Crown Employees (Salaries) Bill 2014 (No.22)

Second Reading Speech resumed from September 24 (page 24) Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr Deputy President, first, I do not have a pecuniary interest any more than any other public servant paid out of the public purse, and we do serve the public. I put on the record that one evening per month I work with the Australian Medical Association, which has briefed us on behalf of public sector doctors. While giving me a greater understanding of the situation as it pertains to medical practitioners this does not influence my vote in any way as, ultimately, I will vote on this and all other bills in what I consider to be in the best interest of the community and the state as a whole. I am very conce

Crown Employees (Salaries) Bill 2014 (No. 22)

Second Reading Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I, like others, do not feel that this bill should be before us. I certainly do not have a problem with the members mentioned being part of the voting on this bill; I trust their integrity. In fact, as has been mentioned, we all could have pecuniary interests, or an interest that is not pecuniary. In my case, I work one evening per month for the Australian Medical Association, which is a union representing a group of - Mrs Taylor (Elwick) - Do they pay you? Mrs Armitage - A very small amount, for four hours. The AMA pays me, but that is not the public sector; they also work for the private doctors as well. I am not paid by the publ

Police Offences Amendment Bill 2014 (No. 16)

Second Reading Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, in a broader sense I too will support this bill. I accept that officers must be able to efficiently and effectively perform their duties and I have no doubt that this is becoming much more difficult, particularly with budget cuts and lack of police numbers. I am sure that many in our community, if given the choice, would prefer an on-the-spot infringement notice in preference to being deprived of their liberty - going through the process of being taken back to the station, charged, processed, bailed, et cetera - as well as being more time-efficient for officers. In fact I believe the issue of infringement notices for on-the-street dr

Budget Reply

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I rise to speak on the Budget, a budget of some restraint, but in essence quite a soft budget. Perhaps our State Government has learnt some lessons from their federal counterparts. Being the first budget for state Liberals in 16 years, it is difficult to criticise too strongly, or make comparisons, and some commitments have been carried forward and include Federal Government funding. While I accept that the Government could have brought down a much tougher budget, I question whether the community could cope with that, given the state's current economic situation. I applaud the Government for its 'steadying the ship' approach. They should be cong

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