Criminal Code & Related Legislation Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill 2018 (No 63)

[3.21 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I really appreciate the briefings that were organised. I also appreciated the letter from the honourable Elise Archer last year with regard to the draft copy of the Criminal Code bill. This was very useful to have so we could comment on it. I ask the Leader to pass on my appreciation to Elise Archer for that. Like other people, we were all shocked and horrified by the revelations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and I am sure, like many others, we all know someone or have friends involved. I have a friend who gave evidence. Of the two people I know who are involved in this, one is in their 60s

Health Practitioner Awareness & Education Program

[2.34 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT Leader, I seek clarification. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency will be developing some guidelines and some information for doctors. Is that currently occurring or is it coming? Has it been accepted by our state or is it being left to AHPRA, which we know could take some time, or is it in now? If so, are doctors aware of the situation? ANSWER Mr President, I thank the member for Launceston for her question. At present, the Government has supported the introduction of the COAG Health Council process. Because that has been accepted, AHPRA will now develop an awareness and edu

Health Practitioners - Health Issues - Mandatory Reporting

[2.31 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT Questions relating to the state of laws regarding medical practitioners seeking mental health treatment, existing legislation is inconsistent between states. Tasmania's adoption of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law places an obligation for doctors treating other health professionals for mental health issues to report this to the relevant authorities. The Western Australian adoption of the national law contains mandatory reporting provisions which are triggered only where the treating practitioner forms a reasonable belief that the impaired practitioner has placed the public at r

Local Government (Highways) Amendment Bill 2019 (No 17)

[12.24 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I agree it is timely the act is being updated. Coming back to the present - coins: who can ever find coins when you need them? However, I agree with the member for Rosevears, obviously there is an issue that is not part of the bill - people are having great problems with these newfangled meters. It probably affects the elderly - and I class myself as elderly - and anyone over 60 is elderly when they are looking at how these meters work. So, member for Rosevears, this is a thing of the future. We either keep up with it or we die. Fortunately living in the city, I do not have to use the meters. I was looking at an article in the Examiner ab

Taxi Costs - Wheelchair Users

[2.56 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT This question relates to fees charged to people with physical disabilities who use taxi services in their daily lives. Information on the Department of State Growth website includes a published list of maximum flagfall fees and tariffs for taxi clients. The flag fall fee for at least one person travelling in a wheelchair is $5.20. The flagfall fee for non-wheelchair-reliant passengers ranges from $3.60 to $5.10, depending on the area in which the taxi is operating. Moreover, the waiting time charged throughout a taxi trip - such as when the taxi is in use but is going through slow traffic and

Vacant Nursing Positions

[2.54 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT What is the current number of nursing positions vacant across Royal Hobart Hospital, Launceston General Hospital and North West Regional Hospital? Are these positions to be filled with nurses on contracts? If so, for how many hours will these contracts be? If these contracts are for 32 hours per week or less, what is the rationale behind this, given most nurses work substantially more than this on a regular basis Are these positions full-time permanent positions? Across the abovementioned hospitals, how many nurses are currently on contracts of 32 hours or less? ANSWER Mr President, I thank t

Colonoscopy & Endoscopy Waiting Lists

[2.53 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT With regard to answers provided on 8 August 2019, on the current waiting list for colonoscopy and endoscopy, categories 1, 2 and 3 at the North-West Regional Hospital, the Royal Hobart Hospital and the Launceston General Hospital, a follow-up question to answer (3), which was: what is the length of time each hospital has been over-boundary? Will the Leader please advise the length of time each hospital has been over-boundary for each category? The answer provided earlier was a combined average, which is apt to skew the figures. ANSWER Mr President, I thank the member for Launceston for her qu

Tamar River - Silt Raking

[2.51 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT This question follows up a question I asked last week on this matter. Would the Leader please advise - (1) With regard to raking of the Tamar River, what date did this cease? Please provide the reason for ceasing the raking of the Tamar River, given that the grant authority had not yet expired and, from the answer provided last week, appears will not expire until September 2019. Moreover, according to the answer you provided last week, the grant authority provides for a review of data to inform future actions. Could the Leader explain what exactly this data is and will it become publicly avai

Pill Testing - Tasmanian Festivals & Events

[2.49 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE - Mr Acting President, obviously no-one wants to see young lives lost. If there were no drug taking, it would be a wonderful world. We know that is not likely. While I accept the member for Murchison genuinely believes drug testing will save lives, I do not believe there is any safe way to take drugs. I feel this could be seen as a way of normalising drug taking; in other words, making drug taking more normal or usual. While I note statistics on those taking drugs changing their minds and not taking the drugs following testing, we have no statistics about people who decide to take drugs at festivals, or other places, because they believe having the pills tested makes

Consideration & Noting - Auditor General Report (No 2) 2018-19 - Administration of Two Grant Pro

[11.23 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Madam Deputy President, I move - That the report of the Auditor-General (No. 2) 2018-19, Administration of two grant programs by the Department of State Growth, be considered and noted. This was to determine whether the grants provided under the Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Innovation Fund and the Regional Revival Fund Grant Program were effectively and efficiently administered. Were application and assessment processes transparent and equitable? While five unsuccessful applications scored higher than two successful projects, the Tasmanian Audit Office - TAO - found these applications were not funded due to qualitative factors that appear to ha

Newstead College, Launceston

[11.11 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Madam Deputy President, one of the most important year 11 and 12 schools in Launceston is Newstead College. Situated in the quiet surrounds in the inner suburb of Newstead in Launceston, the college boasts quality amenities and education uniquely offered to Launceston students. The college prospectus correctly notes that the friendly size of the college ensures all students have the opportunity to work in smaller classes with highly skilled teachers. This allows a comparatively greater emphasis to be placed on both academic and vocational pathways, thereby maximising the potential means of success for every student. This valuable offering provided by N

Workers Rehabilitation & Compensation Amendment Bill 2019 (No 20)

[3.41 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the Leader for the briefings this morning from both the Police Association and the department, which cleared up any confusion or questions. The Workers Compensation Rehabilitation Act is designed to get people back to work, but as we know, the environment the police work in is far more dangerous than most. It is not like any other industry or business. The question has been raised: why are police officers different to other first responders or emergency workers? I acknowledge many similarities with other emergency workers, but I accept that it is impossible to mitigate all the risks other emergency services face. I accept, as menti

Environmental Protection Agency - Sewage Spills - Tamar River

Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT [3.01 p.m.] There is a short preamble to this question because of how it relates to Estimates. I refer to questions relating to the Environmental Protection Agency and answers provided during the discussion on the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) on 18 June 2019. In answer to my question about how long the EPA would tolerate the sewage spillages into the Tamar River, the Leader answered for the Director of the EPA - Until someone provides $200 million to fix it up, that is what it is. The EPA cannot say 'fix it today' because how is that going to be done without $200 million or so? When that funding is there,

Colonoscopy & Endoscopy Waiting List

[2.51 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT Will the Leader please advise - (1) The current waiting list for colonoscopy and endoscopy categories 1, 2 and 3 at - (a) North West Regional Hospital? (b) Royal Hobart Hospital? (c) Launceston General Hospital? (2) How many cases are over-boundary in each category across the state in the abovementioned hospitals? (3) What is the length of time they have been over-boundary? (4) Can the Leader please confirm that urgent category 1 cases should be seen within 30 days, category 2 cases within 90 days and category 3 cases within 365 days? (5) Can the Leader please advise the median wait times fo

Deviot Landslip

[12.07 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the member for Rosevears for bringing this motion forward. I must admit I had heard about this previously. I am really pleased to see that he has been able to bring it forward with this speed. I am well aware of the Rosetta Landslip Act. I had a constituent with a similar issue. Unfortunately, theirs was a manmade landslip but I looked into the Rosetta Landslip Act quite considerably. The landslip issue I dealt with was at Blackstone. I am quite aware of the devastating impact on the people here and just how it affects you. I am sure the Chamber is aware that it is not only devastating for the home owners but their whole fa

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

[11.39 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, today I speak about the exceptional efforts of our state's search and rescue services - the work done by Tasmania Police and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, which, I believe, has been on all our minds lately. The recent news of the rescue of bushwalker Michael Bowman in July serves as an example of an extraordinary tale of survival against the odds, but represents just another day at the office for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew. After nine days surviving in the unforgiving Lake St Clair environment, Mr Bowman was discovered and evacuated by the expert Westpac Rescue Helicopter team, which comprises Constable Andrew Oakden, First Class

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