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Forestry Burns Threaten Public Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson 

Over the weekend in communities across the State, and specifically at New Norfolk, Judbury, Cygnet and Huonville, residents were subjected to thick choking smoke from Forestry Tasmania burns.

This is a serious health concern, as particulate pollution is a known risk to people with respiratory and cardiac conditions, elderly people and children.

Courtney’s Water Fail

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson 

Tasmania’s ailing water and sewerage infrastructure needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. The Liberals’ reckless and politicised handling of the matter, however, is almost beyond belief.

Sarah Courtney’s wild claims about household water and sewerage bills, and TasWater itself, don’t seem to be based on anything grounded in fact.

Miles Hampton, Chair of TasWater, has made it clear Ms Courtney’s claims are very questionable.

TasWater Confirms Liberal Water Politicking

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

Today's comments from TasWater confirm the Liberals' cynical politicking on the State's water and sewerage infrastructure.

Until last week, Peter Gutwein dismissed any issues raised over the provision of water and sewerage services as Local Government's problem. 

These issues clearly weren't even raised by the Minister until the Liberals' political stunt last week.

To construct a so-called "emergency" is irresponsible.

Liberals' Water and Sewerage Petition Sham

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

The Liberals' petition "to councils" on the State's water and sewerage infrastructure, launched yesterday, is a sham.

The Liberal Party's petition is nothing more than a political stunt, which won't do a thing resolve Tasmania's decades-long water issues.  TasWater have begun addressing the State's boil water alerts, the only parties yet do a thing are the State and Federal Liberal Governments.

Water and Sewerage Mess Needs Action, Not Blame-Shifting

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

Tasmanians have every reason to feel disappointed with the Local Government Minister's nothing-announcement that he plans to meet with councils over ongoing water and sewerage issues later this week.

The State's ailing water and sewerage infrastructure needs real action and leadership to clean up the mess, not just talk and blame-shifting.  

Liberals Need to Invest $150M Windfall Gain in Launceston Infrastructure

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Member for Bass

Instead of taking credit for the State and the nation's ongoing recovery from the GFC, the Hodgman Government needs to commit to the people of Launceston that it will invest a significant part of its $150 million windfall gain into the city's ancient and ailing water and sewerage infrastructure.

Auditor-General Report Confirms Need for State Funds for Launceston Sewerage Works

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

The Auditor-General's Report into Local Government Authorities and TasWater released today confirms TasWater's financial situation, and their inability pay for infrastructure upgrades on their own.

While TasWater aren't in financial dire straits, they're not able to foot the bill to upgrade Launceston's ailing water and sewerage infrastructure, in the order of hundreds of millions, by themselves.  It's time the Liberals chipped in for the project, critical to Northern Tasmania.

Ferguson Left Hospitals Under-Resourced, Running on Empty

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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.

Minister Ferguson ignored nurses, doctors, infectious disease specialists and health economists' warnings about the flu season and winter rush.  The state's hospitals are running on empty and he's claiming that's business as usual.

On-Island Shellfish Testing Needed

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

Since 2012, the State's shellfish industries have been plagued with paralytic shellfish toxin, resulting in 50 Tasmanian farms being closed this year.

For many oyster growers, this is on top of last Summer's crippling POMS outbreak.

Currently, interstate testing delays mean shellfish are being shipped and served before health notifications are received.

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