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  • NOTICE OF MOTION

    Tuesday, 16 June 2015

    Cassy O’Connor MP on tomorrow to move -

    That this House:

    1.     Understands that the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service has been providing legal assistance and support to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community for 42 years;

    2.     Notes with shame the decision of Federal Attorney General George Brandis to not renew a five year funding agreement with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service, and instead fund a Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service to cover Tasmania;

  • NOTICE OF MOTION

    Tuesday, 16 June 2015

    Nick McKim MP on tomorrow to move:

    That this House:

    1.     Notes the Government’s decision to ignore the recommendations of the Legislative Council Government Administration Committee A regarding medicinal cannabis;

    2.     Further notes that the Government has not made a formal response to the Tasmanian Parliament or the Committee.

  • NOTICE OF MOTION

    Tuesday, 16 June 2015

    Cassy O'Connor MP on tomorrow to move:

    That this House:

    1. Notes that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was held on the 15th of June and that Tasmania's Parliament House was bathed in purple light to raise awareness of the debilitating and damaging social malaise that is elder abuse;

    2. Understands that elder abuse can take the shape of physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual abuse and can include mistreatment and neglect;

  • Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass 

    Madam Speaker,

    I would like to acknowledge  aboriginal elders past and present and restate that the land on which we stand IS Aboriginal land - always was, always will be.

  • NOTICE OF MOTION

    Thursday, 4 June 2015

    Cassy O’Connor MP on tomorrow to move -

    That this House:

    1.     Notes that yesterday was Mabo Day, which marked the 23rd anniversary of the landmark court case that made land rights possible for aboriginal Australians;

    2.     Understands that while this was historic and meant our first Australians' could "possess, occupy, use and enjoy" culturally-significant land, it did not mean the same for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community;

  • NOTICE OF MOTION

    Thursday, 4 June 2015

    Cassy O’Connor MP on tomorrow to move -

    That this House:

    1.     Acknowledges that Tasmania is a warm-hearted and welcoming community;

    2.     Recognises the kindness shown by Tasmanians to the Kosovo refugees in the 1990s and more recently to our new arrivals and the Pontville asylum seekers;

    3.     Congratulates New South Wales for officially signing on to the federal Safe Haven Enterprise Scheme;

  • [11.57 a.m.]

    Ms O'CONNOR (Denison) - 

  • That this House:

    1.    Notes that tomorrow,  the 5th June is United Nations World Environment Day;

    2.    Notes that this year’s theme is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care” as the well-being of humanity, the environment and functioning of the economy ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources;

    3.    Notes that the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has found that the earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development;

  • Nick McKim MP on tomorrow to move -

    That this House:

    1.Notes the draft decision of the World Heritage Committee handed down in Paris last week relating to the government's draft management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which demonstrated a complete lack of trust in the government's capacity to protect the Outstanding Universal Values of the area.

    2.   Notes that the draft decision included the following:

  • Mr McKIM question to ATTORNEY-GENERAL, Dr GOODWIN

    [10.37 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR to MINISTER for PLANNING and LOCAL GOVERNMENT, Mr GUTWEIN
       
    [10.18 a.m.]
    You are aware that across Tasmania there are communities who were told not to drink their water because it is not safe or to boil it before drinking. Towns like Winnaleah, Whitemark on Flinders, Rossarden, Avoca - which has had cadmium detected in its water supply - and Pioneer, which has lead levels 22 times above Australian drinking water standards.
  • Mr McKIM question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT,
    PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GROOM
     
    [10.30 a.m.]
    Your draft management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has embarrassed Tasmania on the international stage with the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations handing down a damning draft decision in Paris last week. The UN has effectively condemned your draft plan as failing to provide adequate protection for the
  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HEALTH, Mr FERGUSON
       
    [10.12 a.m.]
    Do you agree that, despite the Budget's extra allocation of $2.4 million over four years, mental health services for young Tasmanians remain the most poorly resourced in the country?
     
    Do you agree that young Tasmanians suffering mental ill health are being largely shut out by a system which is almost criminally under-resourced?
  • Notice of Motion

    Wednesday, 3 June 2015

    Cassy O’Connor MP on tomorrow to move -

    That this House:

    1. Notes the 2015/16 Liberal State Budget once more holds little for Tasmanians in need;

    2. Recognises the harsh cuts to Tasmania's social fabric inflicted by the previous year's Liberal State and Federal Budgets a point made strongly by the Tasmanian Council of Social Services;

  • Notice of Motion

    Tuesday, 2 June 2015

    Cassy O'Connor MP on tomorrow to move

    That the House:

    1. Understands that Housing Tasmania’s waiting lists were at their lowest level in a decade under the previous Labor-Green Government;

    2. Notes with shame that in just over a year of ‘stable majority Government’, the Minister for Human Services, Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP has presided over a massive 43.5% jump in the housing waiting list;

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