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Hospitals United in COVID-19 Crisis

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 March 2020
The Greens welcome the federal government’s plan to underwrite the integration of private hospitals into the public system for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Tags: Hospitals, Health, Coronavirus


Coronavirus Deaths a Tragic Reminder to Stay Home

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 March 2020
On behalf of the Greens, I offer our heartfelt sympathies to the loved ones of the two Tasmanians who have lost their lives to the coronavirus. Across the island, people are grieving this loss.

Tags: Coronavirus, Health


Go Hard, Go Early and Save Lives

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 March 2020
We welcome the next stage of COVID-19 restrictions announced by the State Government this morning. Limiting people’s social movements outside their homes to all but essential activity is necessary to save lives.

Tags: Coronavirus, Health, Chronic Health Conditions


COVID-19 Schools Announcement Welcome

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 March 2020
The Greens welcome the Premier’s advice that parents should keep their children at home from school from Monday if they can.

Tags: Health, Schools, Coronavirus


COVID-19 Economic Assistance Package

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 March 2020
The Greens acknowledge the enormous uncertainty and fear within in the community about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives and the people they care about. 

Tags: Health, Economy, Community, Treasury, Coronavirus


Adjournment of Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 March 2020
The Tasmanian Parliament has agreed to adjourn until the first scheduled sitting week after the winter recess.

Tags: Parliament, Governance, Health, Coronavirus


Mixed Message on Schools Creating Confusion

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 March 2020
The disconnect and mixed messages from government imposing strict physical distancing measures and not closing schools is creating confusion within the community.

Tags: Health, Coronavirus, Schools


Ignoring COVID-19 Directions Puts Lives at Risk

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 March 2020
The Greens implore all Tasmanians to take the coronavirus threat very seriously, to practice physical distancing and to stay home if they can. The Premier is right, we are at war.

Tags: Health, Coronavirus


Pokies Venues Must Close to Save Lives

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 March 2020
It is reckless negligence towards at-risk people for poker machine venues to continue to operate EGMs during a lethal, global pandemic. 

Tags: Health, Pokies, Coronavirus


COVID-19 Budget Delay

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 March 2020
The Greens are relieved the State Budget has been delayed. It’s the right decision in a time of deep social and financial uncertainty.

Tags: Health, State Budget, Coronavirus


Plan Needed to Protect Vulnerable Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 March 2020
Tasmania is in a State of Emergency and the priority is to protect vulnerable people. Our child protection services were already struggling, but COVID-19 is exacerbating the situation.

Tags: Coronavirus, Child Safety, Health, Children


Government Must Close Schools to Limit COVID-19 Spread

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 March 2020
Today’s declaration of a state of emergency and implementation of tighter border restrictions were welcome moves by the Premier. To further mitigate risk, he should also now move to close Tasmanian schools.

Tags: Health, Schools, Coronavirus


State of Emergency, Quarantine Measures for Arrivals Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 March 2020
The Premier has the Greens’ strong support for announcing a state of emergency for Tasmania. This decision will save lives.

Tags: Health, Coronavirus


Gutwein Must Fix Tasmanian Arrival Card Process

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 March 2020
Protecting Tasmanians from the risk of all COVID-19-infected travellers is essential to slowing the spread of the virus in our community. A critical mitigation tool is a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals to Tasmania – international and interstate visitors, and locals returning home.

Tags: Health, Coronavirus


Gutwein Government Will Have to Follow WA's Lead on Waiving Fees and Charges

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 March 2020
Stimulating the local economy to buffer it from the COVID-19 crisis is important but the Gutwein Government needs to do much more to support low income people, those who live at society’s margins and small businesses - all of whom were largely left out of yesterday’s $420 million announcement.

Tags: Health, Cost of Living, Coronavirus



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