Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I am happy to proceed with this. I welcome the opportunity to reply to the Premier's Address. However, every time I speak on a motion like this one before us, I am not a pessimist, but there is a need to question some of the hype been passed off as perfecting the state of our state. It is true we are closer to a surplus than we have been for the past few years. It is largely a mirage. There are a few significant caveats.
Establishment of Select Committee - Inquire and Report -
Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016 (No. 54)
[11.37 a.m.] Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I move -
That a select committee be appointed, with the power to send for persons and papers, with leave to sit during any adjournment of the Council, and with leave to adjourn from place to place to inquire into and report upon the Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016 (No. 54).
And that Mr Dean; Mr Finch; Mr Gaffney; and the mover be of the committee.
Mr President, why do I think there is a need for a more detailed look at this bill? There are a number of reasons. I will comment on each of them and refer to other people's comments. These key areas include: the low level of community support; the very limited time for consultation on the draft bill; genuine concern regarding possible consequences of the bill; and concern by some that the bill does not go far enough and will not result in change that some in the community believe is necessary. There has not been broad support for this change and there has been a lack of time for input into consultation on the draft bill.
MOTION Consideration and Noting - Report of the Commissioner for Children and Young People
[3.31 p.m.] Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I move -
That the report of the Commissioner for Children and Young People titled 'Children and Young People's Unique Experiences of Family Violence' be considered and noted.
In noting this very important and informative report, I commend the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Mark Morrissey, on his approach to his work in this area. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that the voices of young people are heard in matters of such importance to them. I note the voices of the children throughout the report in words and pictures, a valuable inclusion in the report.
(1) That where appropriate the Legislative Council supports the use of Aboriginal names for Legislative Council electorates; and
(2) That the Tasmanian Electoral Commission be advised accordingly.
Ms FORREST (Murchison ) - Mr President, no-one in this place would be adverse to some consideration being given to Aboriginal names of places where there are geographic features or electorates if it was a wish of the Aboriginal population and people who had a connection with the area were able to advise appropriately. As the member for Hobart said, it is about doing things with the Aboriginal people, not to them. It is at their request and it is a respectful request.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I will make a few comments about the Auditor-General's report. I will not go broadly into the whole education debate. It is a worthy debate, but is probably best left for another time in many ways. I note the contribution of the member for Elwick, who covered a lot of information well beyond the Auditor-General's assessment, which was all useful and part of the conversation.
(1) The value and importance of the ongoing work of the Pacific Women's Parliamentary Partnerships Project - PWPPP.
(2) That the PWPPP supports and promotes gender equality in parliaments across the Pacific nations, Australia and New Zealand.
(3) That the 2015 PWPPP forum was recently held in Fiji and focused on the theme of family violence and provided opportunity to explore the reality of this issue which confronts all nations; and
(4) The forum is coordinated by the Australian Parliament, with the financial support of Australian Aid, under the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative and the invaluable and ongoing support of the Australian Government.
Ms FORREST (Muchison) - Mr President, I do not intend to support the motion on the basis that the Standing Orders Committee looked at this particular question about the need for quorum calls and whether they are still necessary, appropriate or relevant on 6 November last year.