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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Parliament Needs to Focus on the Big Issues

With State Parliament returning on Tuesday after a three month break, I have written to the Leader of the Opposition requesting that the energy crisis, TWWHA fires, CSIRO sackings, POMS outbreak, Health underfunding and Hobart gridlock be prioritised over Labor’s planned motion of No Confidence in the Speaker.

A copy of the letter is downloadable below …

The three Greens’ MPs are concerned valuable and scarce Parliamentary time will be spent debating a matter which has little to do with the pressing issues currently facing Tasmania.

While we appreciate that questions of Confidence need to be resolved, we believe the focus on Parliament’s return should be Minister Groom’s inept handling of the energy portfolio and the Basslink crisis which is costing the State dearly.

Minister Groom also needs to be challenged on his lengthy delay in requesting more support to fight the fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Minister Ferguson needs to explain why it is that a 95 year old woman was made to wait on the Emergency Department floor for hospital treatment in our underfunded health system, while Minister Hidding has some serious explaining to do to commuters in Southern Tasmania.

State Parliament has not sat for three months.

Tasmanians will be expecting us to ask the questions they want answered on the very serious issues of the day.

Download …


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  1. Simon Warriner

    March 6, 2016 at 11:28 am

    That Cassy O’Connor should fail to see the importance of revealing the speakers conflicted interest is hardly a shock. What is amazing is that Bryan Green recognised it.

    Conflicted interest bedevils everything a party politician does, right down to the complaints about the burning of world heritage areas. A focus on the delayed response is neglected in favour of a focus on world heritage loss, which allows the politicisation of the debate, and takes the focus off the failure of those managing the fire response to respond with maximum effort at the earliest opportunity.

  2. Simon Warriner

    March 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    The speaker is not the problem, merely a symptom of it.

    As is Bryan Green.

  3. Bryan Green MR posted by editor

    March 5, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Bryan Green MP
    Labor Leader 6 March 2016
    Labor will move No Confidence Motion in Tasmanian Speaker

     Labor will argue Speaker has personal and professional conflicts of interest
     First motion of its type in Tasmania in 55 years
     Opposition parties must be able to scrutinise Liberal Ministers

    The Tasmanian Labor Opposition will this week move a motion of no confidence in Speaker Elise Archer in the House of Assembly over a perceived conflict of interest in the Damien Mantach affair.

    Labor Leader Bryan Green said there were serious concerns that Ms Archer has failed to act impartially and failed to manage perceived conflicts that were both personal and professional.

    The historic motion is the first of its type since August 1961 when the government of the day moved a motion of no confidence against Speaker Charley Aylett.

    “I want to assure all Tasmanians that this is a decision the Labor Opposition has not taken lightly and the fact that there has not been a similar motion moved in almost six decades shows the gravity of the situation,” Mr Green said.

    “I also understand there are people who will believe that this should not be our first priority as we return to Parliament for the first time in 2016.

    “We are faced with an Energy Minister who has dismally bungled the security of our state’s electricity supplies, a Child Protection Minister who has badly failed kids in her care and a former Forestry Minister who oversaw the industry imploding and then quit when the going got tough.

    “But if we have no confidence in the Speaker and that she will act impartially, we can have no confidence that questions on the floor of the Parliament to those Ministers, the Premier and others will be given a fair hearing.

    “At the heart of the issue is Labor’s belief that the Speaker had a perceived conflict of interest in the Damien Mantach affair which she repeatedly and blatantly failed to manage.

    “That calls the Speaker’s impartiality into question.

    “The Matach matter is one that reaches deep into the web of connections and history of the Tasmanian Liberals and in regard to questions that Labor attempted to ask in the Parliament last year, we will argue the Speaker failed the public scrutiny test.

    “All Tasmanians need to be assured and confident that their Parliament is working as it should and that all Members are accountable.

    “This motion this week will be a test of that.”

  4. Chris

    March 5, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    How can you expect the photo above to be recognised, there he sat alongside his leader in the Federal Parliament unrecognised by the speaker and had to send a note sent to have an announcement made that he was there too.
    Will he be seen or heard in the State legislative surrounds when he ties to explain the recent stuff ups.
    Will he explain how the Ex minster for Sarwarak managed to be billeted in Parliament and not in a plywood mill?
    Will he tell us how much money Forestry and the HEC have lost in the last three months?

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