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27 November 2014

THE WILKIE REPORT NOV 2014
Author: Andrew Wilkie THE WILKIE REPORT NOV 2014

The Wilkie Report November 2014

Bass Strait - a brake on Tasmania's economy.

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12 December 2014

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Rebuilding the RHH

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has commented on the State Government’s decision to proceed with the rebuild of the Royal Hobart Hospital on the current site.


``I support the Government’s decision to proceed with the rebuild of the Royal Hobart Hospital, with modifications, on the current site,’’ Mr Wilkie said.

``I am also confident that the enhanced rebuild plan will deliver a first-rate hospital as quickly and affordably as possible. Altering the construction methodology reduces construction and scheduling risks to an acceptable level, while the new decanting plan greatly reduces the clinical risk to patients to an acceptable level.

``That this project is so far behind schedule and over budget reflects very poorly on the previous Labor government. But that’s history, the challenge now is to get the job done and I’m confident the State Government’s plan has the potential to achieve that.

``The Health Minister Michael Ferguson and the Rescue Task Force led by John Ramsey have done a good job to recover the situation. I will be keeping a very close eye on the Government to try and help ensure it doesn’t stuff it up from here.

``While I was open-minded about alternative courses of action, my reservations about a new hospital at the Cenotaph have been found to be entirely warranted. As attractive as that proposal is at first glance, in my opinion it did not withstand close scrutiny from governance, scheduling, financial and legislative perspectives.’’

Mr Wilkie was a member of the RHH Rescue Task Force’s Professional Reference Group that also included Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tasmania secretary Neroli Ellis, Master Builders Tasmania executive director Michael Kerschbaum and a representative from the Australian Medical Association.

Mr Wilkie secured $340m in federal funds for the RHH redevelopment following the 2010 election and another $325m for the Tasmanian health system in 2012.

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11 December 2014

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Buyer beware: Time for real estate reform

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, is urging the State Government to boost consumer protection for buyers of residential property to bring Tasmania into line with the rest of the country.

``Tasmanians are being sold short when it comes to protections for buyers of residential property,’’ Mr Wilkie said.

``Key measures such as vendor declarations and cooling-off periods are not properly provided for by Tasmanian legislation. Mainland purchasers are often shocked to discover that in Tasmania buyers do not enjoy the same standards of protection as the rest of the country. This is unfair for locals and may also deter potential buyers and investors.’’

Mr Wilkie has written to Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin calling for reform to the Property Agents and Land Transactions Act 2005 to bring Tasmania up to inter-state standards of protection for buyers of residential property. In 2013 the previous government introduced the Residential Property Transactions Bill 2013 to bring Tasmania up to national standards of this issue, but did not proceed.

Mr Wilkie has urged the Attorney-General to work constructively with the real estate industry and the Law Society to ensure a fair deal for locals and remove the potential barrier to investment in Tasmanian real estate and bring residential buyer protection back to the Parliament.

``Tasmanian home buyers deserve the same consumer protection rights as other Australians,’’ Mr Wilkie said.

Please find attached a copy of the letter to the Attorney-General and also a table prepared by the federal Parliamentary Library. It uses the vendor disclosure requirements proposed by the Residential Property Transactions Bill 2013 to illustrate the un-level playing field in real estate laws across Australia.

Letter_to_goodwin.pdf



REAL_ESTATE_TABLE.pdf


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