Ms FORREST (Murchison ) - Mr President, I raise a complaint about the way some constituents of mine have been dealt with by the Department of State Growth. I do not do this normally but this has been going on for months. I am seriously concerned about the mental health and wellbeing of my constituents as a result of the way they are being stuffed around.
In August 2018, my constituents, who own a property leased to State Growth, were aware that the term of their lease was approaching in a year's time. Since then, they have gone through an exhaustive process and responded to an expression of interest. State Growth decided to go out for expression of interest to look at the suitability of other properties or whether to allow this property to continue, which is entirely appropriate - although sometimes you wonder why they would do that when they had an eminently suitable property, but maybe there are some issues with the property.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I rise to speak on a number of matters raised over the last two weeks during various stages of the debate on the Justice and Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 2018.
I commence by restating my support for the legislative reform. I am pleased with all the work done over the last four to five months, and particularly to see this bill arrive back in this House, that resulted in the preparation of amendments to the bill presented to this House that clarified a number of concerns with the bill that was presented to this House.
My support does not reflect in the voting on the third reading of the bill, as I was in the chair with the President away from the House on other parliamentary business.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I choose to use this lectern because the people to whom I want to speak are the people at the back of our Chamber.
Mr President, this has been a really difficult couple of weeks for all of us. But our frustrations, difficulties and challenges are nothing at all compared to the people we are seeking to assist. They are the people at the back of the Chamber, all the families and others they represent, who we have heard from in person, in briefings, and by letter, email, phone calls and other communications. There has been an awful lot of misrepresentation of the intent and application of the bill we are now delaying for a period. I have spent hours on the phone clarifying those matters with constituents and I will continue to do so.