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30 April 2015

The Wilkie Report - IRAN INTELLIGENCE SHARING
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The Wilkie Report April 2015

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22 May 2015

Andrew in chamber

Bitter Cadbury chocolate

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will discuss Cadbury’s announcement to sack 80 staff at its Claremont factory.

“Cadbury’s announcement today that it is sacking 80 staff is a terrible blow to the greater Hobart community. This is 20 per cent of the chocolate factory’s staff, many of whom live in the Glenorchy City area which already has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state,” Mr Wilkie said.

“The difficult circumstances in Glenorchy were the reason the Federal Government had decided to provide $16m of economic stimulus to Cadbury. Cadbury’s decision not to invest that money in no way changes the urgent need for such stimulus spending in Glenorchy and the money must still be spent there.

“The Federal and State Governments are making much of the economic difficulties in north and north-west Tasmania. But such circumstances exist across the entire state which makes the recent government spending commitments in the north and north-west look like pre-election pork barrelling to save the three amigos. Indeed the youth unemployment rate in south-east Tasmania is actually higher than that being experienced currently in north-west Tasmania.

“I am also very disappointed with the behaviour of Cadbury which has received wonderful community and political support which it’s not repaying. You’ve just got to look on the supermarket shelves to see the increasing range of Cadbury products now being imported into Australia from Europe and other places.

“Remember this is first and foremost a human story. Every one of the sacked workers is someone with a life to live and bills to pay. Many have families to support.”

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22 May 2015

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False economy won’t save the budget

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has joined calls for the State Government to reinstate funding to the Salvation Army’s Reintegration for Ex-Offenders (REO) program.

Mr Wilkie has written to the Human Services Minister, Jacqui Petrusma, to warn that the budget saving is actually a false economy that will increase the likelihood of ex-offenders re-offending.

``I have been told that an evaluation of this program found that for every $100,000 spent by government there is an expected saving of $1.1 million in terms of incarceration, court and policing costs,’’ Mr Wilkie said.

``Cutting this program therefore is clearly a false economy and frankly I think it is downright irresponsible. Turfing ex-offenders out into the community without housing or social supports leaves them much more likely to reoffend. I understand it will also mean that prisoners applying for parole will automatically be rejected because they will not have access to appropriate accommodation upon release.

``I ask that the State Government fully fund the REO program over the next financial year and through the forward estimates.’’

Mr Wilkie’s call comes as a coalition of leading Tasmanian social service, housing, legal and union voices warn that cutting the program will lead to increased costs to the state and reduced community safety.

A copy of Mr Wilkie’s letter to Minister Petrusma is attached. Andrew_Wilkie_to_Minister_Petrusma_May_15.pdf

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