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MALCOLM TURNBULL THROWS WILL HODGMAN UNDER TASMANIAN HEALTH CRISIS BUS

On the eve of the delivery of the Tasmanian State Budget, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said the Tasmanian Government must accept responsibility for the state of Tasmania’s public hospitals.

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WHITEFOORD MOBILE BLACK SPOT RELIEF

Brian Mitchell, MP is relieved to see that Whitefoord, outside Oatlands, has had its mobile phone tower activated this week. This follows Oatlands and Colebrook ‘small cell’ activations in April, 2017.

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LABOR DEMANDS PAY CUT ACTION

Labor has called on the Turnbull Government to intervene and stop a pay cut that will affect more than 600,000 Australians.

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OUR LYONS COMMUNITY - all the news from Lyons Tasmania

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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Seasonal Worker Incentives for Jobseekers) Bill

I rise to support the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Seasonal Worker Incentives for Jobseekers) Bill. But the government's farcical bungling of its own backpacker tax will go down in parliamentary history as one of the worst own goals ever. There was a video doing the rounds on the internet recently of a goalie who bounced the ball into play, but he bounced it so badly that it dribbled into the back of his own net. Well, that video sums up the backpacker tax debate—a bad bounce, a bit of dribble, and an own goal.

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SOCIAL SERVICES AMENDMENT BILL 2017

  A freeze on family payments is a cut to family payments; those opposite can play as many word games as they like. Are rents and mortgages going to freeze for two years? Are supermarkets going to freeze the price of groceries? Are power companies, water utilities, councils and private health insurers going to freeze their bills for two years? This two-year freeze on family payments is a cut and it is one that Australian families cannot afford—and that is assuming this remains a two-year freeze. We have all seen how this government likes to extend what are supposed to be short-term freezes. A Medicare rebate freeze introduced by Labor shortly before the 2013 election and meant to last less than a year remains in place after five years of coalition government. It is little wonder that I have zero confidence that this supposed two-year freeze will fare any better.

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