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July 23, 2009 08:17am

A NEW proposal will see Tasmanian teenagers face restrictions on the number of hours they can work.

The plan will be debated at the Labor State Conference in Hobart this weekend.

Labor will consider capping the number of hours teenagers can be employed to avoid conflict with their schooling.

If the proposal is successful, it will be one of the policies Labor will take to the state election in March.

The conference, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, will attract more than 200 party members on Saturday and Sunday.

The highlight will be a keynote address by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who will greet the rank and file on Saturday morning. Premier David Bartlett will address the conference on Sunday.

State secretary John Dowling said the hot topic would be the election and how Labor would fund its campaign.

“This will see the finalisation of Labor’s platforms before the March election next year, so it is really important,” Mr Dowling said yesterday.

“Interestingly, since David Bartlett became Premier we have had a large number of young people getting involved and participating in the conference, which is great. This is what we are seeing with this year’s conference as well.”

Branches from throughout the state and some unions have tabled a series of motions on issues they want Labor to endorse.

The New Town branch is behind the proposed law to limit the number of hours young Tasmanians attending school can work.

The branch says the laws should also set minimum ages for the types of work youngsters can perform, ensure employers provide appropriate supervision and also protect young workers from unfair dismissal.

The branch’s motion says: “Tasmania has the lowest level of legal protection for children in the workforce.”


• Calls for the State Government to outlaw the publication of school leagues tables from information made available by the Education Department.

• The introduction of laws that would give Tasmanian workers and contractors the first option to carry out work funded in the Federal Government’s $3 billion infrastructure stimulus package.

• A call to lobby the Federal Government to begin the process of becoming a republic.

• A move for all funds generated by electronic gaming machines to be directed into harm-minimisation programs.

• A review of the animal-cruelty laws and penalties, which have been described as too weak.

• The construction of a North-West Coast cycleway.

• The banning of nuclear-armed warships from Tasmanian waters and harbours.

• The reversal of Premier David Bartlett’s controversial decision to axe the Department of Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts.