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The game’s up for Colbeck’s carbon con

Op-Ed by Tasmanian Labor Senator Anne Urquhart

The people of Tasmania’s North are rightly tired of Senator Richard Colbeck’s carbon con.

The truth is clearly inconvenient for the Liberal Senator, who spent this week seeking to exploit the fear and insecurity of honest workers and businesses in our region.

It was sickening to watch.

We’ve heard all sorts of nonsense from the Liberal/National Noalition over the last 18 months.

Whyalla was going to be wiped off the map.

Whole industries...

Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012
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Mirabella Tries to Scare Tasmanians

Liberal frontbencher Sophie Mirabella has again been caught out shamefully misleading Tasmanian workers.

In another one of the Liberals’ stunts, Mrs Mirabella yesterday told ABC radio Tasmania and The Advocate that there is speculation that 30 jobs are to go at the Australian Weaving Mills plant in Devonport.

“This is just another sad chapter in the Liberal Party’s disgraceful scare campaign,” Senator Urquhart said.

“I’ve been in discussions with the management at Australian Weaving Mills for months about...

Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2012
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State Liberals support pricing carbon pollution

 State Liberal Spokesperson on Energy, Matthew Groom, released a statement in which he said “with the introduction of the Carbon Tax, Tasmania now has a real environmental advantage in the National Energy Market by virtues of our ability to produce significant amounts of carbon free electricity”.

Mr Groom would no doubt be aware of the views of his Federal Liberal colleagues whose continual opposition to the Carbon Tax are at odds with the...

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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McHappy Day

McHappy Day

Senator Urquhart began her working life at Simplot, making, packing and inspecting the French Fries that were sold in McDonalds restaurants. She will be dusting off the spatula and strapping on an apron at the Devonport restaurant between 1:30pm and 3:00pm in a bid to assist with the fund raising effort.

Senator Urquhart said, “I am very happy to take part in such a worthwhile fundraising activity. The first Ronald McDonald House opened its...

Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011
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Payrise for Social and Community Workers

Labor Senator Anne Urquhart has today embraced the announcement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard that over $2 billion will be set aside for a much needed pay rise for 150,000 of Australia’s lowest paid workers in the social and community services sector,  the vast majority of who are women.

Senator Urquhart said that, “Workers in this sector have always struggled with difficult conditions and inadequate wages, due in part to the fact that this work is widely regarded as women’s work. ...

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011
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Senator Bushby and the Liberals want to lower pensions and rip away tax cuts

Senator Bushby should be ashamed of his letter to the editor dated 26 September 2011. His and Tony Abbott’s reckless scare campaign is designed to confuse and mislead Australian families and pensioners.

People are sick of the Liberal party’s political spin and they deserve the truth. The truth is that the carbon price will be paid by around 500 of Australia’s biggest polluters – not ordinary Australians.

The Government knows petrol and fuel costs can be a major expense for family budgets. That’s why all...

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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Indigenous Health Centre Opens in Ulverstone

Indigenous patients in North-West Tasmania will now have better access to services with the opening of Number 34 Aboriginal Health Service in Ulverstone today.

The new facility will be run in partnership with General Practice North West and Six Rivers Aboriginal Corporation. A traditional “Welcome to Country” and “Smoking Ceremony” to bless the building were a part of the opening program.

Labor Senator for Tasmania, Anne Urquhart said, number 34 Aboriginal Health Service will offer a variety of health services to meet...

Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011
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There is No Such Thing as an ‘Unskilled’ Worker

Tasmanian Labor Senator, Anne Urquhart, has launched a broadside against employers who are unfairly treating unskilled workers in her first speech to the Australian Senate.

Senator Urquhart cited the AMWU Food Division, which she said had long sought to ensure so called ‘unskilled’ workers are recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Senator Urquhart said that achieving this had met with strong resistance from some employers. There was a fear that providing...

Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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