STATE SERVICE AMENDMENT (REDEPLOYMENT) BILL 2013

Mrs ARMITAGE (Launceston ) - Mr President, I will start by saying I believe that the public servants do work very hard, and I have no problem - I am quite sure they do. However, it is not that long ago that to be a public servant would be seen as having a job for life. Mr Valentine - It is no longer the case now, I can tell you that. Mrs ARMITAGE - It may not be the case, but I still see the difference between private enterprise and public servants - there is a huge gap. I was speaking to an employer this morning that employs 17 staff, who said when I mentioned this bill, 'So what's going to happen next? What happens always happens. It starts with government, then we in private enterprise

NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES MANAGEMENT AMENDMENT (PARKS AND RESERVES AUTHORITY) BILL 2013

Mrs ARMITAGE (Launceston ) - Mr President, I am very surprised to see this back on the notice paper because the reason it was adjourned only a day or two ago was to allow for further consultation with major stakeholders, the TGFA and the Tourism Industry Council. Has there been consultation? I doubt very much that they would have had this consultation. I have heard nothing from Jan Davis or from Luke Martin. Why is it back on the notice paper now? Ms Forrest - Why it is being called back on? Mrs ARMITAGE - Exactly, when the consultation obviously has not occurred. Without the consultation occurring this bill really should not be proceeding. If you could answer that please, I would be grate

ADJOURNMENT: CHRISTMAS GREETINGS

Mrs ARMITAGE (Launceston) - I, too, will be brief. First, I offer my best wishes to the honourable member for Huon. The saddest part is that I am quite sure he will not be in our Chamber next year, because if he stands for election in the other place, he will have no problem being elected. It will be quite sad not having you here because I think you make wonderful contributions. When you are not sure which way to vote on a bill and you listen to Paul's argument, he always puts it very well and can often convince you to go a certain way. Mrs Taylor - Despite the fact that he may or may not vote the same way that you think. Mrs ARMITAGE - That does not matter, he prosecutes a very good argumen

PARLIAMENT SQUARE PLANNING PERMIT BILL 2012 (No. 57)

Mrs ARMITAGE (Launceston) - I appreciated the briefings we had today on this matter. I will not speak too long because most of it has been already said. I am still having difficulty with this bill. While I appreciate the urgency in view of the further appeal being listed for February 2013, I am yet to be convinced that is enough of a reason to undermine the democratic appeals process in the planning scheme. This bill appears to me to be undermining the objectives of LUPAA for what could be considered dubious economic benefit to the people of Tasmania. I recall several years ago when due process was abandoned to hasten matters, and purportedly to save a considerable amount of money. I believe

ELECTORAL AMENDMENT (ELECTORAL EXPENDITURE AND POLITICAL DONATIONS) BILL 2013

Mrs ARMITAGE (Launceston ) - Mr President, I have listened carefully to your words as well. Although I understand where the members are coming from, I am not voting this down on the first reading. I believe it is only appropriate that we follow procedure and allow it to go onto the notice paper. There will be an opportunity to vote if it comes to suspension of standing orders. I have plenty of comment that I could make on the bill, if it happens to get to us, but at the moment we should do the appropriate thing, as we have done with every other bill. Whether we have liked them or whether we have not, we allow them to go on the notice paper; it is the right and proper thing to do. I will no

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