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

    That the House take note of the following matter: sale of public assets.

    In April 2014, the Premier, newly elected, said to the people of Tasmania - 

    Let me be clear: we will not be selling any government or public owned 

    We won't be selling any government or public owned assets, other than the 
    Aurora retail book which the former government put up for sale, and which 
    we've supported.


    An extraordinarily rich convict site has been uncovered at the site of a 
    subdivision development at Kings Meadows in Launceston. A one-week 
    investigation by Southern Archaeology confirmed a convict heritage site, 
    described as highly significant. It is an historic convict road station 
    from the 1830s and 1840s and the significance of this site is so great, it 
    could be considered of World Heritage value.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I just wanted to take a moment on the adjournment tonight to acknowledge the heart and the spirit of our fellow island democracy Taiwan Times which has one of the most wonderful photos on the front.  This is the Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade which happened quite recently.  Nearly 140 000 from people from home and abroad marched on 27 October through the streets of Taipei in support of better protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in Taiwan to vote for equality.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, we will support the Roads and Jetties Amendment (Management of State Highways in Cities) Bill 2018 but we do so with a very profound sense of ho hum. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens - 2R) - Madam Speaker, I move -

    That the bill be now read the second time.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, the Greens will be supporting the Gas Safety Bill.  As I mentioned before, this trio of bills before us today are about creating clearer lines of responsibility between the different departments who administer the different components of the gas industry in Tasmania and to make sure that the act is more efficiently enacted. 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, the Greens are pleased to support this bill.  We thank the staff who provided us with a very extensive and comprehensive briefing and answered all the questions we could think of.  Thank you very much.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, on behalf of the Greens I add 
    our support to the Mental Health Amendment Bill. It sounds like it is a 
    change that is important and needed, initiated by the Mental Health 
    Tribunal, supported by the Mental Health Council, mental health consumers 
    and other mental health advocates. We support these changes.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, we have been here before and I 
    hope we will not be here talking about these issues for too much longer. 
    I object to the personalisation of this issue. It is clear that what is 
    at play in Tasmania is a structural underfunding by the Liberal Party of 
    the health system. That has now been substantiated through evidence 
    presented by a number of reports, particularly by the KPMG report which 
    the Government has still not released. 


    You admitted yesterday that Professor Barbara Novak and Ms Louise Cherry 
    had written to you outlining their reasons for resigning from the Marine 
    Farm Planning Review Panel. Is it true that one reason they gave was that 
    the Storm Bay assessment lacked basic relevant scientific information, and 
    was another reason that the panel only exists for the operational 
    convenience of the fish farming industry?


    Just days after you took over the portfolio, it was revealed Patriarch and 
    Sons, a company with clear links to environmental vandals, Shin Yang, were 
    planning to begin logging native forest in Tasmania and establish a 
    processing facility in the Tamar Valley. 

    Mr Hodgman - More racism, isn't it? 

    Ms O'CONNOR - What?

    Mr O'Byrne - He called you a racist. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, of course we 
    support the move to ensure that the amendments which we have prepared 
    along with Labor and the transgender community in Tasmania, must be 
    debated today. Today is the International Day of Transgender Remembrance 
    as Ms Standen outlined in her extraordinary contribution this morning. 
    Every single day that as legislators we do not deal with the issues which 
    we will debate today because there is a strong resolve on this side of the 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, it has been a privilege listening 
    to the other speeches members have made on this bill. I have a few 
    particular things to add. I will not go into a lot of detail but I want 
    to discuss how much things have changed in my life. There are many lives 
    lived and I take the point Ms Standen made before about documented 
    evidence throughout history in all human societies of trans people.