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COVID-19 Testing For Essential Workers
Type of vote: Motion (Amendment)
Moved by: Liberals
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
|Greens, Liberals, Ogilvie||Labor|
An Amendment was proposed by the Premier to leave out paragraph (6) and insert instead:
“(6) Acknowledges that the Government follows Public Health advice and will be further strengthening measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19 importation, by introducing from 31 August the following for all persons arriving in Tasmania: a clinical health assessment (health screening questions, temperature check); and if assessed as symptomatic, a COVID-19 test will be undertaken and the person will be held in quarantine until the result of the test is known. Arrangements are already in place for any essential traveller that presents with symptoms to be tested and placed into quarantine.”
A Motion being made and the Question being proposed – That the House:—
(1) Notes that not all 'essential workers' exempt from quarantine are required to have a Covid-19 test on arrival in Tasmania.
(2) Understands that 'essential workers' who are required to have a test do not have to quarantine until they get a result which means they are allowed on the worksite when they could be Covid-19 positive.
(3) Agrees that a thorough assessment of the local labour market needs to be undertaken before any interstate workers are given permission to come to Tasmania to ensure that Tasmanians are given the first chance to pick up work in our State.
(4) Acknowledges the sacrifices made by the Tasmanian community throughout the Covid-19 crisis and the importance of making sure we continue to look after the health of our community and our economy.
(5) Recognises the significant consequences the Tasmanian community would experience if there was another Covid-19 outbreak in our State.
(6) Calls on the Government to immediately introduce mandatory testing for all 'essential workers' coming to the State who are exempt from quarantine and require all 'essential workers' to quarantine until a test result is known.