Ms FORREST (Murchison ) - Mr President, I support the adjournment for a further briefing. The issue is - and I respond to the honourable member for Apsley's comments - that normally there is consultation on a bill and we get feedback on it. When this bill was tabled, I did not get much chance during the election period to have a look at all the legislation coming up. I might not have needed to and it could have saved me a lot of work.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I welcome back the honourable member for Launceston on her election. It is nice for us both to be returned. I appreciate the ongoing contribution she will make. Also, the new member for Rumney - I am sure she will find her feet very quickly. She has a couple of colleagues here to see her on the right path.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, it will come as no surprise to anybody that I am not going to support this bill. I have been consistent since this bill was tabled. As soon as it was tabled in the other place, I made it my business to contact the key employers in my electorate involved in the forest industry.
Ms FORREST (Murchison ) - Mr President, I do not support that amendment. I hope to make a contribution on the bill as other members may wish to. The contribution of the member for Huon related to section 17 and his view that it goes too far and needs amendment. That is not part of this bill. Go back to the second reading speech that the Acting Leader delivered in this place a couple of weeks ago to grant religious exemption. It is not about amending section 17.
Ms FORREST (Murchison ) - Mr Deputy President, I also support the legislation. It would be good to see a lot of these vehicles off the road, or at least have their slogans removed. It is quite okay for them to still be on the road if they remain registered. To remain registered, they will have to remove the slogans. It is pretty simple. It might take a few weeks, a couple of months perhaps, to get to that point, but it is appropriate.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, once again in this place, I commend the Government for its leadership in our relationship with Aboriginal people. It has taken far too long. I commend the Government for actually getting on with that, although I acknowledge, as we were told in the briefing, that more work needs to be done.
Ms FORREST (Murchison ) - I will refer to a range of information here. I think it is important to explore this very serious topic quite broadly. As the member for Rumney pointed out, this is a serious issue and a really important matter. I do not think anyone in our community - and certainly not in our Parliament - would not do whatever they can to assist keeping children safe.
Ms FORREST (Murchison ) - Mr President, I feel we are between a rock and a hard place. I do not support mandatory sentencing. When we had the bill regarding the police, offences against police officers of a similar nature to what we are dealing with now, I supported the amendments put forward by the member for Launceston. It removed the mandatory sentencing component, and that was on the advice of the Law Society and a range of other people who hold very strong views on this. The member for Hobart read their communications and I am not going to go back over that.
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.
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.
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.