ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AMENDMENT BILL 2012

Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, like other members, I will support this amendment. I am pleased that the other place supported the amendments by new paragraphs (a), (b) and (c). I would have liked to see them go further. It was a compromise to include race, age, sexual orientation, lawful sexual activity and disability, but I would not like to see the whole bill thrown out because we did not accept this. I certainly accept the compromise put before us.

AMBULANCE SERVICE AMENDMENT BILL 2013

Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, I also support the principle of the bill. Like others, I have a few concerns with some of the areas in the bill. One of them is the rebadging. We heard this morning at briefings that someone who needed their vehicle rebadged could apply for an extension of time if they were looking for their vehicle to be replaced, but there were no guarantees they would get an extension of time or how long the extension of time might be. That was a little concern for me. It does not alleviate your fear when you are told you can apply for one; it does not mean you are going to get it or how long you are going to get. I am also concerned with the removal of the wa

WORKERS REHABILITATION AND COMPENSATION AMENDMENT (FIRE-FIGHTERS) BILL 2013

Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, I support this bill, and I have no issue with the principle of the legislation, but I believe it is discriminatory in its application. Firefighters do an amazing and difficult job, whether career or volunteers, and they should all be covered. It is disturbing to note that although career firefighters start off in the top 10 per cent of physically fit people, within five years their risk of certain cancers doubles. Everyone should be able to come to work safe and go home safe. I was also surprised to learn that 91 per cent of Tasmania's firefighters are volunteers, and if we support this bill as it is, we are told that of the over 4 000 volunteers

HEALTH PLANNING FRAMEWORK - GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Mrs ARMITAGE (Question) - My question is to the leader. My question relates to the document titled Tasmania's Health Planning Framework dated July 2013. Given we now have three THOs, are the key goals outlined on pages 31 and 32 of that document still the government's objectives and, if not, what changes have been made given that it was dated July 2013? Mr FARRELL - Mr President, I thank the honourable member for her question. The key goals and principles outlined in Tasmania's Health Plan 2007-08 remain relevant. The goals are set out to describe how we might structure services to provide a safe, efficient and integrated healthcare service. This remains a government objective for healthcare

INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING AND ALLOCATION

rs ARMITAGE (Question) - My question is to the leader. With reference to this morning's answers that were tabled with regard to the $1.4 billion infrastructure projects for the state, thus not providing me with an opportunity for a supplementary question, I again ask, question 1(b). How much of this funding will be allocated to the north of the state and particularly Launceston ? This morning's answer was that $180 million out of the $1.4 billion has been set aside with forward Estimates to be spent in the north of the state. The answers continued: this includes a mix of funding for one-off specific projects such as heavy vehicle bridge strengthening on the Esk and Railton main roads, Nort

TEENAGE PREGNANCY - EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Mrs ARMITAGE asked a question of the Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council - (1) How much is the government currently investing in education programs to prevent teenage pregnancy? (2) What is the breakdown of that expenditure? The answer read as follows: (1) The Department of Education has a Relationships and Sexuality Strategy aligned with the relevant content of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education. Topics include decision making and respectful relationships. Some schools use their School Resource Package - SRP - funds to employ outside providers such as family planning, others use their own teaching staff or access support from school social workers.

TASWATER - APPOINTMENT OF GENERAL MANAGERS

Mrs ARMITAGE (Question) - My question is to the leader. Four of the eight new general managers recently appointed to TasWater come from interstate. Leader, can you advise - (1) Are all the new general managers relocating to Tasmania? (2) If not, who will fund the cost associated with travelling in and out of the state on a regular basis? (3) If they are relocating to become permanent residents in this state, are relocation costs being funded, and to what extent? (4) Do the general manager employment contracts contain terms and conditions with regards to relocation to the state and, if so, what are they? Is there a time frame for a permanent relocation to the state; how long will their tempor

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING WORK QUALITY (WARRANTIES AND DISPUTES) BILL 2012

Mrs ARMITAGE ( Launceston ) - Mr President, most of my comments have been fairly well summed up by the members who have already spoken. I have quite a few concerns with this bill, starting with how we are going to pay for the increased bureaucracy considering that Workplace Standards has already been cut back. I am not convinced this is the right or most appropriate model. I agree with those members who feel that this legislation would be more adequately incorporated into the security of payment scheme, which I am advised has been working quite well since it was introduced in 2009 and provides independent arbitration. We should be reducing costs in bureaucracy, not creating more. I have no

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