Requirement for greyhounds to wear muzzles in public places

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) to the Honourable Leader of Government in the Legislative Council, Dr Vanessa Goodwin - Minister, according to a law introduced in Australia in 1927 greyhounds must always wear a muzzle when in a public place, initially the muzzle being introduced on the race track to prevent these valuable animals from injuring themselves during the general excitement at the track and their high spirited racing. As greyhounds are intelligent, calm loving animals that thrive on the attention of people in general and are known to be among the best natured breeds, will your government consider relaxing this requirement for companion greyhounds and exempting them from this law? Answer

Matter of Public Importance - Flood Event in Launceston

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the member for Windermere for raising this matter of public importance. Tasmania's worst floods in 40 years tragically resulted in loss of life. I express my deepest condolences to the families who have lost loved ones to these disastrous floods. I also pay tribute to Tasmania's wonderful emergency services who worked so tirelessly over the period of the floods. In my own electorate of Launceston, I particularly thank the Launceston City Council and the northern emergency services, the community organisations and the Launceston Flood Authority for their outstanding efforts in both protecting and supporting our city. I also pay special tri

Matter of Public Importance - Launceston General Hospital Emergency Department Crisis

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) (by leave) - Mr President, in accordance with the provisions of standing order 32(3) I move - That the Council does now adjourn for the purpose of discussing a matter of public importance, namely: the current crisis in the Launceston General Hospital emergency department and the public concerns surrounding it. Mr President - In accordance with the Standing Orders, are there three members prepared to rise in support of the proposed motion? That being the case, I again refer all members to what was stated at the commencement of the morning, that the duration of the debate shall not exceed two-and-a-half hours. There is no right of reply and at the conclusion of the

Faith Layton AM - Tribute

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, Faith Geraldine Layton was born at her family's home in West Launceston on 28 November 1925. Faith remembers a very happy home life. Her older sister Margaret was six-and-a-half years old when Faith was born. Her parents were Alice Mitchell and Samuel Docking. Faith was close to both parents but her father, in particular, was a considerable influence on her in relation to the dedication he showed as a community figure, being involved in many local organisations. He also helped establish the Riverside Golf Club and was their first president. Early childhood memories include visiting the Phoenix Foundry on Fridays after school to see her father, w

Police Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill No.14 of 2016 - Second Reading

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr Deputy President, my contribution will be very short. I support the bill before us. It is a sad indictment on our society that we have to have such laws. Unfortunately we do, and we have to assist the police where we can to make sure that we have a safe society, safe for everyone to walk around. I have experienced on several occasions, in an inner city street, my hose being cut with a very sharp knife in the middle of the night. So people do wander around our streets and gardens carrying knives. You go out to use your hose and it has been cut off quite sharply. So people are out there with weapons or knives that they should not have with them. Ms Forrest

Building Bill No.9 of 2016 - Second Reading Speech

Mrs Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I appreciate the Government bringing forward this bill to hopefully reduce some of the red tape and restrictions associated with building. All too often we hear of planning permits, development applications and building costs that actually end up costing more than the proposed building works were worth. More often than not, these are then abandoned. I am sure the member for Windermere will recall when we were both on the local council there were many occasions when people would come to you wanting to put up something akin to a lean-to attached to their house. Because it was attached to the house and it had a pole, it all became extremely difficult

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