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Ferguson Abandons ‘Best Health’ Election Commitment

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

During today's Budget Estimates hearings, Minister Ferguson refused to commit to continuing with the Liberals’ centrepiece election promise to make Tasmania the ‘Healthiest State’ by 2025.

The “Plan to build a Healthy Tasmania” policy has even dropped off the Liberals’ website, and its list of policies. All the others remain, with one glaring omission - their election promise on preventative health. 

Clearly preventative health is no longer a core focus of Minister Ferguson and the Hodgman Government.

Tasmanian Health Forgotten in Federal Budget

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

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.

Provision for Tasmania’s hospitals has gone backwards. Funding to address elective surgery waiting lists and for clinical redesign, to enable the State’s hospitals to treat more patients, both end on 1 July.

Pill Testing Could Save Tasmanian Lives

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Police spokesperson

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.

Last week, 12 young people were hospitalised and one died on the Gold Coast after consuming a drug they thought was ecstasy.  Queensland Police confirmed the synthetic drug cocktail they took was nothing like ecstasy.

Business Over Health, Ferguson Must Resign as Minister

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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.

Tasmanians don't need a Health Minister more concerned about business interests than the health of Tasmanians. Smoking kills at least half the people who take it up. More than 500 Tasmanians die each year from smoking-related illnesses.

Ideology in the Way of Preventative Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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

The Health Minister told the Estimates Committee today that value for money and targeting vulnerable people were the basis for determining whether preventative health services were funded.

Clearly the Minister doesn't regard sex workers or young festival goers who experiment with drugs as vulnerable people deserving protection.

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