COVID-19 continues to dominate the news and be of concern in our community. We all need to do our bit to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Whilst current cases are linked to the NWRH – we know there have been cases in the North West community. I have some important messages for you all and we are all relying on each other to prevent further cases and an outbreak in this area.
I have been hearing from a number of people that they are having difficulties downloading the app. I am in no way a tech expert! That level of skill is way above my pay grade – however here are a few tips which may be of assistance gleaned through my own research.
We know today there are 3 positive cases of COVID-19 that have been detected in recent testing in our community. Whilst the cases are linked to the NWRH – they are in our community. I have some important messages for you all and we are all relying on each other to prevent further cases and an outbreak in this area.
The NWPH maternity services are still being deeply cleaned and restocked and staffed and therefore are NOT open yet. All women due to birth soon should be re-locating to Launceston to ensure timely access to care and a full range of maternity services. The LGH provide an excellent maternity service and are working hard to ensure NW women are welcomed and well cared for.
COVID-19 TESTING BUS WILL BE IN YOUR AREA THIS WEEK
The COVID-19 testing bus will be in Smithton and available for bookings through the Public Health Hotline – 1800 671 738 – there will be NO WALK-UP TESTING.
In Smithton, the bus will be located at Smithton Wellbeing Indoor Recreation & Leisure Centre (SWIRL), 110 Nelson Road, Smithton. Entry is only via the rear entrance via Grey Street and exit onto Nelson Street.
One in five Australian households have reported buying more alcohol than usual during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to new data released today.
National polling by YouGov Galaxy, commissioned by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) found that a majority of these households also reported drinking more than usual and had concerns about their alcohol use and the drinking of others in their household.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I will speak on a matter that relates to what we have just spoken about.
I have often stood in this place and raised concerns about taking bills under suspension. I raise my concerns regarding the taxation bill we dealt with recently. I made the point at the time that while I appreciated the individual briefing I was provided the day of the Budget, an hour before the Budget was delivered, I was not able to access a copy of the bill before that time and neither was anybody else. I said during the briefing that other members might comment on that during the debate. The section relating to the foreign investor duty surcharge was a very complex section of the bill - 40 pages long - and I said to them at the time, 'I guess we have to take you on trust this is going to work.' Subsequently, I had some communication from the Law Society. I asked during budget Estimates who was consulted during the process of the development of that bill - no-one was consulted, it was all done in-house.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I will make a brief contribution and suggest members might like to listen to it.
It has been a frustrating period in many respects, the last few weeks, in terms of receiving answers to questions. The Leader committed to providing the table related to workplace injuries and has not done so. I assume we will receive it at a later time. The request was for workplace injuries based on the industry sector and not public or private sector, which was never mentioned during the debate. The reason this became a problem was because we received a distinct lack of answers from one minister. When written answers were received, they did not answer the questions asked. I hope we see a greater improvement in that.
Murchison MLC Ruth Forrest has repeated recent calls she made in Parliament for the Government to take a long term view to find a workable solution for King Island shipping services in light of more evidence interim solution is inadequate.
“A reliable shipping service is essential for King Island and the Government have failed to take timely action and provide a solution to shipping services on King Island” Ms Forrest said.
Last week Ms Forrest called on the State Government to work with the Federal Government to find a long-term solution to provide a reliable shipping service for King Island.
“It is clear that the current ‘interim solution’ proposed by the Government will not meet the needs of King Island” Ms Forrest said.
This lack of suitability of the interim replacement vessel has already been demonstrated before the vessel has even arrived in King Island.
20 May, 2016: Letter to the Minister for Primary Industries and Water Minister Jeremy Rockliff MP
Dear Minister, I know that you are well aware of the challenges that dairy farmers are currently facing. I also appreciate your recent comments regarding the dairy industry and applaud the coordinated response from industry and government in understanding the implications to respond immediately to ensure that the dairy farmers, their workers and their families have a secure future.
As the matter of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission’s (TIC) determination regarding MP’s salaries has been a matter of public interest for some time, I thought it would be beneficial to make some comment through easily accessible means. The TIC determination reflects a catch-up resulting from a history of politically driven wage freezes for MP’s over many years that public servants have not been subject to.
I am excited to be launching this amazing event. By way of background - The Colourathon is part of the bigger Project O being piloted by BIGhART. The Colourathon is a fundraising event, in which young women create colourful pictures continually for 24 hours, with each drawing sponsored.