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  • Ms  DAWKINS  - Once the controlled access scheme comes in September, where do Tasmanians, who are successfully treating conditions with home-grown cannabis now, stand?
    Mr FERGUSON - I will get the Chief Pharmacist to add to my answer in a moment. 
    First, we do not encourage people to do that.  We want to encourage people to only be taking medicines that are prescribed by a doctor of good standing and dispensed through licit means.  I will not attempt to canvass what the Police Commissioner or the minister would have to say about this.
  • GREYHOUNDS - Questions to Minister Gutwein 5th June 2017
    Ms  DAWKINS  - I have a question about amendments to the Dog Control Act.  I am sure you are aware Brightside Farm Sanctuary is getting in between 30 and 40 dogs a month, whereas the Greyhound Adoption Program Tasmania gets around 60 for an entire year.  Yet in the draft legislation only GAP dogs were able to be unmuzzled.
  • Ms  DAWKINS  - Have you reassessed your cull permit system, considering the outbreak of mange in the wombat population and the localised extinctions?
    Mr ROCKLIFF - The cull permit system was recently reassessed by the Minister for Environment and Parks.  I am now responsible for wombats as a result of the changes we made recently.  Mr Groom announced funding of around $105 000, divided into three main categories concerning wombat mange.  It is a parasite that burrows into the skin, a mite.
    Ms  DAWKINS  - I know you are aware of the group in Kelso called the Wombat Warriors who are trying desperately to save wombats in that area.  We believe there is localised extinction in Narawntapu now and the concern is that extinction is going to travel south.  I know they are using Cydectin now, something Mr Rockliff enabled.

    I rise with full support for the bill brought to the House by Ms O'Connor and Ms Giddings.  This bill seeks to do these things:  provide a last resort for terminally ill and chronically ill patients who are competent and whose competency can be attested to; to give clarity for medical practitioners through an independent registrar with the responsibility to maintain records and review all assisted deaths.

  • 24 may 2017

    Andrea Dawkins MP to move -

    That the House - 

    1.      Notes that the Greens have released a Reinvesting in Regions policy, which aims to empower Tasmanian regions to set their own development agenda free of political interference and with a significant fund to draw on;

    2.      Recognises that this policy incorporates all elements of regional development policy best practice;

  • 30th May 2017

    Andrea Dawkins to move –

    That the house -

    1.     Recognises the achievement of Launceston’s Bronwyn Kidd, a young entrepreneur who has reached the Tasmanian final of Regional Pitchfest in June 2017.

    2.     Notes that Regional Pitchfest is an opportunity for regional innovators and entrepreneurs to pitch their business and ideas to a live audience and expert panel, and gain experience and exposure.

  • Energy Efficiency - Tasmanian Homes


    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN


    [10.09 a.m.]

    Yesterday the Minister for Energy revealed your Government's grand plan to make Tasmanian homes more energy efficient.  It is - wait for it - a Harvey Norman-style line of credit with a credit card scheme administered by Westpac that will potentially leave Tasmanians $10 000 in hock to a major bank and, at the end of three years, facing high interest rates and soaring credit card debt.

  • Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—

    (1) Understands that in March 2017 Forestry Tasmania proposed to light 230
    regeneration burns in Autumn 2017, stating these burns would only occur when
    weather conditions were suitable and smoke could disperse.

    (2) Notes that on 29 to 30 April 2017 in communities across the State, and specifically at
    New Norfolk, Judbury, Cygnet and Huonville, residents were subjected to thick
    choking smoke from Forestry Tasmania burns.

  • Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—

    (1) Notes that the Liberal and Labor Parties have both declared themselves to be content
    with the impacts, regulatory framework, monitoring and enforcement of fish farming
    in Tasmania, including the projected doubling of the industry.

    (2) Understands that residents, recreational fishers, other commercial fishers, tourism
    operators, and sailors feel shut out of the flawed Okehampton Bay approval, and of
    decisions for a massive salmon farm that would blanket Storm Bay.

  • Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—

    (1) Notes that in addition to the waste feed and fish faeces polluting the marine
    environment, which remains largely out of sight, fish farms are creating significant
    quantities of marine debris.

    (2) Recognises that storms, accidents, human error and carelessness results in fish
    farming equipment being lost or abandoned, and these often linger for years in
    waterways and wash up on beaches.

  • Marine Debris - Huon River and D'Entrecasteaux

    Macquarie Harbour


    [6.05 p.m.]

  • Tassal - Macquarie Harbour Operations




    [10.41 a.m.]

    We have credible information that Tassal has, again, discovered diseased and dead salmon in the low oxygen waters of their Macquarie Harbour operations.  Divers are being urgently summoned from around the state to pull those dead fish out of the water.  I understand Huon Aquaculture and Petuna have not identified the same problem.



    Clarence City Council - Lauderdale Urban Area - Rejected Proposal


    [9.25 p.m.]

  • Macquarie Harbour - Tassal Permit Conditions




    [10.31 a.m.]