Rebecca White MP 
Labor Member for Lyons

Shadow Minister for Federal State Relations

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Shadow Minister for Arts and Creative Industries

Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Regional communities are the heart and soul of Tasmania.

Whether you live in Sheffield or Sorell, Bridgewater or Bicheno, the wide open spaces, safe streets and friendly neighbours you find in small towns and local communities make them great places to raise families.

I want regional communities to thrive. I have the energy and vigour to drive growth for regional Tasmania.

Now more than ever, people throughout Lyons need job security, better transport – more buses and better roads – and better access to services.

I want parents to raise their children secure in the knowledge there is a future for their community.

We must work harder to support our towns’ small businesses and our farmers who are the lifeblood of regional Tasmania.

It is important that Tasmania continues with improvements to water infrastructure with the aim of making Tasmania Australia’s food bowl.

This is a program I fully support. It offers great opportunity for communities throughout Lyons.

The rollout of the NBN will help connect us to the world and provide new ways for communities to engage with Government, private enterprise and each other.

As someone born in Lyons and raised on my parents’ farm ‘Redbanks’ in Nugent I know the issues that confront regional Tasmania.

I have built my own home in the electorate and have a personal stake in ensuring the concerns of country people are heard, listened to and acted upon down in Hobart.

Rebecca White

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Labor forges ahead with commitment to create more Tasmanian jobs

  • Labor working with key stakeholders to create jobs
  • The first IAC meets in Northern Tasmania today
  • More needs to be done to match skills with shortages

Labor is forging ahead with its commitment to work with stakeholders across the state’s key economic sectors to create more full time jobs in Tasmania.

The Labor Party today held the first meeting of its newly established Industry Advisory Councils with Daniel Leesong from the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chairing the Tourism, Hospitality, Festivals, Heritage and the Arts IAC at Perth this afternoon.

“We know that to create jobs, we need to have real conversations with the people who know our industries best,” Labor Leader Rebecca White said.

“That’s why we have established eight Industry Advisory Councils to develop strong, enduring policy for our state.”

The meeting coincided with a tour of a local whiskey distillery, which is eager to attract more tourists and employ more Tasmanians.

“The owners of Adams Distillery at Perth expressed concerns over a lack of skilled workers available in Tasmania for its business,” Ms White said.

“This whiskey distillery has been so successful, the owners will soon need to employ another distiller but unfortunately they will need to look interstate and overseas as Tasmania lacks appropriate training courses for their industry.

“This is a common theme expressed by many businesses we are visiting around Tasmania and more needs to be done to match these skills shortages with the education and training being offered to Tasmanians.

“Our IACs will focus on the longer term challenges and opportunities facing Tasmania’s economy and our people, including education and training.”

Medicare jobs to go as Morrison breaks promise to Tasmanians

  • Medicare jobs outsourced to labour hire firm
  • Morrison Government breaching commitment to deliver Medicare from within public service
  • Liberals determined to privatise Medicare

The Morrison Liberal Government has broken a major promise to Tasmanians by outsourcing Medicare jobs in Hobart to a labour hire company.

Shadow Minister for Federal State Relations Rebecca White said the move by the Prime Minister to outsource up to 12 Tasmanian jobs breaks the Federal Government’s commitment to deliver services from within the public service and was further evidence of the Liberal’s determination to privatise Medicare.

“This is a shocking breach of trust by Scott Morrison, especially considering the Liberal Government gave a definitive commitment that no area of Medicare would be privatised,” Ms White said.

“Malcolm Turnbull made what he called an unequivocal commitment in 2016 that every element of Medicare services would continue to be delivered by government.

“To do otherwise now is an extraordinary betrayal of Tasmanians and local jobs.

“If Mr Morrison is serious about that commitment to Medicare and is serious about supporting and keeping federal public service jobs in Tasmania, he will step in and stop this outsourcing.

“Tasmanians and Australians are proud of Medicare and they rely on this crucial service that should not be contracted out to private companies by the government.”

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