The ADII 2017 points to clear lines along which the digital divide runs in Tasmania: If you are on a low income, are older, haven’t completed secondary school and/or are not in paid employment, you are being left behind.
For many people, choices about energy are confusing and burdensome, rather than beneficial and empowering.
This discussion about an aged care facility at Bellerive is our chance to show Tasmanians are better than that. We must reset the tone these discussions have taken and push back against those who wish to decide the quality of people’s characters is based solely on their level of income or life circumstances.
Free resources are available to assist community service workers to better help clients with energy costs. Electricity bills continue to be a challenge for Tasmanians living on low incomes and many others.
Establishment of a statutory body that strengthens the linkages across all areas of government and community with a focus on improved overall health is an appropriate policy response to Tasmania’s long term health outcomes.
What the Australian Government has done to Tasmanians in the last 6 months is almost incomprehensible.
The ball’s now in the court of the Tasmanian Liberal Senate team to ensure the Turnbull Government finally shows leadership on this issue by halting the rollout and adopting all eight of the Ombudsman’s recommendations
The Ombudsman calls for a halt to any further rollout until a comprehensive evaluation of what has happened is undertaken. (Recommendation 8). The Ombudsman has also called for further roll out to be done incrementally.
Pride. Compassion. Strength. These are the key themes that rose to the top of our discussions with residents of Tasmania’s North West and Western regions.
In among the flurry of an election it is easy to get distracted. But before we get too distracted, it is time to ask a bolder question: What would it take for you to love your government?