LAUNCESTON - YORK STREET ADULT EDUCATION LINC BUILDING

Mrs ARMITAGE (Question) - Can the leader please advise: are there any plans to close the York Street Adult Education LINC building in Launceston ? Mr FARRELL - Mr President, I thank the member for Launceston for her question. A plan for adult learning facilities in Launceston was announced by the Minister for Education and Skills on 6 February 2013. The first stage of the plan is to refurbish 8 High Street to accommodate the Launceston School for Seniors and other community learning users. Consultation with key stakeholders to progress this is already underway. Other elements of the plan announced at the same time are the redevelopment of the main LINC building in Civic Square and the event

PREMIER'S ADDRESS

Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, I have a couple of comments to make because I tried to keep fairly strictly to the budget. While much has already been covered in budget deliberations, I would like to take the opportunity to make a few comments regarding the state of the state. First, I refer to some good news in the north of the state. We have a new $25 million Target store at Mowbray, expected to be completed by December; we have a $40 million Bunnings at Invermay on the old Gunns headquarters site; a $30 million C H Smith site finally being developed after many years of sitting idle and derelict; a new supermarket at Prospect worth about $10 million; and $18 million for student

PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS BAN BILL 2013

Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr Deputy President, this is a first step. I will not repeat everything that has already been said by other members because I agree with the member for Montgomery in her contribution, that I do not need to use 100 words when two will do. Ms Forrest - You've already used more than two. Members laughing. Mrs ARMITAGE - I am hoping other members might take notice of the member for Montgomery's speech earlier. I am sure the members I am referring to know who they are. We have become a throwaway society but I believe this bill is a good start and a good initiative. People will complain for a while, there is not any doubt about that because we are used to it. I am ser

CONSOLIDATED FUND APPROPRIATION BILL (No. 1 ) 2013 (No. 33) CONSOLIDATED FUND APPROPRIATION BILL (No

Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, I rise to speak on this budget, the budget you have when you do not have any money to spend. There is nothing to get excited about, as it appears to be all show and no substance. There is very little new money. The budget was an interesting read with much of the funding being in forward estimates and not occurring during the current term of this government. It is disappointing to again note the fact sheets appear to be deliberately misleading and that they continue to list the budgeted funding amount which is spread over several years rather than the actual figure for that year. An example of this is the $22.5 million for the Launceston integrated

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT (ELECTIONS) BILL 2013 (No. 21)

Mrs ARMITAGE - Like the honourable member for Mersey, I have not voted to go into Committee on this or any other clause. It is a privilege and honour to vote, but when there is compulsory voting, postal voting is a problem because many things can go wrong. The only way to avoid the problems of postal voting is to have voting by ballot box but that is too expensive for local government. Votes can go missing from letterboxes. Postal vote forms are all delivered at the same time, so it is easy for unscrupulous people who want to manipulate the vote to take them from letterboxes. People can move without leaving a forwarding address, so they do not receive their mail. Recently I had a constituent

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT (ELECTIONS) BILL 2013

Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, I have a similar stance as the member for Mersey. As I could be perceived to have a pecuniary interest in this bill I will not be voting on the second reading and will also refrain from voting on certain clauses. However, I believe it is incumbent upon me to relay the positions, as I understand them, of the two councils within my electorate on these issues. On 12 November 2012, the Launceston City Council voted on the discussion paper regarding proposed changes to local government electoral arrangements. While the Launceston City Council did not support the introduction of council opt-in compulsory voting they did support a uniform approach to voti

TOBACCO POLICY STATEMENT

Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - I also congratulate you, Mr President, on your re-election after a very hard campaign. You have gone from the depths of despair, to relief, to elation, and it is wonderful to see you there in the chair. As has been said by others, it will be sad to miss some of your pearls of wisdom, because they were always good. Your legalese always added a little bit to debate, and sometimes made some of the acts and the bills a little clearer. Perhaps from time to time you might hop down from the chair and share some of that. I also congratulate the honourable member for Pembroke on her re-election. I am sure it was not easy either. They were all hard fought campaigns. I wel

CONSOLIDATED FUND APPROPRIATION (SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION FOR 2012-13) BILL 2013

Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, I will make a short contribution as a lot has been covered. I have a problem with what is before us, when we have a budget and we have a budget coming up shortly, and here we are with a supplementary appropriation bill from last year. I do not see how you can call it a budget when you do not plan to meet your budget and I do not believe they plan to meet their budget in any year. You simply come up with a supplementary appropriation bill for extra money. You do not really have to worry as you open the war chest at an appropriate time. I have to say that I believe it is a war chest with some of the spending that we have in here. There are things tha

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