Criminal Code Amendment (Bullying) Bill 2019 (No 5)

[3.02 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I am pleased to see this bill amending the Criminal Code Act to make serious cyberbullying a criminal offence. As we all know, bullying is never okay. Bullying can affect anyone, from any age or any walk of life. Cyberbullying is especially overwhelming and embarrassing for people because bullying by electronic means has the propensity to spread far more, with the ability to quickly reach a very large audience. Obviously, it can take time for posts to be taken down from social media sites. This must cause a huge amount of stress for those who are cyberbullied, knowing a post is live and waiting for it to be removed. With most people ha

Housing Land Supply (Huntingfield) Order 2019 - Disallowance

[3.27 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the member for Nelson for bringing this matter forward. I too have received many emails. I counted mine, and they came to just under 100 emails, including a couple of emails from the mayor of Kingborough, and with around four emails in favour of the development and the rest requesting disallowance of this order. I note this land has been government-owned for 45 years. I question using emergency powers to now rezone. I have concerns about the number of houses and the sizes of blocks. We were told somewhere as small as 130 square metres for a unit and 275 square meters for a residential house. This is high-density housing, which ba

Hospital Sitters

Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT Will the honourable Leader please advise - With regard to department-employed sitters currently working in the public hospital system - (1) How many sitters are employed full-time equivalent at the Launceston General Hospital, Royal Hobart Hospital and North West Regional Hospital? (2) What is the minimum and/or preferred level of skill or training that an employed sitter is required to possess for these positions? (3) How many hours across the three major hospitals did the sitters work in the last financial year? (4) What was the total cost of employing and retaining these sitters in the la

Colonoscopy & Endoscopy waiting times

Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT [2.40 p.m.] Will the honourable Leader please advise - With regard to waiting times for colonoscopies and endoscopies categories 1, 2 and 3 at both the Royal Hobart Hospital and the Launceston General Hospital, what is the 75th percentile wait for these categories at each hospital? ANSWER Mr President, I thank the member for Launceston for her question. I will read the figures for categories 1, 2 and 3 in that order - Royal Hobart Hospital: category 1 - 265; category 2 - 607; category 3 - 298. Launceston General Hospital: category 1 - 207; category 2 - 421; category 3 - 265. Important

Corrections Amendment (Prisoner Remission) Bill 2018 (No 59)

[12.50 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the Leader for all the briefings, particularly today; they were really informative and cleared up a few further issues we have. It is clear from those briefings and also debate in the House this morning that there is disagreement on what reason is used to justify the removal and refining of the scope of remission. In her second reading speech, the Attorney-General clearly argued that the bill is largely to address community expectations regarding truth in sentencing that prisoners will not be released earlier than they are sentenced to be released. As a movement, truth in sentencing has been responsible for the abolition of pr

Tasmanian Health Service - Expenditure & Budget

Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT [2.38 p.m.] I too welcome our guests from Samoa. Will the Leader please advise - (1) The total expenditure of the Tasmanian Health Service in the 2018-19 financial year? (2) The total budget for the Tasmanian Health Service in the 2019-20 financial year? (3) If further bed closures are proposed to limit expenditure, could the Leader please explain how this will address the existing problems of ambulance ramping and hospital bed block preventing the movement of patients requiring admission from the Department of Emergency Medicine. ANSWER Mr President, I thank the member for Launceston fo

Land Acquisition Amendment Bill 2018 (No 59)

[11.33 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the Leader for the briefings. As always, they were informative and cleared up many of my questions. This bill tidies up the act - which is around 25 years old - by amending eight principal sections, including consequential amendments to address drafting errors, legal doubts and administration efficiencies, and bringing the legislation in line with current practice by correcting issues relating to administering the act as it stood. We know there are many reasons for compulsory acquisitions of land. Most of the ones I was involved with were to do with highway widening and new highways. I also note the red tape cutting and that t

The Headstone Project

[11.36 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, today I speak about The Headstone Project, the mission of which is to ensure that all our World War I veterans have their last resting places suitably marked in such a way that recognises their service. This goal may sound simple enough. Starting in Tasmania in 2011, the founding members of the Tasmanian Headstone Project discovered that there were World War I veterans buried at Cornelian Bay cemetery in Hobart without so much as a headstone or even a marker. With the help of the Millingtons Cemeteries, the team started out with a list of approximately 20 names and began researching how many more World War I veterans might be buried

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