Jean Hearn - Tribute

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I speak today about a wonderful Launceston community leader, Jean Hearn. Jean was a Tasmanian Labor senator from 1980 to 1985. For decades she has been a tireless worker for her community in a variety of roles - in the Senate, the Labor Party and her local community. These include being a pioneer of Tasmania's Steiner educational movement, a member of the state council of the Family Planning Association of Tasmania, President of the Launceston Family Day Care Association and Vice President of the Mayfield Youth Sports Scheme. At 95 years old, Jean Hearn is a greatly respected community leader in Launceston and Tasmania and was state finalist for

Noting of Budget Papers

Mrs ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Madam Acting President, I begin by congratulating the Hodgman Government for achieving a $77 million budget surplus. This is the first time in seven years there has been a surplus, and the achievement occurs three years ahead of schedule. While there are no new taxes, the Government has deferred reductions to motor tax and duty on compulsory third-party premiums. However this relief will not come into effect until the state coffers are in a stronger financial position. As I have said previously, the Government has had a difficult task to turn our states finances around. That work will continue over the next few years. I commend the Treasurer and the Governmen

Motion: Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Act - Disallowance of Pay Increase

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, while I accept the decision to award a 10.5 per cent pay increase has been made by the independent arbiter, on 24 June 2015 in this House I stated it was absolutely appropriate for the Industrial Commission to determine wages as it was imperative Tasmanian politicians are not those deciding what they are paid. I still believe this; rightly or wrongly, I feel that by not supporting the motion before us, I would be voting myself a pay increase of 10.5 per cent. I am not comfortable with this as I do not believe I should have any involvement with setting my pay. Looking at the bigger picture, I am concerned that should this pay increase go through and

Theatre Royal Precinct Redevelopment Bill No. 23 of 2016 - Second Reading

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, we are about to see something very exciting and special take centre stage for the arts in our island state. A $90 million project will establish a vibrant and dynamic creative industries and performing arts centre on the Wapping 4 site adjoining the Theatre Royal. The Theatre Royal will receive improvements to front-of-house patron spaces, technical modernisation to the back-of-house area and the Backspace Theatre will be replaced by a purpose-built studio theatre. The theatre's website states its commitment to excellence and innovation through the delivery of world-class arts. This spectacular project in Hobart reminds us of our possibilities as

Stamp Duty on Residential Property - Concessions for Pensioners

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) to the Leader of Government in the Legislative Council, Dr Vanessa Goodwin: (1) Will the Government consider adopting a policy similar to that which exists in Victoria which exempts concession card carrying pensioners from paying stamp duty on house purchases up to a certain value, and (2) Will the Government look at offering stamp duty concessions to pensioners seeking to downsize, similar to support currently offered by the Northern Territory and the ACT governments? Answer from the Leader of Government, Dr Goodwin: Mr President, I thank the honourable member for Launceston for her question. (1) The Government is aware that a number of jurisdictions provide sta

Motion: Consider and Note - Report of the Joint Select Committee on Preventative Health Care

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the member for Murchison for bringing this forward, and the other members of the committee for the work they have undertaken. Preventive health is very important. If we can keep people out of hospitals it is certainly the way to go. We all know that hospitals are very unhealthy places to be and many infections are picked up when people go to hospital, so it is of great concern. I will only go through a few of the areas that have been mentioned; many have already been covered by the members for Murchison and Hobart, so I am not going to spend a lot of time going over it. I will only go through a few of the areas that have been mentioned; man

Northern Children's Network

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I congratulate the member for Apsley on her return and the new member for Elwick. I also have to say of the previous member for Elwick what a wonderful member she was in the House. Today I pay tribute to an organisation which has been supporting Tasmanian families for more than 40 years - the Northern Children's Network which originated from the Launceston Family Day Care Scheme. The scheme's goal was to create flexible child care to help women return to the workforce after having children. Until this point child care was only available during business hours. The majority of jobs available to women in Launceston involved shift work at places like

Motion: Consider and Note - Absenteeism in the State Service - Auditor-General's Report No.1 of

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the member for Windermere for bringing this forward. I agree there is a lot of work to be done in this area. It is a very serious matter. I thank the former Auditor-General Mike Blake for this audit and for his professionalism and dedication to the role throughout his tenure. I also welcome the new Auditor-General Rod Whitehead and wish him well with the task ahead. This particular audit looked at what absenteeism costs and the processes used to deal with it. The estimated direct cost of personal leave, including sick and carer's leave, to the state as mentioned by the member for Windermere was $68 million per annum. While the Auditor-Ge



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