Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019 (No 43)

[12.02 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I note this bill has primarily come about as an urgent review because of the dog attacks on the wildlife, particularly our little penguins. It is hoped that the increase in penalties will have the hoped-for result, as these small penguins have little hope of survival against dog attacks. I think the member for Windermere mentioned it is important that people and dog owners are aware of the changes in the bill, and that it should be widely publicised. There is always a cost to publicity, but what is the cost to our penguins and wildlife? If people know about it, they may take some action and make some changes. Mass killing of little pen

Poisons Amendment Bill 2019 (No 45)

[4.00 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, like the other members who have spoken, I find it very difficult to believe this paraphernalia is available for sale. The fact you can have something legally available for sale on shelves and then the minute you buy it, you can get picked up by the police for having a smoking implement - I cannot believe something like that could be for sale. I have mentioned I am an independent person with the police and I help deal with young people who have offended. On occasions I have dealt with young offenders who are in police custody for a variety of reasons - often, as the member for Windermere was saying, for having stolen a car, which is proba

Health Professionals - Recruitment & Retention

Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT [2.32 p.m.] Mr President, as a follow-up to my question to the Leader on 21 November regarding the Government's plans to attract and retain talented and able health professionals to Tasmania in the years ahead, would the Leader please advise - (1) In 2018, the then Health minister established and fast-tracked the Tasmanian Health Recruitment, Retention and Workforce Planning Unit to assist with the delivery of more than 1300 new Health staff over the next six years. Can the Leader please advise what quantifiable deliverables have been achieved by this unit to date? (2) What strategies are in place to

Consideration and Noting - Select Committee on Short Stay Accommodation in Tasmania - Report

[7.52 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I move - That the report of the Legislative Council Select Committee on Short Stay Accommodation in Tasmania be considered and noted. I am pleased to note this report. Due to the myriad of widely publicised concerns about the effect short stay accommodation schemes have caused in Tasmania's housing and rental markets, the inquiry was charged with investigating a number of issues. The terms of reference involved reviewing the growth and character of the short stay accommodation market; the impacts the market had on residential housing and tourism; and what possible regulations regarding safety, planning, amenity and licencing should be reco

Civics & Citizenship - Understanding Politics

MOTION Mr Finch to move - That the Legislative Council - Notes that Civics and Citizenship is a part of the national curriculum that measures students' understanding of Australia's historic and current governance systems and practices, as well as Australian identity and culture. Recognises that results from the 2016 National Assessment Program for Civics and Citizenship showed that only 30 per cent of Tasmanian year 10 students achieved a proficient standard. Recognises that Civics and Citizenship is a vital part of increasing understanding of politics and helps equip young adults with necessary skills to have their say. Acknowledges that over 50 per cent of year 6 and year 10 students in th

Long Service Leave (State Employees) Amendment Bill 2019 )(No 47)

[2.56 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, as has been pointed out, this bill brings the Long Service Leave Act up to current standards, simplifies the calculation of long service leave and amends the Long Service Leave (State Employees) Act 1994, which was clearly defined by the Leader in her second reading speech. It is good to see, as the member for Murchison mentioned, the term 'sick leave' removed and replaced with the term 'personal leave', which is more inclusive because, obviously, personal leave covers a wide range, including carers leave, compassionate leave and family violence leave to name a few. It is also good to see the term 'sick leave' has been removed when it refe

Reduction in Surgical Services

Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT Would the Leader please advise - (1) Despite the Government's claims of record funding growth resulting in 'the second highest rate of any state in Australia', why has there been a reduction of 17 per cent in surgical services in Tasmania during 2019? (2) As a corollary of the first question, the reduction in surgical services has caused a commensurate rise in waiting lists. What is the Government's plan to address the elective surgery waiting list, when it is clear that allocating greater portions of the state budget does not seem to be addressing the problem? (3) The Launceston General Hospital has

Establishment of Select Committee - Tobacco 21

Public Health Amendment (Prevention of Sale of Smoking Products to Under-Age Persons) Bill 2018 [3.27 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I will make a short contribution but I will confine my comments to the motion before us. The member for Windermere is passionate about this matter. It is commendable. No-one can doubt his belief or his dedication and the amount of work he has undertaken. That does not mean I will support his motion unless I believe an inquiry is the best course of action. I have considered the member's motion, and I agree with him that it is the right of every honourable member to seek an inquiry. If I were moving a private member's bill, I would expect to

Kin Raising Kids

[11.24 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, today I speak on a topic that we have recently had the opportunity of being briefed about. I am talking about Kin Raising Kids, an organisation which encourages and supports kinship carers, including grandparents raising grandchildren who are the primary carers of diverse families and kin. I thank the Leader's office for arranging this briefing, which I found to be eye-opening indeed. Kin Raising Kids offers peer support, advocacy, information and referral services too and aims to have every Tasmanian child living in safety within its biological family, and to have an equal opportunity to develop to the best of their ability. They aspir

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