Ms Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I appreciate the opportunity to say a couple of words about Vanessa this afternoon. Our Vanessa, Dr Vanessa Goodwin, the former member for Pembroke, is an amazing, beautiful person. A genuine, caring individual for whom nothing was too much trouble. She was kind and generous; she made me, as a new member, feel very welcome and I really appreciated that. Vanessa showed herself to be a friend to all and she was always happy to help. I
Ms Armitage (Launceston) - Today I pay tribute to Launceston anaesthetist Dr Colin George Merridew. Better known as George, he was born in Devonport, Tasmania in 1948. George retired at the end of last month after a distinguished career spanning five decades in which he did a lot for his profession in Tasmania, in Australia and internationally. As a medical student at the University of Tasmania, George joined the Royal Australian Air Force undergraduate scholarship scheme.
Ms Armitage (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the member for McIntyre for the motion before us. It certainly is an issue. Like other members, I have also toured the facility at Launceston. I have been out to Ashley with Whitelion. It is a sad reflection on our society that we need another prison. It would have been nice if we still have the Hayes Prison Farm for low-risk offenders. Unfortunately that is no longer there. Also, you read every day that people need drug d