Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, today I wish to speak about an inspirational, innovative and community-focused organisation in Launceston, the Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust. Founded in 1992, the Trust was named after the late Dr Clifford Craig, a distinguished surgeon, administrator, radiologist and medical historian. Dr Craig was a revered and outstanding contributor to the Launceston General Hospital during his 40 years there. He started there in 1926 as Surgeon Superintendent, was an Honorary Surgeon from 1931-41 and Surgeon Superintendent from 1941-1949. Dr Craig became Director of Surgery in 1949 and served in that role for two years but had to retire from that role fo

Food Amendment Bill No. 51 of 2015 - Second Reading

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, on the face of it, it does seem confusing - and I have spoken to councils as well - as has been mentioned by the member for Windermere, whether it simply relates to the food licence or whether it relates to where people can actually set up. This is a question I do have for the Leader. One of the councils I spoke to said they had been contacted regarding this bill. While they did not express any concern, they actually did have some concern. Their concern was with regard to the continuing need for compliance and regulation checks, and the fact that they may not be getting the money in for the licence but they will be required to do the compliance check

Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Planning Scheme) Bill No. 45 of 2015 - Second R

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, put simply, this is enabling legislation which does not contain the contents of the scheme itself. It is, first and foremost, a framework bill. It is what comes next which will be the most important. This is about a single planning scheme for Tasmania. It is not unfettered access. It is about common provision, and common understanding, across municipal boundaries. Many amendments have been proposed. The one raised with me the most was to do with the 21 days. As for the timeframe for permitted use, 21 days should be returned to 28 days. I will support the amendment coming up to take it back to 21 days. It was previously 42 days, and was reduced to 28.

Consideration and Noting - TasWater Annual Report 2014-15

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr Deputy President, I also thank the member for Apsley for bringing this forward. It is always interesting to discuss TasWater and their report. I attended their briefing yesterday, which I found quite enlightening. Mike Brewster was very good, as were the other people there. They were quite willing to answer questions and quite enlightening with some of the answers I received. I start by congratulating TasWater for delivering an after-tax profit of $33.2 million this financial year, an increase of $5 million from the previous year. I also congratulate Taswater in putting so much time and money into its zero harm policy to keep its workers safe from injury.

Northern Tasmanian Junior Football Association

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I speak today about an organisation which has served its community with great distinction for the past 40 years. The Northern Tasmanian Junior Football Association was formed by a group of Mums and Dads in 1975 to give local children a chance to take their footy from the backyard into a more competitive environment. 40 years on, that move has been a huge success. Association life member, Colin Targett says there were about 400 children playing in the competition in 1975. There were Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 divisions. The clubs taking part at the start of the NTJFA were Longford, Deloraine, George Town, South Launceston, Launceston and East Lau

Criminal Code Amendment (Second Or Subsequent Appeal for Fresh and Compelling Evidence) Bill No. 42

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I also thank the Leader for all the briefings we had. They were very informative and very helpful, particularly for a layperson such as myself. You have a bit of an understanding of the law but not to the depth that is required. As we say, how many people are wrongly convicted and is there a more tragic story than someone who is innocent going to prison? That is why The Shawshank Redemption is one of the most loved movies of our time. Back in March 2014, I do not know how many people here would remember the story of Glenn Ford, a Louisiana man who was convicted and spent 30 years on death row, only to be exonerated. The comment he made when he w

Industrial Hemp Bill No. 47 of 2015 - Second Reading Speech

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I agree with the comments of the member for Rosevears. It is very important that we move as quickly as we can. It is a good idea to read the TFGA article of 20 September 2015 - Hemp Hopes Grow Brighter. We are edging closer to a viable industrial hemp industry in Tasmania with Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff this week tabling legislation that sets out the parameters within which farmers can grow this crop with more certainty in the future. Of particular joy to us is that hemp growers will have to deal with only one government department, the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, rather than Health and Human Servi

Unclaimed Money Bill No. 39 of 2015 - Second Reading Speech

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I too support the bill before us. I also support the call by the member for Elwick. It is a bit like superannuation - you can go online and put in your tax file number and find lost superannuation fairly easily. It is important that people can find unclaimed money. I believe the member for Rumney mentioned something to do with banks, and I guess it is not just banks but other businesses whose head offices are on the mainland. I am assuming that after two years the money that has gone to the mainland will come back to the state? Dr Goodwin (Leader of Government) This is a change. We are not picking up the mainland businesses now. Mrs Armitage (Launces

Motion: Container Deposit System - Introduction

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, almost four years ago I spoke in this Chamber on this very issue. At that time I said I supported Tasmania pursuing a container deposit scheme. I also commended the member for Western Tiers for the motion before us then and I commend him again now for the one he has presented today. My views on container deposit schemes remain unchanged and I believe we should start the conversation about what work is needed to make a container deposit scheme work in Tasmania. Container deposit schemes seem to have been well and truly embraced in South Australia, commencing in 1977, and the Northern Territory which commences in 2012, plus New South Wales has now anno

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