Tuesday 22 May 2012
Hansard of the Legislative
CONSOLIDATED FUND APPROPRIATION
BILL (No. 1) 2012 (No. 16)
FUND APPROPRIATION BILL (No. 2) 2012 (No. 17)
of Budget Papers
Hall - Through you, Madam
President - it was always a promise of the former Treasurer that the
Department of Economic Development was going to reduce red tape, as
other states have. Other states have saved hundreds of millions of
dollars in reduced red tape but here it does not seem to have
TAYLOR - Not yet, let us
be positive about this. I thought it might be an interesting question
to ask next week in estimates: what has happened to red tape?
President, there are good points in the budget and I am not trying to
be totally negative. I applaud the funding of a Tasmanian government
innovation and investment fund and let us hope that it provides money
for investment and not just more departments.
and family health centres particularly in areas out of the city are
hugely successful. I am aware of the one, for instance, in St Helens
which has only been open for six months or so but appears to be
providing really great support for young local families. Money for
integrated care centres has not been cut. It has been pushed out into
future years but, nevertheless, the money is still all there.
in irrigation is significant. It is mostly led by, and invested in,
by farmers who pay for water, but at least this government supports
it, and that is a good thing.
are some measures in this budget that appear to be wasteful. The
phasing out of sow stalls and battery hens is being accelerated.
Whether there is enough money in the budget to help farmers do this
in the time allocated is another matter - I hope there is. It is only
a few years ago that farmers had to invest in larger cages for caged
hens as a result of the government initiative. They spent millions of
dollars on cages that would last 15 to 20 years and we are now less
than 10 years down that track. Can they be compensated for that
investment and can it be done with the money that has been given?
Dean - Through you, Madam
President - is that a priority right now when people are dying
waiting for surgery?
TAYLOR - I will let you
to speak to that when you get up. It is certainly a questionthat
needs to be asked.
- Through you, Madam President - I was talking last week about a
piggery in my electorate. The owner was offered support of $100 000
to redesign the piggery but he did not take it up. He felt that the
change in regulations regarding sow
stalls would make it
uneconomical for him to continue in the business, even with a$100 000
injection. He had to say no to it.
TAYLOR - So what will he
do? Just go out of business?
Finch - And then wait to
see what unfolds