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  • Dr WOODRUFF - Mr Deputy Chairman, I rise to make a range of comments for this Estimates committee. I asked some questions on behalf of Ms O'Connor who holds our shadow portfolio in education, skills and training, as well as questions on defence, industries, advanced manufacturing and some issues relating to infrastructure.

  • Dr WOODRUFF - Chair, I will reflect on some of the enlightening conversations I had with the minister in his capacity as the Minister for Health.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Chair, I have a whole new line of commentary to make about the Estimates that showed, in another form, how much this minister refused to answer some significant questions within her responsibility as the Minister for the Environment; the minister responsible, sadly, for protecting the 700 threatened and endangered species on this island and responsible for undertaking all the duties to do with this important portfolio.

  • Ms O'CONNOR - I want to talk to you about a horse, minister. I rise to speak specifically about the minister's animal welfare responsibilities and the response to information we put to the minister in the closing hours of Estimates last Thursday relating to the death of a horse at the Brighton training tracks on the night of 31 May. The question is, what happened to that horse?

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark) - Mr Deputy Speaker, here we are again in this House, on this day, debating one of the most critically important issues confronting this parliament and the entire state of Tasmania.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Dr WOODRUFF - Chair, that was very instructive comments of the Minister for Planning just then.

  • Dr WOODRUFF - I rise to make some comments on the Budget scrutiny I undertook on behalf of the Greens in relation to local government.

  • Ms O'CONNOR - I thank Ms Standen for her contribution. It was, as ever, well considered and very informative.

  • Ms O'CONNOR - Mr Chairman, again, this year the most mindnumbingly frustrating and dishonest Estimates session from my point of view was with the Treasurer. If you want one example of why this Treasurer holds the public's right to know in contempt it is what Mr Bacon was saying about the expenditure review committee of Cabinet.

  • Ms O'CONNOR - Chair, I rise to make a 10-minute contribution on the Premier's Estimates. Again, the Estimates' experience this year, as it has been ever since the Liberals took office in 2014, was frustrating, limiting and, by design, not intended to provide information to opposition members who are asking the questions.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, it is pretty galling to stand up here and have to talk about the words, but the words matter. We are actually talking about young people's lives and we are talking about improving the services for young people in acute stress, mental health distress in Tasmania, particularly in southern Tasmania and also in northern Tasmania.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HOUSING, Mr JAENSCH

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