Isabel Bird, The Advocate

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Recent articles by Isabel:

Proposed family law reforms will better address family violence and child neglect

Major proposed changes to the family law system will seek to stop the law being "used as a weapon" in disputes over children and bring greater safety to families, according to Tasmanian legal advocates. → Read More

Independent child safety watchdog supported by Tasmanian community organisations

Widespread support for an Independent Regulator has been outlined in submissions to the draft Child and Youth Safe Organisations bill, but most warn that it will need to be adequately resourced to perform its functions effectively and keep children safe. → Read More

10 days paid family and domestic violence leave will now be available

Workplaces must now provide employees who are impacted by domestic violence with up to ten days of paid leave, a move welcomed by advocates who say the leave will help mitigate the harms of violence. → Read More

Advocates say Tasmanian government is not committed to reducing Aboriginal incarceration rates

A rise in the number of Indigenous Australians incarcerated within Tasmania's prisons can be explained by an unacceptable lack of Aboriginal community-led and culturally appropriate social services, says a legal advocate. → Read More

New flood grants between $10,000 and $25,000 available for landholders

Extra assistance for farmers affected by the devastating floods will be a welcome reprieve for some that are still in the process of cleanup, says the peak farming group. → Read More

Government sought advice on power relief, still no action, says Labor

The state government knew power prices would rise by 12 per cent and failed to take meaningful action to alleviate Tasmania's financial pain, says Labor. → Read More

Salaries to attract trainee doctors into rural Tasmanian GP practices

Tasmania's rural doctor shortage is being addressed by a new trial where medical graduates will be placed in GP practices on paid salaries, with the aim to attract and retain trainee doctors into rural areas. → Read More

Tasmania considers laws that would allow partners to check for violent criminal history

The Tasmanian Government is showing interest in adopting family violence laws that would allow individuals entering relationships to check the past criminal records of their new partner for a history of violent offending. → Read More

Federal Labor's flagged Medicare changes are supported by Tasmania's health profession

Flagged changes to Medicare by the Labor Federal Government, including introducing a more blended health care system that would have greater reliance on allied health professionals, is being viewed as a change in the right direction. → Read More

First Nations death in custody opens call for improvements for justice

Prisoner advocate Greg Barns says the structural disadvantage experienced by Indigenous Australians should be explicitly considered during sentencing to address the over-representation of First Nations people in prisons. → Read More

No details on how dead prison escapee fled hospital

Tasmanian authorities are not revealing how an escapee prisoner, who was murdered while on the run, was able to flee from the Royal Hobart Hospital. → Read More

Security a major concern for farmers in any new national firearm registry

Tasmanian farmers say any new national firearms registry would need stringent security systems attached to ensure their private details would be kept safe from criminals. → Read More

Opposition to the Voice leads author to prompt Australians to inform themselves

Truth telling advocate Thomas Mayor says The Voice referendum will be an important moment in Australian history, and is urging every citizen to inform themselves properly before they make their vote. → Read More

Legacy began in Tasmania and has supported thousands of families over its 100 years

State government supports Legacy centenary celebrations → Read More

Tasmania not overly reliant on Chinese travel, so easing of restrictions will not impact, syas peak body

Chinese tourism numbers into Tasmania will not be greatly impacted as China begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions and travel is expected to increase, says peak tourist body. → Read More

World renewable energy leader Tasmania to host international exhibition

Leading renewable energy experts will be arriving in Tasmania in 2023, providing an opportunity for the state to expand its understanding of offshore energy, according to one of the world's wind energy advocates. → Read More

Government set 'imposible' task for paramedics, says Labor

Labor is accusing the government of setting an impossible task for Tasmania's paramedics in asking them to consider their latest wage offer deal during the busy Christmas period. → Read More

Tasmanian Referendum Group member applauds PMs leadership on the Voice

The Australian Prime Minister's commitment to hold a referendum within the next year is an "important" milestone in the nation's journey to get an Aboriginal voice in parliament, says a Tasmanian Aboriginal leader. → Read More

Review into school support system for kids with disabilities 'will have no impact in 2023'

Children and teenagers with ADHD are being labelled "naughty" by teachers and as a result are not getting the educational supports they need, according to a disability lobby group. → Read More

Its natural evolution: Expert says workforce must prepare for AI

A national technology expert is advising everybody in society to understand and prepare themselves for the future of artificial intelligence, but stresses that machines will not be replacing people "any time soon". → Read More