Member for Rosevears - retirement

[6.20 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE - I think we have done this before. I remember we did this back in May. Mr Willie - Kerry planned that. Ms ARMITAGE - He did. Two bites at the cherry. It is lovely to see your family and your grandchildren here today. I am quite sure, Kerry, you will have some wonderful times with your grandchildren now that you have more time. Ivan, Kerry and I share an office in Launceston and we are almost like a little bit of a family there. Sometimes we argue, sometimes we get on. There is one thing I will say about you, Kerry, if you are asked for some information or help, you are always willing and I think that is really great. It does not matter what time, you are alway

COVID-19 - Economic Impact on Tasmania

[Text of original motion at the bottom of this page] [5.06 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the member for Murchison for moving this motion. The coronavirus pandemic has left in its wake a trail of economic destruction and, tied in with that, emotional, mental and social destruction and the lives lost that no amount of money can ever bring back. In the stage we have reached here and now in Tasmania we begin to ask ourselves why. It is a natural human compulsion to try as best we can to link cause with effect, to ask what we can do to understand what happened in terms that we can comprehend. The sheer scale of the damage and destruction the coronavirus has wreaked wil

Poker Machine use in Tasmania

[Text of original motion at bottom of this page] [3.29 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, my view is probably along the lines of the member for Windermere. I am little betwixt and between. I understand the 'take noting of' because I assume it is accurate. I really appreciate the member for Nelson and her genuine concern, having worked for Anglicare. I am thinking: Do I support it? Don’t I support it? I am not fond of (2) because we calling on an action, but then if we relate it to the new bill that will come up in 2023, obviously we would need that done, and that is something the Government would have to do. I have a question about paragraph (1)(f), which reads - The Soci

Department of Police, Fire & Emergency Management, Annual Report 2018-19, consideration & no

[11.46 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the member for Windermere for again raising the police annual report. It is always worthwhile - Mr Dean - But not Launceston? Ms ARMITAGE - I appreciate when you say 'Launceston' continually, you do not only mean the electorate of Launceston, that crimes happens in many areas of the greater Launceston area. It clearly has been a busy year for the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management with a number of programs implemented both within the department and in conjunction with other stakeholders. Since the annual report was published, so much has happened in our world that relates to the police and emergency management th

Wombat Mange

Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT [2.39 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE: Regarding the scourge of wombat mange, will the Leader advise - (1) In response to a question asked by the member for Rosevears on this subject in November 2019, the Leader advised that improved options for treating wombat mange in partnership with the University of Tasmania were to begin field trials this year. Can the Leader indicate what progress has been made with this? (2) The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment - DPIPWE ‑ website states that consideration of active reintroduction of wombats to Narawntapu National Park will be given. Can

Building & Construction (Regulatory Reform Amendments) Bill 2020

[12.07 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the honourable Leader's office for the detailed briefings yesterday. They clarified many parts of the bill for me. I also appreciated the detailed correspondence from Local Government Association of Tasmania on behalf of its member councils. I sought confirmation with regard to LGATs correspondence from two of my local councils and was advised by the general manager from Launceston that, while they were not overly concerned with the bill, they agreed with LGAT's comments and suggestions. It is entirely appropriate that the Government explores the Keynesian-style option of creating supply by enacting building and construction wo

Launceston Basketball Association

[11.23 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, Today I speak about the Launceston Basketball Association - one of northern Tasmania's premier sporting organisations, and a key driver in the northern sporting calendar. The Launceston Basketball Association was founded in November 2016, the product of a merger between the Launceston Junior Basketball League, the Launceston Senior Basketball League, the Northern Baptist Basketball Association and the Northern Tasmania Basketball Officials Association. The LBA consequently represents a myriad of players. The largest association by member number in Tasmania - approximately 1700 - the LBA currently employs a full-time manager and retains a

Miss Flinders

Until March of this year, when you visited Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, it was impossible to miss the heritage aircraft “Miss Flinders”, prominently hanging from the ceiling. This aircraft has become an icon of QVMAG since its installation about 10 years ago. [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif] Miss Flinders is a Desoutter MK II Monoplane, with the Australian Registration Victor, Hotel, Uniform, Echo, Echo, or, VH-UEE. The aircraft was constructed at Croydon Aerodrome, just south of London and took its first flight on August thirtieth, 1930. This particular type of aircraft – devised by Dutchman N. V. Koolhoven – is a three-seater design and described by aviation his

Establishment of Select Committee on Tasmania's COVID-19 Response & Recovery measures

[6.12 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I thank the member for Nelson for all the information she has provided to us; she certainly has done a power of work. While I acknowledge the right of any member to bring a motion forward - and a general committee with plenary oversight of the Tasmanian Government's response to the coronavirus pandemic may sound on the face of it a beneficial and worthwhile endeavour - however, for a number of reasons, I question its utility, given the existence of a number of other independent organisations, committees and bodies that are undertaking their own investigations into the coronavirus response. I do not believe we are post-COVID-19 at this sta

Select Committee on AFL in Tasmania - Final Report consideration & noting

[4.46 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I will make a short contribution to the noting of the report. I appreciate hearing from the member for Mersey because it is good to hear a different opinion. Obviously people on the committee will have the right opinion of the findings and recommendations that go through. I am probably a little bit in the middle. I have never really seen the benefit of a Tasmanian team and I have concerns, but I have spoken to some of the members of the committee and they convinced me somewhat that there certainly is merit. I also take onboard the comment that it is not just who you go for, or whether you go for the team, it is whether you are prepared

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