The Marshall Government lost its second procedural showdown in a week in the SA Parliament yesterday when the Upper House suspended standing orders to condemn cuts to sexual health service SHINE SA, when The Greens’ motion backed by Labor, SA-Best and Advance SA against the Government’s protestations.
The motion condemned the $547,000 funding cuts made in the 18-19 Budget that will now see SHINE close their clinics in the northern and southern suburbs early next year.
Quotes attributable to Greens MLC Tammy Franks
This is the second time in a week the Government has lost control in Parliament because a Marshall Minister has a tin ear and has lost touch with community.
People’s sexual health needs won’t go away but without SHINE to service the young and vulnerable clients some of those needs early on they will likely become far more complex and also more expensive to treat.
The Minister’s comments last night that SHINE SA should "get creative" to offset the cuts – or curiously suggesting they consider using libraries as other services had done when facing cuts – were disturbing.
The Minister’s claims that these cuts will be met by MBS billing was also not correct. SHINE SA has been MBS billing since 2013, that very MBS billing was already offsetting previous budget cuts under Labor.
I would say Minister Wade needs to get a second opinion on these cuts, but last week he was offered 350 ‘second opinions’ and he still hasn’t listened to them. Surely the concerns last week of 350 medical professionals who signed an open letter against the SHINE cuts and asked to meet the Minister should have sparked some reaction. But even those 350 doctors are still waiting on their requested meeting with the Minister. I challenge the Minister to now meet with those doctors to hear from the medical coalface.
UNFAIR MARSHALL BUDGET FACES FIGHT
Greens MLC Tammy Franks has warned that the Marshall Liberal Government will face fierce opposition in the Upper House for its plans to “privatise, penalise and profit” as outlined in today’s state budget.
“This budget is a kick in the guts to those who are already struggling. It is clear that this Government and its budget will only widen inequality and retreat from the provision of essential services to those who need it most.
“The Treasurer has today boasted he is keeping the Liberal party’s promises but the people of South Australia did not vote to privatise our prisons or SA Pathology. Coming clean that they intended to sell off seven TAFE campuses or shortchange the state Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission would not have passed any pub test before the March 17 poll and we won’t be copping it in the Parliament now,” she concluded.
Greens SA MLC Tammy Franks has reintroduced her Bill to ban jumps racing today. The timing is fitting, as the 1st of August is taken to be the Southern Hemisphere birthday of all horses.
If the bill passed, a ban would take effect a year after the passage of the bill meaning 2019 would be the least season of jumps races in SA.
Quotes attributable to Ms Franks: It’s over a century since the last jumps race was held in Queensland, almost 30 years since a Senate Committee recommended it be phased out across the nation, and over 20 years since the NSW Parliament voted to ban it.
Only Victoria and South Australia still host jumps races and with good reason. It’s on the nose. Time and time again jumps racing has proven dangerous for jockeys and deadly for the horses. 19 more times deadly than flats racing and I cannot think of a better gift for these horses on their birthday than to finally ban this cruelty.
Punters and sponsors alike have been voting with their feet for some time on this issue and almost all of the 1,811 submissions to the 2016 Select Committee wanted to see the end of jumps racing, what they got was another reprieve (3 more years) for a part of the industry that almost all acknowledge is itself on its last legs. Today we wish the horses on their Southern Hemisphere birthday many happy returns and a legislated end to the cruelty once and for all next year.
That Select Committee excluded cross bench MPs and railed against a ban in its very formation but even that – with the odds stacked against a ban - gave the industry only three years to clean up its act. This is a new Parliament and the debate just got a fresh start and a new field.
Greens’ MLC Tammy Franks has challenged the Marshall Liberal Government’s move today to parachute a chairperson into the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Select Committee who, like all three of the Liberal appointments to the Committee, has no previous experience on that committee. By contrast, the Greens and Labor Committee members total over 12 years’ experience between the three of them.
Greens Mental Health Spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC is calling on the Marshall Government to take urgent action to address the lack of adequate services for Borderline Personality Disorder by implementing recent recommendations of the Deputy State Coroner.
With another LSS live export ship, Bader111, due to be docked in the Port today, the unlikely pairing of The Greens and The Meatworkers Union (AMIEU) have joined forces in a call for an exit plan for live exports that would create a boom for SA jobs in the local meat processing industry.
SA Greens Animal Welfare Spokesperson, Tammy Franks MLC, has labelled the plan for an independent inspector for live exports as ‘a plea bargain that is far too little and far too late’, again calling for a ban on the trade, including an urgent exit plan to end this animal cruelty and a boost for local meat processing jobs.
The SA Greens today called on the Marshall Government to make a firm commitment to enforce the law when it comes to the cruelty of the live export trade.
Following yet another shocking televised exposé about live animal export last night, Greens Animal Welfare Spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC again says it’s time to turn our outrage into action.