Ending the subsidies to the forest industry

Ending the subsidies to the forest industry

This week, the Hodgman Liberal Government will bring into the Parliament legislation that will help end the subsidies to the forest industry for good.

Resources Minister Guy Barnett said: “Under the former Labor-Green Government, more than $100 million was poured into Forestry Tasmania over four years – money which should have instead gone to health, education, and supporting Tasmanians in need.
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Committed to delivering the One Health System reforms


Madam Speaker, I first want to compliment the Premier on his outstanding address. I am pleased on this adjournment to discuss the Hodgman Liberal Government’s strong record of achievement at the Launceston General Hospital and across my electorate of Bass.

The Government is committed to delivering the One Health System reforms that change the way our health system operates so we can get better results for all Tasmanians. These reforms are guided by the best advice from clinicians and medical professionals. Just last week we announced the permanent opening of not 12 but 15 beds on ward 4D at the LGH which have in the past and will continue to greatly assist patient flow and care. The AMA, the ANMF and the Medical Staff Association at the hospital all welcome this important measure and the security that comes with it.

These beds are making a difference. I am advised that ambulance ramping at the LGH has significantly dropped since we temporarily reopened some of these beds late last year, reversing Labor’s legacy of closing beds, putting those beds into storage and cutting staff at the LGH. All of this adds to the other beds opened at the LGH under this Government, including the short-stay surgical unit which complements the two additional surgical theatres we opened and staffed. This has delivered the record volumes of surgery we have just heard about in the Premier’s address, as well as a record low waiting list and improving waiting times.

We are extending care beyond the LGH with a permanent extended care paramedic service and a first intervention vehicle providing better care across greater Launceston and reducing hospital admissions. Our community rapid response service is providing in-home care across Launceston, with more than 2300 appointments for clinical nursing care and other services provided. This is providing care at home, something desperately needed after Labor cut the successful Hospital in the Home program in the last term of its government.

We are investing in better infrastructure, including the $5 million upgrade to the specialist clinics that were more than 35 years old and outdated. There is a $4 million upgrade to allied health clinics, including a special care dental unit, as well as upgrades to the nursing call system, and an $8 million upgrade to the 4K children’s ward, which was funded in last year’s budget. This is the first major work on the kids’ ward since it was built. I know and understand the challenges that our families face when their loved children are acutely sick. I passionately believe in this project and, frankly, it is long overdue.

The Government is working hard to rebuild Tasmania’s broken health system, including solutions to ensure patients get better, timelier care across our health system, including in our emergency departments. These are difficult steps to be taking working through, but they are necessary and, importantly, they are showing they are working.

Beyond the health system, this Government has made many significant achievements across my electorate of Bass. In IT we have launched free wi-fi for the public in Bridport, Scottsdale, Derby and George Town, as well as Launceston at the Gorge, the CBD, City Park, QVMAG and Seaport, building our tourism and visitor economy.

We have also contributed $100 000 to create Australia’s first citywide IOT network in the city. We have supported an enterprise hub, which provides services to individuals and small groups of entrepreneurs seeking to start or develop businesses. Coming up at Launceston Enterprise there will be range of talks, forums, lectures, events such as Gov Hack and the Digital Ready for Business program, which provides targeted knowledge, skills and advice to help small business to participate and grow in the digital economy.

In education we have invested heavily to upgrade our schools, with millions flowing for upgrades at Queechy, Riverside, Kings Meadows and Prospect High Schools, as well as Riverside and East Launceston Primary. In most of these cases, including the one that I taught at, these upgrades are very overdue and greatly welcomed.

We have supported our Neighbourhood Houses across Bass and we are upgrading parks and walking tracks to improve the recreation and leisure of all who live in the north of the state. We are funding transport initiatives, including the George Town rail freight terminal and the Bridport entrance upgrade.

It is great that we saw on the front page of the Examiner today the final go-ahead at the CH Smith site, with that much-needed redevelopment strongly supported by this Government, its jobs, its progress and its resolving a generations-old eyesore on one of Launceston’s arterial routes.

Madam Speaker, I am very grateful to serve as a member for Bass, to be part of this Government that is delivering real improvements for the people of northern Tasmania I proudly represent.

15 more permanent beds at the LGH

Today I am announcing we are permanently opening and funding 15 more beds at the Launceston General Hospital.

Health is a key priority for the Hodgman Liberal Government which is why we are making the commitment to permanently keep open the 12-bed Ward 4D and construct three new single rooms for vulnerable patients.
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8 new beds for the North West Regional Hospital

The Hodgman Liberal Government is opening eight new beds at the North West Regional Hospital.

Health is a key priority for the Government and we believe the Burnie hospital has a vital ongoing role delivering health services for North West Coasters.
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Michael Ferguson

This is a distressing diagnosis and my prayers and thoughts are for Vanessa during this time. She will be so grateful for the community's support and best wishes. Let's remain positive for her.

MichaelYesterday, the Attorney-General, Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC, Liberal Member for Pembroke was taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital by ambulance, after becoming extremely unwell. Doctors have advised that an initial diagnosis has indicated multiple tumours on her brain, and Vanessa remains in hospital while further tests are undertaken.

This is very distressing news for all those who work with her, and who know her. Vanessa is a warm-hearted, hard working and highly respected member of the community.

It is clear Vanessa will be unable to undertake her responsibilities as a member of the Government for at least a number of months.
Accordingly, I have today advised the Governor that I will be acting Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, Minister for Corrections, and Minister for the Arts.

Most importantly, Vanessa will receive the treatment, care and support that is needed, and will remain very much in our thoughts and prayers.
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This is a distressing diagnosis and my prayers and thoughts are for Vanessa during this time.  She will be so grateful for the communitys support and best wishes.  Lets remain positive for her.Michael

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So very sorry to hear this,good thoughts to her

May God's love comfort her and her family, colleagues and friends and may she make a good recovery.

What a dreadful shock for Dr Goodwin and her family. I am just a mere mortal, you don't know me, however I am shocked and saddened by what you are going through. Sincerely wishing you a successful recovery so you can enjoy your family and friends again:)

will be praying for her!

Very sad , healing vibes Vanessa

Hope she recovers quickly. 🙁

May the almighty god cure her

Very sad news 🌻


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2 weeks ago

Michael Ferguson

After three years in Government we are now building Tasmania’s future, and the $689 million RHH Redevelopment is symbolic of the progress we have made. The Hodgman Government will deliver a modern, 10-storey facility with increased capacity for 250 beds and an additional seven operating and procedure rooms, which will form part of the new interconnected surgery precinct.
This will add capacity that will further help to address our elective surgery wait list, which is already the shortest on record as a result of the targeted investment by the Government.
In the year to June 2016, 19,000 Tasmanians had their surgery – that’s 3000 more than the annual average over the preceding five years and the highest per capita rate of any state or territory.
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Great work Michael

I read your submission to the Senate Inquiry into the "Complaints mechanism administered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law". You know that is a work of fiction in relation to Tasmania, dont you? (Btw i am more than happy to keep sitting here putting the price up. Jane Holden is your star witness lol.)

So it looks like $$$ Billion to finish , wasn't there a move a couple of years ago to build a brand new Hospital for half that

I hope the air conditioning is up to scratch.Stuffy hospitals are not good.

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