Monday, May 20, 2024

New Tasmanian cabinet to take aim at ‘Dorothy Dixers’

The new Tasmanian Liberal Government Cabinet met for the first time today.

“Our Liberal Government has already commenced delivering key parts of the Plan immediately, so that Tasmanian’s can feel the benefits sooner,” said Premier, Jeremy Rockliff.

“As I have said, the increased Parliament presents an opportunity to ensure Parliament operates efficiently and in the best interests of Tasmanians.

“Today, I also discussed with Cabinet my intention to work productively with the Opposition, Leader of the Greens, JLN and independents to reform the way Parliamentary business is undertaken.”

“While the Standing Orders are ultimately a matter for Parliament, our Government will put forward the recommendation to do away with “Dorothy Dixers” and replace them with constituent questions to give Tasmanians further access to the Tasmanian Parliament,” the Premier said.

“I look forward to working with all Members of Parliament to deliver a functioning Parliament that acts in and has the best interests of Tasmanians at all times.”

Following the Cabinet meeting, each Minister received a Ministerial Charter Letter, committing them to upholding the highest of standards of public office and delivering every element of the 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future.

The Charter outlines priorities of each Minister that will drive their actions and decisions, particularly within the First 100 Days.

The amended Parliamentary Sitting Schedule for the 2024 calendar year has now been finalised and is available here.

Parliament will reconvene on Tuesday, 14 May, with the 2024-25 State Budget to be handed down on Thursday, 12 September.

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