Rebecca White MP | Labor Member for Lyons
What has happened to the Liberal Party’s plan to compulsory acquire the Triabunna woodchip mill?
Before the election, the Liberals talked tough about the need to seize the mill from Triabunna Investments.
Now they have come to Government they have made no moves to compulsory acquire the asset.
What’s worse, it has been revealed they have entered into negotiations to sell the Triabunna wharf to Triabunna Investments; the very same company they have spent so much time criticizing for their involvement in the purchase of the mill site.
This reeks of hypocrisy and highlights that this Liberal Government seems to have found the task of Government much harder than they imagined. They are akin to kids who scream to have their training wheels removed but as soon as they are given the chance to take control they fall off, start crying and blame everybody else for their problems.
The difference between the Triabunna mill and the Triabunna wharf is that the mill site is privately owned and the wharf is a public asset. It belongs to the people and the Government of the day must make decisions about its future use through this lens.
Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White is seeking a briefing about Health Minister Michael Ferguson’s proposed mergers of Tasmanian Health Organisations and the establishment of the Tasmanian Health Service.
“Labor is willing to support health reform if it benefits Tasmanian patients,” Ms White said.
The Liberal Government has revealed it’s only motivated by politics when it comes to an inquiry into events at Triabunna.
Labor MP Rebecca White said the Liberals have disappointingly knocked back a move to make the inquiry more constructive.
Labor Member for Lyons Rebecca White has welcomed Brighton Council withdrawing a notification to remove animals from the Jordan River farm school.
“This is a sensible step,” Ms White said.
“The farm school is an integral part of the Brighton community.
Serious questions remain over how the State Government will cope with blows dealt to the health budget by the Abbott Government.
Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said that while Health Minister Michael Ferguson was happy to trumpet extra money for elective surgery, he was yet to spell out how the health budget would stand up to Tony Abbott’s merciless raid on funds.
Labor is calling for a new approach to the medicinal use of cannabis.
Shadow Attorney-General Lara Giddings said that it was time for mature discussions about the social and economic benefits of medicinal cannabis.
“It’s time for all sides of politics to get together with the experts and come up with a result that benefits patients and the state,” Ms Giddings said.
Shadow Human Services Minister Rebecca White has slammed the Liberals piecemeal funding to vital emergency food relief organisations.
“This last-gasp funding of $78,000 is inadequate and does nothing for the uncertainty facing SecondBite, Foodbank and Produce to the People,” Ms White said.
“A grant deed was issued to these organisations offering them a small amount of funding which was tied to them providing a business plan by 31 December 2014 showing how they will transition to full self-sustainability by the end of the year.
Shadow Human Services Minister Rebecca White has cautiously welcomed the Liberals’ indication that rises in rent setting and water charges for Housing Tasmania tenants are not on the agenda.
“Labor asked questions of Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma about rent setting and potential water charges for Housing Tasmania tenants today,” Ms White said.