Team Tasmania Chasing Gold at the Special Olympics

Minister for Sport and Recreation
Team Tasmania Chasing Gold at the Special Olympics
17 April, 2018


Our very best wishes are with Tasmania’s twenty five athletes in the Special Olympics as competition begins today.

Tasmania is well represented at this year’s Special Olympics in Adelaide with our competitors taking part across five different sports.

The event is held every four years for athletes with an intellectual disability and draws thousands of competitors from Australia and New Zealand. Read More

Welcoming Home Our Golden Athletes

Minister for Sport and Recreation
Welcoming Home Our Golden Athletes
16 April, 2018


As the 2018 Commonwealth Games come to a close, I know I speak for all Tasmanians in congratulating our athletes who have given us a great sense of pride through their exceptional displays of sportsmanship.

This year’s record performance saw Tasmania take home ten gold medals, two team golds and four silver – far exceeding the state’s previous best of seven medals at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Read More

Tasmanian Athletes to Make History In 2018 Commonwealth Games

Minister for Sport and Recreation
Tasmanian Athletes to Make History In 2018 Commonwealth Games
31 March, 2018


I am very proud to support the largest Tasmanian contingent ever for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in their bid to represent their state and country on the Gold Coast.

Of the 14 Tasmanian athletes selected into the Australian Commonwealth Games Team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games next week, 10 will be competing at their first Commonwealth Games. Read More

Supporting Tasmanians in Need

Minister for Human Services
Supporting Tasmanians in Need
22 February, 2018


The majority Hodgman Liberal Government is working to continue delivering a brighter future for all, by giving Tasmanians a hand-up in times of need.

Keeping prices down and taking decisive action to address cost of living pressures will continue to be a key priority of a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government, but we’ll also be doing more to help those most in need. Read More

Affordable Housing Strategy Building Momentum

Minister for Human Services
Affordable Housing Strategy Building Momentum
19 January, 2018


Preliminary data from the latest Quarterly Affordable Housing report shows continued progress in provision of affordable housing for Tasmanians.

The Hodgman Government’s $73.5 million Affordable Housing Action Plan is on track to assisting over 1 600 households into affordable housing by June 2019, providing the help Tasmanians need to access affordable, secure and safe homes. Read More

2018 Tasmanian Government Board Diversity Scholarships Announced

Minister for Women
2018 Tasmanian Government Board Diversity Scholarships Announced
08 November, 2017


The Hodgman Liberal Government has a target of achieving 50 per cent representation of women across government boards and committees by 2050. That is why we introduced our Women on Boards Strategy in July 2015.

Our Women on Boards Strategy Annual Report 2017 shows that since the Strategy’s release in 2015, Tasmania has had the biggest growth of women’s representation on government boards across all states and territories, increasing from 33.8 per cent to 40.1 per cent as of September 2017. Read More

Notice of Motion – Tasmanian Women’s Strategy Survey

Minister for Women
Notice of Motion – Tasmanian Women’s Strategy Survey
18 October, 2017


Mr Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. In early 2018 a new Tasmanian Women’s Strategy 2018-2021 will be launched, building on the achievements of the Tasmanian Women’s Plan 2013-2018.
  2. Since the release of the Tasmanian Women’s Plan, there has been an increased focus and interest on the issue of gender equality in Australia.  This has included nationally-led efforts to address violence against women and the gender pay gap, as well as recognition and promotion of the achievements of women.
  3. The new Tasmanian Women’s Strategy will be a three-year plan to address the inequality experienced by women and girls in Tasmania, with a focus on four priority areas for action:
    1. Economic empowerment
    2. Leadership and participation
    3. Health and wellbeing
    4. Safety
  4. The Strategy will be informed by new research and evidence, as well as approaches to gender equality being adopted and implemented in other jurisdictions.
  5. To ensure our approach to gender equality and identified priorities are ‘on track’ and relevant, an online survey was developed with the aim of engaging the community and seeking public consultation.
  6. The consultation period opened on 9 September 2017 and closed on 13 October 2017.
  7. The survey was accessed through the Women in Tasmania website, distributed through the Women’s mailing list and promoted through the media and the Women in Tasmania Facebook page.
  8. The online survey provided the opportunity for women to outline their experiences of gender equality across the four priority areas and to share ideas on how to achieve gender equality in Tasmania.
  9. At the close of the survey on 13 October 2017, we had reached 24,000 people through social media with 1,391 completed surveys and 11 written submissions from a diverse range of organisations submitted.
  10. This is a phenomenal response and the Hodgman Liberal Government thanks all Tasmanians for their valuable input, their suggestions and advice, into the development of the new Women’s Strategy.

Notice of Motion – Telstra Tasmania Business Women’s Awards 2017

Minister for Women
Notice of Motion – Telstra Tasmania Business Women’s Awards 2017

18 October, 2017


Mr Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. The 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards were held on Friday 13 October 2017.
  2. The Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the many Tasmanian women who are excelling in business, government and across their communities.  This is the 23rd year of the Awards, making it the longest standing national business awards program for women in Australia.

  3. The Award Winners were:
    1. 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year – Toni Moate, Director, National Collections and Marine Infrastructure, CSIRO who also won the Public Sector & Academia Award.
    2. Entrepreneur Award – Alison Flakemore, Director, Alison’s Garden & Landscape
    3. For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award – Janine Arnold, CEO, Carers Tasmania
    4. Corporate & Private Award – Camille O’Meara, General Manager, Business Services, Stornoway Maintenance
    5. Young Business Women’s Award – Dr Jessica Manuela, Practice Owner, Dental Surgeon and Director, Dental South
  4. These Tasmanian women can be very proud not only of their achievements but also of the positive example they set for other Tasmanian women. They are exemplary role models for women in our community, especially our young women.
  5. I congratulate Toni Moate and all of the Tasmanian Telstra Business Women Award nominees, finalists and category winners, and wish them all the very best for the national finals in Melbourne on 21 November 2017.

More Women on Tasmanian Government Boards

Minister for Women
More Women on Tasmanian Government Boards
30 September, 2017


The Hodgman Liberal Government’s Women on Boards Strategy 2015-2020 is helping us to reach our target to increase women’s representation on Tasmanian Government Boards to 50 per cent by 2020.

The Women on Boards Strategy Annual Report 2017 shows that since the Strategy’s release in 2015, Tasmania has had the biggest growth of women’s representation on government boards across all states and territories*, increasing from 33.8 per cent to 40.1 per cent as of September 2017. Read More

Notice of Motion – Foster Carers Week, 2017

Minister for Human Services
Notice of Motion – Foster Carers Week, 2017
12 September, 2017


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

(1) Foster Carers Week is being celebrated in Tasmania from the 10th to the 16th September, to highlight the commitment of foster and kinship carers in providing safe and supportive care for children and young people who cannot live safely at home; Read More