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  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Dr Broad, you never fail to divide and disappoint.

    Madam Deputy Speaker, obviously the Tasmanian Greens will be supporting the Genetically Modified Organisms Control Amendment Bill 2019. We commend the minister for ensuring that the moratorium is extended. We also commend the minister for his advocacy at a national level in relation to the decision not to regulate SDN-1 and RNA-derived genetic organisms.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Speaker, I am surprised that Labor did not jump up because they are certainly frothing at the mouth on this matter.

    I start by thanking the Tasmanian Police for their excellent work in apprehending the prisoner who was at large. No doubt it would have greatly relieved the anxiety of people living in the vicinity who have been either in lockdown or under fear of possible attack over the last day or more.



    The World Meteorological Organisation has just announced the last five years were the hottest on record. Our Bureau of Meteorology has told us to expect a whopper hot and dry summer with the east coast already tinderbox dry. Bush-surrounded Hobart is at high risk and Lord Mayor, Anna Reynolds, has confirmed it is not a question of if we get a big fire, it is when.


    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Thank you, Madam Speaker. If there ever was an argument for restoring the numbers in the House of Assembly it is this legislation which has clearly come about for two reasons - one, because this Government has an allergy to transparent processes, and two, because it does not have the backbench to staff its committees including the Public Works Committee.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Speaker, on behalf of the Greens I am happy to say that we support this Legal Profession Amendment (Validation) Bill before us today. I will focus my comments on how we respond as a community from the point of view of this particular Solicitors' Guarantee Fund to the increasing lack of proper representation for people in the community to legal representatives and the support that they need to plead their case in court when their times comes, if their time comes to be in that place.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Speaker, the Greens spoke to thousands of people during our campaigning over the last election, including people who signed petitions on this issue. We doorknocked extensively on the issue of getting pokies out of pubs and clubs before the 2018 state election and it was a principal concern for the people we spoke to. Every single person who signed a petition or answered a door and spoke about their concerns about gambling will be looking at what the Treasurer and the Government does when this legislation is introduced next year.

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

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


    You may be aware that last year the people of Devonport lost more than $10 million in the city's poker machines. You should also be aware that socio-economic disadvantage is entrenched in the poorer parts of Devonport and that your policy, which will be enacted through legislation early next year, will ensure that enormous social and economic harm continues for the next two decades at least.




    Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Speaker, I draw the House's attention to a photo which has been sent to the minister. It is a photo of a dead seal that was taken last Saturday afternoon at Dennes Point.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Speaker, this is a highly political and silly motion in the way it is drafted. We would have to agree with a number of things in it, however. It is pretty clear that Labor has failed to develop a long-term plan for Tasmania and we have seen that time and again. There is never an alternative budget. There is no visionary work on climate change or the climate emergency. The level of petty politics that has been played by the Labor Party in the name of doing everything possible to avoid being in a vote with the Greens is depressing.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I rise in my capacity as the Greens spokesperson for women and also communities to make a contribution on notice of motion 173.


    Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I move -

    That the House -

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Speaker, on behalf of the Greens, I reject the whole basis of this conversation. It is utterly wrong on so many levels. Both the Labor and the Liberal parties have a narrow frame for this conversation.