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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

Gordon Dam, Hydro Tasmania

Hydro Tasmania – Involvement in Controversial Projects

The table shows that the residual mitigated risk on human rights issues and community outrage was high.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Estimates  |  Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Parliament House, Tasmania

TasPorts – Devonport Airport

About two years ago there were news reports of a potential flight school and partnership with Chinese state-owned airlines.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Estimates  |  Tuesday, 8 December 2020

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TasPorts – Future Export Values

Given the nature of the trading relationship with China currently and the likelihood that we ain't seen nothing y
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Estimates  |  Tuesday, 8 December 2020

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Estimates Reply – Deputy Premier Rockliff

I will simply point out to the House that to rely overly heavily on a vindictive regime like the Chinese Government is not in Tasmania's best interests.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Estimates  |  Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Pile of Woodchips

Resources – China and Woodchips

There are not many markets in the world outside China that will accept non-FSC-certified wood products.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Estimates  |  Thursday, 26 November 2020

Planning Documents

Planning – Cambria Green

In April 2018 Cambria Green Tourism and Agriculture and Lidaohengtong signed an agreement in Beijing to jointly develop the Cambria culture and art town.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Estimates  |  Wednesday, 25 November 2020

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Trade – China

At the Australian level we have had a successive number of markets closed off for a number of spurious reasons.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Estimates  |  Tuesday, 24 November 2020

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Diversifying Trade Relationships Will Buffer Tasmanian Produ...

The Chinese Government’s escalating rhetoric, tariffs and border tactics to block Australian trade are deeply concerning for Tasmanian producers.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 6 November 2020

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Chinese Communist Party - Political Influence in Tasmania

In the news this week we have again seen more examples of the Chinese Communist Party's wide-reaching and multifaceted strategy.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 17 September 2020

House of Assembly, Tasmania

Comment by Member for Clark, Ms Haddad

Ms Haddad should have the insight and the guts to apologise. Ms Haddad is consciously or unconsciously running Chinese Communist Party talking points.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 20 August 2020

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Human Rights and the Chinese Government

I first commend Mr Ferguson for his previous contribution and also pay my respects to the Vietnam Veterans of Tasmania and Australia.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Log Pile at the Port of Burnie, Tasmania

Trade Visit to China - Pulp and Paper Companies

Last December, the Minister embarked on a trade delegation to China where he met with representatives of at least two pulp and paper companies.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 25 June 2020

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Tasmania must resist influence and reduce reliance on China

Two news items in the past week should be a wake-up call to any remaining doubters that Tasmania is far too heavily dependent on China.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 12 June 2020

Science Lab

COVID-19 Update

Some of us would have heard stories late last year of a mysterious virus coming out of Wuhan, China.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Friday, 1 May 2020

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

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Kangaroo Bay Foreshore Development - Office of Coordinator-G...

The Kangaroo Bay foreshore, once public land, was sold to the Shandong Chambroad petrochemical company behind closed doors.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Coordinator-General - Right to Information Request for Relea...

The Coordinator-General is a public servant under the State Service Act. He is paid $446 000 to cosy up to business and trade in public assets.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 21 May 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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Liberal Motion -Tasmania Trade and Export Success

Part of the reason our exports do so well is the hard work of our producers and exporters, but also that the brand is strong.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 26 September 2018

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Uyghur and Kazakh People - Human Rights Abuses

1 million people are incarcerated and 13 million are living in fear as a result of the Chinese Government brutally forcing them to renounce their Islamic faith.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 25 September 2018

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China Trade Delegation - Timing

The trade mission was not scheduled in the six-week winter break or even in the most recent two-week gap between sittings.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 25 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

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Premier Absence from Parliament

​​​​​​​Management at the Royal is considering putting patients into alcoves, such is the level of chaos in Tasmania's health system.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 19 September 2018

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China's Interest in Antarctica

As a Tasmanian, I was embarrassed by the Premier's ignorance. On Friday I described him as a fool, naïve, a coward or all of the above.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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Memoranda of Understanding signed on Trade Mission to Asia

The Premier is more concerned with cosying up to a communist regime than he is with representing Tasmanians in this parliament.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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Premier - Absence from Parliament

As political analyst Richard Herr said in today's media it is highly unusual for a Premier to absent himself from parliament for an entire week.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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Gutwein in Denial on Chinese Government Concerns

Treasurer Gutwein accused Tasmanians of “baseless” concerns about the relationship between the Tasmanian Liberals and the Chinese Communist Government.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  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

Tasmanian Farm, Cows

Liberals Failing to Aid Dairy Farmers in Transition to Organ...

The Minister for Primary Industries must take immediate steps to assist dairy farmers to succeed in very dire economic times.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Shaking Hands

China Deals Clear as Mud

The Liberals pontificated all through question time about their open-for-business motto but still failed to answer questions about deals with Chinese entities.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Live Exports and ChAFTA

The practice of live export of cattle from Australia needs only to meet with international standards, not Australian standards.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Motion  |  Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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China Delegation - Conduct of Mr Brooks, Member for Braddon

The rumour mill is alive with stories of the Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Brooks', conduct on the recent trip to China.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 28 May 2015

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Value of Wilderness to Tasmania

The claims by the Premier, Will Hodgman, that his Trade Mission to China will be taking “Tasmania to the World” has been exposed as a sham.
Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 26 March 2015

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Chinese President's Visit

Improving international relations with our largest Asia-Pacific neighbour China is a welcome step forward.
Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 18 November 2014

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Hodgman Must Discuss Tibet

Premier Will Hodgman must commit to raising the Chinese government's continuing human rights abuses against the Tibetan people.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 21 August 2014