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Old Parties Deny Tasmanians Opportunity for Best Practice Water Management

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokesperson

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 management in Tasmania.

Water is the most precious and vital resource to the Tasmanian people, to farmers, businesses and government business enterprises that need water to generate and sell power.

Inquiry Would Help Fix Water Problems

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokesperson

After our long, dry summer it's clear that water management in Tasmania needs addressing, and it needs addressing now.

This week in parliament, the Greens will be moving to establish a Joint Select Committee on water governance in Tasmania.

Our water bodies have been placed in a difficult situation by local councils and the state government and an inquiry into water governance would be a good opportunity for them to outline their challenges.

Change of Heart on Medicinal Cannabis Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

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.

Tasmanians suffering from chronic diseases, epilepsy and a range of debilitating conditions, will be breathing a sigh of relief today.

Hopefully soon they will no longer fear arrest for using this medicine, while others who would like to use it will be able to for the first time legally.

Hodgman Should Follow Andrews on Medicinal Cannabis Now

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

The Victorian government have shown us what true leadership looks like when it comes to medicinal cannabis. Premier Hodgman could learn a lot from Premier Andrews' compassionate and swift action.

Premier Hodgman should be doing everything he can to follow in his Victorian counterpart's footsteps. It's the compassionate and commonsense approach, and the Premier must stand up to his Cabinet and party colleagues and do the right thing.

Greens Table Bill to Ban Battery Hens

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

The Greens tabled a bill to ban battery hen farming in Tasmania in Parliament today. Our Bill reflects community expectations of modern farming practices.

In 2008, more than 23,000 Tasmanians signed a petition to call for an end to battery hen farming. The Greens' Bill is testament to the will of a great number of Tasmanians who understand the harrowing reality of battery hen farms.

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