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Elective Surgery Fail A Terrible Record For Health Minister

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Health spokesperson

The Royal Hobart Hospital's record for providing elective surgery for people who urgently need it is the worst in the country, according to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data. Health Minister Michael Ferguson has long-praised his achievements in dealing with the elective surgery waiting list, but it seems his best effort is a miserable one.

Basslink Report Shows Public Ownership Needed

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Energy spokesperson

News today confirms that the Basslink failure was due to Basslink Pty Ltd operating the cable above safe use thresholds.

This adds weight to the case for public ownership of the asset.

Private ownership of the cable has meant it has taken two years for the public to find out what caused the failure. We cannot afford to be left in the dark over crucial matters of energy security again.

Liberals’ Plan to Expand Salmon Industry at Expense of Community and Environment

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Marine Environment spokesperson

The Liberals’ final Salmon Growth Plan released today is a sham, written by industry for industry. It is an audacious carve up of the Tasmanian marine environment, and provides corporate ownership without a formal legal process for the public and other stakeholders to argue their case.

The marine farming planning process in Tasmania is fundamentally flawed. Industry writes the rules and the Marine Farming Development Plans. Now we can add the State Wide Growth Plan to the list. 

Labor Refuses to Rule Out Privatising TasNetworks

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Energy spokesperson

This morning on ABC Radio, Labor’s Michelle O’Byrne refused to take the sale of TasNetworks ‘off the table’, in a short-sighted attempt to fund possible election commitments.

Electricity is an essential service. The Tasmanian Government has an obligation to provide the infrastructure needed to deliver that electricity at the lowest possible cost.

Environment or Economic Protection Agency Overseeing Macquarie Harbour?

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Marine Environment spokesperson

The context of the EPA’s meeting to discuss “contingency planning for mass mortalities” in Macquarie Harbour is all wrong.

The EPA have acknowledged the harbour’s severely low oxygen levels are worse than last year, and as harbour waters continue to warm and higher numbers of diseased fish present, we desperately need an environmentally-focussed plan for the marine mass-mortality. By every measure, Macquarie Harbour has been stocked well past its limit.

Tasmania Lagging on Emergency Department Wait Times Under Liberals

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Health spokesperson

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released today on emergency department care showed Tasmania’s two main hospitals are performing poorly compared to mainland hospitals.

At both hospitals, most patients are in the urgent and semi-urgent categories. In 2016-17, only 46% of urgent patients, and 57% of semi-urgent patients were seen within the clinically-recommended time at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Basslink should be publicly owned

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

Now is the time for the state and federal governments to commence negotiations with Keppel Holding Trust to buy the Basslink cable and take control over this essential power asset.

Keppel have announced they are seeking expressions of interest for ownership of the cable, following reports they are struggling to meet lending obligations.

Basslink 2.0 Business Case $20M Madness

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson 

The Liberals should be spending $20 million on real action to create energy security, instead of a wasteful, politically-driven business case for a second Basslink interconnector. This money could build more renewable capacity now, and help pay Tasmanians a fair price for their rooftop solar.

The Commonwealth report into the feasibility of a second Basslink, published earlier this year, was adamant it would be a lame duck project.  

COAG Must Consider Public Ownership of Basslink

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson 

As State, Territory and Federal Ministers for Energy converge on Hobart tomorrow, Minister Barnett should formally open a conversation about nationalising the Basslink cable.

The functioning of the Basslink underwater cable is critical for Tasmania’s energy security. Basslink’s role in balancing the national electricity grid is also now being intensively investigated by Hydro and the Federal Government.

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