Cat Management Amendment Bill 2019 No. 55

[5.07 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, pets are wonderful companions. I like cats, but we need to be clear - they are expensive, they are hard work and they can be a great responsibility. For many cat owners the joy of a little companion's company is entirely worth it. For some, intervening circumstances mean they are required to surrender them. For a very few, new litters or the cats themselves are dumped either to die scared and alone or to become feral and a hazard to people and our precious flora and fauna. Any measure which mitigates this is a positive. I accept that cats are not wonderful or a joy for everyone. Neighbouring properties who do not have or want cats ca

Corrections Amendment (Electronic Monitoring) Bill 2020 No. 27

[3.01 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I will be supporting this bill, which amends the Corrections Act to provide express power for the Parole Board to impose electronic monitoring as a condition of a parole order. It is worth noting the review of the effectiveness of electronic monitoring for perpetrators of family violence. This review has, in the context of family violence orders, indicated that electronic monitoring is an effective tool for reducing reoffending among high-risk family violence perpetrators. I note that as of November 2019, 58 family violence perpetrators, all identified as high risk, had electronic monitoring devices fitted. The data collected up to Marc

William Mainprize - Continuing Search Efforts

Ms ARMITAGE to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT [2.38 p.m.] With regard to the distressing sinking of the Gulf Livestock I near the coast of Japan in early September and the possible loss of Tasmanian man, William Mainprize, will the Leader please advise - (1) The Government has stated that the Premier's Office has been in contact with the Commonwealth departments of Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs and Trade, seeking their support for continuing search efforts. Can the Leader advise what the precise nature of this support entails? (2) Given the critical time factor in this case, can the Tasmanian Government make a commitment to lobbying the Commonweal

Executive Search Agencies - Locations

Ms ARMITAGE to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT Would the Leader please advise - (1) Further to the answers provided by the Leader on 23 September 2020 regarding the list of executive search agencies used to vet and seek out candidates for board positions, can the Leader please advise where each executive search agency is located rather than the answer 'a mix of Tasmanian and interstate agencies'? (2) Can the Leader advise the total amount paid to these executive search agencies for the financial year from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020? (3) What is the Government's budget for the use of executive search agencies for the immediate past financial year?

Marine-Related Incidents (MARPOL) Bill 2019 No. 37

[11.20 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, the member for Windermere is right. I was going to mention that we all share it. I really think it belongs to the member for Rosevears because it probably fits within her electorate more than in ours. I support this bill and any bill that looks at replacing the Pollution of Waters by Oil and Noxious Substances Act 1987, which is quite outdated. This bill is something we need - as the member for Windermere said, we only have to look at the shores of the Tamar or any beach to see the substances that are washed up. I should declare a bit of an interest here. I am the patron of the Rhona H, which I think is classed as a ship. I know a qu

Police Offences Amendment (Repeal of Begging) Bill 2019 No. 49

[5.29 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, first, I thank the Leader for the many briefings we have had. It certainly clarifies many things in our minds. It is important to note, and should go without saying, that people do not beg because they want to - it is because they have to. It is an action of last resort. By retaining the offence of begging in the Police Offences Act, it criminalises what is essentially a social problem. Nobody wants to see someone kicked when they are already down. These circumstances, which are typically fuelled by poverty, substance abuse and a myriad of further saddening circumstances, are ones a good community like ours wants to see ameliorated, n

Tasmanian Health Service - Procurement Policy

Ms ARMITAGE to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT [2.42 p.m.] Regarding products and services utilised by the Tasmanian Health Service, would the Leader please advise - (1) How common is it for business services, such as conducting surveys used by the Tasmanian Health Service, to be purchased from non-Tasmanian companies? (2) Does the THS have any internal policies to purchase goods and services that are Tasmanian? If so, can the Leader please expand on these? (3) Does the Government plan to apply the Premier's Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council's - PESRAC's - recommendation No. 18 - namely, that the state Government should require agenci

Government Business Enterprises - Membership

Ms ARMITAGE to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT [2.34 p.m.] Mr President, further to the answers provided by the Leader on 15 September 2020, regarding board membership of government business enterprises, state-owned corporations and other government boards, will the Leader please advise - (1) The Women on Boards database was cited as containing the data for 101 government boards and committees excluding GBEs and SOCs. Is this data available and accessible to the public? (2) Is the Women on Boards database the appropriate repository to contain information on 101 government boards and committees? What is the rationale for this? (3) Regarding the s

UTAS Stadium - reconfiguration for soccer

Ms ARMITAGE question to MINISTER for SPORT and RECREATION, Ms HOWLETT I thank the minister for providing an answer to my questions about soccer funding and support in Tasmania on 16 September and, with regard to these, ask the following - Will the minister please advise - (1) Does the minister understand that right now Tasmania has less than three months to prepare for this window of assessments and announcements, and that the ability to showcase our grounds and facilities for these opportunities is a pressing matter? (2) To this end, can the minister please indicate the planning time line for UTAS Stadium to rectangular configuration to accommodate soccer games, understanding that i

Benefits of dancing

Mr President, Today I wish to speak about some of the issues that many elderly people in my electorate are experiencing. It is widely accepted that looking after ourselves and keeping healthy means more than just eating well and getting regular exercise. It also means taking care of our mental health, our emotional wellbeing and our sense of belonging. The feedback loop between our physical, mental and emotional health is also well-established, and nothing has brought this to light more than the advent of COVID-19. Over the past month or so, I have been hearing from a number of constituents about the so-called ‘dancing ban’ – not from the younger, more nightclub-oriented contingent – but fro

Major Projects Bill (Land Use Planning & Approvals Amendment Bill) 2020 No. 26

[3.26 p.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, first, I thank the Leader and other members for all the briefings that were organised, and also the many members of the public who actually made the effort to come and speak with us about their concerns and otherwise about the bill. Some were actually very happy with some parts of the bill. In the plethora of feedback I have received on this bill, a great deal of which came from individual private citizens, an overwhelmingly common theme was the concern about power being taken away from councils to make planning decisions that will benefit local communities. Some are concerned disproportionately powerful legislative reforms are being bro

Soccer - Funding Inequity/Fair Go for Soccer

Ms ARMITAGE TO MINISTER FOR SPORT AND RECREATION, Ms HOWLETT One of the fastest growing sports in my electorate is soccer, and Sport Australia's AusPlay participation figures indicate that soccer receives less government funding per participant than any other sport. Will the minister please advise - (1) What steps are being implemented to address this inequity so that anyone who wants to play soccer can play, to ensure the facilities are adequate and to ensure that our association of football organisations are resourced enough to manage and support the growth of this sport in Tasmania? (2) With the Women's World Cup set to be hosted in Australia and New Zealand in 2023, can you conf

Government Boards - Composition

Government Business Enterprises - Membership Ms ARMITAGE question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Mrs HISCUTT [2.39 p.m.] Regarding board membership of government business enterprises, state-owned corporations and other government boards, will the Leader please advise - (1) The current breakdown of board membership by region in Tasmania, as well as members who reside interstate, for each government business enterprise? (2) The current breakdown of board membership by region in Tasmania, as well as members who reside interstate, for each state-owned corporation? (3) For each additional government board, what is the current breakdown of board membership by r

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, I commend the member for Mersey for all the work he has done on this bill and the commitment he has made to voluntary assisted dying. This has taken a huge toll on him, and I am sure also on his wife, with the time he has put in and that was evidenced by his emotional contribution this afternoon. We are about to consider a bill that has garnered much debate with members, receiving a larger number of inquiries and submissions than usual, the vast majority of which are well articulated, well reasoned and impassioned. I am, of course, referring to the End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020. I read every email

Fragile X Syndrome - Ben Gower

[11.26 a.m.] Ms ARMITAGE (Launceston) - Mr President, today I will speak about a reasonably little‑known condition, fragile X syndrome, and the incredible people we have living in our communities with its effects. The fragile X group of disorders is a family of inherited conditions caused by alterations in a gene located on the X chromosome, hence the name fragile X. These disorders include a wide range of physical, intellectual and behavioural symptoms. According to the Fragile X Association of Australia, an organisation that supports people living with the condition and their families and advocates for greater awareness of and research into the condition, about 90 000 people in Australia

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