Labor-Green disdain for Parliament and for public sector workers.

Labor and the Greens tonight demonstrated their disdain for the Parliament, the Tasmanian public and public servants who face a pay freeze in order to save jobs.

All week the Opposition parties talked about stunts and parliamentary standards, but tonight it was their own behaviour and attempted stunt that took the cake.

After spending hours trying to amend the question before the chair, followed by 90 minutes arguing whether the short title of the Bill should be amended, the Green’s then tried to further delay debate on the legislation by attempting to call on a no-confidence motion.

Their spurious argument was that the name of the Crown Employees (Salaries) Bill was somehow misleading.

Earlier this week Opposition Leader Bryan Green promised not to filibuster debate, and in light of this, the Government was prepared to facilitate sensible debate on this important Bill for as long as necessary.

However, given Labor and the Greens’ antics tonight and their clear demonstration that they had no intent to actually scrutinise the Bill, we had no option but to limit time for the remaining debate in order that it be debated in the Legislative Council next week.

At the conclusion of the debate the Bill will have been scrutinised for just over 14 hours in the House of Assembly, which is longer even the debate for the Pulp Mill Assessment Act (2007).

New Paramedics for the North West Coast

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It was a great pleasure to meet the new paramedic graduates who are about to start work as interns on the North West coast. The region is a challenging area for paramedics, combining urban and remote calls and trauma and precautionary assistance.

The six graduates will join 82 existing staff already delivering expert health care on the North West Coast. Read more »

The ramping issue explained

At the Ambulance Tasmania station in Launceston today (Sep 12) with duty manager Greg Edsall looking at a special operations ambulance

At the Ambulance Tasmania station in Launceston today (Sep 12) with duty manager Greg Edsall looking at a special operations ambulance

Earlier this week during the Estimates sessions in Hobart I explained the ramping issue to a Legislative Council committee. Newspaper photos of ambulances may lead some people to believe that patients are waiting inside the vehicles – they’re not. Below is an extract from the Hansard record where I explain ramping.

Ramping is not new. Ramping is a long standing problem that this government inherited from the previous government. It has not been addressed. At different times, seasonal times, the ramping issue has been more of an issue and at other times less of an issue.

Unfortunately there is a misunderstanding in the wider community about what ramping is and what causes it. I do not want to be too detailed in giving a story here but the truth is that ramping is not where people are waiting in an ambulance on an ambulance ramp, which is what some people do think when they see a line of ambulances in a photograph; they may be forgiven for thinking that the patients are in there with the ambulance paramedics, they are not.

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