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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.

Gutwein Washes Hands of Water Issues

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokesperson

Local Government Minister, Peter Gutwein has passed the buck on our aging water and sewerage infrastructure to councils, and in the same breath told them they shouldn't raise rates to pay for it.

TasWater made it very clear Tasmania’s ailing water and sewerage infrastructure is everyone's problem. Instead of taking some responsibility, Minister Gutwein has handballed it to local councils.

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.

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