Aged Care Royal Commission finally comes to Hobart

The Aged Care Royal Commission will today begin its hearings in Hobart to investigate how older people are cared for, and what must be done to make these services better.…

Aged care report a thundering wake-up call for sweeping reform

The Aged Care Royal Commission Interim Report, released today, provides an alarming insight into a sector in desperate need of reform. The problems highlighted in the media over the last year…

A statement on animal cruelty at the Royal Hobart Show

The dreadful suffering of a young bull at the Royal Hobart Show is further compelling evidence that rodeos should be banned in Tasmania. This episode also proves again that animals…

Regional processing asylum seeker bill tabled again today

Independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, re-introduced the Refugee Protection Bill 2019 to Parliament this morning. It was seconded by independent MP Dr Helen Haines. “Confining people for an indefinite…

Question to PM on Voice to Parliament

To our shame, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples remain one of the most incarcerated people in the world. Again this year the Closing the Gap Strategy Report showed no…

Tasmanian Integrity Commission needs more teeth – and 85% of Tasmanians agree

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will join Geoffrey Watson SC, former counsel assisting the NSW ICAC, to launch a report by the Australia Institute that finds that Tasmania’s…

Bill of Rights introduced into Parliament

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will today introduce legislation in the Federal Parliament that would enshrine a Bill of Rights in Australian law. The bill is modelled closely…

A statement on the Northern Territory youth justice system

I am as appalled as everyone else at the abuse in the Northern Territory youth justice system revealed on Four Corners last night. There can be no doubt that this…