Mrs ARMITAGE ( Question ) - My question is to the honourable leader. With regard to motor accidents on the Midland Highway at Breadalbane - (1) How many crashes have occurred at the Breadalbane roundabout in the past five years? (2) Of these crashes, how many resulted in - (a) major vehicle damage, and (b) serious injury? Mr FARRELL - Madam President, I thank the honourable member for Launceston for her question on the Breadalbane roundabout. There have been 29 crashes from 2008 to 2012. (2) (a) There have been 24 property damage crashes only. It is not known whether these crashes resulted in major vehicle damage. (2) (b) There have been no serious injuries.


Mrs ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Madam President, I would firstly like to wish the honourable member for Nelson and the honourable member for Pembroke the best of luck for the upcoming election. I have no doubt they will be back here in May and probably will not need any luck. Madam President, this Chamber will be much poorer for your retirement. On a personal note, you have been very welcoming and always had the time to give advice and I really thank you for that. You have never lost touch with your community and you are respected and loved by all, even those who do not agree with you. That is something that is very important; people do not necessarily agree but they still have a great respect a


Mrs ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Madam President, I will be brief and keep to the issue of the bill before us. These are major and complex changes but on the face of it they do appear to be in the best interests of Tasmanian consumers. There is no doubt there will be significant upfront costs and the best we can do is trust and hope that the ongoing benefits will outweigh these in the not too distant future. Benefits to electricity consumers appear to be better price outcomes than in the past as competition usually offers the best opportunity for price reform. But it is essential that we have a reliable and secure cost as well as a reliable and secure service. Just a question to the honourable le


Mrs ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Madam President, I would like to comment about Tasmania Police. They have a very difficult job to do in an ever-changing environment. It is really important that they have made some changes in respect of policing and the courts. I will read something very briefly that the commissioner put out in November 2012: The new arrangement will bring the Launceston Magistrates Court in line with courts in Hobart. Police will continue to perform guard and transport duties in the Launceston Supreme Court and all North West courts, as well as out of hours appearances at the Launceston Magistrates Court. Removing Police from all courts was a bi-partisan election promise. Mr Til


Mrs ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Madam President, I say 'Give peace a chance'. If the durability does not hold up then it will fall at the first hurdle and this agreement will be dead. However, if there is a chance that it could work, improve or save this industry, then I have to vote for this amended and improved bill. A lot of amendments and improvements have been built into this bill, we have had select committees, we have spent a lot of time and the agreement has been going on for a long time. I just think for us now to vote it down without even giving it a chance to see if it can work - I do not believe we can actually do that. I differ from the member from Nelson, who was there a moment ago

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