Tasmania needs a team in the VFL, so players can transition to the elite level, Trisha Squires says. (ABC News: Henry Zwartz)
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Baby steps to AFL team
AFL Tasmania hopes an application to start a VFL team will be approved by the Australian Football League within the next three weeks — a move which many see as key to furthering the ambitions of a team in the main competition.
A decline in participation in the sport by adult men has been attributed to the lack of a transitional pathway into the professional league within the state.
AFL Tasmania chief executive Trisha Squires told a Legislative Council inquiry into the AFL in Tasmania that the state needs to be represented in the best second-tier football competition in the country.
“We would try to keep as many Tasmanians in our state playing VFL football or attempting to get the Tasmanians that have left our state to play better competitions, to come back and play for the Tasmanian Devils,” she said.
“That’s really important.”
Garlic grower to be sentenced
A Tasmanian garlic grower who illegally imported more than 2,000 garlic bulbils from Canada and the United States, risking plant disease, is expected to be sentenced today.
Letitia Ware talks to Tino Carnevale during an episode of ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program last year. (Supplied)
Letitia Anne Ware, 53, instructed suppliers to mark the bulbs “office supplies” to avoid detection.
The varieties imported by Ware are known to host a plant pathogen which could devastate the agriculture sector.
The prosecution has argued the offending by Ware, who is also chairwoman of the Australian Garlic Industry Association, was “arrogant and repeated”, deliberately dishonest and was motivated by gaining a commercial advantage.
Early release law up for debate
The Upper House will debate legislation this week that would end early releases for prisoners who exhibit good behaviour.
Murder victim Voula Delios in her North Hobart grocery store with son Michael in 2003. (Supplied: The Mercury)
The Government has brought on the bill within days of the adjournment of an inquest into the 2016 murder of North Hobart shopkeeper Voula Delios.
The inquest has examined why Ms Delios’s killer, Daryl Royston Wayne Cook, was on remission at the time of her death. He was found not guilty on the grounds of insanity.
Last year, Labor said it would introduce amendments to the legislation once it hit the Upper House. But Shadow Attorney-General Ella Haddad yesterday said the Opposition would no longer bother trying to change the bill, although the party’s four MLCs would still be voting it down.
“We’ve put on record a couple of times now the reasons why we don’t support this change, why we do support the use of remissions in limited circumstances for inmates who do the right thing, so we’ll be reiterating the reasons why we don’t support the bill,” Ms Haddad said.
The proposed amendments would have allowed the continuation of remissions.
Bacon replacement to be decided
A recount for the seat vacated by former Labor MP Scott Bacon is set to get underway this afternoon.
Labor’s Scott Bacon resigned from State Parliament last month after nine years as an MP.
The Tasmanian Electoral Commission will begin counting Mr Bacon’s almost 12,000 votes from last year’s state election to determine his replacement at midday.
Electoral Commissioner Andrew Hawkey said he was confident there will be a result within 24 hours “if we’re fortunate with the way things progress we may have a result [Tuesday night]”.
The newly-elected MP is likely to be sitting in Parliament before the end of the week.
The forecast for Tasmania is for showers about the west and far south, clearing during the evening. Fine elsewhere. Areas of morning frost and fog. Westerly winds freshening.
A north-westerly stream is expected to develop on Wednesday and strengthen ahead of a cold front to cross Tasmania on Thursday morning, with a cooler westerly flow to follow.
A full and updated list of warnings can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology’s Tasmanian Warnings summary webpage.
As of 6:00am the Pinnacle Road to the summit of Hobart’s kunanyi/Mount Wellington was closed at The Springs.
Check the council website for the updated status of Pinnacle Road.
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