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Coalition to blame for Backpacker Tax fiasco

The four Tasmanian Labor Members of Parliament have today condemned the Coalition Government for its comprehensive stuffing up of the backpacker tax. In a joint statement, the four MPs said...

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Statement on ejection

Today I was ejected from the House of Representatives after calling Barnaby Joyce a fraud, and accusing him of being missing in action during the backpackers’ tax fiasco.   Mr Joyce is the Deputy...

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Flood victims waiting too long

The Federal Labor member for Lyons Brian Mitchell says flood victims are waiting too long for relief.   “Some farmers have been affected by two floods and are still waiting for relief for the...

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Backpacker Tax

Appreciation of a non-necessary tax… the expectation of the Turnbull Government in announcing its reduction in the proposed 32.5 per cent to 19 per cent for the out of left field Backpacker Tax…...

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AFL must recognise Tasmanian who designed Final 8

In 1994 Tasmanian man Kim Crawford sent the AFL his idea for a Final 8.   The AFL told him it wasn’t interested. Six years later it introduced the system, without ever acknowledging it was Mr...

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Centrelink amnesty idea for 2016 - 2017 fruit & vegetable picking season

Brian Mitchell, the Federal Labor Member for Lyons, is proposing that people receiving Newstart payments and pensions be allowed to undergo fruit and vegetable picking work this season without...

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West Tamar forgotten in clean-up grants

Brian Mitchell, the Federal Labor Member for Lyons, says it is unacceptable that Tasmanian primary producers affected by the June floods are ineligible for up to $10,000 in assistance simply...

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New MP wants $1 million for every Electorate

Brian Mitchell, the federal Labor MP for Lyons, has used his first speech in the House of Representatives to suggest that every federal MP be given $1 million to spend in their electorates.   He...

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Tasmanian apprenticeships plummet under Liberals

New figures released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show apprenticeships continue to fall under Malcolm Turnbull’s minority Liberal government. Figures in...

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Tasmania comes dead last in digital divide

The Australian Digital Inclusion Index released today makes for sombre reading. The report, compiled for Telstra by Swinburne University, shows Tasmania is behind the digital eight-ball on just...

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