Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Madam Acting President, I support this bill in principle. Although it levels the playing field a bit, there are some areas that do need a bit more clarification from the honourable member for Western Tiers.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, even if I did propose an amendment, I think it would not be supported except perhaps by a couple of members. I am concerned about the haste in which this bill has been presented to us. I accept that the Leader indicated there were some bills coming, but not having access to the bill to scrutinise the details in the bill makes it very difficult.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I acknowledge the work done by the Kennerley Trust and the service it provides, but I am concerned we are proceeding with legislation that we only received on Friday last week - and this relates to the four bills it is proposed we deal with today.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, it is important to speak to this bill. It is substantial legislation. It does not change many things. It tidies up some things that needed to be for obvious reasons. It is important to note that, as the Leader said, changes in improvements in managing public health continue at a fairly significant pace and that each day our knowledge, understanding, effective prevention and management of disease grows.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Madam Deputy President, I only intend to make a very short contribution to this bill because much has already been said and many issues have been raised by members much more experienced in local government than me, who has no experience in local government.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I feel like deja vu. We debate this every year as well. I am not going to go over all the points I have made in the past except to say my view has not changed. This is an initiative that was originally brought in by the former government that was continued by this Government.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I have been listening to the debate with interest and coming from a farming background, I know the cold, harsh reality of some of the challenges farmers face: having to make those difficult decisions about animals that are not well, whether you can nurse them back to health or whether they need to be put down. It is not an easy thing.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I only wish to comment on a small number of aspects of this bill, as this issue was debated at length in 2013 and very little, if anything, has actually changed. The member for Elwick made it pretty clear that nothing really has changed in many ways.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Madam Acting President, I do not have any issue with this amendment bill. I remember debating these issues at length on a previous occasion but it still staggers me that we are actually here debating this.
Ms FORREST - Mr President, I will be brief for a couple of reasons. One is the lateness of the hour and I know the Leader wants to proceed with this bill and I fully support her intention to do that. It is up to us how long it takes.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, it reminds me of a time when we were having a less exciting debate and I sent the Leader a picture of a meerkat doing an interpretive dance that might help in explaining some of the challenges. I felt maybe that was an ideal opportunity to bring that out and consider it.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I do not have any particular issues with this because it is not earth‑shattering, by any stretch. It may be for some, I guess, but it does not appear to be from here. I have a few points I want to clarify with the Leader. She may be able to address them in her response.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, as a health professional I fully support the principle and intent of the bill. I congratulate the member for Windermere for pursuing the cause against smoking in our state. The principle of this bill is seeking to provide a mechanism to prevent young people from taking up the harmful and addictive practice of smoking cigarettes.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I support the bill and it makes eminent sense to me. It is of interest to note we have only 27 registered cooperatives in the state. I thought there may have been more.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I support this bill. There are a number of ways it tidies up many areas that have been a bit confusing at times, particularly that of deaths related to medical treatment. It has always been a very difficult time for families and health professionals when a death occurs in a hospital, particularly when it is not expected.