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  • That the House -

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Thanks, Mr Deputy Speaker; 
    the Premier was talking at the time.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN.


  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    Your former minister for Primary Industries and Water was overseas five 
    weeks ago on an all-expenses paid trip to China with the secretary of her 
    department. You revealed yesterday that she told you three days ago she 
    was having a relationship with Dr Whittington. A spectacular fall from 
    grace of the new minister and long serving bureaucrat is the result.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I indicate 
    that the Greens will be supporting the legislation, and to acknowledge the 
    work the Attorney-General and her department have put into a bill that 
    significantly reflects the recommendations of the royal commission.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise on behalf of the Greens 
    to provide inprinciple support for this bill, as we did when a similar 
    bill came before us last year.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I have come to understand that 
    these section 19 June quarter returns that come before us are an example 
    of how clever this Treasurer is at doing a sort of smoke-and-mirrors 
    hiding of movement between agencies. He has developed a particularly 
    clever form of language that is a catch-all that hides a whole lot of 
    stuff he would like us to be silent and deaf about. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, we note that 
    in a relatively short period of time since the election, there have been 
    very significant shifts of public fundings across and between agencies, 
    out to private enterprises.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam There is a lot to say about this 
    announcement by the minister and I will return to the Premier's reference 
    to mental health carers and the comments by Maxine Griffiths. They are 
    pertinent to this whole area, especially as we have just had Carers Week.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, although this MPI was listed 
    as health, this has moved into a discussion about mental health. We can 
    all accept that one of the key aspects of concern that has been raised 
    about the situation for people accessing Royal Hobart Hospital emergency 
    department is people in acute mental health distress who have been left 
    waiting at different times throughout the last year for hours and often 
    days. There have been documented occasions where people in severe 

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for PARKS, Mr HODGMAN

    We now know that your key parks advisory body advised the federal 
    government not to give EPBC approval to the Lake Malbena proposal in the 
    Walls of Jerusalem National Park. We have a copy of that advice which we 
    seek the leave of the House to table.

    I move -

    That this advice be tabled.

    Madam SPEAKER - Convention is that normally you would give more notice.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for PARKS, Mr HODGMAN 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I rise to move into a different space from matters that have come to our attention today. It is a story about what is happening on King Island.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, we heard Dr Broad declare Labor's colours on the issue, not of foreign ownership. The issue we have been talking about is foreign influence. Dr Broad put up a straw man. That is what he did. He fell straight into the trap of backers of Beijing, which is to make sure there is no distinction made in the public debate between the country of China, the people of China and the Chinese government. We make that distinction. We are capable of making that distinction and it is a distinction.

  • Ms O'CONNOR - Madam Speaker, the Greens will be supporting the Traffic and Related Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. We recognise it is a common sense change. It is funny, Mr Hidding, and I - your predecessor, Mr Rockliff - had some discussions at Estimates tables past about the kind of space that exists between the Department of State Growth's traffic management section and councils in relation to matters of community safety. This one was about the children who cross Hill Street and Lansdowne Crescent to get to school each day.