Independent Murchison MLC Ruth Forrest says North-West Coasters have been let down by both the state and federal governments when it comes to COVID test result wait times and the availability of rapid antigen tests.
Ms Forrest said members of one North-West family isolated for seven days before the family member waiting for the test received a negative result.
"The recent decision to contract PCR testing to private provider North West Pathology has comprehensively failed those relying on timely test results," she said.
"For anyone to be required to isolate for a full seven days after the test, while waiting for a test result, is totally unacceptable.
Independent MLCs broadly supported these measures as being evidence-based ways of decreasing harm to problem gamblers without impacting recreational players, and to allow venues to implement them by 2028.
Murchison independent MLC Ruth Forrest said she did not understand why the major parties would not support it, and that there was no guarantee of further harm minimisation by 2043.
The harm that these people experience is enormous in terms of the cost to our health system, to our social services system, to our justice system, that's where the costs are," she said.
An upper house member has claimed Tasmanians still have little knowledge of what pokies reforms will look like in the community even after two elections, but the government and Labor have blocked a move for further scrutiny.
The Legislative Council voted eight to six against a motion to send the government's pokies reforms to a parliamentary committee where it would be subject to witness evidence, submissions and a report. Independent Mersey MLC Mike Gaffney moved the motion which was supported by independents Ruth Forrest, Rob Valentine, Tania Rattray and Meg Webb, as well as outgoing Labor MLC Bastian Seidel.
A Labor MLC representing the part of the state most heavily saturated with poker machines says the reform debate is no longer of much interest to his community as he signals his intention to vote in its favour.
Elwick MLC Josh Willie spoke in the Legislative Council on Wednesday after being heavily lobbied by pokies reform advocates over recent months, given his position as a representative covering Glenorchy, home to the state's largest pokies venues.
Kirsty Slemint, a science communicator and documentary filmmaker from North-West Tasmania, is the first Australian to be offered a place at the prestigious National Film and Television School in the UK.