Tourism, Climate Change, Environment, Cultural Heritage & Arts


Principles for protecting our natural environment

  • Labor believes that our natural and cultural heritage must be fostered and our landscapes protected for environmental, social, cultural, economic, educational and scientific purposes, as well as for Tasmania’s future.
  • Labor will work with the community to achieve environmental outcomes that are consistent with an environmentally-responsible reputation.
  • Labor will work to prevent degradation of our environment.

Natural heritage

  • Labor notes that almost all of Tasmania’s National Parks and World Heritage Areas have been established by Labor Governments and reaffirms its commitment to protecting their natural beauty and cultural significance.
  • Labor will support environmental protection through environmental and land management services.
  • Labor will assess all values, including natural, traditional, cultural and heritage and economic, in land management planning.
  • Labor will ensure the development of sustainable production systems and management practices that maintain rehabilitate or improve biodiversity and ecosystem.
  • Labor will maintain its world class system of National Parks and Reserves to protect and conserve natural and cultural values.
  • Labor will support the development and implementation of management plans for all National Parks and Reserves.
  • Labor will engage local communities and user groups in the management of reserves with which they have a particular connection.
  • Labor will promote effective stewardship of environmental values on private land.
  • Labor will work cooperatively with landowners to restore or maintain native habitat and wildlife corridors.
  • Labor will compensate landowners prevented from developing or utilising their properties because of government environmental or cultural decisions.
  • Labor will support measures to identify the most seriously degraded areas and prioritise them for immediate remediation and rehabilitation.

Waste management and recycling

  • Labor believes that wastage must be minimised and re-use maximised.
  • Labor will work towards the elimination of materials that cannot be re-used, recycled or biodegraded (in particular the elimination of non-biodegradable plastic bags) except where there are no viable or practical alternatives.
  • Labor will develop an education campaign to encourage consumer participation in recycling.
  • Labor will introduce a reusable (and recyclable) container deposit scheme, such as that which operates in South Australia.
  • Labor will adopt Government procurement policies that favour the purchase of recyclable, biodegradable and environmentally friendly materials.

Hazardous waste

  • Labor will co-operate with the Commonwealth Government in the development of national procedures to monitor the generation, movement and disposal of hazardous waste.
  • Labor will require clear and appropriate warnings and other advice to be present on any facility or container containing hazardous material.
  • Labor will limit to safe levels the amount of contamination by potentially hazardous chemicals allowed in air, soil and water according to sound biological and epidemiological evidence.

Dry land systems

  • Labor will work cooperatively with stakeholders to find and implement appropriate, economically feasible and environmentally responsible controls on weeds, pests and diseases.
  • Labor will work with the community and community organisations to continue to improve the welfare and protection of domestic and agricultural animals.
  • Labor will cooperate with hunting and fishing groups to implement sustainable and humane management plans for native and introduced game and fish species.
  • Labor will promote the development of property based wildlife management plans as a way of helping to monitor populations and conserve habitat on private land.


  • Labor will ensure adequate conservation of wetland ecosystems through their incorporation in Tasmania’s reserve system.
  • Labor will co operate with the Commonwealth Government to implement the provisions of the Ramsar Convention in relation to Ramsar listed wetlands.
  • Labor will provide advice and incentives to private landowners to create, conserve and manage wetlands on their properties.
  • Labor will work co operatively with local communities and user groups to refine the state-wide inventory of wetlands by qualifying typical, unique and sensitive wetland habitats and their communities.
  • Labor will establish wetlands information centres to educate the public on the natural and cultural values of wetlands.

Marine species and ecosystems

  • Labor will develop an integrated management planning system that reduces conflict between development and conservation in coastal, estuarine and marine areas.
  • Labor will support the implementation of the Tasmanian Marine Protected Areas Strategy.
  • Labor will promote the use of habitat mapping to identify typical, unique and sensitive marine habitats and their communities.
  • Labor will protect estuarine habitat and support environmentally sustainable aquaculture.
  • Labor will work closely with the Australian Government to ensure that Tasmania’s fisheries are not detrimentally impacted by offshore fishing practices.
  • Labor will work closely with the Australian Government, international partners and community groups for the protection of all Cetacean (whale and dolphin) species.
  • Labor will protect the Tasmanian marine environment from pests and diseases.


  • Labor will develop a coastal protection and planning framework that combines sustainable development with protection of natural, cultural heritage and social values.
  • Labor will develop regional community involvement in coastline issues through consultation.
  • Labor will maintain public access to the coast.

Threats to ecosystems

  • Labor will, through the Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania, work with fire services, Landcare groups and other community based groups to ensure the survival of fire dependant ecological communities and mitigate the threat of wildfire to the natural environment, public and private property.
  • Labor will develop programs to educate the community on the dangers to both people and the environment of wildfire with a particular aim of eliminating the threat of ‘firebugs’.

Weeds, pests and diseases

  • Labor will ensure threats from weeds, pests and diseases are reduced.
  • Labor will promote research on the environmental effects of and practical control measures for feral domestic animals.
  • Labor will ensure that stringent biosecurity is maintained to preserve Tasmania’s relative freedom from pests and diseases.
  • Labor will increase community involvement in both agricultural and environmental weed and pest eradication programs.
  • Labor will provide resources to enable rapid and flexible response to critical threats from exotic pests and diseases.

Rare, threatened and endangered species

  • Labor will ensure that the listing and de listing of species as ‘rare’, ‘vulnerable’ or ‘endangered’ is based on thorough and objective scientific evidence.
  • Labor will engage community expertise in working with scientists to actively monitor populations of rare, threatened and endangered species.
  • Labor will support the development of community based programs to assist in the recognition of threatened species or ecological communities.

Nuclear hazards

  • Labor believes that while the potential benefits of nuclear energy should be investigated, there must be due consideration of the socio-economic costs, risks and benefits posed by the technology.
  • Labor believes that the dangers posed by radioactive decay, nuclear fission and fusion necessitate governments and political parties proceeding in a highly conservative manner.
  • Labor will require nuclear powered ships entering Tasmanian harbours to prepare an environmental impact statement in line with Labor’s commitment to environment impact assessment legislation.
  • Labor will allow nuclear powered ship visits on the proviso that appropriate security officers of the Tasmanian Government are given sufficient information to assess the risk posed to our ports.
  • Labor will not allow nuclear-armed warships to enter Tasmanian waters and harbours and will educate the public as to the risk posed by visiting nuclear powered and/or armed vessels.

Nuclear waste

  • Labor believes nuclear waste is an obvious by-product of the nuclear age and should only be stored in Tasmania in sites where it can have no impact on ground, water and air.
  • Labor will fully co-operate with the Commonwealth in the development of national procedures and standards to categorise and monitor the generation, storage, transport, usage and disposal of nuclear materials in both industry and medicine.
  • Labor will ensure that these procedures and standards are regularly reviewed in line with world’s best practices to ensure adequate protection for workers, members of the public and the environment.
  • Labor will ensure there are information and advisory services on potential environmental contaminations, particularly in the workplace.
  • Labor will minimise the importation of hazardous wastes into the State.

Antarctic Division

  • Labor believes that Tasmania has a unique relationship with Antarctica through the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and Antarctic Gateway. This relationship presents tangible benefits for the state economy.
  • Labor actively supports Tasmania as the home of Antarctic expeditions, science and policy-making and will work to protect that relationship.
  • Labor will encourage Federal funding for ongoing shipping support and the maintenance of our research stations and Antarctic science projects in order for Tasmania to maintain its Antarctic presence.
  • Labor will continue to implement the State Government’s Antarctic Sector Development Plan which seeks to maintain and strategically expand on the 830 Tasmanian jobs created by Antarctic-related activities.

Climate Change

  • Labor believes that climate change is the greatest environmental threat to human survival and biodiversity on earth.
  • Labor believes that governments at all levels – local, state and national – have a role in tackling climate change and must take urgent action to do so.
  • Labor will take broad comprehensive scientific and economic advice when consulting and deciding on actions to tackle climate change.
  • Labor will set greenhouse gas emissions targets in order to tackle climate change. These targets will be assessed against credible scientific and economic advice.
  • Labor will participate in and support an established federal emissions trading scheme.
  • Labor will investigate how best to encourage the installation of photovoltaic power sources within the community.
  • Labor will aim for the Tasmanian Government to eventually become carbon neutral through initiatives such as:
    • Accurate reporting of government agencies’ carbon footprints;
    • Greenhouse friendly procurement policies;
    • The establishment of a green vehicle fleet;
    • Energy efficient government buildings; and
    • A carbon offset scheme for government emissions-producing activities such as government air travel.

Pollution control

  • Labor will work with the Australian and other state governments and relevant international bodies to ensure the development of the highest possible, economically feasible standards of control of emissions of primary and secondary industries, transportation systems and human waste management systems.
  • Labor will implement state of the art emission controls on State Government vehicles and thermal power generation systems.
  • Labor will establish limits on industrial emissions to curtail their impact on the human population and the environment.
  • Labor will encourage and assist operators that are making a reasonable and genuine effort to keep their emissions below permissible limits.
  • Labor will ensure that penalties for operators that refuse to comply with their pollution control obligations are severe enough to have a deterrent effect.


  • Labor believes tourism is a highly valuable industry that significantly contributes to the economic and social wellbeing of the State.
  • Labor believes in a strategic, collaborative approach between private and public sectors to maximise the benefits that tourism has for Tasmania
  • Labor will work in close partnership with the tourism industry to ensure that Tasmania is promoted interstate and overseas as a holiday destination.
  • Labor will provide ongoing investment in the development of new tourism infrastructure, services and experiences to support the future growth of tourism.
  • Labor believes that, as an island, affordable air and sea access to Tasmania is a critical element for the future growth and sustainability of the State’s tourism industry. Therefore, Labor will work closely with the airlines and TT Line to stimulate travel and encourage improved services and capacity for people to visit Tasmania.
  • Labor supports carefully assessed, sustainable commercial development opportunities on Mount Wellington. Therefore, Labor will work with the Wellington Park Management Trust and Tasmanian Planning Commission to ensure that the Management Plan for Mount Wellington is based on best-practice planning principles which allow for the consideration of a range of commercial opportunities on the mountain.
  • Labor will work in partnership with the tourism industry to review and implement a joint State Government/Tourism Industry Strategic Plan for future tourism growth in Tasmania.
  • Labor is keenly aware of the opportunities that are available to the state’s tourism and hospitality sectors through the Asian Century. Our state is an ideal destination for the many thousands of Asian visitors who travel to Australia each year. With visitor numbers from China growing by more than 40 per cent Labor will work to capitalise on this growth to benefit our tourism industry for many years to come.
  • Labor will take a whole of government approach to tourism by working with relevant peak and regional bodies to:
    • ensure there is adequate infrastructure to enable our natural and cultural heritage assets to underpin the visitor experience;
    • invest in appropriate technology and other innovations to support the tourism industry;
    • ensure the provision of ongoing training for the industry;
    • ensure broad community and industry involvement in the Tasmania brand concepts; and
    • collect and analyse consumer feedback, and share this knowledge with the local tourism industry.

Cultural Heritage and the Arts

Aboriginal affairs

  • Labor believes the Tasmanian Aboriginal community has a right to self-determination within the broader Tasmanian community, as a people with a distinct cultural heritage.
  • Labor will ensure Tasmanian Aborigines exercise and enjoy the same rights and services to which all Tasmanians are entitled.
  • Labor will strengthen the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage.
  • Labor will work in partnership with Aboriginal organisations that work for self-determination, self-help and self-reliance.
  • Labor will ensure Tasmanian Aborigines are represented on relevant authorities and consulted in government policy formulation and service delivery, with particular emphasis on improving Aboriginal education and health outcomes.
  • Labor will transfer vacant Crown Land to the Aboriginal community that is identified as economically, spiritually, culturally or historically important to the Aboriginal community.
  • Labor will support Aboriginal organisations in the management of land and in the development of employment and community projects.
  • Labor will integrate Aboriginal perspectives, traditional cultural practice and expertise into the management and use of natural resources.
  • Labor will investigate the provision of programs including arts administration and promotion for Aboriginal artists.
  • Labor will recognise Aboriginal cultural rights.
  • Labor will support the right of Aboriginal people to manage their land according to their own traditions and customs and to control access to their land.
  • Labor will consult with indigenous organisations over interpretation issues and encourage the provision, where relevant, of alternative interpretations to those designed by non-Aboriginal Tasmanians.

Aboriginal heritage

  • Labor believes that the cultural heritage of Tasmania’s original inhabitants must be preserved and will require the protection and management of Aboriginal heritage on both public and private land.
  • Labor believes that Aboriginal people are best able to manage, protect and preserve places of significance in their culture and heritage.
  • Labor will ensure that Aboriginal people are involved in the protection, identification and management of their own heritage.
  • Labor will provide incentives to private landowners to protect and preserve Aboriginal heritage.
  • Labor will work to develop in the Tasmanian community an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Aboriginal culture and heritage.
  • Labor believes that Tasmanian Aboriginal people are entitled to land on which they can practice their own traditions and customs.
  • Labor will ensure that Planning Schemes and Environmental Laws protect Aboriginal heritage and that Aboriginal heritage is afforded the same rights of protection as European heritage covered in current Schemes.
  • Labor will create a statutory Aboriginal Heritage Council and provide an integral role for the Aboriginal community in the protection and management of their heritage.
  • Labor will, in consultation and by agreement with the Aboriginal Community, reform the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975 to:
    • remove the arbitrary cut-off date of 1876 to include contemporary Aboriginal heritage
    • include all items of Aboriginal heritage
    • Provide an integral role for the Aboriginal community in the protection and management of their heritage
    • provide greater certainty and clarity for developers and landowners
    • increase penalties in line with the Historic Cultural Heritage Act and other States
    • increase fines to those who cause damage to Aboriginal Heritage to reflect fines contained in the Historical Cultural Heritage Act.

Ethnic affairs and multiculturalism

  • Labor believes Tasmania is enriched by cultural diversity.
  • Labor promotes an inclusive society that treats all of its members with compassion and respect.
  • Labor will actively promote Tasmania as a place for settlement, to receive an increased share of migrants within the Federal Government’s immigration program.
  • Labor will provide support for new and emerging communities to improve their settlement experiences.
  • Labor will ensure equal rights and access for all Tasmanians to Government services, including access to interpreter and translator services.
  • Labor will develop and implement strategies that address the social and health anxieties felt by many aged non-English speaking background people.
  • Labor will work with professional and trade accreditation organisations, educational institutions, unions, employer groups, representatives of the non-English speaking community and the Federal Government, to recognise appropriate overseas obtained qualifications.
  • Labor will increase the representation of ethnic communities on Government boards, committees, councils and authorities.
  • Labor will integrate multicultural experiences into the education curriculum and promote cultural diversity in the community through celebrations, events and festivals.
  • Labor will foster strategies to involve people of non-English speaking backgrounds across a broad range of social, cultural, economic and political activities.

Art and heritage

  • Labor believes the Arts and Heritage are important to the vibrant, diverse cultural life of all communities in Tasmania and are an integral part of Tasmania’s sense of identity.
  • Labor believes that Tasmania’s built and cultural heritage provide a vital insight into Tasmania’s history.
  • Labor will provide incentives to Local Government to encourage the development of local history societies, heritage trails, and the management of cultural heritage resources.
  • Labor believes that Tasmania’s extensive built heritage should be preserved in a way that maintains strong examples of our built environment.
  • Labor will engage local communities and user groups in the management of reserves with which they have a particular connection.
  • Labor will work with primary industries to ensure heritage sites are protected.
  • Labor will explore innovative means of raising funds for the preservation of built heritage.
  • Labor will make Tasmania’s built and cultural heritage available for research purposes.
  • Labor will ensure that the interpretation of historic sites and artefacts takes due notice of the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Labor will ensure all sectors of the community are able to participate in a range of Arts experiences, including performing arts, visual arts, craft and design, literature and film, television and multimedia.
  • Labor will, through Arts Tasmania and its peer assessment panel system:
    • identify and develop strategies for specific state based areas of need; and
    • provide support to key cultural institutions.
  • Labor will promote national and international understanding and recognition of the Arts in Tasmania, nurture Tasmanian community pride in Tasmanian artists and collect, record, document and display their work.
  • Labor will encourage Arts and crafts industry development and promote the beneficial application of the Arts to industry, tourism and community life, including recreation and education.
  • Labor will promote artistic research development and appreciation within the education sector and increase opportunities for Arts training, including traineeships.
  • Labor will maximise job opportunities and career paths in the Arts and arts-related service sector.
  • Labor will, in collaboration with Federal and Local Government, provide appropriate facilities for presentation of the arts and assistance for the development, conservation and management of art collections state-wide.
  • Labor will utilise local arts and crafts in government facilities and as gifts, awards and presentations wherever possible.
  • Labor will encourage commissioning, development and performance of original work by Tasmanian performing artists and companies.
  • Labor will encourage government agencies to utilise local creative development, crewing, shooting and post-production.
  • Labor will encourage Local Government to develop policy and funding strategies for the Arts.
  • Labor will protect Tasmania’s historic wrecks and encourage and support owners to preserve and maintain sites of historic cultural significance.
  • Labor will maintain the register of places of cultural significance to Tasmania and promote community appreciation of them.
  • Labor will promote cultural heritage to tourists and in Tasmania’s education curriculum.
  • Labor will continue to support the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
  • Labor will support and promote nationally, Tasmanian creative artists.
  • Labor will ensure that the Tasmanian Museum and Art gallery actively supports, collects and exhibits the work of Tasmanian artists.

Cultural Diversity

  • Labor believes in the importance of an independent media voice in Australia and affirms its commitment to a well-funded independent ABC and SBS
  • Labor support the production of local content where not only is Australia’s voice heard but so is regional Australia
  • Tasmanian Labor will advocate for the national broadcaster to produce content by and with the Tasmanian community
  • Tasmanian Labor will advocate for regional radio services remaining regional and will speak out against any moves to replace them with an Australia wide version.