
POWER prices in Tasmania are set to drop by 5.23 per cent next year — in line with retail contestability.
The drop could see the average Tasmanian household save about $140 a year.
The independent Tasmanian Economic Regulator yesterday approved a State Government proposal to see a drop in power prices for Tasmanian households from January 1.
Tasmanian Economic Regulator chairman Glenn Appleyard said yesterday new prices would represent a 5.23 per cent decrease.
Premier Lara Giddings said small businesses could save up to $650 a year on power prices.
“Electricity bills are a big contributor to cost-of-living pressures and I am sure it will come as a relief to families, pensioners and low-income earners to know that prices will fall from next year,” Ms Giddings said yesterday.
“This is all part of the work the State Government has been doing to tackle the rising cost of living. As a result of our energy reform we are confident the sort of power price increases we have seen in recent years will be a thing of the past, with prices set to remain flat or decrease for the foreseeable future.”
Opposition energy spokesman Matthew Groom said Ms Giddings was “seriously out of touch if she thinks power prices were something to gloat about”.
“Over the past seven years, power prices have increased by 65 per cent,” Mr Groom said. “In fact, the January 2014 decrease announced today is almost entirely cancelled out by the increase that was forced on Tasmanians just a few weeks ago on July 1.”
Energy minister Bryan Green said he was astounded the Liberal Party was ridiculing the Government for lowering power prices.
“We know the Liberals take any opportunity to celebrate bad news but now they are unashamedly putting a negative spin on good news,” Mr Green said.
Mr Green said the introduction of retail competition in Tasmania on January 1 next year would put further downward pressure on power prices.
The sale of Aurora Energy’s customer base was expected to be completed by the end of October in readiness for competition, Mr Green
Sourced from The Mercury
The comments on the article say what fellow Tasmanians really feel about the subject matter… 😐