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Sing and Grow music therapy program continues into 2013

Labor Member for Braddon, Sid Sidebottom, and Senator Anne Urquhart today joined with parents and children for the Sing and Grow Christmas session and to announce Federal Government funding of $13,500 to enable the Sing and Grow music therapy program to continue in East Devonport in 2013.

“Everyone on the Coast knows how much I love music. The Sing and Grow program, run in East Devonport by the fantastic Alex Morse, uses music to present parenting and behaviour strategies in a non-threatening way. This technique has improved the...

Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012
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Liberal Opposition votes against protecting workers’ entitlements

The Liberal Opposition have shown their utter contempt for Australian working people by voting against a bill that provides stronger protections for workers’ entitlements.

“It is unsurprising the Liberals have returned to their anti-worker ways by not only proposing an amendment to reduce entitlements for long serving employees, but also voting against the legislation,” said Senator Urquhart

“Under the Howard Government’s flawed General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme, workers’ redundancy payments were...

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012
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Having a cuppa in Devonport to support the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Labor Senator for Tasmania, Anne Urquhart, today visited Devonport’s Devonfield Enterprises to share lunch and a cuppa in support of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Senator Urquhart joined people with disability, their families and carers as well as staff at Devonfield to signal their strong support for an NDIS.

“It was great to meet with so many North West Coasters who are behind the push for the NDIS at Devonfield to celebrate that Tasmania will be one of the launch sites of the NDIS, providing support...

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012
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“Welcome to Australia, mate” – Letter to the Editor

In response to Sean Ford’s column (The Advocate 20/9/12), I want to share part of a speech I made to the Senate on multiculturalism in Australia.
The events of Saturday in Sydney were deplorable. Just like Cronulla of seven years ago, this riot shocked our nation.
From the comments of Muslim community leaders across the country, especially on Tuesday, and from our own dealings with Muslim Australians we know that these people misrepresented Islam.
Mr Ford said “we have quite enough violent cretins of our own already”...

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012
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Agreement Signed for Extra Elective Surgery For Tasmanians

Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, has announced that the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments have signed an agreement that will deliver at least 2,600 additional elective surgery operations in Tasmania.

The first additional elective surgery procedures are expected to be undertaken before the end of September.

The Commonwealth Government will invest $30.5 million over four years, as part of its $325 million Tasmanian Health Assistance Package, for additional elective surgery targeting areas that have large numbers of...

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012
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Transcript of Interview with the ABC’s Tony Briscoe on the Closure of the King Island Abattoir

Tony Briscoe: The Federal Government will hold urgent talks with JBS Australia after the company announced it would close the abattoir.

The move comes after the closure decision that would impact around 100 jobs at the facility. JBS Australia says continued losses at the abattoir lead to the decision.

Labor Senator Anne Urquhart said it was a sudden decision.

Senator Urquhart: There has been very short notice in terms of this closure.

I got a fax through at 12:30 yesterday afternoon just...

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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Gillard Government Acts on Super Trawler

Sid Sidebottom, Member for Braddon, and Senator Anne Urquhart today welcomed the news today that the Federal Government will introduce legislation to toughen up environmental controls on vessels like the super trawler.

Mr Sidebottom said that the government was introducing urgent legislation into the Australian Parliament to prevent vessels, like the FV Abel Tasman, from fishing until further expert assessments were undertaken.

“I have publically recognised that the community has had legitimate concerns about the...

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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Tassie Senators Continue “#Destroyingthejoint” in Braddon

The two-day North West Senate Tour moved to Burnie this afternoon, highlighting some of the best parts of our region to Tasmania’s female Labor who’ve turned up to work despite the bests efforts of broadcaster Alan Jones, whose derogatory comments that women in leadership were “destroying the joint” have, in fact, sparked a national twitter conversation about the great role played by women leaders.
At UTAS Cradle Coast, the Senators participated in a Mummy Blogging...

Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012
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Spreading the Benefits of the Boom to Tasmania

As part of its national consultations, the Caucus Committee examining how to spread the benefits of the mining boom met with representatives from the mining industry, employer and union representative groups as well as state and local government representatives and the community sector.

“It was vital for the committee to visit Tasmania to discuss with stakeholders how we can meet the serious policy challenges thrown up by the boom,” said Senator Urquhart.

“Today we heard that there is a net loss to Tasmania,...

Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012
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More assistance for redundant ACL workers

Labor Member for Bass Geoff Lyons and Labor Senator Anne Urquhart today announced that almost 100 workers who were made redundant at Launceston car parts maker Automotive Components Limited (ACL) in 2009 will receive extra assistance of up to eight weeks pay.
“This will mean $700,000 will go directly to workers and their families,” Mr Lyons said.
“The Gillard Labor Government has stood by former ACL workers who have fought to secure additional money for those who did not receive their full entitlements in 2009,” Mr Lyons...

Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2012
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