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  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, this is 
    the time of year when we share the love around and say thank you to 
    everyone who works for and on behalf of democracy in Tasmania. 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, as more than 100 catastrophic 
    fires burn across Queensland and as the UN has handed down a report that 
    says we must treble our global emissions reduction within the next 10 
    years if we are to have any hope of keeping global average temperatures 
    below 1.5 degrees, we had some thousand students walk out of school today 
    and strike on the lawns of Parliament House to call on their government, 
    their politicians to listen to them on climate change.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, the Greens support the Supreme 
    Court Civil Procedure Amendment Bill 2018.

    I understand that all the amendments contained within it were prepared at 
    the request of the Chief Justice and that, amongst other things, it 
    removes references to a long since defunct Colonial Courts of Admiralty 
    Act 1890, that it will allow the Supreme Court when requiring payment of 
    an amount of money that it may carry interest in relation to that amount.

  • Dr WOODRUFF - Ms Butler went out. Well done, that is really good to hear.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, the long-
    awaited Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament is a written expression 
    of our best selves. It outlines how we must conduct ourselves if we are 
    to maintain public faith in the institution of parliament. Not everyone 
    of us in here are parliamentary, and I am the first to confess to that.

  • That this House - 

    (1) Has no confidence in the Premier, Will Hodgman, for the following 
    reasons -

    (a) The Premier has failed to demand the highest 
    standards of conduct from his members.

    (b) The Premier has refused to ask the honourable 
    member for Braddon, Adam Brooks, to resign, despite a damming Integrity 
    Commission report, which found he repeatedly lied about his involvement in 
    his private company while Mining minister and attempted to delete crucial 
    evidence.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMER, Mr HODGMAN

    I will give you one more opportunity to make sure the public and Hansard 
    records are correct. Did Mr Brooks offer his resignation to you following 
    his performance at the Estimates table and subsequent public shaming? Did 
    he offer it you but you rejected it because, despite his appalling conduct, 
    you calculated that you needed him in here and in Braddon?

     

    ANSWER

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    In the evidence presented by Mr Brooks to the Integrity Commission, are 
    there any statements that you recognise as further false statements from a 
    member who has a very loose commitment to the truth? Mr Brooks told 
    investigators following his spectacular fall that he did not offer his 
    resignation to you. Is this true, or did Mr Brooks offer his resignation 
    and you refused to accept it?

     

    ANSWER

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    Can you explain who made the decision to pay the legal costs of a member 
    who is a serial liar and who has brought disrepute on the institution of 
    parliament? Who made the decision and on what basis was it decided that 
    one of this place's wealthiest members, one of who's eight properties is 
    currently on the market for $2.7 million, should have his legal fees for 
    being a serial liar covered by the taxpayer?

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I have the 
    great pleasure tonight to table the largest environmental petition in 
    Australia's history. It is not in the correct form of the House - 

    Madam SPEAKER - You need to seek leave to present that. 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I was cut short because of a 
    reduction in our time but I want to make some general comments about the 
    need for policy in this place that is based on evidence. I am not 
    reflecting on the bill that was just voted on. I would not do that but I 
    want to make some general comments about the purpose of introducing 
    legislation into this place. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I will be 
    brief because there are only 10 minutes left of this debate. I want to 
    provide Dr Woodruff with an opportunity to briefly wind up, if possible. 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin - 2R) - Madam Speaker, I move - 

    That the bill be now read the second time. 

  • That the House - 

    (1) Supports nurses, teachers, park rangers, allied health workers and 
    other public sector workers in their right to take industrial action. 

    (2) Agrees that the actions of these workers have been responsible, 
    measured and designed to demonstrate the value they provide to the 
    community.

    (3) Recognises that the 2 per cent state wages policy was introduced in 
    2011 following the global financial crisis and in response to contracting 
    revenues. 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I support this motion and will add 
    a few comments. We have heard chapter and verse all the pieces of the 
    Integrity Commission's report that the Premier failed to read into the 
    House. I will run through a few more because it really calls into account 
    not just the behaviour of Adam Brooks when he was a minister and following 
    that time when he was being investigated, but this points to the integrity 
    of the Premier.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Premier, you have had a very 
    bad week-and-a-half, a very bad year, in fact.

    Mr Hodgman - The election result was a shocker.

    Ms O'CONNOR - It was for you, Premier. Despite soliciting and obtaining 
    millions of dollars from the predatory gambling industry to secure your re-
    election, you scraped in with a one-seat majority, which is entirely 
    precarious.

    Mr Hodgman - Scraped in? You lost two seats. Don't talk to us.

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