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  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I support this bill. I want 
    to reinforce some of the comments made by Ms O'Connor about our 
    disappointment at the glacial pace of reform the Government is taking in 
    this area. It should have been clear to anyone looking at the commentary 
    on the state election last year that Tasmania is in trouble. Our 
    democratic systems are under threat. It is core business for 
    parliamentarians to uphold our democratic institutions and to make sure we 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, first, I take 
    this opportunity to welcome our newest member to the House and to 
    congratulate him on his inaugural speech. There are things that he said 
    that resonate with everyone in this place. I have taken notes but it is 
    good to have you here, Mr Tucker.



    Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens - Motion) - Madam Speaker, I 
    move - 

    That the House take note of the following matter: gambling policy. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, as a matter of 
    principle the Greens support the suspension of the Standing Orders in 
    order to have the substantive debate. I believe that is the first time I 
    have heard the Minister for Health beg in this place. We had the minister 
    there, who unarguably has made some intemperate remarks, beg Opposition 
    members not to egg on the unions. 


  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN


  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I pay tribute to the 8000 
    students who were estimated to have flooded the lawns of Parliament House 
    and marched around the streets of Hobart last Friday. This was a truly 
    momentous occasion, probably the largest march that has ever been seen in 
    Hobart and they joined together with approximately 1.5 million children 
    from around the world in 2233 different cities, over 128 countries. Every 
    country in the world was represented in some form.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I echo 
    what the minister has passed on in terms of this parliament's gratitude 
    and certainly the Tasmanian Greens gratitude to everyone who took part in 
    responding to the fires, to our Parks and Wildlife Service firies, to the 
    TFS firefighters and to the Forestry Tasmania firefighters. I also want 
    to acknowledge that we were provided with two briefings during the fires, 
    as we requested them, in order to understand the greater impact of those 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) -

    Mr Deputy Speaker, we are standing on land that was never ceded by the palawa pakana.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I thank the 
    member for Lyons, Ms Butler, for bringing this on as a matter of public 
    importance. For people living in rural and regional areas, having access 
    to affordable transport options is essential. Wherever you live in 
    Tasmania, being able to access affordable public, private and community 
    transport is essential to social inclusion, to being able to reach 
    education, schools, skills, training - to be able to have economic 
    foundations in your life.


    The United Nations has given us until 2030 to dramatically cut carbon 
    emissions and stabilise our climate or risk the world warming more than 
    1.5 degrees. Scientists are telling us in very clear language that the 
    impacts on human survival of not doing this are dire. Your Premier's 
    Address did not mention climate change once. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    Last Friday, an estimated 8000 passionate, frightened young Tasmanians 
    gathered on parliament's lawns to demand action on climate.

  • 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.