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Rebecca White MP | Labor Member for Lyons

The State Liberal Government is in damage control following the release of the Parliamentary report into the sale of the Triabunna export woodchip mill site.

“The report clearly demonstrates the inquiry was a politically-motivated waste of time and taxpayers’ money,” Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said.

“It has achieved nothing and highlights the Liberals failure to support the Triabunna community.

”Guy Barnett has corrupted the political process and is working against the community he is supposed to represent.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White has called on the State and Federal Liberal Governments to stop bickering over who's to blame for the closure of a Hobart dementia unit.

The Jasmine Unit at the Roy Fagan Centre in Lenah Valley will close in April.

Having finally made a decision on the future of the Royal Hobart Hospital, Health Minister Michael Ferguson appears to think his job is done.

Before work has even restarted the Minister’s already declared “this project is officially now rescued”.

But Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White says Mr Ferguson has many more questions to answer.

Health Minister Michael Ferguson must explain what a funding black hole of more than $150 million means for Tasmania’s health system.

Health analyst Martin Goddard estimates the hit to Tasmania’s health budget will be $86 million, following the release of the Midyear Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White today called on the Tasmanian Liberal Government to say where it stands on Tony Abbott’s GP tax.

“The question Tasmanians want answered is whether the State Liberals are going to be apologists for this tricky tax or stand up to Tony Abbott,” Ms White said.

Health Minister Michael Ferguson needs to release the report into the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said Tasmanians deserve to know what’s going on, especially given the $1 million price tag attached to the taskforce.

National exposure of drug problems on the North-West Coast and a lack of rehabilitation services is a big wake-up call for the Government and Health Minister Michael Ferguson, according to Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White.

Ms White said the ABC Four Corners program last night gave an alarming insight into the horrible impact illicit drugs are having on regional and rural communities.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White is calling on Health Minister Michael Ferguson to rule out privatisation of 18 residential and four acute beds at the Midlands Multi-Purpose Health Centre.

“Mr Ferguson needs to give residents and staff confidence they will not lose their hospital which has been serving the community for 35 years,” Ms White said.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White today accused Health Minister Michael Ferguson of dodging questions over planned cuts to Tasmania’s Jack Jumper Allergy Program.

“Mr Ferguson will not say whether the Burnie clinic will remain open raising serious questions over its commitment to maintaining the program,” Ms White said.

The Liberal Government’s broken promise to protect frontline services has been laid bare, with confirmation the Northern THO has to slash $8.1 million in just nine months.

Responses to questions asked during estimates also reveal the Southern THO will have to find over $8.5 million in savings, with $5.2 million to come from the North West.

Labor Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said the cuts would have an inevitable impact on frontline services.

“The Liberal Government is attacking workers and sacrificing essential health services to pay for its unaffordable election commitments,” Ms White said.

“The Government’s twisted priorities will hurt Tasmanians.

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