Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I rise to raise the important health matter and to raise awareness of a condition that has been a silent killer, one which can be easily managed or serious complications avoided if people are aware they have the condition.
This condition is haemochromatosis. Why now? This week is World Haemochromatosis Week and it is timely to inform members and the public that haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder in Australia. About one in 200 people of northern European origin have the genetic risk for hemochromatosis.
For every dollar received this year, Tasmania will spend $1.29. Spending on health will help, says Ruth Forrest
NEVER waste a crisis.
It’s a hackneyed phrase for sure, but it accurately sums up the sentiment of people I talk to. We need to take advantage of new opportunities as we rebuild and not squander any positives this extraordinary time has presented. We also need to explore which things we can do better.
It was pleasing to hear the Prime Minister announce a continuation of the National Cabinet following its success as a decision-making forum during the pandemic. A continuation of cooperative federalism will be needed to ensure recovery of state government finances and is crucial to service delivery at the coalface. The plight of state governments has scarcely rated a mention as all focus has been on the millions of private businesses and their employees, but they have suffered similar revenue losses.
Starting from June 15 (subject to Public Health advice) we have an opportunity as Tasmanians to holiday at home without the crowds from mainland Australia! Let’s explore our beautiful State and enjoy what we have to offer here. No need for long plane trips, hours waiting at airports, queues or deadlines! Let’s enjoy the wonderful ambience of an open fire, deep bathtub and a glass of your favourite beverage (Tasmanian of course) and locally sourced food!
Like many Tasmanians I was disappointed to hear that Prime Minister Scott Morrison rejected an independent tribunal’s findings recommending that a Victoria Cross be awarded to Ordinary Seaman Edward “Teddy” Sheean.
I have written to Prime Minister Morrison asking him to reconsider.