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Thursday, 13 September 2018
Page: 6325

Senator ABETZ (Tasmania) (12:28): I seek leave to make a one-minute statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator ABETZ: Tasmanians rightly value the services provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. That is why the community concerns at proposed changes by the bureau have been fully acknowledged. The Prime Minister has guaranteed that there will be no job losses, and the bureau is consulting widely to embrace concerns. The bureau has never had any plans to reduce jobs or services in Tasmania. It is working with all stakeholders, including staff, to improve its services to community and increase engagement with users so that its forecasting services remain world-class into the future. While the Greens aspire to maintain services, the government, along with the Tasmanian Liberal Senate team, is looking at enhancing, and value-adding to, the services. Consultations to improve services continue on the basis that no decisions have been taken, jobs are secure, local forecasting will continue and community stakeholders will continue to be consulted with.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator McKim be agreed to.