22 September 2008

New Tourism Minister for Tasmania

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A new Tourism Minister for Tasmania was sworn in to the Cabinet today after a reshuffle of the Premier's team. Michelle O’Byrne has been appointed the position of Tourism Minister after her predecessor Paula Wriedt was dismissed from the Cabinet.

Despite the controversial situation surrounding the sacking of Ms Wriedt, the Governor ensured the new Tourism Minister was welcomed by the Cabinet. 

"I don't think we should allow the unfortunate circumstances that have given rise to this morning's appointment to deny the congratulations that rightly go to you on this occasion," he said.

In related news, on Tasmania’s west coast, the increasing demand from growth in the mining and tourism sectors is putting pressure on the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to expand its services to that region.  However, Tim Fischer, National Chairman of RFDS, said rising fuel costs and recruitment of medical professionals and pilots will dampen plans for expansion.

The mining industry in Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory are all rapidly expanding and are recruiting thousands of overseas skilled workers to maintain the momentum.  Engineers, miners, foreman, and construction workers are encouraged to apply for Australian skilled migration visas so that skills shortages in this sector can be filled.

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Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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