Tasmanian Health Service Bill 2018 (No. 3)

[11.18 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the Government for bringing forward this bill as it returns our Tasmanian public hospitals to a form of self‑control, under the direct umbrella of the secretary for the new Department of Health. The Department of Health under the leadership of the secretary is best placed to support statewide consistency and best practice in public acute, subacute and primary health facilities. I accept it is better to build a new act fit for purpose with one local hospital network under the national requirements and that it meets the requirements of activity-based funding under rules between the Commonwealth and the state. I am pleased the bill

Motorcycle Returning Rider Refresher Course

Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT [2.41 p.m.] My questions relate to the motorcycle returning rider refresher course run by the Department of State Growth. (1) How long has the motorcycle returning rider refresher course been going? (2) How many people attended during that period? (3) If it is no longer operating, what if anything is currently in place? (4) How much funding is allocated to the program annually? ANSWER Mr President, I thank the member for Launceston for her question. (1) The Department of State Growth does not run a motorcycle returning rider refresher course because this type of training is not requir

Governor’s Reply

[5.08 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I first congratulate the Hodgman Government on its election. I acknowledge the fact Tasmania is now the first Australian state parliament to have more women members than men, and welcome those new members to the House of Assembly and the new member for Prosser, Jane Howlett, as well as congratulate Rob Valentine on his re-election. The Government has announced it will focus on creating more full-time secure jobs and the method employed to do this will be reducing payroll taxes and creating a competitive tax regime for small business. This would provide welcome support for all those business owners who are struggling to make a living. If

Select Committee Inquiry into Firearms

[5.10 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Madam Deputy President, I also take the opportunity to congratulate you on your new role. The issue of firearms and firearm control is a complex one, one that almost everyone you speak to in the street has an opinion on. Of course, the Port Arthur tragedy increases the emotional response of many when discussing firearms. The firearm laws were updated nationally in 1996 under the National Firearms Agreement, which restricted the types of firearms available, installed a nationwide registration system, imposed stricter licensing conditions and introduced a uniform standard for storing firearms. We have been advised that many of the changes the current Go

Pain Management Services - Lack - North and North-West Tasmania

Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT [2.54 p.m.] Persistent or chronic pain is seen in every age group, from paediatric to geriatric, and across all medical and surgical disciplines. Because of the complexity of persistent pain problems, multidisciplinary pain clinics and centres have been developed throughout Australia and New Zealand. The North West Regional Hospital and Launceston General Hospital do not currently offer any level of persistent pain management services. Private providers do exist. The Royal Hobart Hospital is a level 6 service but is not currently resourced to provide a statewide service. There are no pain management

Appointment of a Select Committee - Short-Stay Accommodation

[3.31 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I move - That a Select Committee be appointed, with power to send for persons and papers, with leave to sit during any adjournment of the Council and with leave to adjourn from place to place to inquire into and report upon the short stay accommodation industry in Tasmania with particular reference to - (1) The growth of short stay accommodation in Tasmania and the changing character of the market including recent trends in online letting of short stay accommodation; (2) The impact of short stay accommodation on the residential housing sector; (3) The impact of short stay accommodation on the tourism sector; (4) Regulatory issues i

Barratts Music

Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Today I pay tribute to a shop that has been a favourite for many in Launceston, Barratts Music. Ms Rattray - They are all my favourites. Ms ARMITAGE - The Barratt family started in retail when James Barratt senior opened the clothing store Barratt's Corner in Rooke Street, Devonport in 1894. He would later sell pianos and organs. In 1904 his son, James, bought the business and in 1924 he turned it into a dedicated music store called Barratt and Joscelyne. The business was moved to its current site in George Street, Launceston, in 1937. Pianos were the main item sold, but accordions and mouth organs were also very popular. The shop also sold second-hand books a

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