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Water Infrastructure News Welcome

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokesperson    

The Greens welcome the news TasWater have committed to fixing the water supply to all 24 towns currently on "do not consume" and "boil water" alerts within two years. It is the core business of water corporations to deliver safe drinking water to the people.

Tasmanians need to be able to turn on the tap and know the water coming out is safe to drink.

For residents of towns, like Pioneer and Avoca, who have been dogged with water quality issues for years, this will come as a great relief.

Routine Elective Surgery Funds Going To Interstate Hospitals

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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

Instead of investing funds into Tasmanian public hospitals, Minister Ferguson has been paying private hospitals in Tasmania and interstate to conduct routine surgeries.

Ignoring Launceston's Infrastructure Stinks

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass

Launceston’s aging infrastructure has been abandoned by another Treasurer. Bass' own Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, has ignored Launceston in the State Budget.

A further $650M is being spent on roads and replacing the Spirits of Tasmania, but there's no money in the Budget for Launceston’s aging sewerage infrastructure.

If Treasurer Gutwein had taken a walk around Bass in January, he would've seen and smelled the sewage on the streets. It's a serious public health issue that needs fixing now.

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.

$27M Bandaid for Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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.

The shocking image of a 95 year old woman lying on the floor of emergency for hours, skyrocketing elective surgery waiting lists and nurses working double shifts, show just how chronically underfunded the health system is.

No Room for Cuts in Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson 

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.

If this just about reducing duplication in the system, then the Minister should guarantee that money from these cuts will be transferred into employing more frontline health staff. Otherwise, it’s just cutting government services to satisfy the Treasurer’s push for small government.


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