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Rosalie Woodruff MP

Member for Franklin


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Rosalie Woodruff MP

In Parliament


  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Speaker, it is a very serious matter at the heart of what we are discussing here today and the slinging match across the Chamber does a disservice to the lives that have been lost and the severity of the issue for people who have been affected. There are real risks in living in buildings that have flammable materials. The fact is that humans living in buildings are surrounded by flammable materials everywhere and risk is not an on or off thing, it is a continuum.


  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise tonight to make some comments about the very sad death last week of two people from listeriosis, a food-borne illness. These two people were over the age of 70 years and they had multiple underlying health conditions. They lived in New South Wales and Victoria.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, the right to information is a core principle of an open and democratic society. The principle is that we the people, all citizens of a democratic community, are able to hold a government to account for the deeds they say they will do, the deeds they have done. To be able to shine the light of transparency and openness into all the mechanisms and the decision-making of government is an incredibly important principle.


    Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Speaker, I congratulate you on your new position.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I just received, a week late, the responses to Estimates Committee B from the Minister for Primary Industries, Water, Energy and Veterans' Affairs Minister, Mr Barnett. It has long been the practice of governments to provide the answers that are asked during Estimates scrutiny during that week or by the end of that week. This Government just does not care.

  • Dr WOODRUFF - Mr Deputy Chairman, I attended part of the Estimates Committee B for the portfolios of Mr Barnett. I will comment in relation to his responsibilities under Primary Industries and Water. Ms O'Connor sat in for the Energy portfolio.


  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, since Dr Broad has spent seven minutes of parliament's time having a spray at Ms O'Connor and completely misunderstanding her comments about his qualifications -

    Dr BROAD - Point of order, Madam Speaker.

  • Dr WOODRUFF - I rise to make some comments on the building and construction industry.

  • Dr WOODRUFF - Mr Deputy Chairman, I rise to make a range of comments for this Estimates committee. I asked some questions on behalf of Ms O'Connor who holds our shadow portfolio in education, skills and training, as well as questions on defence, industries, advanced manufacturing and some issues relating to infrastructure.

  • Dr WOODRUFF - Chair, I will reflect on some of the enlightening conversations I had with the minister in his capacity as the Minister for Health.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Chair, I have a whole new line of commentary to make about the Estimates that showed, in another form, how much this minister refused to answer some significant questions within her responsibility as the Minister for the Environment; the minister responsible, sadly, for protecting the 700 threatened and endangered species on this island and responsible for undertaking all the duties to do with this important portfolio.

  • Dr WOODRUFF - Chair, that was very instructive comments of the Minister for Planning just then.

  • Dr WOODRUFF - I rise to make some comments on the Budget scrutiny I undertook on behalf of the Greens in relation to local government.