Final Report Abuse in State Care

Final Report Abuse in State Care
6 November, 2014

[10.54 a.m.]

Madam Speaker, I thank the member for her question as well as her compassion and commitment to children in this state. The final report for the Tasmanian claims of abuse in state care program will today be released, highlighting both the courage of individuals who shared their stories and our tripartisan commitment of past and present Tasmanian governments and members of parliament to support victims of abuse in state care.

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Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

6 November 2014

[6.00 p.m.]

Mrs PETRUSMA (Franklin – Minister for Human Services) – Madam Speaker, I rise tonight to speak about an exciting initiative that the Government is involved in – to tackle the scourge of domestic and family violence which is widespread in Australia. The Government has united with the Commonwealth and other states and territories to jointly fund Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety or ANROWS, Australia’s only independent national research organisation for women’s safety. Read More

First Speech for this the 48th Sitting of Tasmania’s Parliament

27 May 2014

Madam Speaker, I congratulate all members of this House on their election and re-election on 15 March.  All here, whether Liberal, Labor or Greens, have worked exceptionally hard for the privilege of being in this Chamber today.

It is a real privilege and honour to stand here as an elected Liberal member for Franklin for a second term.  I feel especially humbled, as I know from the feedback I have received since the election that many of the people who voted for me either voted Liberal for the first time or for the first time in 16 years, and I want to thank them today for their vote of confidence in both me and in the Liberal Party.  I do not take their vote confidence lightly and intend to prove to my electorate that I am once again worthy of their support and trust.  Read More


September 4th, 2014
 Second Reading

Mr Deputy Speaker, I congratulate the Treasurer, Peter Gutwein on delivering this Liberal Government’s first State Budget.  It delivers on our promises, fixes the Budget mess and lays the foundations for the future.  For the first time in a long time Tasmanians have a Budget that gets the balance right.  It is a measured and a responsible approach to get the state’s finances back on track.

The Budget will protect essential services and vulnerable Tasmanians with $300 million for concession holders.  This Government is committed to helping the community sector by absorbing cost increases associated with award wage rate increases in the CPI.  Indexation will be applied to base grant funding at a rate of 2.25 per cent, which equates to an allocation of $5.3 million for indexation in 2014-15. Read More