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    Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for MENTAL HEALTH and WELLBEING, Mr ROCKLIFF




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    Dr WOODRUFF question to TREASURER, Mr GUTWEIN

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    Premier, on 26 January 2015 as the newly minted premier, or relatively so, you promised to reset the relationship with Aboriginal Tasmanians. Since then your Government has returned no lands, is pushing to reopen tracks through ancient heritage in takayna, is actively dividing Aboriginal communities, and you have walked away from the portfolio leaving failure in your wake.




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  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, the Greens will be supporting the Restraint Orders Bill 2019.

    We recognise that restraint orders and the capacity for a court to hear the evidence of the need for a restraint order and to issue one is an important component of protecting the blameless from harm which is perpetrated by another. If we lived in a kinder, more compassionate and gentle society, there may not be a need for restraint orders but there clearly is.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, the Tasmanian Greens support this bill. We wholeheartedly support the changes that will bring our Magistrates Court from a very dusty and outdated form of legislation into the 21st century. We understand and would hope this will lead to far quicker, more efficient, more just, more compassionate and timely hearings of cases in the Magistrates Courts.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Speaker, few questions times that I can remember have left such a sour taste in my mouth. Or maybe a better analogy would be the impact it had on my ears hearing the Premier of Tasmania stand here and answer questions with shameful bunkum and falsehoods, and pure unadulterated spin. It was a disgrace to him and his reputation and what he purports to be doing for this state that he could stand here and deny the truth that his Liberal Cabinet members have decided to cut frontline health services in this state.

  • Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for HEALTH, Ms COURTNEY

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    Last night on ABC Four Corners, your Government's neglect of the health system was revealed to a national audience with people dying as a direct result of a hospital under-resourced and staff overstretched beyond capacity. It has been confirmed since you came to office in 2014, around $1.6 billion of Commonwealth funding that should have gone into the health system has been spent elsewhere. Tasmania, a state with the oldest population and the highest chronic disease burden, has the lowest per capita spend on Health.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Deputy Speaker, I wanted to raise the issue of the wonderful heritage precinct of Willow Court at New Norfolk. As every member of this House knows, Willow Court has a dark history but it is one of those sites in Tasmania that we need to look after.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Speaker, I raise a matter of serious animal welfare concern which has come to our attention.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I will speak to the amendment. Labor has captured the situation fairly accurately. I have a whole range of other things to add to it, but we do not see anything that we disagree with in this amendment. No doubt it has come from conversations Labor has had, as have the Greens, with the Planning Matters Alliance of Tasmania and with many other people in the local Kingborough community who have been contacting me for weeks now.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I will not be speaking for long on this rubbish motion. It is Thursday, it is not private members' time, it is not Government private members' time, and we have a motion on the books which has no action attached to it and no tangibles for people who need housing. It is simply an exercise in self-congratulation.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Deputy Speaker, apart from being completely boring, that contribution from Mr Tucker failed to mention human beings. Failed to acknowledge that there are people right now sleeping on the Domain, sleeping in the rivulet, who are living in insecure housing, who cannot afford to pay their rent.

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

    That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent debate on the following motion: that the House condemns the Hodgman Liberal Government for its reckless mismanagement of wildlife in Tasmania that is driving species towards extinction.

  • Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for the ENVIRONMENT, PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GUTWEIN redirected to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr BARNETT

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