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GREENS SEEING RED ON CODE BLUE CALL

 

The SA Greens have welcomed today’s announcement of a Code Blue emergency homelessness response but have renewed their calls (made in parliament last week) for a review and reform of the criteria for a Cold Blue to be called.

Quotes attributable to Greens MLC, Tammy Franks:

“After heavy rains have lashed Adelaide overnight and recording our wettest day in more than two years, it is a relief to see that a code blue has finally been called. However, given the recent spate of very cold nights consistently below 6 degrees, followed by last night’s stormy weather, strong winds, and heavy rain, it beggars belief that it has taken until now for a Code Blue to finally be called.

“We cannot pretend that last night’s storm was neither unexpected nor insignificant, while radio announcers were telling people in housing to get their washing done and off the line by nightfall we heard nothing about preparations for people sleeping rough to survive the night. The fact that a Code Blue wasn’t called at that time should show our Government that the current criteria is currently too restrictive and rigid to function as it should.

“Sleeping rough shortens lives by as much as 30 years and puts people’s lives at direct risk every day. We have already seen deaths this year from those sleeping rough on these cold city nights. We keep being told that there is enough flexibility in the criteria, yet we’re not seeing Code Blues being triggered or declared when we would expect them to be.  

Code Reds (hot weather) and Code Blues (cold weather) assist those sleeping rough by connecting them with support services and providing additional services, including extended operating hours, increased shelter operations, additional food etc, when weather conditions are extreme.

The current triggers for a Code Blue are:

  • conditions predicted to continue for at least three days by the Bureau of Meteorology with any two of the following:
  • temperatures dropping below an average night-time low of 6º Celsius;
  • significant rainfall causing difficulty for unsheltered individuals to remain dry; and
  • damaging wind gusts posing a high risk for the safety of those unsheltered individuals;
    • conditions predicted by the BOM to continue for at least five days when temperatures drop below an average night-time low of 5º Celsius; or
    • any other factors related to extreme winter weather which require a Code Blue response.

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This week is National Volunteer Week: a time when as a community we reflect on and celebrate the enormous value and work of our volunteers. This includes CFS and SES volunteers. Greens MLC Tammy Franks will be bringing her Fire and Emergency Services (Volunteer Charter) Bill to a vote on the 5th of June. This Bill seeks to enshrine the CFS and SES Volunteer Charters in legislation, as well as mandate that governments consult with the CFS and SES volunteers in respect to matters that concern them.

Quotes attributable to Tammy Franks:

“This is simple legislation that would take the CFS and SES Volunteer Charters that currently sit in the regulations of this Bill and move them into the legislation itself. This is an important move to ensure that volunteers know they are valued and know that they are supported by the work of Parliament and Government.

“This legislation keeps being promised to CFS and SES Volunteers and has repeatedly been brought before the Parliament, but we keep falling short. It’s well past time to make what is such a small change to the Fire and Emergency Services Act, but a change that has such a large impact.

“CFS and SES volunteers provide an essential and invaluable service to our community. It is vital that we recognize their work by guaranteeing they get a say in what happens to them at an organizational level.

“Whilst successive Governments have said they support this legislation and the Volunteer Charters in question, the reason this legislation is necessary is because Governments have not been abiding by the charter in letter or in spirit. This Bill will compel the government to respect the charter.

 

Both the SES Volunteers Association and the CFS Volunteers Association support moving the Charters into legislation, mirroring what has been done by the Victorian Government.

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May 1, 2019

CHANGE THE RULES

 ON INDUSTRIAL MANSLAUGHTER

 

 

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HIGH COURT THROWS OUT CASE AGAINST SAFE ACCESS ZONES

 

The High Court has thrown out the case against safe access zone laws in Victoria and Tasmania.  Safe access zones in Victoria and Tasmania create a 150 metre protection zone outside abortion clinics, and prohibit certain behaviours.

 

The High Court upholding these safe access zones as constitutional is good news for South Australia, where legislation introduced by Tammy Franks MLC seeks to establish such zones around health care providers that offer abortion services.

The following quotes are attributable to Tammy Franks:

“Free speech is not a license to harm others without consequences. People should be able to seek and provide health care without being harassed, health care workers deserve to do their work in a safe environment so I’m glad that this basic principle has been upheld by the High Court today, we need these same protection in SA now.

Anti-abortionists have an established track record of causing serious distress, fear, and anxiety both to women seeking an abortion but to health workers who work in clinics that provide abortion services. The behaviour creates an unsafe workplace for health care staff and causes some women to delay medical treatment, and even women seeking non-abortion treatments such as pap smears and check-ups have to face the protesters. 

 “SA and WA are the only states in the country that don’t yet have safe access zones in legislation; the Bill for abortion law reform I introduced late last year seeks to change that.

“Most importantly, as the High Court so rightly pointed out; a woman’s decision whether or not to abort her pregnancy is not a political decision.”

 

 

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April 4, 2019

PUBLIC HEALTH - NOT POLEMICS - SHOULD GUIDE IMMUNISATION DEBATE

The SA Greens are dismayed that the Shadow Minister for Health, Chris Picton, continues to prioritise playing politics over public health and an evidence based approach in the so called ‘No Jab No Play’ debate.

The state Upper House today passed legislation (South Australian Public Health (Early Childhood Services and Immunisation) Amendment Bill 2019) that will require early childhood services to keep and provide immunisation records for all children attending their services. In the case of an outbreak significant powers and penalties will apply for non compliance, and children will be able to be excluded from attendance for non-compliance.

The following quotes are attributable to Tammy Franks: I am firmly pro-vaccination. I understand the public health outcomes, but I am also very cautious when it comes to punishing the children for the decisions of their parents and restricting rights to education as a supposed public health measure. I am even more cautious when an organisation such as the Royal Australasian College of Physicians raises concerns.

“The Bill today was supported by all parties, including Labor but the Shadow Minister Chris Picton then sulked on Twitter – complete with emojis- when he didn’t get everything his way.  A companion Bill will come before this Parliament after further public consultation. That consultation will inform future votes on these matters.”

“However, rather than consult and listen, Labor today has used the failure of their amendments to this Bill to yet again play politics with public health matters with scant regard to the impact they may have had on child protection or the rights of a child to education.”

“The SA Child Development Council recognizes the complexities of the issues around so-called ‘No Jab No Play’ legislation and the potential impacts on the human rights of a child’s right to both health and education. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians have also raised their concerns that by using too blunt an instrument in so-called ‘No Jab No Pay’ approach we may be violating the child’s human right to access education. Labor today attempted to weaponize the Bill like a sledgehammer to crack the nut of immunisation non-compliance.”

“Perhaps Labor should listen to the health professionals rather than launch into a dummy spit when their amendments didn’t pass today. Punishing children by restricting access to education for the choices their parents make is a bridge too far. The Greens also remain highly cognisant that the social determinants of health include that very access to education.”

“Vaccination works. Punitive measures made without proper consultation may well not.”

“However, when we are talking about public health measures, public health and cautious consultation guide The Greens on our votes in this matter and not the Shadow Minister’s dramatics, polemics and dummy spits.”

 

 

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March 29, 2019

UNITED FRONT TO TAKE THE POLITICS OUT OF THE COORONG UNDER NEW BILL

Tomorrow MPs across the political divide will be joining the local community in the Coorong to talk about new legislation proposed by Greens MLC Tammy Franks. The legislation, which has been called for by the local community, will establish the Coorong Environmental Trust; an independent body with the objective of driving the restoration of flows and ecological stability within the Lower Lakes and the Coorong, with a strong focus on the Ramsar principle of sustainable use.

Labor, Liberal, Greens, and SA Best MPs will all be at the Goolwa Wharf, Goolwa tomorrow March 30 2019 from 10:00am to launch the Coorong Environmental Trust Bill 2019, which will be introduced by the Hon Tammy Franks MLC into parliament next week.

The Trust will consist of members representing organisations with a professional, financial, physical or legal commitment to the ecological wellbeing of the Coorong. This will be an independent Trust that operates outside of the Government to manage the Coorong Ramsar site.

The following quotes are attributable to Tammy Franks MLC:

“It’s time to take the politics out, and put science and the community back at the heart of the management of the Coorong and Lower Lakes.

“This Trust will empower the local and scientific community to manage the lower lakes and Coorong in the way they know and can demonstrate is best, taking some of the politics out of the management of that waterway for the benefit of the local community and the environment.

We want this Trust to be as independent from state Government, while still affording the state Government and the Parliament the opportunity to use information and reports from the Trust to inform decision making.

 

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