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Speech: COVID-19 Emergency Response (Further Measures) (No. 2) Amendment Bill 2020

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (11:18): I did not put myself on the list, so I apologise to the chamber for that. Obviously, we know that these are emergency bills, and I will keep it brief. The Greens do support this bill today, as we have supported the other COVID emergency bills. We commend all members of this place for having the flexibility to move these things so fast. We know this is a virus that also moves fast, and we have just seen on the news that it is another 484 people in Victoria today. These figures in Victoria keep going up; they are quite frightening. We are in very testing times.

When people seek medication from pharmacists—the anxiety and stress that is being effected—I would say that nobody should be abusing the pharmacist but also that we need to ensure that the medicines are there. I have been back and forth between doctors and pharmacists, trying to access medication for asthma. I know that just the small anxiety that I felt as a result of not being able to breathe and of not having medication that would help me breathe is a position that we are also putting patients and consumers in. We look forward to the speedy passage of this bill.

 

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Speech: Parliamentary Committees Bill

April 12, 2024

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: I rise to speak to the Parliamentary Committees Bill 2024, a bill that provides for the establishment of various parliamentary committees, defines the powers and duties of those committees, makes related amendments to various acts and repeals the Parliamentary Committees...

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