Birthday wishes, protesters walloped

State Parliament got off to an unusually cordial start this morning with Opposition Leader Will Hodgman offering birthday well wishes to Premier Lara Giddings on her 40th birthday.

But it didn't take long for the Opposition to resume its attack on the government's handling of forestry. 

The Liberal Party highlighted the latest protests targeting timber processor Ta Ann. 

Police have arrested five protesters this morning from the demonstration at Lonnavale.

Premier Lara Giddings said the protests were concerning. 

``I hope the full force of the law comes down on those protesters today,'' Ms Giddings said. 

Greens Lyons MHA Tim Morris drew attention to unacceptable lead levels at Pioneer and Avoca. 

``From the information provided to me it appears that Ben Lomond Water was aware that the lead levels at Pioneer have been in excess of the ADWG (Australian Drinking Water Guidelines) for over two years and yet they did not advise the residents," Mr Morris said.

A Liberal Party motion calling for the Public Accounts Committee to investigate whether taxpayers money had been properly spent by the troubled RSPCA Tasmania is being debated this afternoon. 

Parliament is expected to sit late tonight to debate the proposed anti-discrimination bill which would allow Catholic schools to preference students of that faith ahead of others. 


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