Notice of Motion – Brent Street

Notice of Motion – Brent Street
Minister for Human Services, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
27 October, 2015


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to improving access to affordable housing for vulnerable Tasmanians.
  2. Under our Affordable Housing Strategy, we are partnering with both the community sector and the private sector to build new homes for Tasmanians in need, which has the added benefit of boosting the economy and creating more jobs in Tasmania’s building industry.
  3. The former Brent Street Primary School site in Glenorchy will now become a centre of affordable housing options for Tasmanians, by being redeveloped by CatholicCare Tasmania in partnership with Tasmanian building company Wilson Homes to build new affordable homes.
  4. This redevelopment will inject more than $16 million in economic activity in Tasmania and create more than 120 jobs in construction, while delivering 25 new affordable rental homes for Tasmanians eligible for social housing and 20 house and land packages for low income Tasmanians, as well as an additional 30 private homes on the site.
  5. Under our Home Share program, the house and land packages will help 20 Tasmanian families who would normally be unable to obtain finance with the opportunity to become home owners through a shared equity model with the Director of Housing, and the rental properties will include three that are purpose designed and built to make them suitable for tenants living with disability.
  6. This is a great outcome for an old school site, with development approvals already in place and CatholicCare and Wilson Homes commencing civil construction on the site so

Notice of Motion – Anti-Poverty Week 2015

Notice of Motion – Anti-Poverty Week 2015
Minister for Human Services, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
13 October, 2015


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. 11th to the 17th of October is Anti-Poverty Week.
  2. Anti-Poverty Week is an annual initiative which aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship, and the devastating effect that poverty and disadvantage has on an individual, on a family, on a community and on Tasmania as a whole.
  3. Last year the Australian Council of Social Services reported that there are approximately 2.5 million people or 13.9 per cent of all people in Australia living below the internationally accepted poverty line.
  4. This Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to breaking the cycle of disadvantage and to providing vulnerable Tasmanians with a hand-up so that they can move out and stay out of poverty.
  5. Whilst there is still more to be done Tasmania has begun heading in the right direction with 6,200 new jobs created since the last election and the unemployment rate having fallen to 6.5 per cent.
  6. On Thursday I, along with my Labor and Green Colleagues, will be participating in the Colony 47 Anti-Poverty week Round Table.
  7. The event is being held to raise awareness of ‘Gender Inequality and its relationship to Poverty’.
  8. I encourage Tasmanians to become involved with Anti-Poverty Week Activities occurring across the state, details of which can be found at www.antipovertyweek.org.au/calendar-of-activities-2015

Notice of Motion – International Day of the Girl Child 2015

Notice of Motion – International Day of the Girl Child 2015
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
13 October, 2015


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. Sunday 11 October 2015, marked the fourth annual international day of the Girl Child – a day to recognise the rights of girls and to recognise the injustices and unique challenges that many young girls and women face around the world.
  2. Statistics showing high levels of physical and sexual violence against girls and women are abhorrent and alarming.
  3. But while such practices as forced marriages and Female Genital Mutilation tend to occur more in developing countries, we know that family violence and the abuse of the basic human rights of girls and women is a problem everywhere.
  4. That is why the Hodgman Liberal Government has committed nearly $26 million to implement Tasmania’s first family violence action plan.
  5. Through Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020, we will bring family violence out from behind closed doors and invest funding in initiatives aimed at early intervention as well as holding perpetrators to account.
  6. On International Day of the Girl Child, it is positive to reflect on the efforts we are taking in Tasmania to protect Tasmanian girls and women from violence.
  7. Every girl has a right to grow up in a safe and supportive community, and we should all work towards the goal of improving the access of girls around the world to basic human rights.

Notice of Motion – VicHealth Survey

Notice of Motion – VicHealth Survey
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
13 October, 2015


 Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. On Thursday 24 September, VicHealth released a new report, titled Young Australians’ Attitudes to Violence against Women.
  2. 16 to 24 year olds were surveyed about their views on violence against women and gender inequality with young people showing a higher level of attitudinal support for violence against women than those aged 35-64 years. They also have a lower level of understanding that violence is more than physical violence and forced sex, and are less likely to support gender equality in relationships.
  3. Key findings from the survey found:
    1. One in five young people believe there are circumstances in which women bear part of the responsibility for sexual assault. For example, 20% of 16-24 year olds believe that women often say ‘no’ when they mean ‘yes’ compared to 13% of the 35-64 year age group.
    2. Two in five (40%) young people believe that ‘rape results from men not being able to control their sexual urges, an increase from one in three young people when the survey was last conducted in 2009.
    3. Although most young people (84%) agree that tracking a partner by electronic means without her consent is serious, nearly half (46%) believe that it is acceptable to some degree (compared to only 35% of those aged 35-64 years). Young men are more likely to agree with this than young women (52% v 40%).
    4. One in five (22%) young people also believe that men should take control in relationships compared to 16% of 35-64 year olds.
  4. As VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said, VicHealth is particularly concerned by the number of young men and women who believe that women are often partly to blame for rape and those who believe tracking by electronic means is acceptable.
  5. The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to working with the Commonwealth, other states and territories, and the community generally to reduce the incidence of family and sexual violence.
  6. Our recently announced and released Family Violence Action Plan, Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020 is aimed at changing attitudes, supporting victims, and holding perpetrators to account and is a significant step forward in addressing this appalling social ill that confronts us daily.

Notice of Motion – Foster Carers Week 2015

Notice of Motion – Foster Carers Week
Minister for Human Services, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
16 September, 2015


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. Foster Carers Week is being celebrated in Tasmania from the 13th to the 20th September, to highlight the commitment of foster and kinship carers in providing safe and supportive care for children and young people who cannot live at home.
  2. At the same time, the peak advocacy group providing support to Tasmanian foster and kinship carers changed its name to reflect its broader support for the families of those who care for children, by becoming Foster and Kinship Carers Association of Tasmania.
  3. To celebrate, a service presentation ceremony was held at Government House on Wednesday 16 September 2015, where individual carers were formally recognised for their service, care and support of Tasmanian children and young people.
  4. Recognition of Service awards for 46 foster and kinship carers from around the State were presented, representing hundreds of years of care and support of Tasmania’s children and young people.
  5. In addition, Life Membership was awarded to:
    • Ken & Sheila Avery;
    • Corrie & John Bartel;
    • Sandra & Robin Jacques; and
    • Rhonda & Tony Spink.
  6. The Government congratulates and thanks all these award winners for their well-deserved recognition and service, and looks forward to continuing to work with the Foster and Kinship Carers Association of Tasmania and most importantly – our foster and kinship carers.

Notice of Motion – NAPCAN Child Protection Week 2015

Notice of Motion – NAPCAN Child Protection Week
Minister for Human Services, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
16 September, 2015


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) recently celebrated National Child Protection Week; an awareness campaign to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of primary prevention to reduce child abuse and neglect in Australia.
  2. Now in its 25th year, NAPCAN’s campaign provides communities and individuals with practical information on how to ‘Play Your Part’ and to act on the core message – that “protecting children is everyone’s business”.
  3. This year the focus of National Child Protection Week was on families, workplaces and communities combating the impact of family violence on children and young people.
  4. I congratulate the 2015 Tasmanian Winner of the Play Your Part Awards for Inspiring Prevention Initiatives: Mission Australia’s South East Gateway, together with alliance members, Baptcare, Good Beginnings, Hobart City Mission, Jordan River Services and Pittwater Community Centre, for their Integrated Family Support Service.

Notice of Motion – Devonport Youth Accommodation

Notice of Motion – Devonport Youth Accommodation
Minister for Human Services, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
15 September, 2015


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to supporting young people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, addressing housing affordability, providing training that leads to employment, and creating jobs.
  2. A $7.5 million supported accommodation facility for young people at Devonport will deliver new homes, jobs and opportunities in the North-West of Tasmania.
  3. This supported accommodation facility will be built on surplus land on the Devonport TasTAFE campus, with a former student accommodation building forming part of the development which will provide 25 independent units as well as communal facilities and consulting rooms.
  4. The facility is aimed at young people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, and includes five units specifically designed for those living with a disability, supported by the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
  5. As an add-on to the project, a 20-lot residential subdivision will also be developed, of which Housing Tasmania will retain one to build a new, five-person disability group home, further helping to meet demand for this type of accommodation in the North-West.
  6. The remaining residential lots will be sold on the open market and also to eligible people under the Government’s HomeShare Scheme.
  7. This supported accommodation facility will be the third of its kind targeted at young people in Tasmania. Thyne House in Launceston is already operating successfully and Hobart’s Trinity Hill is due for completion later this year.
  8. These facilities provide for a collaborative and integrated support model for young people, including a support service working in partnership with a community-based group.
  9. This exciting development will also make a significant contribution to the local North West economy, creating more than 40 jobs in the building sector and generating about $15 million in economic activity.

Notice of Motion – Neighbourhood Houses Food Co-operatives

Notice of Motion – Neighbourhood Houses Food Co-operatives
Minister for Human Services, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
15 September, 2015


 Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to supporting Neighbourhood Houses across the state as part of our plan to rebuild essential services.
  2. Delivering improved access to fresh and affordable food is the aim of our $100,000 election commitment to help establish new food co-operatives through Neighbourhood Houses to promote healthy eating in their local communities.
  3. These new co-operatives will complement a range of activities funded by local, state and federal governments on food security, dirt to plate and improving nutrition at the community level.
  4. Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania has worked with Eat Well Tasmania and the Heart Foundation to support this project and to help Neighbourhood Houses to establish food co-operatives.
  5. The successful Neighbourhood House food co-operatives proposals are:
    1. Geeveston Community Centre and Maranoa Heights Community Centre, who will operate wholesaler boxes that will be dropped into their respective Neighbourhood House;
    2. Bucaan Community House, who will bulk buy produce and operate a food co-op model supplemented from Goodwood Community Centre’s garden.
    3. Dunalley Neighbourhood House, who will partner with Okines Community House’s existing wholefoods model to include more food and vegetables;
    4. Northern Suburbs Community Centre – Rocherlea, who is planning a food cart/trailer that will be set up in community locations, such as local schools, so community members do not need to come to the Neighbourhood House;
    5. Deloraine House, who will be adding value to an existing project by creating access to excess/waste fruit and vegetables from back yard fruit trees and vegetable gardens. They will bring together people to make preserved products such as jams and bottled fruit; and
    6. West Moonah Community House, who will leverage off the success of Goodwood Community Centre and Bucaan Community House and extend the reach of their activities to the West Moonah area. The West Moonah activities will commence when their building works are completed.
  6. We congratulate all of these Neighbourhood Houses on their success and wish them well with their food co-operatives, which will be of great benefit in their local communities.

Notice of Motion – Second Launch of “Daisy”

Notice of Motion – Second Launch of “Daisy”
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
15 September, 2015


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. Gaining access to advice and support services is the most difficult first step for many women seeking to escape family violence.
  2. The Daisy app – developed under the National Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022 – is helping to change lives.
  3. An updated version of the app has now been released, with input from the Tasmanian Government and will assist even more women to connect to support services across the country.
  4. The popularity of smart phones and tablets makes the Daisy app a widely accessible tool for women who have experienced, or are experiencing, family violence, to connect with a wide range of support services in Tasmania that can help them understand their rights and options – including legal support, financial information, and crisis accommodation.
  5. The updated version supports voice control settings to assist users who have visual impairments or low literacy levels, is available in an additional 28 languages, and is free to download from the ITunes store or Google Play.
  6. Importantly, it can also be used by family and friends trying to support a loved one’s decision making.

Notice of Motion – National Op Shop Week 2015

Notice of Motion – National Op Shop Week 2015
Minister for Human Services, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
25 August, 2015


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. Sunday 23 August to Sunday 30 August is National Op Shop Week, an initiative of the Do Something charity.
  2. The campaign slogan for the fourth National Op Shop Week is “Op Till You Drop!” with Australians being encouraged to spring clean their wardrobes and donate good quality clothing and other items to their local charity op shop.
  3. To make it easier to donate, over 2,100 Australian charity op shops have been listed on Do Something’s OpShopWeek.com.au website. Charity op shops listed on the site include Vinnies, the Salvos, Red Cross, Lifeline, The Smith Family, the RSPCA, the Asthma Foundation, Anglicare, MS Australia, Uniting Care, Mission Australia, and many, many more.
  4. In addition to donating, Tasmanians are encouraged to support the hard work and provision of vital services by our charitable and community organisations in the state by:
  • volunteering at a local charity or op shop; and
  • helping op-shops to raise money by buying their goods.