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Foreign influence can undermine our democracy, compromise local, state and national interests, and put the wellbeing of citizens, residents, and visitors at risk.

Both at a State and Federal level, the Liberal and Labor parties have a compromising relationship with the undemocratic Chinese Government

There has been increased influence of companies with strong links to foreign governments and overseas based developers on the major parties, often in the form of political donations and other largesse. Like all political donations that come from vested interests, this has a corrupting influence on our democracy.

The sale of state assets to businesses either owned by, or under the influence of, the Chinese Government, can risk Tasmania's food security and political autonomy.

We need to ensure that Tasmanian interests aren't undermined by the Liberal and Labor parties unhealthy relationship with undemocratic foreign governments. We also need proper scrutiny and transparency over foreign acquisitions.

 

What Can I Do?

You can write to the Premier Peter Gutwein and Leader of the Opposition Rebecca White and demand they a ban on foreign donations as part of the review of the Electoral Act 2004.

You can also ask the Premier to stop the office of the Coordinator-General from soliciting investment from the Chinese Government, and Chinese Government linked businesses, until a more appropriate foreign investment framework is in place.

 

In Parliament and the Media


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Duties Amendment Bill 2019

Cassy O'Connor discusses foreign investment during a second reading speech on the Duties Amendment Bill 2019.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Tuesday, 26 November 2019


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George Town Airport Sale

Cassy O'Connor speaks during the adjournment on issues associated with the sale of George Town Airport to a Chinese company.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 25 September 2019


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Fake Chinese Police Vehicles

The Chinese Government is an oppressive regime that uses fear and intimidation tactics to suppress dissent.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 4 September 2019


University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania - Freedom of Speech

In recent weeks pro-democracy students have posted a symbolic Lennon Wall at the University of Tasmania's student lounge.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 8 August 2019


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UTAS protests

Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise to speak about Hong Kong and the wave of students standing up for a free Hong Kong against the Chinese government.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 7 August 2019


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Visa Cancellation of Liberal and Labor Donor Demands Repayme...

After an extensive investigation of Mr Huang Xiangmo Australian officials have cancelled his permanent residency.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 6 February 2019


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Foreign Influence

Cassy O'Connor speaks during the adjournment on foreign influence and rebuts some of the arguments presented by Labor MP, Dr Broad.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 27 September 2018


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Foreign Influence in Local Government Elections

What we have in Tasmania, here in Hobart, is a general manager's roll which has allowed 589 non-Australian citizens to be enrolled to vote.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 27 September 2018


Hobart, Tasmania

Foreign Influence in Local Government Elections

This is in order to give the House an opportunity to debate foreign influence in Tasmania.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 27 September 2018


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Memoranda of Understanding Tasmanian and Chinese Governments

We have the view that the House and the people of Tasmania should be able to see the detail and the content of any memorandum of understanding.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 19 September 2018


Public Meeting, Town Hall

Public Reaction to Planning Proposals

I also want to pay tribute to a couple of other communities in Tasmania who have celebrated such important wins over the last couple of months.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 21 August 2018


Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

East Coast Alliance and the Freycinet Action Network

I wanted to give the House an update on the Town Hall meeting today which was organised by the East Coast Alliance and the Freycinet Action Network.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 21 August 2018


Planning Documents

Cambria Green Development Proposal

The Cambria Green mega proposal is the catalyst for a growing alarm across the state that 'open for business' is trashing what makes this island special.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 21 August 2018


City Planners Around Table

Cambria Green Development

On the morning of 21 April this year there was a signing ceremony for the joint development and construction of the Cambrian Culture and Art Town.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 14 June 2018


Planning Documents

Cambria Green - Rezoning

The mega Cambria Green development is one of the largest planning scheme amendments and tourism developments ever proposed for Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 14 June 2018


City Planners Around Table

Cambria Green Mega Development

Your Government's open-for-business mantra has most recently manifested itself in a 3185 hectare mega development proposal at Dolphin Sands.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 14 June 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Donations Reform 'Review' a Cop Out

The beneficiary of Tasmania's weak donations' disclosure regime, Will Hodgman, has announced a year-long review into electoral reforms.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 3 May 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Liberals' Foreign Investor Tax Tinkering at the Edges

The Liberals are playing catch up on the growing level of foreign ownership and influence in Tasmania.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 9 February 2018


Air View of Houses

Foreign Ownership and Influence

Almost 25% of our state’s agricultural land is under a level of foreign ownership, and foreign donors are making large donations to the Liberals.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 30 January 2018


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Political Party Donations - ASIO Advice

The Tasmanian Liberal Party accepted $30 000 from foreign donors after ASIO's warning to their federal counterparts.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Liberals Refuse to Back Donations Reform

The Premier has failed to be transparent about a $30 000 donation from a Chinese owned company which ASIO warned about in 2015.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 1 November 2017