Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, I commend the honourable member for Rosevears because it is well worthwhile and we are looking forward to having a northern hospice. I am speaking today about a thing called MOPS, and it is not the one that you clean the floor with; it means Mothers of Pre Schoolers, Tasmania. There are many groups that have now started, particularly in the northern area, and I am sure all around the state. MOPS is a unique organisation that began in 1973 in Colorado. It was started by just eight mums who were looking for some common ground and a support group that provided for mums as well as their kids. All too often, we provide support for the children but not f


Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, I thank the leader for the briefings this morning. I now have a much better understanding of the bill. I will start with the word 'discrimination'. This word is bandied around so much, particularly with regard to this bill. Only yesterday we wasted one whole sitting day - we went through briefings, and second reading speeches and we were told we would stay until the bill was finished, to then have it pulled. Obviously the government felt it was not going the way they wanted. This is not democracy. Democracy is putting up your argument and accepting the umpire's decision. This was not being prepared to accept the umpire's decision - the packing up a


Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, I thank the honourable member for Elwick because she has summed it up very well. I also thank the leader for the briefing we had this morning. It cleared up many things in my mind. Seeing some of the amendments that we have, it certainly provided some comfort to me on some of the issues I have with the bill. I support most of this bill and while I accept we must always retain freedom of speech, I do not think anyone deserves to be bullied, abused, intimidated, insulted, humiliated or offended either physically or mentally. Unfortunately bullying, and particularly cyber bullying, has become much more widespread over recent times. We are becoming an


Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, I appreciated the briefings we had this morning; they cleared up many misunderstandings that I had with the bill. I believe the bill is an improvement and allows much more flexibility, particularly in the areas of community service, making it much broader. I go along the lines of the member for Rosevears. I particularly like the new section 6A regarding activities that may be performed as a community service, which enable young people to be involved in a range of programs that can include education and training. This is important, as some young people may never have the opportunity to get out and engage in these activities. I have no doubt that on


Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Most of what I was going to say has been said, so it will shorten my contribution. The member for Huon said it all very well. I will support the bill. I will not go into a lot of what has already been covered, but I agree with lifting the threshold of the payroll tax. It will assist many smaller businesses and I see that as a good thing. I want to comment on the first home buyers grant. It is something I have a particular interest in, having been in real estate, and I am hearing all the time that it inflates the price of houses. Having been on the ground, I agree with the member for Huon that that simply is not true. It helps a young couple that may not have the

MOTION: Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013 - Refer to Committee

Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, I was told recently by a medical practitioner that this bill is seeking a solution to a problem that does not exist. If this bill were to come before us in its current form I would oppose it. I would not vote for it. However, we have heard a lot of evidence today and it needs to be under oath and it needs to be on the record. I agree with the honourable member for Murchison this is not about whether we agree with abortion or whether we do not. Abortion is legal in Tasmania. You do not need a referral to go to an abortion clinic. I looked up on the internet 'abortion' and I found that if I was pregnant I could go to several abortion clinics, 24-hour


Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, this is an excellent report. It is great to see the Auditor-General looking at hospital bed management because one of the things we need to do is keep people out of hospital beds if we can. One relevant area is Hospital in the Home. This became an issue probably 18 months ago when the government had some severe cuts they needed to make in health, and Hospital in the Home was one of the areas that unfortunately was cut at the Launceston General Hospital. It is interesting to read the comments of the Auditor-General regarding Hospital in the Home. It says: Hospital in the home (HITH) programs can provide treatments by a range of health care professi



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