Fired-up MPs test Archer's mettle in Parliament

A fired-up lower house tested newly appointed Speaker Elise Archer in parliament this morning. 

Ms Archer was challenged by Labor and the Greens over her ruling on supplementary questions after refusing Bass Greens MHA Kim Booth to ask a supplementary question on Forestry Tasmania. 

Franklin Greens MHA Nick McKim said: ``You're effectively encouraging members on this side [pointing to the government] to not answer questions''. 

The Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment again dominated question time, with Health Minister Michael Ferguson coming under fire for delaying the project by six months and creating a $1 million taskforce to review it.

Mr Ferguson today announced a reference group made up of stakeholders to work with the taskforce to review the project.

The group includes the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tasmanian secretary Neroli Ellis, The Australian Medical Association Tasmanian president Tim Greenaway, the Master Builders Tasmania executive director Michael Kerschbaum and the Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie.

Other topics covered in Question Time:

- Premier Will Hodgman said he met with the Australian Services Union yesterday over Qantas jobs at the Glenorchy call centre

- Energy Minister Matthew Groom announced appointments to an Energy Working Group 

- Hospital waiting lists

FOR FULL COVERAGE OF TODAY'S PARLIAMENT, SEE TOMORROW'S EDITION OF THE EXAMINER

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