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

    Earlier when we asked what standard of ministerial behaviour would be low 
    enough for you to act decisively, desperately flailing about, you went 
    back to the turn of the century and a former Labor member who was charged 
    and hauled before the court. Is that a pointer to your expected standard 
    of behaviour? Will Mr Brooks have to face criminal charges for you to 
    rule out inviting him back into your Cabinet?


  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN 

    Yesterday, after it was confirmed your former minister, Adam Brooks, had 
    lied to parliament three times, to you, repeatedly, to the people of 
    Braddon and to the Crown Solicitor, you said Mr Brooks would not be 
    offered a position in the Cabinet in the foreseeable future. Are you 
    serious? Are your standards of ministerial behaviour and accountability 
    so low that you would consider offering this disgraced member a 
    ministerial position sometime in the future, which is not yet foreseeable?

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I rise tonight to speak about a 
    matter of concern in relation to Diamond Offshore's Ocean Monarch oil rig 
    that has been drilling for gas in Bass Strait and is now anchored in the 
    Derwent River near the entrance to Ralphs Bay. Ralphs Bay is the only 
    known spotted hand fish habitat in Tasmania. It is a very sensitive area, 
    very shallow and very precious.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I rise to seek 
    the leave of the House to table the submissions that were released under 
    the Freedom of Information Act federally. These are the submissions on 
    the proposal to allow for luxury huts and up to a 120 or more helicopter 
    flights and landings each year at Halls Island, Lake Malbena in the World 
    Heritage Area. 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, the Greens will be supporting this 
    bill but we have a few things we would like to comment on in Committee 
    about the details of what this bill is planning, which is to formalise the 
    MOU arrangement in legislation between the Office of the Tasmanian 
    Economic Regulator in its role as monitor and assessor, and its ability to 
    have access to information regarding storages from Hydro Tasmania. The 
    bill will also establish a new role of an energy coordination and assessor 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, the Greens support this bill. 
    We have a number of things to say about the pre-conditions for the bill. 
    We have heard a range of views presented in the community through the 
    media, people have contacted us through email, some phone calls, and there 
    is a range of views. There have been views expressed to me about invasion 
    of personal privacy and the thin end of the wedge, and those comments are 
    entirely understandable in the current climate of deep concern in the 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise on behalf of the Greens 
    to support the Community, Health and Related Services Legislation (
    Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018. I would like some clarification 
    around the change to terminology within the Mental Health Act 2013. The 
    fact sheet does not provide any information about the purpose for that 
    change. I can assume that it may relate to the accuracy, or rather the 
    inaccuracy, of the existing terminology, where the term 'continuing care 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, it was 
    interesting listening to Dr Broad talk about a vision for Tasmania, a 
    vision for the meat industry. Apparently, it is the first time we have 
    heard Labor use that word in this place on a matter of policy. But it is 
    not a vision to propose that there be a local facility for local producers
    . It is commonsense and a statement of policy position. It is certainly 
    no vision. We have not seen anything even approaching a vision from the 

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN 


  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    Today, hundreds of Tasmanians will gather in Town Hall in opposition to 
    the proposal to build permanent huts and allow up to 120 to 240 - who 
    knows how many - helicopter flights and landings in Lake Malbena in the 
    Walls of Jerusalem National Park, enabled by your corrupted EOI process.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I want to make a small 
    contribution. I have been listening to the comments from other members. 
    I support the integrity of Brand Tasmania. I have heard members talk 
    about the value of having a brand which is recognised throughout the world, 
    throughout Australia, as particular to our state. It is important that 
    brand is genuine and can be perceived to be credible by a whole range of 
    people who make an active choice to purchase a Tasmanian product. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, it gives me 
    great pleasure on behalf of the Greens tonight to support the Brand 
    Tasmania Bill 2018. 

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, on behalf of the Greens I support 
    this Local Government Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill. It contains a 
    substantial number of amendments. Given the number of councils in 
    Tasmania and the time it takes to reach agreement amongst the variety of 
    players in the local government sector, this is a comprehensive raft of 
    changes. It is very pleasing to see a number of them in particular, 
    having been a councillor on the Huon Valley Council, several of these are 
    overdue and very welcome.

  • Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I am pleased to provide the 
    Greens' support for this Land Use Planning Approvals Amendment Bill. I am 
    pleased to do that particularly because of the willingness of the minister 
    to have the conversations about concerns raised by stakeholders. There 
    are stakeholders in Tasmania who have spent their career focusing on 
    planning, people who are planners, but also people in legal centres, 
    lawyers, members of the community, and strong advocates for people who are