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BOM jobs to "stay" but services to go

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11 September 2018


The Prime Minister’s response to my question in Parliament today about the Bureau of Meteorology was almost entirely unsatisfactory.

Yes he did make a personal commitment to me that there’d be no job losses in Tasmania, and that’s obviously a good thing.

However the PM failed to address the rest of my question, and in particular the widespread concern with the well advanced BOM project to make Melbourne and Brisbane responsible for Tasmanian aviation weather forecasting. Nor did he deal with the fact that emergency services, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, tourism companies and smaller aircraft operators haven’t been properly consulted on the change.

The PM also failed to provide any comfort regarding the fact that the separate project to base other, non-aviation related forecasting, on the mainland is equally irrational and puts lives at risk, especially in remote areas and during emergencies.

I certainly don’t regard this as the end of the matter and am meeting the head of BOM later today to press my concerns.

For more information: Tim Hurd 0447 427 292

Authorised by Andrew Wilkie MP 188 Collins St Hobart