Ministerial Statement – Child Protection Redesign

Minister for Human Services
Ministerial Statement – Child Protection Redesign
15 March, 2016

Six months ago I stood before you and outlined that the child protection system was broken and was failing the State’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families.

I made the point that this Government believed a different approach to child protection was an imperative and that in order to better protect children, we must better support families. Read More

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Minister for Human Services
International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
Thursday 15th October

Mrs PETRUSMA (Franklin – Minister for Human Services) – Madam Speaker, today 15 October is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, which acknowledges all those affected by pregnancy and infant loss. Sadly, there are over 40 stillbirths and 20 newborn deaths every year in Tasmania. One in four Tasmanian women will also experience a miscarriage; in fact, every 3.5 minutes a woman is miscarrying a baby in Australia. This means that there are a significant number of families in our community who at some point will have to deal with the pain of such a loss, yet it is something people are rarely willing to talk about.

From being a mum myself and from being a registered nurse I know how difficult it is to deal with the loss of a pregnancy or an infant, not only for the affected families but also for the medical staff who deal with grieving families as part of their professional role. It is important to recognise the courage displayed by everyone who is touched by these sad life events.

I particularly commend members of the Bears of Hope organisation which provides support and information services to affected families and today organised a special gathering on Infant Loss Remembrance Day. The support network that Bears of Hope has created offers care and comfort to families in their greatest time of need.

It was the Tasmanian arm of Bears of Hope that first made the Attorney-General and other members of parliament, like Ms Ogilvie and myself, aware of the number of families affected by pregnancy and infant loss, as well as the need for miscarriage, stillbirths, and new born deaths to be suitably commemorated as an important step in the grieving process.

I am delighted that the Attorney-General, Vanessa Goodwin MLC, has stated that from today parents who lose babies earlier than 20 weeks gestation can apply to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages for a commemorative certificate to recognise their loss. There is no cost to apply or receive this certificate. This will bring Tasmania into line with similar arrangements already operating in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The Australian Capital Territory is also planning to offer an early pregnancy loss certificate in the near future.

We sincerely hope that these certificates may provide some comfort, assistance and healing to grieving parents and their families by acknowledging the loss of their baby and enabling them to take some comfort that their child was special and will not be forgotten on this special remembrance day.

Ministerial Statement: Affordable Housing Strategy

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Human Services
Ministerial Statement: Affordable Housing Strategy
23 September, 2015

Madam Speaker, I rise to speak on an issue, the importance of which I feel sure is recognised and shared by all members in this House, the need to reduce housing stress and homelessness in Tasmania.

Without a secure home, it is difficult to live a full life and to also participate in society. While many Tasmanians can afford private rental and we enjoy the highest level of home ownership in Australia, this situation is changing. Read More

Budget Reply Speech 2015

Budget Reply Speech
Member for Franklin, The Hon. Jacquie Petrusma MP
Wednesday 4 June 2015

Mr Deputy Speaker, it gives me pleasure to speak on the Liberal Government’s second state Budget.  There is no doubt Tasmania is finally moving in the right direction.  Under our long-term plan the economy is growing, jobs are being created and we are getting the state’s finances back on track so that, most importantly, we can continue to invest into essential services now and into the future.  This Budget, like our first, gets the balance right.  It is a measured and a responsible approach and continues the Government’s commitment to and support of Tasmania’s most vulnerable.

Once again this Budget provides around $300 million worth of concessions to Tasmanians and also continues to fill the nearly $9 million funding gap left by the Federal Government last year and ensures that those who receive concessions continue to receive them. Read More

The Search – Burnie Wins

The Search – Burnie Wins
Member for Franklin, The Hon. Jacquie Petrusma
18 March, 2015

Mrs PETRUSMA (Franklin – Minister for Human Services) – Madam Speaker, I rise to inform the House that the community of Burnie will reap the benefits of a resource pool of up to $1 million after it being announced as The Search finalist. The Search, an initiative of the Centre for Social Impact is aimed at encouraging communities to tackle entrenched social challenges. It was concluded in Sydney today where Burnie was announced as the winner. Described as the first of its kind in Australia, the Search is an initiative to develop the capacity of communities in the early stages of implementing the collective impact framework. Read More

White Ribbon Day 2014

Motion – White Ribbon Day
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
27 November, 2014

Mrs Petrusma (Franklin – Minister for Women) – Madam Speaker, I begin by thanking the Premier, the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Greens for their heartfelt words in support of this motion. I thank Lara Giddings and Cassy O’Connor for their willingness to work in partnership. For the first time in Tasmania all three political parties are standing together to say that violence against women, in whatever form it takes, is never acceptable. Read More