SUPPORT MEMBER FOR HARTLEY Joe Scalzi MP Parliamentary Travel Report 1 9 APR 2004 44th Interstate Parliamentary Bowling Carnival and Parliamentary Exposition on Education and Recreation Hobart - Tasmania 11 - 16 January 2004
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MEMBER FOR HARTLEY
Joe Scalzi MP
Parliamentary Travel Report
1 9 APR 2004
44th Interstate Parliamentary Bowling Carnival
Parliamentary Exposition on Education and Recreation
Hobart - Tasmania
11 - 16 January 2004
a) Objectives of Travel:
I attended the 44th Interstate Parliamentary Bowling Carnival after the TasmanianParliamentary Bowls Club invited Interstate Members of State Parliaments to attend. TheCarnival was held from 11 — 16 January 2004 in Hobart, Tasmania.
The main objective was to meet with various parliamentarians from around Australia todiscuss: Housing and progress towards a National Health System; the National HealthInformation System; and the Tasmanian Governments success in significantly reducing thelevel of crime in our community.
b) Names of Organisations and Parliaments Visited:
I visited the Tasmanian Parliament House where I met and had talks with Mr Kerry FinchMLC (TAS), Ms Marie Andrews MP (NSW), Mr John Bradshaw MLA (WA), and Ms SueNapier MHA (TAS).
I was also invited to a reception at Tasmania's Government House by the Governor ofTasmania, His Excellency Richard Butler AC.
The Forest and Heritage Centre at Geeveston was also visited.
d) Brief Summaries of the study areas pursued in the places visited:
For the 44th Interstate Parliamentary Bowling Carnival with the Parliamentary Exposition onEducation and Recreation the program was as follows:
Sunday, 11 January 2004
Depart Adelaide, travel to Hobart.
2:30pm Unofficial practice followed by informal barbecue.
Monday, 12 January 2004
10:00am Official practice followed by conditions of play.
3:00pm Briefing — Affordable Housing and progress towards a National Health SystemSee further down for detail (1.1).
4:00pm Briefing — National Health Information SystemSee further down for detail (1.1).
Evening Reception in Premier's Suite.
Tuesday, 13 January 2004
9:00am Official opening of Carnival
6:00pm Reception at Government House by His Excellency Richard Butler AC.
Wednesday, 14 January 2004
9:15am Carnival resumes
4:30pm Delegates meeting
Thursday, 15 January 2004
9:15am Carnival resumes
3:00pm Briefing — Tasmanian Governments success in significantly reducing the levelof crime in our community.See further down for detail (1.2).
7:30pm Presentation Dinner
Friday 16 January 2004
Day trip to the Southern Forests, taking in the Tahune AirWalk and the Home Hill Winery.
10:30am Arrive at the Forrest and Heritage Centre, Geeveston.
11:00am Leave Geeveston for Arve Forest tour and Big Tree viewing
12 noon Tahune AirWalk
1.1 Affordable Housing / National Health Information System.
Affordable Housing:The problems discussed were demographic changes such as an ageing population, lonehouseholds, single parents, and high needs; increased house prices that have risen 45% in thepast 12 months; home loan affordability which has dropped by 14% over the past 12 months;funding changes where Commonwealth expenditure on Commonwealth Rent Assistance(CRA) has increased while expenditure on Commonwealth State Housing Agreement(CSHA) has decreased; and public housing provisions which looks at ho iting lists havegrown to 3000 people which is moving slowly because of low moveme e market.
National Health Information System:This briefing outlined what the HEALTHCONNECT electronic system for records does andhow it can relieve some of the pressure on health.Papers provided on requested from my office.
1.2 Tasmanian Governments success in significantly reducing the level of crime in ourcommunity.
The Corporate Performance Report for the Tasmanian Police (during 2003) thoroughlycovered areas such as Crime, DNA, Traffic, Marine, Southern District, Northern District,Eastern District, and Western District.Papers provided on requested from my office.
SummaryOverall the briefings throughout the carnival and exposition allowed me and other interstateMembers to discuss relevant issues together and to hold talks with the Tasmanian PoliceCommissioner. There were also many opportunities for me to discuss same sex legislationand my own Bill with interstate Members.
Deborah LeisserA/Director Housing Tasmania
Whatis-the-Proble m?• Demographic changes
- Ageing population, lone households, singleparents, high needs
• Increased house prices- Risen 45% in past 12 months
• Home loan affordability- Dropped by 14% over past 12 months.
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• Key Health issues for the Nation and forTasmania
• What is HealthConnect ?
• What are Electronic Health Records?
• What are their benefits?
• The Tasmanian HealthConnect Trial
• Health care - the future
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