MURCHISON MLC Ruth Forrest has been named as one of the country's most influential women and she plans to use her higher profile to inspire other women.
As a finalist in the 2019 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards, Ms Forrest was recognised for her recent contributions to debate and reform around marriage equality and gender law and her advocacy in a host of women's issues over decades.
She was nominated for the prestigious award by fellow politician, Speaker Sue Hickey.
HER boots and tights tell me she loves purple, but Tasmanian politician and former midwife Ruth Forrest, 57, is no shrinking violet. The Murchison MLC could not have chosen a more fitting colour to wear when we meet to talk about an honour that would make any good feminist proud.
A member of the state’s Legislative Council since 2005, Forrest is the only Tasmanian finalist in the 2019 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards.
Nominated by Speaker Sue Hickey in the public affairs category, Forrest has been recognised for her recent contributions to debate and reform around marriage equality and gender law and her advocacy in a host of women’s issues over decades.
A motion calling on the Tasmanian government to explore how a pill testing trial could occur during the upcoming summer festival season has failed to gain the support of the upper house.
Murchison Independent MLC Ruth Forrest introduced the motion which, in an effort to minimise harm related to drug use at Tasmanian festivals and events, asked the government commit to looking into the steps that would need to be taken to conduct a trial in 2019-20 festival season.
TASMANIAN MLC Ruth Forrest says it is a "disgrace" that teenagers with serious mental illnesses do not have appropriate treatment facilities in the state.
Ms Forrest said she was aware of a young person who had been sent to Melbourne for treatment that could not be provided in Tasmania after "languishing" in a secure adult psychiatric unit in Hobart for at least 12 months.
"We have heard ad nauseam from governments, past and present, that we will have an appropriate adolescent acute mental health unit and beds in Tasmania for years," she said.
Murchison Independent MLC Ruth Forrest hopes that latest review of hospital emergency departments will result in action to improve them.
The state’s four hospital emergency departments are being examined closely in an ongoing audit.
The Tasmanian Audit Office is reviewing emergency departments (EDs) at the North West Regional, Mersey Community, Launceston General and Royal Hobart hospitals and will report on its findings early next year.
A new York Street and Flowerdale-Preolenna bus service will start on Monday for students at Boat Harbour Primary School.
The new service is in response to issues with overcrowding on the existing bus service to and from the school and reports of children sitting in aisles for long periods of time on winding rural roads.
Murchison independent MLC Ruth Forrest this year raised the problem with the government, citing a 2013 audit which found there were 86 children eligible for the service with a vehicle capacity of 96 children – with 17 children standing.
Failings in our health service delivery have again been highlighted in mainstream and social media. Communities rightly feel let down by State and Federal levels of Government when timely access to care is not available. We are repeatedly informed that the cost of health rises above the rate of inflation and if unchecked could consume the entire State budget in 20 or 30 years’ time. This may be the reality and should not be the end of the discussion.
Anti-Discrimination Bill could go to committee in Upper House. Murchison Independent MLC Ruth Forrest is set to seek support from the Legislative Council to refer the Anti-Discrimination Bill to a committee when it is discussed in the Upper House on Tuesday.
Independent MLC for Murchison Ruth Forrest has announced she is pursuing a Code of Conduct complaint against Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding after she said she was "bullied" and "intimidated" by Mr Hidding at a Government function. Ms Forrest also said she is not ruling out going to the Police.
Legislation allowing ride-sharing service Uber to operate in Tasmania will require the support of at least one undecided MLC to pass, with several members concerned about the bill’s impact on the state’s taxi drivers.