Legislative Council Thursday 16 March 2017
Ms FORREST ( Murchison ) - Mr President, I am not opposed to spending TT-Line funds on TT-Line business. I ask, is this bill the only way to do it? Some of the questions the member for Apsley and others asked may be answered in some respect. This proposal was put forward in the 2016-17 Budget, as the Leader said in her speech. When I did my budget reply I made it very clear that my support for the budget did not guarantee my support for everything that flowed from it. There were a number of reasons I gave at the time, and I will not go back over those now. I want to focus on this bill before us.
Legislative Council Tuesday 14 March 2017
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I have a number of concerns about the process as much as the bill itself. Unfortunately I was out of the Chamber when members sought suspension of Standing Orders to enable this bill to be debated today and I would have spoken against that. We received this bill and bill package on Friday and there has been a long weekend, which means it is very difficult to consult with people in the meantime.
A couple of questions for the member for Western Tiers in bringing forward this bill. Who did he consult with in regard to this?
It would be really important for us - particularly after the member for Rumney's contribution which I think has confused many of us; I speak for myself but other people are looking quite puzzled at times around the Chamber. It is imperative we have a briefing from the Electoral Commissioner to understand the implications of this bill. I would also suggest Mike Blake, who is the chair of the current Redistribution Committee, to see what it would actually mean.
Legislative Council Thursday 10 November 2016
GAMING CONTROL AMENDMENT (COMMUNITY INTEREST) BILL 2016 (No. 65)
[12.40 p.m.] Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I will make a brief contribution and I will speak further in the Committee stage.
To give members the heads up, the amendment has to be redrafted slightly to properly reflect my request to have retrospective nature removed from this bill.
I have an abhorrence of poker machines. I have never used one and I never intend to. I feel sad for families who are negatively impacted by poker machines. We see them everywhere. It is a shame we have them in Tasmania at all, but we are not here to debate that. We already have 3550 in place. We are talking about 20 in a new application and another 110. It is not very many, compared to the 3550 in place. That is not the focus of this legislation either, but it gives context to this debate.
I support the implementation of the community interest test. We should have had it from the start. I am not sure about the process in renewal of licences. Maybe the Leader can indicate the process around licence renewal for poker machines. Do they come up for renewal, and how often do they come up? The time we should be imposing our community test is before they are renewed.
Legislative Council Tuesday 18 October 2016
EDUCATION BILL 2016 (No. 55) Second Reading
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, the education of our children is the most important thing we can, and must, do for the future of our society, our families and our state. In my mind, there is nothing more important than education.
Education has the power to liberate individuals in a way that nothing else can. You only have to observe what has occurred with women and girls throughout history. They were denied access to education, and access to education has changed their lives. The results are astounding, and the positive impacts on society are real and measurable.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I support the bill. I do not consider it contentious legislation. It is quite appropriate legislation. It is putting the decision back in the hands of the court, more so than the current law, which only allows petitions for mercy from the Attorney-General and ultimately the Governor on advice of the Premier.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I am not going to repeat what other people have said except to say that it is about time. It has been a long time coming and for the life of me I cannot see why we as a collective, and policymakers, have been so afraid of industrial hemp and low-THC cannabis or industrial hemp plants.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I support the legislation. I have not heard anyone say that we do not need it. It is important to be consistent around the country. There is some suggestion people in Tasmania think, 'We are immune to this.' I do not believe we do. We know we are part of the big world. The comment is unwarranted.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I support the legislation. It is part of streamlining these processes as much as possible. I appreciate the Q and A material that has been prepared. A lot of work went into that, and it addresses a number of the areas about which I had questions. I will raise some matters during the bill's Committee stage because it will be more appropriate to address individual parts of the legislation then.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, the issue of family violence is clearly at the forefront of public discourse in Australia at the moment. That does not mean family violence has all of a sudden become pressing and out of control. It does mean the public and its leaders alike are now saying enough is enough. I am pleased to be able to say from the outset I wholeheartedly support the Hodgman Government's loud advocacy on this issue.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, this is an example of a bill we receive about once a year. Tidying up a few matters and getting rid of some out-of-date terminology. There are questions I have for the Leader, which I post broadly. We can either deal with them in her reply or in the specific areas throughout the bill.
Ms FORREST (Murchison ) - Mr President, when I first read this bill, the second reading speech, and the letter from the acting secretary Mr Pervan regarding this bill, I was confused. The offer was there for a briefing. I thought, 'I am sure we are all having a briefing, so that is fine.' I thank the officers for the briefing.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I support the principle of the bill. I have similar questions to that of the member for Hobart. Anything that gives ministerial power to enable rental or lease longer than the 12-month period, even if it is at a market rate, to someone from outside their portfolio area does warrant a good look to see how it could work in practice.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I support the bill. It is appropriate that such a change is made. I have dealt with a couple of families in the north-west region where the mothers of young children were murdered by their partners on two different separate occasions.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Madam Acting President, I support this bill in principle. Although it levels the playing field a bit, there are some areas that do need a bit more clarification from the honourable member for Western Tiers.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, even if I did propose an amendment, I think it would not be supported except perhaps by a couple of members. I am concerned about the haste in which this bill has been presented to us. I accept that the Leader indicated there were some bills coming, but not having access to the bill to scrutinise the details in the bill makes it very difficult.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I acknowledge the work done by the Kennerley Trust and the service it provides, but I am concerned we are proceeding with legislation that we only received on Friday last week - and this relates to the four bills it is proposed we deal with today.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, it is important to speak to this bill. It is substantial legislation. It does not change many things. It tidies up some things that needed to be for obvious reasons. It is important to note that, as the Leader said, changes in improvements in managing public health continue at a fairly significant pace and that each day our knowledge, understanding, effective prevention and management of disease grows.
[3.15 p.m.]Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Madam Deputy President, I only intend to make a very short contribution to this bill because much has already been said and many issues have been raised by members much more experienced in local government than me, who has no experience in local government.
[5.54 p.m.]Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I feel like deja vu. We debate this every year as well. I am not going to go over all the points I have made in the past except to say my view has not changed. This is an initiative that was originally brought in by the former government that was continued by this Government.
[3.37 p.m.]Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, we have all said we should not be involved in setting our salaries or other allowances. We have said it so many times I wonder why we are doing it again.
[4.31 p.m.]Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I have been listening to the debate with interest and coming from a farming background, I know the cold, harsh reality of some of the challenges farmers face: having to make those difficult decisions about animals that are not well, whether you can nurse them back to health or whether they need to be put down. It is not an easy thing.
[3.57 p.m.]Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I only wish to comment on a small number of aspects of this bill, as this issue was debated at length in 2013 and very little, if anything, has actually changed. The member for Elwick made it pretty clear that nothing really has changed in many ways.
[3.35 p.m.]Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Madam Acting President, I do not have any issue with this amendment bill. I remember debating these issues at length on a previous occasion but it still staggers me that we are actually here debating this.
[7.36 p.m.]Ms FORREST - Mr President, I will be brief for a couple of reasons. One is the lateness of the hour and I know the Leader wants to proceed with this bill and I fully support her intention to do that. It is up to us how long it takes.
[12.49 p.m.]Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, it reminds me of a time when we were having a less exciting debate and I sent the Leader a picture of a meerkat doing an interpretive dance that might help in explaining some of the challenges. I felt maybe that was an ideal opportunity to bring that out and consider it.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I do not have any particular issues with this because it is not earth‑shattering, by any stretch. It may be for some, I guess, but it does not appear to be from here. I have a few points I want to clarify with the Leader. She may be able to address them in her response.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, as a health professional I fully support the principle and intent of the bill. I congratulate the member for Windermere for pursuing the cause against smoking in our state. The principle of this bill is seeking to provide a mechanism to prevent young people from taking up the harmful and addictive practice of smoking cigarettes.
[11.40 a.m.]Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I support the bill and it makes eminent sense to me. It is of interest to note we have only 27 registered cooperatives in the state. I thought there may have been more.
[12.47 p.m.]Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I support this bill. There are a number of ways it tidies up many areas that have been a bit confusing at times, particularly that of deaths related to medical treatment. It has always been a very difficult time for families and health professionals when a death occurs in a hospital, particularly when it is not expected.