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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
Tasmanian petrol prices Tasmanian petrol prices have experienced a period of stability over the first part of this year. However there are savings to be made locally and the R ACT's Fuel Watch program at w ww.ract.com.au is the best place to find those savings. Things are happening in our popular Footy Tipping competition -- if you haven't signed up yet, jump online and do it now! Our footy tipsters will like some of the new features introduced this year, such as being able to tip several rounds in advance -- now you can ga ze into the crystal ball and make your predictions a few rounds ahead. Why not check and see how selected R ACT staff members from around the state are tipping -- and compare their selections with yours? Tipsters also have access to some great travel promotion s, including weekend packages and special events -- watch out for MARY POPPINS and West Side Story. One R ACT Footy Tipper who's pleased she registered early is Lor na Williams -- her online registration won the $500 draw. Lor na has been an Advantage Roadside member since 1972. To date she's not up there with the most successful tippers, though -- at time of w riting, BartMann was just ahead in the AFL competition, while Bluebaggers had his (or her? Or their?) nose in front in the TSL. Be part of the R ACT Footy Tipping fun -- register now and get tipping! RACT Footy Tipping -- what's new? Lara Giddings Nick McKim Lin Thorp In our community The Tasmanian election campaign, polling day (and night) itself and the aftermath has dominated the media across our state this year. After a protracted post-election period of much speculation, the Labor Party for med government with the support of the Greens, and the new Cabinet featured an Australian first with the inclusion of Tasmanian Green s MPs. In the lead-up to the appointment of Cabinet, the R ACT made a public call for a senior, experienced minister to handle the complex infrastr ucture portfolio, and that call has been heeded with Deputy Premier Lara Giddings given the task. The ten-year State Infrastructure Strategy adopted by the State Government on the eve of the election is a huge undertaking that has the R ACT's full support. In addition, the Deputy Premier's experience in negotiations with the Australian Government should stand her in good stead for obtaining the increases in Federal funding that will be required to achieve the Strategy's goals. The Greens Leader Nick McKim has been given a number of responsibilities including a new portfolio of Sustainable Transport, which the RACT understands will include Metro Tasmania. An historic new Tasmanian Government Lin Thorp, a Minister in the previous administration, is the new Police and Emergency Management Minister. The RACT welcomes these appointments and looks forward to working constr uctively with the three new ministers. Our Roadmap for the Next Tasmanian Government document, released a week before the campaign started, listed fifty recommendations to further the cause of 'safer drivers in safer cars on safer roads'. The purpose behind the document was to seek as much information as possible from political parties for the benefit of the Tasmanian community, and we requested that each party make a formal response. Written responses from all three parties were subsequently posted on the R ACT website during the election campaign. With the formation of the new government, our public advocacy will include pursuit of commitments made in these formal responses. And just when Motor News Journeys readers thought they had heard enough about cut-ups, coalitions, preferences and promises, there is a Federal election on the horizon. The Australian Electoral Commission states that the earliest possible date for a joint House/ Senate election is Saturday 7 August 2010 (without any double dissolution occur ring). Stand by for more of the above! The AEC's page on Federal election dates: http://w w w.aec.gov.au/ FAQs/Elections.htm Responses from the Tasmanian political parties to the R ACT's Roadmap document, and a link to the Australian Automobile Association's 2010-11 Federal Budget submis sion: http://w ww.ract.com.au/news_ and_issues June / July 2010 6
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