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Tasmanian Government to Spend $21m on Two Key Tourism Projects

Tourism Minister Will Hodgman

Tourism Minister Will Hodgman

The Tasmanian Government has announced plans to spend $21m on two key tourism projects.

Premier and Tourism Minister Will Hodgman recently announced $15 million for The Cradle Mountain Master Plan and more than $6million towards the upgrading of the Great Eastern Drive along the state’s east coast.

Although Tasmania already has a booming visitor economy, the minister said the budget would add to the already strong tourism sector.

The news of the budget was welcomed by the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania and its chairman Daniel Leesong who said it would enable Cradle Mountain to become a world-class destination.

These projects would draw visitors into regional Tasmania.

Read more at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-26/government-to-spend-21m-on-key-tourism-projects/7448244

Opposition Leader Defends Labor’s Billion Dollar Prescription Promise

bill shortenThe opposition leader Bill Shorten recently defended his party’s promise on prescription medicines against Coalition jabs that he is putting more policies on the unfunded “spendometer”.

The party has been criticised by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and senior Coalition ministers for announcing new spending without commensurate cuts.

Turnbull highlighted the importance that government spend within its means and the need to maintain our health system which is the best in the world with more spending.

For the full lowdown on the debate read http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/election-2016-shorten-defends-1-billion-medicines-promise-against-governments-labor-spendometer-gibes-20160522-gp0tcc.html

 

 

Should The Legal Drinking Age be Raised in Australia?

alcoholShould the Australian government be considering raising the legal drinking from 18 to 21 to reduce alcohol fuelled harm? A prestigious group of doctors thinks it should.

The group of doctors believe alcohol violence has gotten out of hand and have put forward recommendations that include increasing the minimum purchase age for certain types of alcohol and for take away alcohol.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians recently put forward a submission which proposes public consultation on these issues.

The doctors submitted an 80 page report urging the government to also consider increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks with higher health risks.

Source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/drink/calls-for-drinking-age-to-be-raised-and-blood-alcohol-limit-for-drivers-to-be-lowered/news-story/c640f8bb0fe26da8ec099ab6c2e06095