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Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Health a Priority Over Fictional Surplus

1 June 2016
Rosalie Woodruff MP

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes the Greens’ Alternative Budget makes a real investment in preventative health that will make a serious dent in the rate of chronic diseases, smoking and obesity in Tasmania.

(2)           Understands the Greens would invest $100M over four years into preventive health, because we understand this is an investment that pays for itself over the short, medium and long-terms.

(3)           Acknowledges that in addition to $41M investment in active transport infrastructure, the Greens would:—

(a)           fund a Health in All Policies Framework as recommended by the Tasmanian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance and TASCOSS;

(b)           develop a State Policy for Healthy Spaces and Places;

(c)           establish a Food and Nutrition Coalition;

(d)           develop individual resilience and community support for people with mental ill-health;

(e)           fund community based programs that reach at-risk young people where they live, giving them faith in themselves and hope for the future;

(f)            fund Active Launceston and Glenorchy on the Go;

(g)           fund an expanded needle and syringe program;

(h)           purchase 5 pill testing machines and provide 2 full-time equivalents to help keep young festival goers safe;

(i)            fund a comprehensive tobacco control program;

(j)            reinstate the Tasmanian Sex Worker Project to keep down rates of HIV and STIs in sex workers and the wider population;

(k)           establish a contestable grants pool that priorities place-based health and wellbeing initiatives;

(l)            fund initiatives to tackle Tasmania’s sugar addiction;

(m)          fund community sector organisations that provide essential services that contribute to the health and happiness of Tasmanians, including in housing, mental health, chronic diseases, drug use, family support, and activity; and

(n)           develop a State-wide Cardiac Services Plan and to deliver heart health information.

(2)           Calls on the Liberal and Labor parties to support sensible Greens’ policy that prioritises the long term wellbeing of Tasmanians over a fictional budget surplus.