Biosecurity Bill 2019 (No 15)

[3.34 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I too thank the Leader for organising the briefings and the various groups for attending, as well as the department. At the briefings we heard from the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association - TFGA - which advised it had been involved with drafting the bill for some time and assisting Biosecurity Tasmania and DPIPWE. It supports the bill as it stands and would like to see the bill passed as is. The TFGA also added it believed this is a good bill with a lot of positives. Advice from Wine Tasmania is that the bill had gone through many iterations and was a consultative process. It is a big bill with seven acts into one, but it is a good

First Home Owner Grant Amendment

[11.11 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I too support the bill. Obviously, it is always good to support first home owners and the great Australian dream of owning your own house is becoming harder and harder, as other members have said. It is something I go on about every year - and to the Treasurer when I see him - but unfortunately it falls on deaf ears; the Government only has so much money, but this grant discriminates against anyone who wants to buy their first home but cannot afford to build a new home. My other concern is that when a young couple - perhaps not as financial as they would like to be - has the money to pay back a mortgage, they buy a brand-new home because

Launceston Chamber of Commerce

Launceston Chamber of Commerce [11.19 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, today I will speak about the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, established in 1849 and the oldest chamber of commerce in Australia. Its founding presidents were H Du Croz and JW Gleadow, begetting an organisation which would continuously run until this very day. At the time of its establishment, the chamber's concerns were primarily vested in shipping, pastoral and mining matters, with construction coming into focus in the following decades. In 1876, one of the most well known figures in Launceston's commercial history, Charles Henry Smith - and I am sure we are all aware of CH Smith and the CH Smith building

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