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Rosalie Woodruff MP

Member for Franklin


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Rosalie Woodruff MP

In Parliament

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I have deep concerns on many 
    levels about this bill before us. It was not something I was expecting to 
    speak on but you only have to open the bill and look at some of the 
    comments from a range of people in the community over the last couple of 
    days, from people at MONA, councillors on the Hobart City Council and a 
    number of other groups in the community who have instantly picked up what 
    this is proposing to do.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I was wryly amused to hear the 
    Treasurer's comments in his second reading speech about his interest in 
    working on cooperative models and working together. Mr O'Byrne made such 
    obvious points that this was -

    Ms O'Byrne - Yes, they were obvious, but they were salient.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I have had a number of 
    conversations with the minister about this. I want to return to the 
    questions I asked him in budget Estimates that he repeatedly refused to 
    answer. You were chairing that session, Mr Deputy Speaker, at the time 
    and you noted my continued questions about the same topic because the 
    minister repeatedly failed to answer them. What I asked was in response 
    to the minister's spruiking of the vast possibility of rivers of money 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I rise to speak to the most 
    important report that has been submitted by the International Panel on 
    Climate Change - as some people say, the most important report they will 
    have tabled in their history of reports on the impact of global greenhouse 
    emissions on the world's planetary climate system and all the life systems 
    it supports. The International Panel on Climate Change is a massive 
    organisation that collects together the evidence and considered reviews of 

  • That the House -


  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise on behalf of the Greens 
    to provide inprinciple support for this bill, as we did when a similar 
    bill came before us last year.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I have come to understand that 
    these section 19 June quarter returns that come before us are an example 
    of how clever this Treasurer is at doing a sort of smoke-and-mirrors 
    hiding of movement between agencies. He has developed a particularly 
    clever form of language that is a catch-all that hides a whole lot of 
    stuff he would like us to be silent and deaf about. 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam There is a lot to say about this 
    announcement by the minister and I will return to the Premier's reference 
    to mental health carers and the comments by Maxine Griffiths. They are 
    pertinent to this whole area, especially as we have just had Carers Week.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, although this MPI was listed 
    as health, this has moved into a discussion about mental health. We can 
    all accept that one of the key aspects of concern that has been raised 
    about the situation for people accessing Royal Hobart Hospital emergency 
    department is people in acute mental health distress who have been left 
    waiting at different times throughout the last year for hours and often 
    days. There have been documented occasions where people in severe 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I rise to move into a different space from matters that have come to our attention today. It is a story about what is happening on King Island.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, the Greens have been trying to raise this issue and elevate it above the slanging match that has been coming from Government members in an absolutely outrageous, cowardly, naïve and incredibly foolish response to what is a serious situation and serious threat to democracy in Tasmania that is unfolding before us. 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, the Greens have stood here for the last four-and-a- half years and have spoken consistently on these issues. It is a crying shame for the people who work in the public health system in Tasmania and for the patients who are caught up with the 45 per cent increase in demand at the Royal Hobart Hospital that has occurred under 
    this minister because he fails to listen. 


    The secret KPMG report shows the truth in hard numbers. You have been systematically underfunding the health service, budget on budget, since you came to office. You refuse to accept the reality of an increasing demand for health services. You have starved doctors and nurses every year of the resources they need to care for patients - 

    Members interjecting.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I want to speak about the fantastic news from the eastern shore that the Rosny Hill development has been withdrawn.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I move -