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26 June 2015

The Wilkie Report - June 2015

This month's focus is marriage equality in Australia.

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03 July 2015

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A statement on the continued stalling on the legalisation of hemp for food

The decision by the Federal Government today to continue stalling on the legalisation of industrial hemp for human consumption is spineless.

The fact is this is a lucrative and safe crop for human consumption, not something you can get high on and legal in just about every other country.

Instead of educating the community, the Government is pandering to naivety, some weird ideological bent and scaremongering by the police.

To claim that more time is needed to consider the matter is ludicrous. The human consumption of industrial hemp products has been investigated time and time again and is lawful in just about every other developed country.

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03 July 2015

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Metro must reassure community on move to cashless fares

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will urge Metro to reassure the community amid concerns it will stop allowing commuters to use cash to buy tickets on buses and move to cashless fares.

It is understood Metro is preparing to remove cash facilities from its buses and offer its pre-paid Greencard as the only available ticketing option for passengers.
``A number of elderly constituents have contacted my office about the difficulties they will have with these changes,’’ Mr Wilkie said.
``I understand that cashless tickets are common on buses in other capital cities, such as the Myki card in Melbourne, but I would argue that Hobart does not have comparable infrastructure.
``For example there are only eight Greencard agents in the whole of greater Hobart. If a passenger does not have a computer how will they top up or even buy their Greencard if they do not live within walking distance of an agent?
``I am also concerned about how these changes will impact on Tasmania’s increasing number of tourists. It is unrealistic to expect tourists to have a Greencard organised before they arrive in Tasmania and with only a few specific Greencard agents in Hobart I suspect the effort of obtaining one will be cumbersome.
``Hobart is not like Melbourne where there are Myki card agents on every corner. Hobart also has a significantly older population who will struggle with these changes. I have written to Metro asking it to reconsider this decision.’’

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