Police have defended a controversial plan to spend up to $268,000 of public money encouraging emergency services workers to eat better and get fitter.
… just another case of the Tasmanian government encroaching on what should be a matter of personal responsibility.
Ms Kokic said it was “just another case of the Tasmanian government encroaching on what should be a matter of personal responsibility”.
“The government has no business with our waistline,” she said.
“If anyone has a gluttony problem, its the government gorging on our taxpayer dollars.
“The Tasmanian government doesnt need to spend $268,000 of taxpayer money to coerce public sector workers into taking responsibility for their own health and fitness.
“Instead, Tasmanian parliamentarians should take a hard look at their own fitness for office.
In a Facebook reply to a story about the matter, Tasmania Police on Friday said: “We are proud that the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management is helping Tasmania’s police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency service workers stay healthy both physically and mentally, because a healthy body also contributes to a healthy mind.”
“First responders are susceptible to PTSD and other mental health conditions due to the confronting things they face in their day to day work.
“Their wellbeing is a priority.
“By helping them, they can continue to help you when you’re in need.”
Police Minister Mark Shelton defended the spending, saying health and wellbeing of emergency services workers was a priority.
“Police, firefighters, and other emergency services workers are susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorders and other mental illnesses due to the severity of the incidents they attend and the cumulative effect of incidents attended over a long period of time,” he said.
The program is under a wider $6 million state funding commitment for the health and wellbeing of emergency services workers.
Ms Kokic’s comments related only to the $268,000 nutrition and fitness program.