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Alternative Budget 2019-20

Policies - Tasmanian Greens Alternative Budget for the financial year 2019-20.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

Undercutting Public Health Irresponsible

Media Release - Constant pressure by some elected representatives for the Premier to accelerate the easing of social restrictions is irresponsible, and risks undermining Tasmania’s public health response to COVID-19. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 May 2020

Premier Must Listen to Health Advice Over Industry Lobbyists

Media Release - The Premier is right to be concerned about a second wave of coronavirus disease. Other countries that relaxed restrictions too quickly have learnt this lesson in a most tragic way, not only through lives lost but also the collapse of...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 May 2020

Clearance Tests for COVID-19 Needed

Media Release - Public Health today confirmed two coronavirus patients, who were categorised as ‘recovered’ after their mandatory two week isolation, had subsequently redeveloped symptoms.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 May 2020

Vacancy Data Highlights Need to Regulate Airbnb

Media Release - SQM Research vacancy rate data released today clearly shows reform of short-stay accommodation is well overdue.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 May 2020

Unlocking of Green Spaces Welcome

Media Release - The Greens welcome the Premier’s announcement that Tasmania’s green spaces will be open to locals from this coming Monday. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 May 2020

Steady as she goes Gutwein on the right track

Media Release - The Premier has outlined a clear, staged and steady pathway to short term recovery from the coronavirus lockdown. Now Tasmanians can see some light through the darkness.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 May 2020

Matter of Public importance - COVID-19

Parliamentary Activity - Amidst the work that these people are doing and continue to do for people in the north-west, for all of us, in keeping us safe in this pandemic, they also recognise the importance of looking to the future, as are we all.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 May 2020

COVID-19 - Implementation of Recommendations

Parliamentary Activity - The north-west COVID-19 outbreak has been devastating for the families of people who died and hugely affected the 5000 people who went into quarantine.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 May 2020

Coronavirus - We're all in this Together

Opinion - It’s a strange time for all of us. We’re coming to terms with fundamental changes to daily life and how the world operates. It’s actually not that easy being at home all the time – and sometimes it’s really difficult.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Apr 2020

Community Testing a Critical Part of COVID-19 Suppression

Media Release - The approach to COVID-19 testing in Tasmania needs to change for us to fully understand the pattern of transmission and give us the best chance of limiting the impact of coronavirus.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 May 2020

North West Doctors' Forest Protection Calls Must be Central to COVID-19 Recovery Plan

Media Release - The plea from 23 GP's, registrars, and emergency doctors to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests should be heeded by all Members of Parliament, but most particularly the Premier and his Resources Minister.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2020

North West COVID-19 Restrictions

Media Release - The Premier’s decision to ease restrictions for the North West will be welcome news for residents in the region, but the community must be given further information to reassure them about this decision.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 May 2020

Support for Rough Sleepers Welcome

Media Release - The Greens warmly welcome the Premier’s announcement today that more support will be provided to homeless Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Rent Freeze Welcome

Media Release - Residential tenants can breathe a sigh of relief after the Premier’s announcement today of a freeze on rent increases for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Apr 2020

Retesting of COVID-19 Patients is Critical

Media Release - The revelation a couple were cleared to leave self-isolation, only for one of them to return a further positive COVID-19 test, is disturbing. There is still much we don’t know about this deadly virus, and we must take every precaution we...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Apr 2020

North West PPE Allegations Must Be Investigated

Media Release - Allegations raised in The Saturday Paper* about the origins of the North West’s COVID-19 outbreak are serious. If correct, they would be major breach of standard infection control practice.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Apr 2020

The North West is Suffering

Media Release - It is difficult to imagine the level of stress, anxiety and grief on the North West Coast today.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Apr 2020

North West Testing Must Be Expanded

Media Release - The current high rate of positive coronavirus test results being reported for North West Tasmania strongly suggests we must use our dormant capacity and expand the formal testing being undertaken.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Apr 2020

Caution Urged on Term 2 Return

Media Release - The Greens acknowledge the decision to reopen schools after the break for the children of essential workers and disadvantaged students, but urge great caution to minimise the risk of COVID spread and to avoid mixed messaging to parents.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Apr 2020

Assurance on PPE Stocks Needed

Media Release - It is deeply concerning that hospital staff continue to raise the lack of availability of personal protective equipment needed to do their job safely - and reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Apr 2020

Increased North West Testing Needed Now

Media Release - The approach to COVID-19 testing in North West Tasmania must change to ensure we have the best chance of limiting the virus’ impact on the community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Apr 2020

Transparency Needed Over North West Coronavirus Outbreak

Media Release - Tasmanians deserve maximum transparency over the circumstances that led to the coronavirus outbreak in the North West.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Apr 2020

Unified Health System Needed Across Tasmania

Media Release - It’s been almost two weeks since the Federal Government announced it would underwrite the takeover of private hospitals to bolster the capacity of the public system and prevent it becoming overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Apr 2020

Time to Move on Residential Rents Too

Media Release - The Premier has today issued a Notice prohibiting evictions and freezing rent increases in commercial properties. This measure has the Greens’ support and will be welcomed by those businesses who are hurting and trying to hold on through...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Apr 2020

Avoiding a COVID-19 Prison Cluster is a Priority

Media Release - The Greens commend the decision to suspend all prison visits, but remain concerned about the potential high risk for coronavirus transmission within the state’s detention centres - and consequently, circulation within the community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Apr 2020

Hospital and Aged Care Visits Suspended

Media Release - The news that hospitals and aged care homes will be closed to visitors, except for limited reasons, will be difficult for many to hear - but is a critical public health measure.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Apr 2020

Ensuring Safe, Secure and Affordable Housing During COVID-19

Media Release - The tenants in the 20-unit complex in Hobart facing a huge rent hike is further evidence the State Government must enact a freeze on rent increases.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Apr 2020

North West Patients Need Reassurance on Health Services

Media Release - With more cases of COVID-19 being announced daily, and the North West Regional Hospital closed for surgical and medical patients, residents need an assurance they will not be required to leave the North West for critical health services.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Apr 2020

Private Hospital Must be Available Immediately in North West

Media Release - Last week, the Federal Government announced it would underwrite the integration of private hospitals into the public system for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Apr 2020

Legislative Council Election Deferral Should Have Been Dealt with by Parliament

Media Release - The Greens recognise the strong public health grounds behind the Director of Public Health’s decision to use his powers under Section 5 of the Public Health Act to defer Legislative Council elections.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Rental Evictions Order

Media Release - The Greens are glad to hear the Premier say he will issue an Order today to protect tenants in private or public rental homes from evictions as the economic impacts of the pandemic bite deeper.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Apr 2020

Hospitals United in COVID-19 Crisis

Media Release - The Greens welcome the federal government’s plan to underwrite the integration of private hospitals into the public system for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Deaths a Tragic Reminder to Stay Home

Media Release - On behalf of the Greens, I offer our heartfelt sympathies to the loved ones of the two Tasmanians who have lost their lives to the coronavirus. Across the island, people are grieving this loss.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Mar 2020

Go Hard, Go Early and Save Lives

Media Release - We welcome the next stage of COVID-19 restrictions announced by the State Government this morning. Limiting people’s social movements outside their homes to all but essential activity is necessary to save lives.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Schools Announcement Welcome

Media Release - The Greens welcome the Premier’s advice that parents should keep their children at home from school from Monday if they can.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Economic Assistance Package

Media Release - The Greens acknowledge the enormous uncertainty and fear within in the community about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives and the people they care about. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Mar 2020

Adjournment of Parliament

Media Release - The Tasmanian Parliament has agreed to adjourn until the first scheduled sitting week after the winter recess.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Mar 2020

Mixed Message on Schools Creating Confusion

Media Release - The disconnect and mixed messages from government imposing strict physical distancing measures and not closing schools is creating confusion within the community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Mar 2020

Ignoring COVID-19 Directions Puts Lives at Risk

Media Release - The Greens implore all Tasmanians to take the coronavirus threat very seriously, to practice physical distancing and to stay home if they can. The Premier is right, we are at war.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Mar 2020

Pokies Venues Must Close to Save Lives

Media Release - It is reckless negligence towards at-risk people for poker machine venues to continue to operate EGMs during a lethal, global pandemic. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Budget Delay

Media Release - The Greens are relieved the State Budget has been delayed. It’s the right decision in a time of deep social and financial uncertainty.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Mar 2020

Plan Needed to Protect Vulnerable Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

Media Release - Tasmania is in a State of Emergency and the priority is to protect vulnerable people. Our child protection services were already struggling, but COVID-19 is exacerbating the situation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - School Closures

Parliamentary Activity - Today you have declared a state of emergency, a clear acknowledgment of the great danger COVID-19 poses to our island community. On behalf of every vulnerable Tasmania I say thank you.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Mar 2020

Government Must Close Schools to Limit COVID-19 Spread

Media Release - Today’s declaration of a state of emergency and implementation of tighter border restrictions were welcome moves by the Premier. To further mitigate risk, he should also now move to close Tasmanian schools.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Mar 2020

State of Emergency, Quarantine Measures for Arrivals Welcome

Media Release - The Premier has the Greens’ strong support for announcing a state of emergency for Tasmania. This decision will save lives.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - Tasmanian Access Card

Parliamentary Activity - People are asked to fill out a Tasmanian Arrival Card when they land but this is only a voluntary self-declaration process.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Mar 2020

Gutwein Must Fix Tasmanian Arrival Card Process

Media Release - Protecting Tasmanians from the risk of all COVID-19-infected travellers is essential to slowing the spread of the virus in our community. A critical mitigation tool is a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals to Tasmania – international and...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Mar 2020

Gutwein Government Will Have to Follow WA's Lead on Waiving Fees and Charges

Media Release - Stimulating the local economy to buffer it from the COVID-19 crisis is important but the Gutwein Government needs to do much more to support low income people, those who live at society’s margins and small businesses - all of whom were...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Mar 2020

Ministerial Statement - COVID-19 Response Measures

Parliamentary Activity - It is good to hear some of the things that the Premier has just announced but I am saddened in reading and listening to him about the lack of attention to the urgent issue which needs to be addressed today and that relates to the...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - Protection Measures

Parliamentary Activity - On current growth rates, the now 400 cases today in Australia of COVID-19 would become 10 000 by 4 April, in just a few weeks' time.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - Restrictions

Parliamentary Activity - In an open letter to the Health minister, more than 140 doctors have warned of impending disaster implored Government to do more before there is rapid community transmission.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Mar 2020

Tasmanian COVID-19 Support Package

Media Release - The Premier’s stimulus package announced today contains a number of positive measures to support businesses struggling with the coronavirus downturn.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Mar 2020

Federal Group Must Prioritise People's Lives Over Profits

Media Release - In the midst of a global pandemic, when all public health warnings are about the mitigation of risk to people's lives, the Federal Group appears not to fully grasp the deadly seriousness of the health risk within their pokies venues.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Mar 2020

Immediate Effective COVID-19 Restrictions Required

Media Release - The State Government must immediately introduce a range of restrictions shown to slow the viral spread of COVID-19, to protect vulnerable people and health workers from an escalating outbreak in Tasmania. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Cruise Ship Risk Should be Mitigated by Government

Media Release - Last night Tasmania reported its fifth case of COVID-19, and this morning the cruise ship Magnifica decided to lock down all passengers on board for their own health and safety.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Risk Management

Submission - A letter to Health Minister Sarah Courtney MP seeking information on COVID-19 preparedness.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Mar 2020

Dark Mofo

Media Release - The cancellation of Tasmania’s premier winter festival, Dark Mofo is sad, but in all likelihood a necessary measure.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Mar 2020

Coronavirus and dentist mask shortage

Submission - A letter to Health Minister, Sarah Courtney MP, regarding Tasmanian dental practices access to face masks.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Mar 2020

Ministerial Statement - Coronavirus Update

Parliamentary Activity - Since the first reports of the coronavirus came out of Wuhan and Hubei province in China, it has been quite difficult to have a full understanding of what this viral pneumonia disease is, what its mortality rates are, and its impact on...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Mar 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health information

Submission - A letter to Health Minister, Sarah Courtney MP, regarding the adequacy of public health information in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Feb 2020

Reassurance about Coronavirus Pandemic Preparations Needed

Media Release - Following Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer warning the worldwide spread of coronavirus is now considered “very likely if not inevitable”, the Health Minister must reassure Tasmanians about our state’s preparations if a pandemic pattern of...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Feb 2020

Liberals' Failure Laid Bare on Social Justice Day

Media Release - World Social Justice Day shines the spotlight on Premier Gutwein’s promise of a ‘compassionate’ government for Tasmania and it reveals the Liberals’ spin over substance.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Feb 2020

Ugly Liberal Anti-Abortion Ideology Continues

Media Release - The ideological anti-abortion position of the Liberal Party is clearly on display by their continued refusal to provide surgical termination procedures for any woman through the public hospital system. It’s very sad, but not surprising,...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Feb 2020

Liberals Still Holding Back Pill Testing

Media Release - Festivals like Party in the Paddock want to make sure they provide the safest possible environment to their patrons, but the Liberal Party is standing in their way.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Feb 2020

Serious Lead Levels Demand Health Investigation

Media Release - High levels of lead detected in the water supply for the new Royal Hobart Hospital K-Block building is deeply concerning news.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Feb 2020

DEC Must Remain in Public Hands

Media Release - The Greens welcome the move towards a state basketball team. The Derwent Entertainment Centre deal, however, must be approached with caution.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Dec 2019

ANU Review Demands Action on Pill Testing

Media Release - The ANU review found the pill testing service at Groovin’ the Moo did not encourage the use of drugs. Instead, the young people who used the service were more likely to avoid taking illicit drugs.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Dec 2019

Get Ready for Labor and Ogilvie to Sell Out Gambling Victims

Media Release - Tasmanians who have suffered gambling addiction, including the children, partners and close family of addicts, are set to be abandoned by both State Labor and former Labor MP, now ‘Independent’, Madeleine Ogilvie, when the Liberals bring...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Dec 2019

TCCI Report Reveals Widening Wealth Gap Under Hodgman Liberals

Media Release - The TCCI’s ‘Tasmania Report’ confirms what many Tasmanians are feeling. The wealth gap is widening under Will Hodgman’s leadership.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 2 Dec 2019

Hodgman Government's Legacy

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over a year of failings.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Nov 2019

Party In The Paddock to Champion Pill Testing

Media Release - We are proud to be the sponsor of Party In The Paddock’s Parliamentary petition calling for pill testing to be trialled in Tasmania. This is critically important in the lead-up to the summer festival season.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Nov 2019

Labor Motion - Emergency Department at the LGH

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff contributes to Labor's Motion regarding the emergency department at the Launceston General Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Nov 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Health

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff contributes to Labor's Matter of Public Importance on Health, discussing budget allocations and progress on implementing Access Solutions meeting agreements.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 Nov 2019

NSW Coroner Recommends Immediate Action on Pill Testing

Media Release - New South Wales deputy state coroner, Harriet Grahame, has examined the tragic deaths at music festivals, and today passed down her straightforward and compassionate findings. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 8 Nov 2019

Leadership in Local Produce

Policies - The Greens support a strong framework for supplying local communities with local food and minimising waste.

Andrea Dawkins - 14 Feb 2018

Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018

Greens Bill - A Bill for an Act to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 2001 to provide for the lawful delivery of drug analysis services.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Nov 2018

Healthy Food, Healthy Patients

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens believe patients in our Hospitals should have access to healthy, good quality food.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Feb 2018

Labor Back Liberals in the Failed 'War on Drugs'

Media Release - The Liberals’ ban on the sale of ice pipes passed through the House of Assembly this afternoon with the support of the Labor Party. The passage of this legislation effectively undermines Australia’s decades-long, harm reduction drug...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Oct 2019

Ice Pipe Ban Bill Puts Lives at Risk

Media Release - The Health Minister, Sarah Courtney, today tabled a Bill to ban the sale of ice pipes that, if passed, will put people’s lives at further risk.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Oct 2019

Tasmanian Health System Cuts

Parliamentary Activity - It has been confirmed since you came to office in 2014, around $1.6 billion of Commonwealth funding that should have gone into the health system has been spent elsewhere.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Sep 2019

Hodgman's Health Dishonesty

Media Release - Following last night’s damning national exposé of avoidable deaths in Tasmanian hospitals, Premier Will Hodgman continues to falsely claim his government has not cut the Health Budget. Instead, unbelievably, he claims they have increased...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Sep 2019

Nurses Next in Liberals' Frontline Health Cuts

Media Release - The enforced reduction of casual and permanent part-time nurses’ shift hours is the next frontline health cut under the Liberals’ efficiency dividend. It follows from the recent requirement for Royal Hobart Hospital surgeons to slash 15%...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Sep 2019

Labor Abandon Health as Paul Lennon's Grip Tightens

Media Release - After spending five years talking about the importance of health to Tasmanians, Labor appears to have abandoned their ‘top priority’.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 Sep 2019

Courtney Must Rule Out Cruel Frontline Health Cuts

Media Release - Health Minister, Sarah Courtney must rule out elective surgery cuts for public health patients. She needs to take a stand against the heartless and financially senseless directive by Treasurer Gutwein, and focus on saving people’s lives...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Aug 2019

Government Responsible For Water Quality Fix

Media Release - Six million litres of untreated sewage was discharged into the Derwent River from the Macquarie Point Sewage Treatment Plant on Sunday, when back-up power failed. There was a disturbing, apparent eight-hour, delay in TasWater’s after-hours...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Aug 2019

Labor Backflip on Protecting Young Lives

Media Release - The Labor Party’s decision to oppose Independent MLC, Ruth Forrest’s pill testing Motion makes it clear they’ve abandoned their party platform.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Aug 2019

Adjournment - Listeriosis Deaths

Parliamentary Activity - Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise tonight to make some comments about the very sad death last week of two people from listeriosis, a food-borne illness.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Jul 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Health Cuts

Parliamentary Activity - I have heard this new Health minister, Ms Courtney, and the previous health minister trumpet the increasing spend this Government has made into the Health budget as though it is an extraordinary amount they have provided towards such an...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Jul 2019

Health - Efficiency Dividends and Budget Cuts

Parliamentary Activity - Do you support your Treasurer's claims on the news last night that the hospital can absorb $50 million being slashed from its budget? What areas of the hospital will this massive budget cut come from?

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Jul 2019

Listeria Deaths Linked to Tasmanian Salmon

Media Release - The Tasmanian Government must undertake a thorough investigation of salmon farming processes as a matter of urgency, following advice that Tasmanian salmon has been confirmed as the source of a deadly listeria outbreak on the mainland.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Jul 2019

Courtney in Pill Testing Spotlight

Media Release - Hobart City Council’s vote in support of pill testing puts new Health Minister, Sarah Courtney, in the spotlight.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Jul 2019

Allied Health Professionals' Plea Must Be Heard

Media Release - HACSU’s Allied Health Professionals sub-branch letter to all political leaders paints a disturbing picture about the impact on patients and staff from chronic underfunding of services. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Ferguson

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 Jun 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Mental Health

Parliamentary Activity - We have a situation where young people and children are admitted in mental health distress to have intensive acute psychiatric services support but, at the moment, into wards for adults.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Jun 2019

Health - Implementation of Recommendations of Auditor-General

Parliamentary Activity - The most scathing finding from the Auditor-General's report is the absence of effective leadership and accountability to change a health service culture deeply resistant to change which suffers from a 'dysfunctional silo mentality'.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 May 2019

Hospitals - Implementation of Recommendations of Auditor-General

Parliamentary Activity - The Auditor-General's report into the performance of Tasmania's hospital emergency departments is extremely confronting.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 May 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Media Release - Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

Budget Reply Speech

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor delivers a budget reply speech for the 2019-20 state Budget, and speaks to alternative policies in the Greens' Alternative Budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

Auditor General's Emergency Department Report Demands Action

Media Release - The Auditor General’s report into Tasmania’s hospital emergency departments is enormously confronting. The figures back up the first-hand stories of grid-locked emergency departments.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 May 2019

Climate Change Emergency - Health Effects

Parliamentary Activity - Predictions from the world's most respect authorities are becoming more dire, including that we have just 11 years to dramatically change course and avoid global heating that would bring catastrophic changes to all life.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 23 May 2019

Budget in Vision and Compassion Deficit

Media Release - The Treasurer promised a heavy infrastructure spend in today’s Budget, but what was clearly missing was the investment in social infrastructure. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 May 2019

Health - Budget Priorities

Parliamentary Activity - The hospital executive received a letter that we spoke much about yesterday from the emergency department's registrar doctors at the Royal Hobart Hospital, a warning of the direct patient injury and death because of worsening conditions...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 May 2019

Pill Testing at Public Events

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Health on pill testing following the ACT Health Minister's invitation to observe the ACT's second pill testing trial.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Apr 2019

Hospitals - Recommendations of Registrars

Parliamentary Activity - We have had this five-page letter from registrars at the emergency department of the Royal Hobart Hospital, an excoriating letter to the hospital executive detailing their gravest concerns about the failures of your hospital system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Apr 2019

Tasmanian Salmon Listeria Concern

Media Release - Reports from Queensland, raised on ABC radio today, about Tasmanian salmon carrying the potentially fatal listeria bacteria in February this year, are concerning.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Mar 2019

Slow, Systemic Reforms Won't Fix Systemic Under-funding of Child Protection

Media Release - Tasmanian children and young people are being let down day after day, and being put at risk of lifelong trauma and social issues as a result of persistent under-resourcing by the Hodgman Liberal Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Mar 2019

Tasmania's Distressing AIHW Mental Health Report Card

Media Release - In the last year, we had far more people accessing medication than any other Australian state - two and a half times more than the Northern Territory. Tasmanians are buying an average of 9.3 prescriptions every year to help with their...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Dec 2018

Fearful Labor Abandons Pill Testing Policy

Media Release - The Greens are disappointed Labor has put politics above keeping young people safe in their decision not to support the Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Nov 2018

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Health

Parliamentary Activity - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 Nov 2018

Labor Motion - Crisis in the Health System

Parliamentary Activity - The Greens agree with the general tenor of this motion. It is a bit of a political motion because it has an internal contradiction which does not make sense to me.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Oct 2018

Ministerial Statement - Rebuilding the Health System

Parliamentary Activity - I cannot help bringing to my gaze to one of the big silences in this document, which contains some very welcome announcements and I will go to those.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Oct 2018

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Health

Parliamentary Activity - There have been documented occasions where people in severe distress have been forced to wait in the emergency department for numbers of days.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Oct 2018

State of Health Report Confirms Need to Rethink Private Health Funding

Media Release - Mr Goddard’s claim that more than 80 mortalities a year can be avoided, due to chronically under-resourced hospitals, is alarming. It seems clear the lack of federal and state funds are putting lives at risk.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Oct 2018

Government Should Publish Glyphosate Health Advice

Media Release - Last night’s ABC’s Four Corners exposed the secrecy and cover ups used by herbicide manufacturer Monsanto-Beyer surrounding the safety evidence for their weed killer glyphosate. This adds weight to Cancer Council Australia’s call for an...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Oct 2018

Want of Confidence in Minister for Health

Parliamentary Activity - It is a crying shame for the people who work in the public health system in Tasmania and for the patients who are caught up with the 45 per cent increase in demand at the Royal Hobart Hospital that has occurred under this minister because...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Sep 2018

Health - KPMG Report

Parliamentary Activity - The secret KPMG report shows the truth in hard numbers.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Sep 2018

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Health

Parliamentary Activity - This is, as everything is in health, a complex situation. It is on the Liberal Government's head from the first two years in Government, when it made a crucial decision to remove $210 million from the Health budget.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Sep 2018

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Meningococcal Vaccine

Parliamentary Activity - If you are talking about improving processes, if the Labor Party has some information about how to improve the processes, you should have tabled that today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Sep 2018

Access to Health Services

Parliamentary Activity - It has been interesting listening to the cross-flow of information because we talk about equity of access to health services and it is not just specific to access to reproductive health services for women.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Aug 2018

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Health

Parliamentary Activity - Tasmanians would have been gobsmacked with the news that was reported last night about the gatecrashing by a highly-respected specialist from the Royal Hobart Hospital, Dr Frank O'Keeffe.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Aug 2018

Minister for Health - Actions

Parliamentary Activity - The Health minister lurches from one self-inflicted crisis to the next. Yesterday we saw on full display his arrogance as he dismissed Frank O'Keeffe with a wave of his hand.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Aug 2018

Hodgman Must Intervene on Reproductive Choice for Tasmanian Women

Media Release - The Liberals have once again let their ideology rule policy, confirming surgical terminations will remain severely restricted in the public hospital system and women will still be forced to travel interstate for procedures.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 May 2018

Greens Release Healthy Foods, Healthy Patients Plan

Media Release - The resignation of yet another senior surgeon, makes it’s clear Michael Ferguson’s crisis at the Launceston General Hospital is ongoing.

Andrea Dawkins - 22 Feb 2018

Unfolding Crisis at LGH Rests with Ferguson

Media Release - There is an unfolding disaster for patients at the Launceston General Hospital, as a  result of Health Minister, Michael Ferguson's failure to respect clinical staff in the State's hospitals.

Andrea Dawkins - 3 Feb 2018

Still Work to be Done on LGBTI Equality

Media Release - Hundreds of Tasmanians refused to let thunder and rain dampen their rainbow spirits today at the annual TasPride march through Hobart.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Jan 2018

Liberals Must Act on Reproductive Health

Media Release - Today’s revelation that Tasmania’s only reproductive health clinic has closed will place women seeking a pregnancy termination in extremely difficult positions, particularly those in disadvantaged and regional areas.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Jan 2018

Elective Surgery Fail A Terrible Record For Health Minister

Media Release - The Royal Hobart Hospital's record for providing elective surgery for people who urgently need it is the worst in the country, according to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 Dec 2017

Tasmania Lagging on Emergency Department Wait Times Under Liberals

Media Release - The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released today on emergency department care showed Tasmania’s two main hospitals are performing poorly compared to mainland hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Nov 2017

Ferguson Responsible for Health Failures, Must Release Deloitte Report

Media Release - The Health Minister should release the report into the operations of the Tasmanian Health Service Executive, so Tasmanians can have the full picture of what’s going on in our hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 Nov 2017

Mental Health Unit Rejected

Media Release - The Australian Medical Association leaves no room for doubt in their criticism of the Hodgman Liberal government’s plan to steamroll through a new acute mental health facility.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Nov 2017

Contempt of Court Risk Health Minister's Fault

Media Release - Minister Ferguson has failed to properly resource the State's only secure mental health facility, the Wilfred Lopes Centre. Staffing levels are now so low the Centre cannot safely follow a Supreme Court order to admit a prisoner for care.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Oct 2017

ACT Pill Testing Will Save Lives

Media Release - The ACT Government’s decision to allow free pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival will save lives. We congratulate the ACT for their courage and common sense.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 Sep 2017

Issues at the Royal Hobart Hospital

Parliamentary Activity - In that last six days at the Royal Hobart Hospital's Emergency Department, there have been two category 4 escalations, four violent events and all elective surgeries have been cancelled again.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Sep 2017

Royal Hobart Hospital - Psychiatric Medicine Accreditation

Parliamentary Activity - As we have just heard, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry has withdrawn their accreditation status from the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Aug 2017

Ferguson's Broken Health System Legacy

Media Release - Health Minister, Michael Ferguson’s parroting of an unpredictable, unusually high influenza season this winter is an insult to the staff and patients at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Sep 2017

Public Health Reform Desperately Needed Under Liberals

Media Release - The Greens welcome the clear pathway presented through the Public Health Policy Reform plan announced by major health agencies today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Sep 2017

Greens Release Medicinal Cannabis Registration Scheme Policy Initiative

Media Release - The Liberals' Controlled Access Scheme for medicinal cannabis begins tomorrow, but very few Tasmanians will be able to access it.

Andrea Dawkins - 31 Aug 2017

Ferguson Must Address Psychiatric Care Shortage at the LGH

Media Release - Last week the Royal Hobart Hospital Department of Psychiatric Medicine lost their RANZCP accreditation, this week the Launceston General Hospital has been left with no permanent psychiatrist, and the Registrar fully booked.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Aug 2017

Strong Greens Franklin Ticket for State Election

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of talented and committed candidates in Franklin in the upcoming State Election.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Aug 2017

Labor Ignore Climate Change in Reshuffle

Media Release - In further proof there's little to distinguish the two major parties on environmental issues, Labor's shadow Cabinet reshuffle has omitted the single biggest policy challenge facing the state, climate change.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Aug 2017

Public Health Professional and Climate Educator Join Greens' Denison Ticket

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of candidates in Denison in the upcoming State election.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Aug 2017

Labor and Liberals Putting Politics Before Health on Drug Policy

Media Release - Labor and the Liberals are ignoring the experts, and the evidence the ‘war on drugs’ has failed in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 Aug 2017

Greens Call for Rethink on Drug Policy

Media Release - Following yesterday’s release of the Community Legal Centres’ Report into drug treatment and law reform, the Greens are calling for a drug law reform package

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Aug 2017

Labor and Liberals Ignore Health Cost of Pokies

Media Release - Tasmanians lose $200 million a year to poker machines. They devastate families and destroy lives.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Jul 2017

Three and Half Years' Silence from Ogilvie on Pokies

Media Release - In response to a Family Voice 2014 election survey*, Madeleine Ogilvie told voters she would support legislation to remove pokies from pubs and clubs.  Since then, Tasmanians have heard nothing more from Ms Ogilvie.

Andrea Dawkins - 27 Jul 2017

Extra $220M to Health in Greens' Alternative Budget

Media Release - The Greens’ Alternative Budget prioritises what Tasmanians most want, fixing the State’s health system - currently at breaking point. Included in our Alternative Budget is an investment of an additional $220 million over four years to help...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2017

Greens Deliver Triple Bottom Line Alternative Budget

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget is a fully costed vision for the future that demonstrates it is possible to look after people and invest in their capacity, to protect our environmental assets and stimulate the economy through...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 May 2017

Ferguson's Band-aid Budget Won't Prevent RHH Crisis

Media Release - Despite the big talk about extra hundreds of millions of health dollars, the Budget reveals the Hodgman Government’s plan to spend less in the hospital system this year than was actually spent in the last.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 May 2017

A State Budget Bloated with Pork

Media Release - After three years of cuts and neglecting community services, the fourth Hodgman Budget focuses on extinguishing spot fires of community concern and scatters money around like confetti in the lead up to the election.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 May 2017

State Budget Response

Media Release - The Hodgman Liberals have delivered an unsurprising pre-election Budget. Having slashed funding to essential services in their first Budget, now the Liberals are trying to repair some of the damage caused in health and education...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 May 2017

Restricted Access to Medicinal Cannabis Scheme

Media Release - Today's announcement that the government’s medicinal cannabis Controlled Access Scheme will provide access for children with drug-resistant epilepsy is a positive step forward.

Andrea Dawkins - 23 May 2017

Lives at Risk if Ambulance Tasmania Funding Missing from State Budget

Media Release - The median Tasmanian ambulance response time of 14.1 minutes is the worst in the country. It’s far too long for people who need critical life support.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 May 2017

Coroner Confirms RHH Under-Resourcing Putting Patient Lives at Risk

Media Release - The Coronial inquest into the 2015 death of a Royal Hobart Hospital patient found it could have been prevented.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 May 2017

Ferguson Must Develop Winter Crisis Management Plan for RHH

Media Release - Last night in the Royal Hobart Hospital, 17 out of 27 patients were waiting for over 12 hours for a bed.  With the winter flu season only just beginning to hit, Tasmanians are seeing the RHH Emergency Department at breaking point.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 May 2017

Tasmanian Health Forgotten in Federal Budget

Media Release - The gradual withdrawal of Commonwealth health funding over the last few years exposes the dire state of Tasmania’s public health system. This Federal Budget continues that trend.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 May 2017

Joint Health Shows Need For An Emergency Winter Plan

Media Release - The Joint Statement on Public Hospitals from all major Tasmanian health bodies shows the critical state of our public hospitals. It's clear there's no room left at the Royal Hobart Hospital for the predictable surge this winter flu season.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Apr 2017

Ferguson Must Fund Drug Health Programs in Budget

Media Release - The ACIC's National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report, released over the weekend, is proof of the alarming level of ice use in Tasmania. It's clear evidence that the government is failing to fix the problem.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Mar 2017

Hodgman Needs To Lead Drug Law Reform

Media Release - The Australia 21 Report, authored by former Premiers and Police Commissioners, has called on governments to look at drug use as a health issue rather than a criminal one.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 Mar 2017

Government Must Fund Home Palliative Care Services

Parliamentary Activity - The Liberals have delivered another serious blow to a core public health service with the closure of the only palliative care support and education service in Tasmania, Palliative Care Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Mar 2017

Elective Surgery Waiting Times Blowing Out

Parliamentary Activity - The only real deliverable that the Health minister, Michael Ferguson, has been able to point to since taking office is the Government's putative elective surgery waiting times, which he claims have reduced. If you look below his slick spin...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Mar 2017

Ferguson Ignores LGH Expert Review

Media Release - The Health Minister's response to the damning expert report into the Launceston General Hospital has been to open 3 single bed rooms and dress up 12 beds that have been in use for a year as “new”.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Mar 2017

Report on State's Sick Hospitals Ignored by Liberals

Media Release - The report of the expert review on the State's two biggest hospitals was handed to the Health Minister last August.  Armed with this information, he continued to ignore the requests of hospital staff and clinicians to fix the problems.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Feb 2017

Medicinal Cannabis Users Still at Risk of Prosecution Under Liberals

Media Release - The Federal Government's most recent medicinal cannabis announcement raised the hopes of Tasmanians who thought they might be able to more easily access treatment, legally.  In reality it's very different.

Andrea Dawkins - 26 Feb 2017

Tasmanians Still at Risk of Prosecution on Medicinal Cannabis

Media Release - The Greens welcome the Federal Health Minister's medicinal cannabis announcement today.  This policy change is a step in the right direction.

Andrea Dawkins - 22 Feb 2017

State Liberals Must Fight for Rural Alive and Well Funding

Media Release - The funding insecurity around Rural Alive and Well is deeply concerning.  Many rural Tasmanians have survived depression and suicide thanks to the committed staff and volunteers at RAW.  

Andrea Dawkins - 20 Feb 2017

Palliative Care Budget Failure

Media Release - The Liberals have delivered another serious blow to the public health service with the closure of Palliative Care Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Feb 2017

RHH "Exceeding Capacity" Due to Ferguson's Underfunding

Media Release - Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has finally admitted the self-evident truth, that “emergency and admissions are exceeding capacity" at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 Feb 2017

Liberals' Medicinal Cannabis Mess

Media Release - The continued confusion and anger of Tasmanians around access to medicinal cannabis is being exacerbated by the mixed messages coming from the Hodgman Government. 

Andrea Dawkins - 24 Jan 2017

State Liberals Must Save Rural Health Services

Media Release - Federal Assistant Minister for Rural Health, David Gillespie, clearly has no idea what will happen on 1 January 2017, when critical rural health services are discontinued.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Dec 2016

What Has Mark Shelton Been Smoking?

Media Release - The Greens' drug policy position is focussed on harm minimisation and dealing with addiction through a health lens.  It is an acknowledgement that the war on drugs is killing people.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Nov 2016

RHH Decant Leaves Psychiatric Unit Out in the Cold

Media Release - The decant of the Psychiatric Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital, due to start tomorrow, will drastically cut the quality of care for people in the greatest need.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Nov 2016

Hospital Decant Risks Patients' Safety

Media Release - The Medical Ward of Royal Hobart Hospital’s B Block is moving to the “decant” building today.  This is despite senior clinical staff writing to the Premier earlier this month, asking for the B Block closure to be deferred.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 Nov 2016

Elective Surgeries at the Launceston General Hospital

Parliamentary Activity - We are aware of patients presenting to the emergency department at the LGH with no paperwork and no after-surgery care plan with infections and other issues.

Andrea Dawkins - 17 Nov 2016

Food Labeling to Tackle Obesity

Parliamentary Activity - The Australian Bureau of Statistics confirms Tasmania is Australia’s most obese state, with 32 per cent of adults obese and 67 per cent overweight.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Nov 2016

Ferguson's LGH Elective Surgery Mess

Media Release - The Health Minister today failed to explain why knee and hip surgery patients who were sent interstate for operations weren't receiving adequate post-operative care at the Launceston General Hospital.

Andrea Dawkins - 17 Nov 2016

Mass Drug Overdose Demands Response - Pill Testing Saves Lives

Parliamentary Activity - On 22 and 23 October 2016, Australia experienced its worst mass drug overdose in decades with doctors expecting it will happen again in the next few months.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Oct 2016

Pill Testing to Save Young Tasmanian Lives

Parliamentary Activity - Last week 12 young people were hospitalised on the Gold Coast after consuming a drug they thought was ecstasy. Twenty-seven-year-old Ricky Stevens later died.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Oct 2016

Pill Testing Could Save Tasmanian Lives

Media Release - Police Minister, Rene Hidding, once again showed Tasmanians he would rather continue a failed "war on drugs" than reduce the risk of drug deaths among young people.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Oct 2016

Medicinal Cannabis

Parliamentary Activity - As the interim protection for legitimate medicinal cannabis users, will you move your Government toward developing a controlled access scheme for medicinal cannabis, where users can register with the Health Department and live without fear...

Andrea Dawkins - 12 Oct 2016

Protection Needed for Medicinal Cannabis Users

Media Release - While the Hodgman Government has committed to implementing a controlled access scheme for medical cannabis that begins in 2017, many Tasmanian patients currently accessing cannabis for medical needs are unprotected by the law.

Andrea Dawkins - 12 Oct 2016

Ferguson Left Hospitals Under-Resourced, Running on Empty

Media Release - Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, was continually warned that the current resourcing of general admission wards at the Royal Hobart and Launceston General hospitals is far short of what was needed to cope with the winter patient burden.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Oct 2016

Health Minister Blames Former Government for Two Years of Inaction on Ice Epidemic

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for HEALTH, Mr FERGUSON

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Sep 2016

Desperate Need for Rehabilitative Services for Ice Addiction

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Acknowledges that the very real and dangerous increase in Crystalline Methamphetamine (Ice) use in Tasmania is now strongly suggestive of an epidemic.(2)           Notes that:-

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Sep 2016

Epilepsy Connect in Tasmania Invaluable

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 13 September 2016[6.00 p.m.]

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Sep 2016

Liberals Should Emulate Poppy Industry for Medical Cannabis

Media Release - The Poisons Amendment (Poppy Industry Reform) Bill, debated in parliament today, separates the regulation of the poppy industry between health and primary industries.

Andrea Dawkins - 13 Sep 2016

Acute Crisis Care in Tasmanian Hospitals

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I want to report some of the reflections I have had on during my recent visits to a number of our public hospitals.  My intention is to visit all public hospitals in the state and to meet with staff...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Aug 2016

Ice Use Needs Government-Wide Action

Media Release - The Police Association’s concern about the increase in crimes against people in the last year should be taken seriously by the Government. Any assault on any individual is one too many.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Aug 2016

Ferguson Failing Sick Children

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Aug 2016

Health Minister Evasive on Palliative Care

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for HEALTH, Mr FERGUSON

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Aug 2016

Health Minister Needs to Commit to Permanent LGH Ward 4D

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 17 August 2016Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes:—

- 17 Aug 2016

Palliative Care Plan Needed

Media Release - During Question Time today, Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, was unable to outline his plan to address the desperate palliative care funding gap in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Aug 2016

Ferguson Admits RHH Failure

Media Release - In a long-winded Ministerial Statement made to Parliament today, the Health Minister admitted the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment will be delayed until mid-2019.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Aug 2016

RHH Falling Apart Under Ferguson's Watch

Media Release - The Health Minister's comment that the possibility of a post-surgery patient being exposed to asbestos was "regrettable" is insulting.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Aug 2016

Liberals' Health Plan Toothless and Weak

Media Release - The Health Minister's "bold plan" for Tasmania to have the best health by 2025 is weak, toothless and myopic.  $6.4 million over five years into his Strategic Health Plan is a pittance, compared with what's needed

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Jul 2016

RHH Asbestos Questions Need Answers

Media Release - The news that 40 staff may have been exposed to asbestos at the Royal Hobart Hospital is extremely concerning. We sincerely hope no staff have been exposed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Jul 2016

Business Over Health, Ferguson Must Resign as Minister

Media Release - Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has walked away from the government’s plan to take strong action to raise the legal age for smoking. These laws would have helped stop a new generation of smokers lighting up.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Jul 2016

Ballooning Locum Costs in Hospitals

Media Release - Health Minister Michael Ferguson is desperately trying to plug the problems in the health system by forking out a fortune on locums. Across Tasmania, 50% more has been spent this year than the same time last year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 Jul 2016

Ambulance Tasmania Pay Deal Welcome

Media Release - The Greens welcome the news that our paramedics will now be paid appropriately for the critical role they play. This pay rise is in line with what staff have been asking for since 2014.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Jul 2016

Routine Elective Surgery Funds Going To Interstate Hospitals

Media Release - Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has been flying patients to private hospitals in Victoria for routine surgery to try and reduce the elective waiting lists.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jul 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - The Greens have discussed our energy strategy on numbers of occasions in this House since we tabled it early this year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - It gives me great pleasure to present the Tasmanian Greens' fully costed Alternative Budget for 2016-17. It continues a long-standing tradition of the Tasmanian Greens to present an alternative vision for the future of Tasmania. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 May 2016

New Money The Only Fix For Chronic Underfunding

Media Release - The strong criticism today by the Australian Medical Association of the state health budget cuts is a serious warning that can’t be ignored.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Jun 2016

Health Minister Needs to Stop Blaming Others over LGH

Media Release - The Health Minister is delusional if he believes the situation at the Launceston General Hospital is not about funding and resourcing.

Andrea Dawkins - 21 Jun 2016

Health Minister Ferguson Crippling LGH Emergency Department

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 16 June 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes the Launceston General emergency department has suffered an exodus with nine of eleven specialists and six senior nursing staff reported to be quitting,...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Jun 2016

Sugar Strategy Needed to Combat Obesity

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers. (2)           Understands that high sugar...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Jun 2016

Ministers on Notice to Ensure All Checks Are Done With Teen Challenge

Parliamentary Activity - Teen Challenge Tasmania has received approval from the Meander Valley Council to establish their ‘Home of Hope’ at the former school site.

Andrea Dawkins - 16 Jun 2016

Evidence Based Solution Needed for Reducing Smoking Rates

Parliamentary Activity - We know smoking tobacco is the largest cause of preventable death and disease in Australia and it has an incredibly major impact on the health system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Jun 2016

Health Minister Ferguson Still Blaming Others for Emergency Department Chaos

Parliamentary Activity - The public record states that 9 out of 11 specialists from the Launceston General Hospital's Emergency Department have resigned. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Jun 2016

Launceston in Health Crisis

Media Release - The Launceston General Hospital is in a serious situation after the dramatic loss of Emergency Department staff. Nine of eleven specialists and six senior nursing staff have resigned, retired or significantly reduced their hours.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Jun 2016

Liberals Need to Honour Their Suicide Prevention Election Commitment

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 14 June 2016Rosalie Woodruff to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that:—(a)           as part of an election commitment the Liberal Government allocated $3 million to suicide prevention strategies in the 2014/15 Budget, with...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Jun 2016

Ideology in the Way of Preventative Health

Media Release - Minister Ferguson has put his personal ideology in the way of preventive health measures in this year's Budget.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Jun 2016

Call for Government to Fund Pill Testing to Keep Our Youth Safe

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Minister for Police and Emergency Management, Hon Rene Hidding MP, to forgo his outdated ‘war on drugs’ mentality in favour of saving young lives, and to support the introduction of pill testing at our festivals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 Jun 2016

Liberals Stalling Process to Legalise Low-THC Hemp as Food

Parliamentary Activity - Hemp has been used as a source of food and fibre from the beginning of human history, but that currently Australia and New Zealand are the only countries in the World maintaining a ban on low-THC hemp as a food product.

Andrea Dawkins - 2 Jun 2016

State Budget 2016: No Additional Funding for Health

Parliamentary Activity - The Minister for Health, Minister Ferguson, made what can only be construed as some misleading statements in the House yesterday about the question I asked him in question time.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

Hidding Won't Commit to Keeping Our Young People Safe

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 1 June 2016Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for POLICE, FIRE and EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, Mr HIDDING[10.35]

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Health a Priority Over Fictional Surplus

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Liberal and Labor parties to support sensible Greens’ policy that prioritises the long term wellbeing of Tasmanians over a fictional budget surplus.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

Greens Deliver for Northern Tasmania

Media Release - Budgets are about values and priorities. Liberal backbencher Sarah Courtney MP's claims that Greens have forgotten northern Tasmania in our Alternative Budget is rubbish.

Andrea Dawkins - 1 Jun 2016

Liberals' Blind Refusal to Protect Young People

Media Release - The Police Minister, Rene Hidding, today refused out of hand to consider pill testing measures at festivals as a way of protecting young people from harm, despite support from the Police Association.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget Invests in Preventative Health

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens today announced we make a significant contribution to improving the health of Tasmanians by increasing the Health budget by $139.3M over four years.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2016

$18M Cut Hidden in Health Budget

Media Release - Tasmanian hospitals will receive an $18.5M cut in 2016/17. Health Minister Michael Ferguson's only response was to accuse the Greens of lying when he was confronted with this in Parliament today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2016

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

Media Release - The Greens believe governments should have a vision for the future that extends beyond the next election.   We recognise that genuine planning for the 21st century requires a long term vision and the courage to make bold decisions to drive...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Health System Gutted of Funding

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 31 May 2016Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for HEALTH, Mr FERGUSON[10.28 a.m.]In the policy and parameter statements in budget paper 1 for this year, 2015-16, there is a policy item -Members interjecting.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Ferguson Pushing Health System to Brink of Collapse

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 31 May 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes the Minister for Health, Hon Minister Ferguson MP’s promise to fix the broken health system so that Tasmanians can have access to the best quality health...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Dishonest Liberal Government Budget Lacks Vision and Courage

Parliamentary Activity - The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2016/17 Budget lacks courage and a vision for the future.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 May 2016

Call for Liberal Government Not to Rule Out Additional Palliative Care Facility in the North

Parliamentary Activity - After the closure of Philip Oakden House in 2007, Launceston has been without a dedicated, standalone hospice facility.

Andrea Dawkins - 26 May 2016

No Commitment from Health Minister to Tasmanian Sex Workers

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 25 May 2016Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for HEALTH, Mr FERGUSON [10.35 a.m.]

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 May 2016

Ferguson Leaves Sex Workers Without Health and Safety Support

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes the only targeted sex worker education program in Tasmania will close on the 30 June 2016, as a result of the decision of the Minister for Health, Hon Michael Ferguson MP to...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 May 2016

Ferguson Hiding on Scarlet Alliance Funding

Media Release - The Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson, today claimed it was a Departmental decision to cut funding to Scarlet Alliance, and denied he had anything to do with it or there was any ideology involved.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 May 2016

Cut to Scarlet Alliance a National Shame

Media Release - The Health Minister's decision to cut government funding to the Tasmanian Sex Worker Project is at odds with preventive health policy.  

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 May 2016

Government Action Needed on Young Smokers

Media Release - Evidence smoking rates in young Tasmanians have risen by 6.7% in the last 3 years is very concerning.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 May 2016

Health Pincer Movement Cuts Funding

Media Release - Tasmania's hopes of extra health funding to make up for what we lost under Prime Minister Abbott haven't been realised. When it comes to the health spend in the Federal Budget we've been done over badly.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Crisis Ignored

Parliamentary Activity - Despite biodiversity’s immense value, Tasmania’s natural heritage continues to be eroded at an alarming rate by population growth, climate change, ocean acidification, land clearing and invasive species.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Tasmania's Health Funding Chronically Ailing

Parliamentary Activity - While the Federal Liberal Government chose to prioritise millions of dollars for roadworks and tax cuts for businesses, Tasmania's needs to attract extra health funding hasn't been realised in the Federal Budget and that this state...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 May 2016

Federal Budget Duds Tasmanians

Media Release - The first Turnbull Budget has left the vast majority of Tasmanians out in the cold.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2016

Liberals at Odds With Reality on Medicinal Cannabis Use

Parliamentary Activity - Over the next 12 months, what protection are you giving to those same Tasmanians who are currently breaking the law and to the police officers who are being asked to turn a blind eye?

Andrea Dawkins - 28 Apr 2016

Old Parties Deny Tasmanians Opportunity for Best Practice Water Management

Media Release - Despite clear evidence that water governance in Tasmania is fragmented in an age of accelerating climate change, both Liberal and Labor parties have refused to support a Greens' move to establish a Parliamentary inquiry into water...

Andrea Dawkins - 27 Apr 2016

Health Minister Confirms Rural Health Outreach Funding to End in June

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for HEALTH, Mr FERGUSON

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Apr 2016

Call for Separate Executive Director in Allied Health

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 27 April 2016NOTICE OF MOTIONRosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Apr 2016

Liberal Member for Braddon Shows Ignorance on Forestry Burns

Parliamentary Activity - Motion criticising Liberal Member for Braddon, Mrs Joan Rylah MP, for misleading comments on Greens' fuel reduction burns policy and calling on the Government to properly fund fuel reduction burns in the TWHHA.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Apr 2016

Allied Health Loss for Tasman, Dover and East Coast

Media Release - Several regional Tasmanian communities are set to lose Allied Health services from July 1, as the Federal Liberal government continues to cut to its health budget.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Apr 2016

Change of Heart on Medicinal Cannabis Welcome

Media Release - The Premier's announcement that Tasmania will follow in the footsteps of New South Wales and Victoria and legalise access to medicinal cannabis is long awaited and very welcome.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Apr 2016

Liberal Gouging Responsible for Tassie's Health Mess

Media Release - The combined effect of the Federal and State Liberal governments has meant a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars from Tasmania's health system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Apr 2016

Hodgman Should Follow Andrews on Medicinal Cannabis Now

Media Release - The Victorian government have shown us what true leadership looks like when it comes to medicinal cannabis.

Andrea Dawkins - 13 Apr 2016

Hodgman COAG April Fool

Parliamentary Activity - WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL 2016Cassy O'Connor On tomorrow to move —That the House:—(1)           Notes the Council of Australian Government's meeting held in Canberra on 1 April 2016 - April Fool's Day.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Apr 2016

Health "Fix" Meaningless without Money

Media Release - Staff in the public health system are unlikely to be satisfied with Minister Ferguson’s announcement of his planned “fix” for our broken health system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Apr 2016

COAG Let Down for Tasmania

Media Release - Tasmania has been seriously let down at COAG by both the Prime Minister and Premier Hodgman, despite his empty promise not to accept any deal that would see Tasmania worse off.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Apr 2016

Stop Shifting Health Blame, Just Fix It, Minister

Media Release - The events of the last couple of days in our hospitals are inexcusable and they shame us all. We should not have to hear another traumatic story before it's fixed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Mar 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Media Release - Madam Speaker, I have read a fair portion of the histories, including Professor Henry Reynolds’ landmark work, ‘The Fate of a Free People’, and recognise that a systemic erasure of Aboriginal Tasmanians in the birth records took place.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Mar 2016

$27M Bandaid for Health

Media Release - The government's plan to shift over $27M from the Consolidated Fund into health is clear evidence of a system that needs more support than it's getting.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Mar 2016

A Healthy Mess

Parliamentary Activity - The fact that a 95 year old woman forced to lie on an Emergency Department floor without a bed for hours is tangible evidence of the terrible state of Tasmania’s public health system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Mar 2016

Federal Medical Cannabis Bill Very Welcome

Media Release - The tabling of the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill in federal parliament today means Tasmania is one step closer to being able to lawfully cultivate medical cannabis for therapeutic use.

Andrea Dawkins - 10 Feb 2016

It is Time to Recall Parliament

Media Release - We are in the midst of an energy crisis, our health system is a mess and our wilderness continues to burn. The Premier should recall Parliament to enable informed debate about these matters of importance to Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Feb 2016

Hospitals Need Staff, Not Just New Theatres

Media Release - The wait time in emergency and for elective surgery in our hospitals is skyrocketing and Minister Ferguson can only fix it by putting on more doctors and nurses.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 Jan 2016

Liberals Fail National Hospital Report Card

Media Release - The AMA Public Hospital Report Card is a shocking record of the Hodgman government’s mismanagement of our hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Jan 2016

Greens Welcome Medical Cannabis MoU

Media Release - The Greens welcome the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Tasmanian and New South Wales governments. It's about time.

Andrea Dawkins - 10 Dec 2015

Tasmania Report Presents Multiple Challenges for the State

Media Release - The TCCI 'Tasmania Report 2015' is a welcome, evidence-based contribution to the debate about how we, as a state, improve our economic self sufficiency, effectively invest in the education of young Tasmanians and encourage a culture of...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Dec 2015

No Room for Cuts in Health

Media Release - The Minister’s axing of 80 full-time positions in the health service is completely unexpected and raises grave concerns about the impact on patients' health.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 Dec 2015

Smoke and Mirrors in Our Hospitals

Media Release - The government’s proposal to limit nursing shifts to a maximum of 12 hours, except in exceptional circumstances, will do nothing to improve the amount of double-shifts being worked around the state.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Nov 2015

Explanation of $100K THS Recruitment Bill Needed

Media Release - The THS has had an interim CEO in place for more than four months, and the recruitment process for the permanent CEO is still not finalised. The government needs to tell us what's taking so long and why it's cost so much.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Nov 2015

Health System Needs More Beds

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokespersonLaunceston General Hospital patients are once more feeling the brunt of the government's health cuts.Elective surgery waiting times at the LGH have increased by nearly 50% since the Liberal...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Sep 2015

Appointments Needed in Health

Media Release - Concerns raised by the AMA’s Dr Tim Greenaway about key health leadership positions need to be addressed by Minister Ferguson as soon as possible.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Sep 2015

Sound Proofing Needed for Theatre Success

Media Release - Construction of a helipad on the roof of the Royal Hobart Hospital and its potential lifesaving capacity is wholeheartedly welcomed by the Greens.

Andrea Dawkins - 26 Aug 2015

Concessions for Lifesaving Equipment

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Speaker, I want to raise an issue of concern to all Tasmanians who rely on concessions to be able to affordably use lifesaving equipment.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Aug 2015

LGH Woes a Symptom of Health System in Crisis

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokespersonThe Health Minister needs to take personal responsibility for the enormous and unsustainable pressure being felt by both the Royal Hobart and the Launceston General Hospitals. It is clear...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 Aug 2015

Rosalie Woodruff MP Inaugural Speech

Parliamentary Activity - In her remarks on the first sitting day, Madam Speaker identified the challenges for women breaking through the glass ceiling, and I am proud to be the first woman to represent the Greens in the seat of Franklin. I note with pride that the...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Aug 2015

Gutwein: Invest in Tasmanians

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Treasurer Gutwein to invest in the Tasmanian community, rather than counting his millions in the Treasury vault and dreaming of a spending splurge in the lead up to the next state election

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Aug 2015

Rosalie Woodruff New Greens Member for Franklin

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens Party Room is delighted at news late today that Dr Rosalie Woodruff has been elected on countback to fill Senator-designate, Nick McKim’s seat in Franklin.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Aug 2015

Expensive Advertising Comes at the Cost of Public Health

Media Release - Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, cannot possibly justify spending taxpayer dollars on an advertising campaign for his as-yet-unrealised, unfunded health reform White Paper.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Jun 2015

Health Reform Direction Sound but Where are the Dollars?

Media Release - The Health Minister is to be commended for the content and direction of his health reform White Paper, but if he thinks it can be delivered without significantly increased funding, he's dreaming.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Jun 2015

Water Quality

Parliamentary Activity - NOTICE OF MOTIONWednesday, 17 JUNE 2015Andrea Dawkins MP on tomorrow to move -That this House:

- 17 Jun 2015

Government Inaction on Medical Cannabis

Media Release - Police Minister Rene Hidding has admitted that the Government has rejected key recommendations from the parliamentary Committee report into medicinal cannabis.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Jun 2015

Budget Reply Speech

Parliamentary Activity - [11.57 a.m.]Ms O'CONNOR (Denison) - 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Jun 2015

Liberals Wash Hands of Responsibility for Water and Sewerage Infrastructure

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Local Government spokesperson With not one of TasWater's 80 treatment plants meeting modern standards and communities across Tasmania facing contaminated water supplies, the Hodgman Government seems to be walking...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Jun 2015

Water Quality in Towns

Parliamentary Activity - 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Jun 2015

Adolescent and Youth Mental Health Services

Parliamentary Activity - 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 poo

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Jun 2015

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Remains Critically Under Resourced

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Health spokesperson Tasmania's youth mental health services remain the most poorly resourced in the country, despite the extra funding allocated to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in this year's State...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Jun 2015

Liberal Budget Repackages Old Money for Disadvantaged Tasmanians

Media Release - The Hodgman Liberal Government is trying to deceive disadvantaged Tasmanians into believing there’s something of substance for them in this year’s State Budget.  There isn’t.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2015

Liberal Bandaid for North-West Health

Media Release - Health Minister Michael Ferguson was unable to tell us today whether the Commonwealth funding for the Mersey Hospital was a political bandaid designed to get the Federal Liberals past the next election, or just poor negotiation on his part...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 May 2015

Federal Budget - Health

Media Release - Last night’s Federal Budget has failed Tasmania’s health system by locking in savage funding cuts which will compromise the success of much needed structural reforms.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 May 2015

Elective Surgery Waiting Lists at the RHH

Media Release - One year into the job and Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has presided over a massive blowout in the elective surgery waiting list at the Royal Hobart Hospital, despite his over-promising rhetoric that he will ‘fix’ elective surgery.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Apr 2015

National Ice Taskforce

Media Release - The Prime Minister’s announcement of a specialised national Taskforce to tackle the scourge of the drug ice in our communities is an important step towards forcing action on the issue from the Tasmanian Government, Greens’ Health...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Apr 2015

Health Minister Missing in Action

Media Release - In Parliament today, Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, could not point to a single concrete action he or the government have taken to address the escalating issue of crystal methamphetamine, or Ice, use in our communities.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Mar 2015

Strategy Needed to Tackle Ice

Media Release - In Question Time today Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, could not point to a single concrete action he or his Department have taken to reduce the harms caused by the growing use of Crystal Methamphetamine, or Ice, in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Mar 2015

Paramedics Left Out Despite TIC Determination

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens welcome the government’s decision to accept the Tasmanian Industrial Commission’s (TIC) determination on doctors’ salaries as a step towards ensuring Tasmania is able to attract and retain quality doctors and surgeons...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Feb 2015

Ferguson All Talk and No Action

Media Release - Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has so far done a lot of talking about health reform, lowering elective surgery waiting lists and delivering a modern Royal Hobart Hospital.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Jan 2015

Release Hospital Treasury Advice

Media Release - The Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has an obligation to release Treasury's analysis of the proposed Cenotaph hospital in light of his decision to reject a new hospital for Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Dec 2014

Greenfields RHH Hospital

Media Release - It is unfortunate that at a time when first the Greens, and now Labor, are coming on board giving in-principle support to the new greensfields hospital proposal, the Health Minister is indulging in petty politics.

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Straight Answers Needed on Oatlands Hospital

Media Release - The Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, will fail to convince the community of Oatlands and its environs that their Multi Purpose Health Centre is safe, given his ongoing obfuscation when questioned about future cuts to services.

Kim Booth - 30 Oct 2014

No Formal Poppy Advice

Media Release - The Minister for Primary Industries, Jeremy Rockliff, has been exposed as misleading the public over extent of poppy industry concerns about a medicinal cannabis trial and potential industry in Tasmania,

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Aug 2014

Medicinal Cannabis Inquiry Submissions Due

Media Release - Tasmanians are being urged to get behind the growing momentum for medicinal cannabis, and to lodge a submission with the Legislative Council Parliamentary Committee Inquiry which closes tomorrow.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Aug 2014

THO Reform

Media Release - The Hodgman Liberal government must guarantee that any reduction in the current three Tasmanian health Organisations (THOs) to one, must be based on good public policy and improved health outcomes, and also guarantee that local autonomy...

Kim Booth - 8 Jul 2014

Federal GP co-payments

Media Release - The silence from the Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, over the Abbot government’s planned $7 GP co-payment will dismay many Tasmanians, particularly those on low incomes who will be hit hard by this Federal Budget measure.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 May 2014

Take Responsibility for Health

Media Release - Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, is creating uncertainty and fear within his Department and further damaging morale as Health faces tens of millions in lost Commonwealth funding.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 May 2014