Female candidates wanted for local government, as gender imbalance looms for council elections

With male candidates outnumbering females by almost two to one at next month's Tasmanian local government elections, one young hopeful says she nominated because she was sick of "old, boring men making decisions about things they don't understand or care about". In July last year, then-Hobart lord mayor Sue Hickey made headlines by referring to … Continue reading Female candidates wanted for local government, as gender imbalance looms for council elections

Fruit needle scare: Police investigate another metal find, but Tasmanian growers ‘confident’

Huonville police have revealed a fourth incidence of alleged fruit contamination reported on Wednesday. A royal gala apple bought on Monday from Woolworths in Huonville was found to contain a pin. The contamination was discovered when a nine-year-old boy was eating the apple, which had been cut in half. Police have seized the pin, and … Continue reading Fruit needle scare: Police investigate another metal find, but Tasmanian growers ‘confident’

Shortage of acute beds in Tasmania a ‘crisis’, mental health expert says

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) have both called for more acute beds in Tasmania due to the state's ageing population and high rates of substance abuse. According to the Productivity Commission's 2018 Report on Government Services, Tasmania had 53.7 beds per 100,000 people in … Continue reading Shortage of acute beds in Tasmania a ‘crisis’, mental health expert says

Tasmania’s hospitality and retail jobs most vulnerable to automation

Jobs in hospitality and retail are among the occupations in Tasmania most vulnerable to automation, according to a new report into the future of jobs in regional Australia. The Job Vulnerability in Australia report by the Regional Australia Institute breaks down at-risk jobs by local government area, and estimates what percentage of jobs are ripe to … Continue reading Tasmania’s hospitality and retail jobs most vulnerable to automation

Swire Shipping hauls anchor in Tasmania, with forestry looking to northern export solution

The operator of southern Tasmania's only direct freight service has announced it is pulling out of the state in two weeks, forcing customers to transport goods to northern ports by road or rail. Singapore-based company Swire Shipping has been operating out of Hobart every nine days since 2015, but are stopping the service due to … Continue reading Swire Shipping hauls anchor in Tasmania, with forestry looking to northern export solution

Conservative netball dad who pursued tough immigration policies is Australia’s new PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s next prime minister is a career public servant from Sydney’s southern suburbs who rose to prominence by stopping asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat and has steered the country’s fiscal direction for the past three years. Morrison, who has served as the country’s treasurer since 2015, represents the predominantly Anglo-Saxon … Continue reading Conservative netball dad who pursued tough immigration policies is Australia’s new PM

‘Trump-esque’ former cop Dutton eyes Australia PM role

By Jonathan Barrett, Erin Cooper SYDNEY (Reuters) - Peter Dutton, who has launched a challenge to become Australia’s prime minister, is a polarizing former police officer who forged a hard-line reputation enforcing tough immigration policies and making unpopular cuts to the health budget. Dutton has emerged in recent months as the leader of the Liberal … Continue reading ‘Trump-esque’ former cop Dutton eyes Australia PM role

Australia’s opposition Labor sitting pretty as PM’s leadership appears doomed

By John Mair, Erin Cooper SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s opposition Labor Party looks to be in the envious position of having to do little to ensure victory in the next election after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull survived a damaging leadership challenge on Tuesday. Polling and growing dissatisfaction with Turnbull’s fractured center-right government, led by his … Continue reading Australia’s opposition Labor sitting pretty as PM’s leadership appears doomed

Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure

By Erin Cooper SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday averted a possible leadership challenge by dropping targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to appease his critics, say local media, as a poll showed his government losing voter support. Conservatives in his coalition were reportedly sounding out colleagues for a … Continue reading Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure

Australia waters down commitment to climate accord amid domestic political fight

By Colin Packham and Erin Cooper SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday stripped requirements for reducing greenhouse emissions from his centrepiece energy policy in the face of political opposition, although the country remains a signatory to the Paris Agreement. The National Energy Guarantee had mandated that greenhouse emissions from … Continue reading Australia waters down commitment to climate accord amid domestic political fight