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We need to end the destructive practices at the heart of the climate and biodiversity emergency. Native forest logging has never been sustainable, but the climate crisis demands a plan to put an end to it once and for all.

When the Greens were in government, 356,000 hectares of carbon-rich, high conservation value forests were afforded protection. They will lose their protected status on April 8, 2020.

In a climate and biodiversity emergency, even the consideration of handing over these forests to the logging industry is unconscionable. Actually doing so would be a betrayal of young people today, and all future generations.

The first step is to ensure the permanent protection of 356,000 hectares of carbon-rich, high conservation value forests that will lose their protected status on April 8, 2020. Our future can still be a safe and sustainable one, but not if we continue business as usual. We must take action now.

 

What Can I Do?

You can contact the Minister for Resources, Guy Barnett, and demand the Government permanently protect the 356,000 hectares of high conservation value forest.

Sign the petition on Save Tassie's Forests - For Our Climate (closes Friday, 4 December 2020 - 4:45pm).

 

In Parliament and the Media

Media Release

Friday, 22 May 2020

Logging During COVID-19

Cassy O'Connor MP - The continuation of destructive logging activity has been a disappointing blight on an otherwise thoughtful approach by the Premier through this pandemic.



Media Release

Thursday, 21 May 2020

New Forestry Peak Body Should be a Fresh Start for Industry

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens cautiously welcome the creation of a new forestry peak body to replace the regularly divisive and ideologically driven Forests Industry Association of Tasmania (FIAT).



Media Release

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Tree Spiking Allegations Have a Stink, Demand Investigation

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens condemn all violence in, and surrounding, Tasmania’s forests. We acknowledge this is a heated issue, but no life should be at risk, nor physical harm come to any individual - on either side of the forestry debate.



Speech

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Adjournment - Leatherwood Logging

Cassy O'Connor MP - The leatherwood tree is found only in Tasmania. It grows in cool temperate rainforests that occur in mossy forests along the north west, the west coasts and down into the south west of Tasmania, that is the wetter parts of Tasmania.



Question

Thursday, 7 May 2020

COVID-19 - Concerns of North-West Doctors

Rosalie Woodruff MP - North-west doctors have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been risking their personal safety, working day after day, caring for sick patients.



Media Release

Monday, 4 May 2020

North West Doctors' Forest Protection Calls Must be Central to COVID-19 Recovery Plan

Cassy O'Connor MP - The plea from 23 GP's, registrars, and emergency doctors to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests should be heeded by all Members of Parliament, but most particularly the Premier and his Resources Minister.



Media Release

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Minister Barnett Needs a Big Rethink

Cassy O'Connor MP - Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, needs to take a broader view of Tasmania’s forestry sector and its potential role in this island’s recovery from coronavirus.



Media Release

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Greens Call for Stronger Environmental Laws

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 oversees our wild places and threatened species, and is under its ten year review.



Media Release

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

356,000 ha of High Conservation Value Forests Under Threat from Liberals, from Today

Cassy O'Connor MP - As of today 356,000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon rich forests, set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, will come under threat from the logging industry.



Media Release

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Barnett Can't Fudge Threat to Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, knows very well the mendicant faction of the native forest logging industry want to get in to the 356 000 hectares of future reserve forest set aside under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.



Speech

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Greens Matter of Public Importance - WorkSafe Tasmania and the Bob Brown Foundation

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Liberals, the Labor Party and the Independent are all doing the same thing: they are creating a faux risk here but this is not what this issue is about. The real risk people are protesting peacefully in the forest is because they understand the climate is heating.



Speech

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Greens Matter of Public Importance - WorkSafe Tasmania and the Bob Brown Foundation

Cassy O'Connor MP - We brought this on as a matter of public importance today because public trust in our institutions is essential. For the public to be able to have a measure of faith in the integrity of ministers of the Crown is essential and a foundational aspect of our democracy.



Media Release

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Questions Still Hang Over WorkSafe Protest Referral

Rosalie Woodruff MP - In Parliament today, the Minister for Justice, Elise Archer, undermined her own official statement and denied she referred alleged unsafe workplace behaviours of the Bob Brown Foundation to WorkSafe Tasmania.



Speech

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Adjournment - Forestry Watch Survey Report

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Forestry Watch survey report was issued on 20 January this year. This is the work of scientists and citizen scientists who are going out, in this instance, particularly to forests in the Huon and Styx valleys to find evidence of our swift parrot habitat as well as the masked owl habitat.



Question

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Protection of TFA Reserved Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - According the peer-reviewed 2013 Tasmanian forest carbon study, this island's forests are expected to sequester around 3 million to 4 million tonnes of carbon every year for the next 30 years.



Media Release

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Slippery Language from Gutwein on WorkSafe Referral

Cassy O'Connor MP - In his first question time as Premier, Peter Gutwein could apparently not give an honest answer about his knowledge of the unlawful WorkSafe prohibition notice slapped on the Bob Brown Foundation a fortnight ago.



Media Release

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Gutwein Refuses to Protect Carbon Bank Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - In State Parliament today, the Premier and first Liberal Minister for Climate Change refused to rule out logging the 356 000 hectares of high conservation value, and critical carbon bank, forest set aside for protection in 2013.



Media Release

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Greens Refer Barnett, Archer and WorkSafe CEO to Integrity Commission

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Tasmanian Greens have today written to the Integrity Commissioner asking him to investigate allegations of the serious misconduct of Attorney-General Elise Archer, Resources Minister Guy Barnett, and WorkSafe CEO Mark Cocker.



Media Release

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Court Vindicates Forest Defenders' Right to Peaceful Protest

Cassy O'Connor MP - Today’s decision by the Magistrates Court to uphold the Bob Brown Foundation’s Appeal against the government’s protest ban is very welcome news.



Media Release

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Lapoinya Logging Plans

Cassy O'Connor MP - After ramping up native forest logging in the takayna/Tarkine, re-visiting their anti-protest laws struck down by the High Court and using Worksafe Tasmania to silence dissent, the Gutwein Government are heading back to log Myalla Spur at Lapoinya.



Media Release

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Gutwein Government Dog Whistling to Pro-Logging Thugs

Cassy O'Connor MP - Within 24 hours of the Gutwein Government abusing the law to target peaceful protesters in the Tarkine, pro-logging thugs violently attacked those same peaceful protesters overnight.



Media Release

Friday, 21 February 2020

Another Authoritarian Attack on Peaceful Protesters

Cassy O'Connor MP - Today’s attack on the right to peaceful forest protest through WorkSafe Tasmania’s directive to the Bob Brown Foundation is a politically motivated shield for the logging industry.



Media Release

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Forest Defenders Making a Difference in takayna

Cassy O'Connor MP - The presence of activists in takayna/Tarkine is clearly making a big impact on planned logging operations in the region.



Media Release

Monday, 10 February 2020

Takayna/Tarkine Logging Madness Increases Climate and Bushfire Risk

Cassy O'Connor MP - The logging of ancient rainforest ecosystems in the Tarkine is utterly unjustifiable on environmental, social and economic grounds, yet it is accelerating under the Gutwein Government. 



Media Release

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Gutwein Must Intervene in Tarkine Destruction

Cassy O'Connor MP - The logging industry’s destruction of ancient rainforest in the takayna/Tarkine region is the first major test for Tasmania’s new Premier and Climate Change Minister Peter Gutwein.



Media Release

Monday, 16 December 2019

Liberals' Secret High Conservation Value Logging Talks Revealed

Cassy O'Connor MP - Right to Information documents released to the Greens reveal the forest industry have been in secret talks with the Liberals to open up 356,000ha of high conservation, carbon bank forests set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.



Estimate

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee - TasRail

Cassy O'Connor MP - Full transcript of the Tasmanian Railways Pty Ltd hearings in the 2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee.



Media Release

Thursday, 5 December 2019

FSC Failures Confirm Native Forest Logging is Unsustainable

Cassy O'Connor MP - Revelations Sustainable Timber Tasmania, or Suss Timber, have failed to pass their FSC audit – yet again – is another reminder that native forest logging in Tasmania is not sustainable.



Speech

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Greens Motion - Logging in Tasmanian Forest Agreement Second Tranche Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor moves a motion to protect the 356 000 hectares of Tasmanian Forest Agreement second tranche reserve forests.



Media Release

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Labor and the Liberals United in Carbon Bank Destruction

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals, Labor and Clark MP, Madeleine Ogilvie, voted to allow logging the 365,000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon sink forests - set aside under the TFA - from April next year.



Speech

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Adjournment - Climate Action Protests

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks in support of 16 climate protesters who were peacefully protesting outside Parliament House, and who have been arrested by the Tasmanian Police.



Speech

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Budget Cuts and Budget Mismanagement

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy responds to the Treasurer during Labor's 'Budget Cuts and Budget Mismanagement' Matter of Public Importance.



Speech

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Adjournment - Climate Emergency, Actions by Government and Opposition

Cassy O'Connor MP - Madam Speaker, the good news is that the South Australian parliament has today declared a climate emergency. When I say 'good news', I use those words cautiously because the fact that we are in a climate emergency is not good news.



Motion

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Motion without Notice - Censure

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor moves a censure motion in all Liberal and Labor members for failing to support a Climate Emergency declaration.



Question

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Climate Action, Logging of Forests

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff questions the government over their failure to secure FSC certification.



Question

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Forestry Tasmania FSC Certification

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor asks the Minister to confirm that the latest Forest Stewardship Council audit has resulted in failure to secure FSC certification.



Media Release

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Labor and Liberal Climate Inaction Unity Ticket

Cassy O'Connor MP - Labor and the Liberals voted together, yet again, to let down young Tasmanians. After last night uniting to vote against the Greens' motion to support the climate strike movement, today they refused to take responsibility.



Media Release

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Sustainable Timbers Tasmania Fails to Secure FSC, Again

Cassy O'Connor MP - Forest Stewardship Council auditors delivered their assessment report to ‘Sustainable Timbers Tasmania’ on the last Friday in May this year, four months ago.



Question

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Logging in High Conservation Value Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the Minister over the requests of the Forest Industries Association in a recent meeting.



Question

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Logging in High Conservation Value Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - The reason Tasmania's emissions profile looks as good as it does is in significant part due to the work of the conservation movement over decades because we got the loggers out of more than half a million hectares of high conservation value carbon-banking forests.



Media Release

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Hodgman Liberals Set to Log Carbon Bank Forests in Climate Emergency

Cassy O'Connor MP - Following their failure to stand with young Tasmanians striking for a safe climate last Friday, the Premier and his Resources Minister today dealt young people another slap in the face with confirmation 356 000 hectares of carbon-dense forests will be opened to logging in April next year.



Media Release

Saturday, 21 September 2019

2019 State Conference Keynote Address

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor delivers a keynote address to the Tasmanian Greens' 2019 State Conference, discussing key Greens issues and the Green New Deal.



Media Release

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Leaked Polling Proves No Social Licence for Native Forest Logging

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Hodgman Liberals remain committed to logging 356,000 hectares of high conservation value forests that were set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.



Motion

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Liberal Motion - Growth Plan for Tasmanian Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - Madam Speaker, if you want a clear indication of how far Labor has fallen, that speech, delivered by so-called Dr Broad, a scientist allegedly, tells us everything we need to know.



Media Release

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Leatherwood Forests Must be Protected

Cassy O'Connor MP - Last summer’s bushfires burned large tracts of native forest, including the leatherwood trees so critical to the honey industry.



Media Release

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Labor Leadership Failure

Cassy O'Connor MP - In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest. Instead, Labor Leader, Rebecca White, is playing silly political games while the planet burns.



Motion

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Labor Motion - Unemployment and Jobs

Cassy O'Connor MP - Treasurer, I do not have a handkerchief big enough to mop up the crocodile tears you just shed for the children of forest workers.



Media Release

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

National Spotlight on Tasmania's Swift Parrot Shame

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Hodgman Government’s refusal to protect the swift parrot was front and centre on the national stage during last night’s Four Corners program. Bird experts confirmed, once again, that habitat destruction is increasing the risk of extinction for the swift parrot.



Speech

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Courtney

Cassy O'Connor MP - I rise to speak on the Estimates for the Minister for Resources with specific reference to the forestry portfolio because Dr Woodruff was at the table and did a great job scrutinising this minister's maladministration of the minerals part of her portfolio.



Speech

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Estimates Reply - Attorney-General

Rosalie Woodruff MP - This Government is intent on corrupting the processes we have in place to protect the natural environment to support the very industry they would like to grow.



Media Release

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Greens Condemn Sumac Forest Attack

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Greens condemn the attack on the Sumac Forest protest camp in takayna/Tarkine. The kind of violence and intimidation displayed overnight is unacceptable.



Speech

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Forest Practices Amendment Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Rosalie Woodruff MP - We will go into Committee because we have a few things we would like to talk about, the specifics of a number of clauses toward the make-up of the tribunal and some others.



Speech

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Liberal Matter of Public Importance - Jobs and the Economy

Rosalie Woodruff MP - It would be good to know, formally today, Labor's position on whether they are running away from the historic Tasmanian Forestry Agreement.



Media Release

Friday, 22 March 2019

Patriarch and Sons Not Welcome in Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP - The arrival of Patriarch and Sons in Tasmania’s forests and on the banks of the Tamar is another sign the Hodgman Liberals don’t care where the money is coming from, as long as it comes.



Speech

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Adjournment - Effect of Bushfires on the Honey industry

Cassy O'Connor MP - I echo what the minister has passed on in terms of this parliament's gratitude and certainly the Tasmanian Greens gratitude to everyone who took part in responding to the fires, to our Parks and Wildlife Service firies, to the TFS firefighters and to the Forestry Tasmania firefighters.



Media Release

Monday, 4 March 2019

Minister Needs To Formally Rule Out Southern Port

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The long-awaited southern wood residues advice from Evan Rolley, released today after a five month delay, finds a southern port would be commercially unviable, and the only possible site south of Port Esperance and north of Southport would have challenging ”environmental and social factors”.



Question

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Patriarch and Sons - Logging Practices

Cassy O'Connor MP - Just days after you took over the portfolio, it was revealed Patriarch and Sons, a company with clear links to environmental vandals, Shin Yang, were planning to begin logging native forest in Tasmania and establish a processing facility in the Tamar Valley.



Media Release

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Majestic Timbers Crumbles Without Freight Subsidy

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens have received information to suggest the company that was Majestic Timbers is no longer operational.



Question

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Majestic Timbers - Operations

Cassy O'Connor MP - Can you confirm that Majestic Timbers, the company your Government awarded the southern residues contract to in September 2016, has collapsed, its director, Shane Rice, has fled the country, its contractors have not been paid for up to three months, and its employees have been told they are out of a job tomorrow?



Media Release

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Barnett's Forestry Delusions

Cassy O'Connor MP - Forestry Minister, Guy Barnett’s claim that thousands of jobs would be lost under the Greens’ policy to end native forest logging is, unsurprisingly, completely untrue.  



Speech

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Matter of Public Importance - Forestry and Mining Jobs in North-West Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP - Mr Brooks, as the member for Braddon, does his community a terrible disservice because he recycles the same speech over and over again.



Speech

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Christine Milne AO - Tribute

Cassy O'Connor MP - I acknowledge the awarding of an Order of Australia medal to Christine Milne, former Tasmanian Greens Leader, Australian Greens Leader, Senator for Tasmania.



Media Release

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Hodgman Liberals Biggest Threat to Tasmania on World Environment Day

Cassy O'Connor MP - Earlier this week, millions of Australians tuned in to see Sir David Attenborough’s documentary on Tasmania’s unique wilderness areas and threatened species. These are the same areas and species that are under direct threat from the Hodgman Government.



Media Release

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Courtney Must Withhold Land Consent for Woodchip Port Until After Council Elections

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Minister responsible for Tasmania’s Crown Lands, Sarah Courtney, today confirmed landowner’s consent was being considered by her government for the southern woodchip port. 



Media Release

Friday, 27 April 2018

Liberals Claim Credit for Tasmanian Forest Agreement Emissions Reduction

Cassy O'Connor MP - The breathtaking hypocrisy of the Liberals talking up Tasmania's lower emissions profile cannot go unanswered.



Media Release

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Time for Transparency and Change in Forestry

Cassy O'Connor MP - A damning analysis of the Regional Forest Agreement in today’s The Guardian newspaper is an indictment on both State and Federal Governments.



Media Release

Monday, 20 November 2017

Barnett's Forestry Jobs Dishonesty

Cassy O'Connor MP - In the wake of ABS census data confirming a massive decline in forestry sector employment under the Liberals, the Hodgman Government seems to be fudging the numbers.



Media Release

Monday, 13 November 2017

Liberals' Forestry Agenda Putting Swift Parrot on the Chopping Block

Andrea Dawkins - In their ideologically-driven rush to log the State’s native forests, the Liberals are destroying the habitat of the endangered Swift parrot.



Media Release

Friday, 3 November 2017

Government Subsidies and Forestry Spin Continue Under Liberals

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals' promise to end the subsidies to Forestry Tasmania has again been exposed as a lie, with the GBE's annual report revealing taxpayers subsidised a $27 million operational loss.



Speech

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017

Andrea Dawkins - Andrea Dawkins delivers a second reading speech for the Greens' Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017, discussing the history of the mill and the Act.



Media Release

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Barnett's Failure to Deliver

Cassy O'Connor MP - The latest Forestry Tasmania - now fraudulently named Sustainable Timber Tasmania - Annual Report demonstrates the continued failure of the Liberals’ stated commitment to move the business onto a sustainable footing.



Media Release

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Liberals' Destructive Rainforest Logging Plan Takes Effect

Cassy O'Connor MP - The so-called Special Timbers Management Plan permits logging in regional reserves and conservation areas.  It is designed to generate conflict, all of it backed in by the Labor (so-called) Opposition.



Question

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act - High Court Challenge

Cassy O'Connor MP - In a massive slap in the face to the Government, the High Court has just ruled in favour of former Greens leader Bob Brown's challenge to your Government's draconian anti-protest laws.



Media Release

Monday, 9 October 2017

Revitalised Brand Tasmania Needs to Promote Brand Integrity

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Premier's announced move to transform Brand Tasmania in to a separate statutory authority is a positive, but without a commitment from both the old parties to protecting the brand's integrity, it will only be window dressing.



Question

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Forestry - Sale of State's Planation Assets

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Premier promised Tasmanians he would not sell off their assets. He also told them his would be an open and transparent government. 



Question

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Privatisation of Public Plantations

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Government has privatised 29 000 hectares of publicly owned plantations for around $40 million to $55 million less than it cost taxpayers to establish them, according to the Auditor-General.



Question

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Forestry - Sale of Plantation Assets

Cassy O'Connor MP - Can you explain how selling 29 000 hectares of publicly-owned plantations with a 99 year lease to a foreign investor with a parent company in the Caymans is not privatisation?



Question

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Forestry - Sale of State's Plantation Assets

Cassy O'Connor MP - Now it has been confirmed that the Government are flogging 29 000 hectares of Tasmania's public plantation estate at a loss, and effectively sold all that land through a 99-year lease.



Speech

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Sale of State's Plantation Assets

Cassy O'Connor MP - You have announced that 29 000 hectares of publicly owned plantation has been sold to a private company for $60 million.



Question

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Mr Lennon and Mr Gay - Alleged Meetings with Government

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmanians know former Labor premier Paul Lennon is on the Farrell family payroll in a bid to protect the obscene profits they make off the back of human suffering.



Media Release

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Premier Can't Explain How Plantation Sale isn't Privatisation

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Premier has been exposed for misleading the Tasmanian people when he said in April 2014 that his government would not be privatizing public assets.



Media Release

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Liberals Rip Off Tasmanians Over Public Plantation Sale

Cassy O'Connor MP - As the owners of public forests and land, Tasmanians are being robbed blind by the Liberals who have privatised 29 000 hectares of public hardwood plantations for $40 million less than taxpayers paid to establish them.



Media Release

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Greens Table Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill

Andrea Dawkins - I was proud to table the Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017 in Parliament today on behalf of the Greens. If supported, this Bill would provide real closure for Northern Tasmanians.



Media Release

Friday, 25 August 2017

Liberals' Rainforest Logging Plan to Open Up Reserves

Cassy O'Connor MP - The rainforest logging plan put forward by the Liberals is a disgrace. Introducing logging into reserves and conservation areas is a destructive move, designed to generate conflict.



Media Release

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Destruction and Waste Define Liberals' Forest Policy

Cassy O'Connor MP - Given the history of enormous waste of sawlog quality and rainforest timber in the industrial wood chipping era, the TWS finding - that 6 out of 10 rainforest trees would be wasted under the Liberal plan - rings true.



Media Release

Friday, 28 July 2017

Liberals' Orwellian Forestry Tasmania Restructure Continues Subsidies

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals’ restructure of Forestry Tasmania has simply forced the GBE to sell its only potential profit making assets - the plantations - and moved the subsidies around to conceal the true extent of ongoing public funding for this industry.



Media Release

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Two Year Reprieve for Threatened Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - 356 000 hectares of the most beautiful, carbon rich forests on the planet have won a temporary reprieve from the Liberals' destructive, divisive logging plan.



Media Release

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Liberal Lies over Forest Industry Subsidies

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals came to government promising to ‘end the subsidies’ to the native forest logging industry but they are prepared to massively subsidise Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) move from Victoria.



Media Release

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Forest-Destroying Minister Confirms Land Clearing Bonanza

Cassy O'Connor MP - In Budget Estimates today Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, confirmed he is unleashing a land clearing bonanza on Tasmania’s public and private land.



Media Release

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Liberals' Forestry Mandate Climate Change Irony

Cassy O'Connor MP - On the same day the Hodgman Government released its so-called Climate Action plan, they are threatening to take Tasmania to the polls over their divisive plan to log carbon-rich forests.



Media Release

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Groom's Climate Action 21 "Plan" A Tragic Farce

Cassy O'Connor MP - Three years after taking office and abolishing the climate portfolio as well as the independent Climate Action Council, the Hodgman Government has released a woefully weak climate inaction plan.



Media Release

Monday, 1 May 2017

Forestry Burns Threaten Public Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Over the weekend in communities across the State, and specifically at New Norfolk, Judbury, Cygnet and Huonville, residents were subjected to thick choking smoke from Forestry Tasmania burns.



Question

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Tarkine Forestry Regeneration Burn

Andrea Dawkins - Yesterday at 3.20 p.m. a forestry regeneration burn in the Tarkine escaped coupe TE008P on two points on its eastern boundary and moved into adjacent high conservation value forest, still protected in the Tasmanian Reserve Estate.



Question

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Forestry Bill - No Market for HCV Forest Products

Cassy O'Connor MP - The industry has condemned the Government's plan to log 356 000 hectares of high conservation value forest that was set aside from protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, an agreement they negotiated and signed up to in good faith.



Question

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Forest Industries Association of Tasmania's Objections to the Forestry Bill

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Government has consistently claimed the industry needs access to the 356 000 hectares of high conservation value forest that was set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.



Question

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Forestry Bill - Potential Logging at Derby

Andrea Dawkins - The growth in Derby visitation has increased by 250 per cent in the past two years.



Question

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Forestry Bill - Threat to Tourism

Cassy O'Connor MP - The draft legislation to allow logging in 356 000 hectares of high conservation value carbon-rich forest is a threat to Tasmania's growing visitor economy and its brand.



Question

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Hodgman Government's Environmental Record

Cassy O'Connor MP - An increasing number of Tasmanians believe the Government has declared war on the environment and Tasmanians are determined to protect it.



Media Release

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Liberals Cynically Delay Two Controversial Bills Hoping MLC Mix Will Change

Cassy O'Connor MP - Facing a storm of stakeholder and community condemnation and defeat in the Legislative Council, the Hodgman Liberals have cynically delayed debate on two divisive, contentious pieces of legislation until after the 3 May Legislative Council election.



Media Release

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Barnett Dismisses Escaped Tarkine Burn

Andrea Dawkins - The Minister for Resources did not answer the Greens' questions about the escaped Tarkine regeneration burn in Parliament today.



Media Release

Friday, 31 March 2017

Liberals' Derby Hypocrisy

Andrea Dawkins - The Greens are strong supporters of the World Enduro Series, and the thriving mountain bike industry in and around Derby, set up with grants from the now-torn up Tasmanian Forest Agreement.



Media Release

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Log Trucks on Tasmanian Roads

Cassy O'Connor MP - Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, is either misleading or in denial over the evidence that an increased number of log trucks on Tasmanian roads will lead to an increase in serious accidents and fatalities. 



Media Release

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Liberals' Forestry Jobs Failure

Cassy O'Connor MP - The latest ABS detailed labour force statistics have been released today. The data confirms that there has been no job growth in Forestry and Wood Product manufacturing in Tasmania under the Hodgman Liberal Government.



Media Release

Friday, 17 March 2017

Gagged Liberals' Forest Bill a Recipe for Corruption

Cassy O'Connor MP - In a clear signal they are afraid of Parliamentary scrutiny, the Liberals' gagged debate on their destructive and divisive high conservation value forest logging legislation in the early hours of this morning.



Media Release

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Liberals' Forest Farce

Cassy O'Connor MP - Legislation to allow logging in some of the most high conservation value, carbon rich forests on the planet was tabled in State Parliament today. 



Speech

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

2017 State of the State Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP - We are now living through a time when the environmental challenges we are facing as an island and as a community are very, very significant.



Media Release

Monday, 27 February 2017

No Support for Liberals' Forest Plan

Cassy O'Connor MP - On ABC radio this morning, the Executive Chairman of Neville Smith Forest Products emphatically called on the government not to reignite conflict over the State's High Conservation Value forests.



Media Release

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Fish Farms and Forests - State Election Will be a Referendum on the Environment

Cassy O'Connor MP - As Labor cheers the Liberals on from the opposition benches, only the Greens will be there to stand up for Tasmania's environment and stand with communities determined to protect it.



Media Release

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Liberals Will Wear Blame if FT Fails in FSC Bid

Cassy O'Connor MP - Forestry Tasmania has made it clear that if the Hodgman Government proceeds with its plan to open up 357 000 hectares of high conservation value forest to logging, it's bid for FSC will go back to square one.



Media Release

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Barnett Exposed by his own Agency on Tarkine Logging

Cassy O'Connor MP - Forestry Tasmania’s own High Conservation Value forest maps identify the Tarkine as one of the richest high conservation value locations in the State.



Media Release

Friday, 10 February 2017

Protect the Tarkine for NW Jobs and Environment

Andrea Dawkins - Today's news that Forestry roading in the Trowutta Blackwood forests directly threatens nesting habitat for the Wedge-tailed eagle is alarming.   All practices must be stopped immediately and a full investigation undertaken.



Media Release

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Tarkine Tourism Future for NW, not Forest and Heritage Destruction

Andrea Dawkins - Environmentalists and members of the Aboriginal community gathered in the North West today to call for takayna/the Tarkine to be protected from destruction.



Media Release

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Why Radio Silence on Macquarie Point Native Forest Exports?

Cassy O'Connor MP - It is now more than four months since the Liberals announced that Hobart's port would be turned into a woodchip and log export facility, yet Hobart residents are being treated like mushrooms.



Media Release

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Warped Liberal Politics Put MONA's Macquarie Point Vision at Risk

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Tasmanian Greens welcome the vision within the MONA Macquarie Point cultural plan, and the focus on Truth and Reconciliation.



Media Release

Friday, 9 December 2016

Forestry Politics on Show for Hobart Visitors

Cassy O'Connor MP - Today's government announcement TasPorts will be entering into a partnership to facilitate log and woodchip exports out of Macquarie Wharf, with taxpayer money, demonstrates this government's warped priorities.



Media Release

Friday, 18 November 2016

Industry Walking Away from Liberals' Logging Plan

Cassy O'Connor MP - If Tasmanians want any more proof that the government's plans to log the State's high conservation value forests are not supported by the hard heads in the industry, the letter from ARTEC will provide it.



Media Release

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Liberals Refuse to Rule Out Logging in Wielangta Tourist Drive

Andrea Dawkins - The Hodgman Government's plans to extend the Great Eastern Drive by upgrading Wielangta Road are threatened by their own political agenda.



Media Release

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Warped Liberal Priorities Put Tourism at Risk

Andrea Dawkins - Parks Minister, Matthew Groom’s Parks 21 progress report today comes on the heels of yesterday's Auditor General's report into Parks and Wildlife funding.



Media Release

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Liberals' Blind Forestry Agenda Threatens Wielangta Tourist Drive

Andrea Dawkins - The government's plan to upgrade the Wielangta Forest Drive and extend the Great Eastern Drive offers real tourism potential for the East Coast.



Media Release

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Greens to Seek Meeting with Forest Stewardship Council

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Tasmanian Greens will seek a meeting with the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure they are fully informed about the Liberals' plan to allow loggers in to 357 000 hectares of high conservation value forests.



Media Release

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Liberals Can't Have it Both Ways on Wielangta

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Tasmanian Greens look forward to the Liberals ruling out logging in the Wielangta forest as they have with the Tasman forests near the Three Capes Walk.



Media Release

Monday, 31 October 2016

Conservationists United, Call on Premier to Back Off HCV Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - The conservation movement stands united to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests and precious clean, green brand from the threats issued by the Hodgman Government.



Motion

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Ministerial Statement on Forestry a Sham

Cassy O'Connor MP - That the ministerial statement on forestry delivered yesterday is a sham because it misleads Tasmanians over the alleged need to allow loggers into 357 000 hectares of high conservation value forest.



Question

Thursday, 27 October 2016

FSC Certification Pipe Dream

Cassy O'Connor MP - Forestry Tasmania is almost two years behind schedule on achieving forest stewardship certification, a goal that appears to be disappearing out of reach for FT under the Liberals' policy.



Question

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Premier - Why Restart the Forest Wars?

Cassy O'Connor MP - How can you countenance allowing loggers into these forests of global significance, treasure troves of biodiversity and habitats for threatened species?



Question

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Forestry Tasmania's Financial Loss

Cassy O'Connor MP - In its advice to the Minister tabled yesterday, the FT board makes it clear they cannot meet the stated objectives of the Government and also fulfil their legal obligation under the GBE Act to operate commercially.



Media Release

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Liberals Shuffling Deck Chairs on Forestry's Titanic

Cassy O'Connor MP - Not known for their transparency, the Tasmanian Liberals are being highly transparent in their desire to create unnecessary conflict over forests in the lead up to the election.



Media Release

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Barnett Continues to Mislead, Divide over Forestry

Cassy O'Connor MP - The big lie of a commercially viable and sustainable native forest industry was exposed with the release of Forestry Tasmania's 2015-16 annual report and correspondence from the FT Board today.



Media Release

Monday, 17 October 2016

Minister Barnett Remains Delusional on Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Resources Minister is at it again.  He is seeking to mislead Tasmanians and whip up community conflict over forests.



Question

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Logging of High Conservation Value Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - the Government has announced plans to let loggers into 400 000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon-rich forests in places such as Bruny, Wielangta, the Blue Tier, north-east highlands and the Tarkine.



Question

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Forestry - Plans to Log High Conservation Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - Yesterday, Minister Barnett announced that he is moving to let the loggers into 400 000 hectares of high conservation value carbon-rich forest.



Media Release

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Weak, Short-Sighted Liberals Set to Reignite Forest Wars

Cassy O'Connor MP - Through their contemptuous, fact-poor responses to Greens' questions today, the Premier and the Resources Minister have confirmed the Liberals plan to let the loggers in to 400 000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon-rich forest is a cynical and entirely political move.



Media Release

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Liberals Declare War on High Conservation Value Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Hodgman Liberals today declared war on 400 000 hectares of Tasmania's globally significant, carbon rich forests which were set aside under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.



Motion

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Call for No Commercial Tourism in Protected Areas

Cassy O'Connor MP - Recognition of the outstanding universal value of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and its globally significant natural and cultural values.



Motion

Thursday, 22 September 2016

House Misled Over Native Forest Logging Subsidies

Cassy O'Connor MP - Minister for Resources, Hon. Guy Barnett MP, on 25 August 2016, and on several occasions since then has claimed there are “thousands” of jobs in the native forest industry.



Motion

Monday, 19 September 2016

Log Trucks Full of Native Forest Products Ruining Hobart's Amenity

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Recognises the Liberals have made a decision to allow 180 000 cubic metres of native forest timber products to be shipped through the port of Hobart at Macquarie Point each year.

(2)           Acknowledges these exports will receive a substantial Commonwealth subsidy through the Freight Equalisation Scheme.

(3)           Notes that these exports will mean thousands of extra log truck movements through the city of Hobart.



Question

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Over $18m Taxpayer Subsidy of Woodchip Export

Cassy O'Connor MP - Do you acknowledge accepting a massive commonwealth taxpayer subsidy is the only way the export of woodchips from Macquarie Wharf can be feasible?



Question

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Macquarie Point Woodchip Export Deal Suspicious

Cassy O'Connor MP - An ASIC search undertaken by the Greens confirms that Majestic Timbers Australia did not register as a company until 18 July, 10 days after Mr Gutwein, as minister, had stated that terms had been agreed to with proponents for the export of woodchips from Macquarie Point.



Motion

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Call for Recovery Plan for Eastern Quoll

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Recognises that to help many of these species to survive, there needs to be major changes in forestry practices and that the Minister for Resources, Hon. Guy Barnett MP is refusing to make these changes to further his political ends.



Media Release

Monday, 19 September 2016

Hodgman Liberals Living Up to Lonely Planet's Warning

Cassy O'Connor MP - Last year, the travellers' bible, Lonely Planet, warned international travellers to visit Tasmania's wild places 'before compromises are made.'



Media Release

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Liberals Do Deal with Company That Didn't Exist over Macquarie Point Exports

Cassy O'Connor MP - The more things change in Tasmania's native forest logging industry, apparently the more they stay the same, with the Greens revealing in Parliament today that the Liberals negotiated terms over Macquarie Wharf native forest product exports with a company that didn't exist.



Media Release

Friday, 9 September 2016

Minister Barnett in Cloud Cuckoo Land on FSC

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Minister for Resources is living in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks Forestry Tasmania can secure Forest Stewardship Certification under current Liberal policies.



Media Release

Friday, 26 August 2016

Save the Tarkine Decision Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Tasmanian Greens commend the Full Court of the Supreme Court on its unanimous decision to dismiss the Liberal Government's appeal, and order to the Minister to provide a statement of reasons for the decision to grant mining leases for the Mt Lindsay and Livingstone projects.



Motion

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Liberals Forestry Policy Deceptive and Delusional

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—



Motion

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Liberal Government's Blind Pursuit of Native Forest Biomass

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—



Speech

Friday, 26 August 2016

Forest Stewardship Certification

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for RESOURCES, Mr BARNETT

Yesterday you failed to state your Government's commitment to Forestry Tasmania achieving Forest Stewardship Council certification. Despite your plan to ramp up native forest logging for forest furnaces, is your Government committed to FSC certification? If so, can you name a single step you as Minister are taking to help FT secure FSC certification?

 

ANSWER



Question

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Forest Furnaces

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for RESOURCES, Mr BARNETT



Motion

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Support for Great Western Tiers National Park Inside TWWHA

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes the United Nations World Heritage Committee's recommendation to resolve the tenure of extensions to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area that were delivered under the Labor Green Government.

(2)           Recognises that both the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments have agreed to accept all the World Heritage Committee's recommendations in response to the draft World Heritage Area Management Plan.



Speech

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Urgent Action Needed to Save Giant Freshwater Lobster

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Madam Speaker, I rise tonight to talk about the Astacopsis gouldi, the giant freshwater lobster.  It was referred to previously by the member for Lyons who mentioned in his adjournment speech, amongst other things, Lobster Falls.



Media Release

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Resources Minister Misleads Parliament over Forestry Jobs

Cassy O'Connor MP - Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, needs to back up his claim made in Parliament today that there are 'thousands' of Tasmanians employed in the native forest industry, or come back into the House and correct the record.



Media Release

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Delusional Resources Minister Backs in Forest Furnaces, not FSC

Cassy O'Connor MP - In Question Time today, Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, displayed extraordinary ignorance in describing the burning of native forests for energy as 'renewable'.



Media Release

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Liberals Still in Denial on Jobs

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Treasurer still clings to his flimsy line of 1,300 jobs created since the election, conveniently ignoring the fact that the working age population has increased by 5,700 in that time.



Media Release

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Jobs' Growth Continues to Decline

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals promised Tasmanians looking for work the world when they came to office. Sadly, what we have seen could not be further from the truth.



Media Release

Friday, 15 July 2016

Mountain Bike Tourism Needs Wilderness Protection

Andrea Dawkins - The government's support of mountain bike tourism is wonderful. We're hopeful they're finally getting the message that Tasmania's economic future doesn't lie in outdated and unviable industries, but in the modern tourist market.



Media Release

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Barnett Must Leave His Prejudices at the Cabinet Door

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmanians may be surprised that Premier Hodgman has chosen the same person who led the witch hunt into the sale of the Triabunna woodchip mill as their new Minister for Resources, including forestry.



Media Release

Friday, 8 July 2016

Forestry EOI Process Won't Revive Native Forest Logging

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Minister for Forests is dreaming if he believes there is a viable future in native forest woodchip or whole log exports without significant economic and environmental cost to Tasmania.



Media Release

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Brand Integrity Requires More than Celebrity

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Tasmanian Greens welcome the appointment of Ray Martin as a Brand Ambassador for the State but we caution an over-reliance on celebrity at a time when the brand is under threat from Liberal policy.



Speech

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Andrea Dawkins - The Greens’ Alternative Budget is a statement of values.  It restores frontline funding to education and rightly includes the state Government's share of responsibility for crumbling sewerage and water infrastructure - two important issues for my seat of Bass and for the wider community.



Media Release

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Forestry Minister Walking Away from FSC

Cassy O'Connor MP - In Budget Estimates, Forestry Minister, Peter Gutwein, has confirmed the Liberals in government are doing nothing to support Forestry Tasmania’s bid for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, and are content to continue the unsustainable, uneconomic logging of high conservation value forests.



Media Release

Friday, 3 June 2016

Liberal Fail on Dud Anti-Protester Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP - If Tasmanians needed any more proof that the draconian anti-protest laws are unworkable, ridiculous law, they have it today with charges against every Lapoinya arrestee dropped.



Motion

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Funding to Provide for Skills and Employment in Forest Restoration

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes:—

(a)           in 2012, the Labor Green Government delivered the Tasmanian Forest Carbon Study which assessed the amount and potential economic value of carbon sequestered across the entire Tasmanian forest estate;

(b)           this work has been recently updated through the report, ‘Climate Opportunities in Tasmania’s Forests’ by TreeMod Consulting;



Media Release

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens believe governments should have a vision for the future that extends beyond the next election.   We recognise that genuine planning for the 21st century requires a long term vision and the courage to make bold decisions to drive change.



Media Release

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Time to Scrap Liberals' Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP - The decision by Tasmania Police to drop charges against Bob Brown is further evidence we'd be far better off without the Liberals' protester laws.



Media Release

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Government Should Account for Forest Carbon

Cassy O'Connor MP - We welcome updated carbon accounting on the potential climate and monetary value of Tasmania’s forests, in a report produced by TreeMod and released today by The Wilderness Society.



Motion

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Minister Groom Must Act Now to Save Swift Parrot from Extinction

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Rosalie Woodruff to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes the launch of a campaign by the Bob Brown Foundation to Save Bruny Island from the logging that is destroying the habitat of the critically endangered swift parrot.



Speech

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Greens Still Standing Alone on Protection of the Swift Parrot

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Ms WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I rise tonight to draw the attention of the House to a campaign that has just been launched in Tasmania which reflects the level of concern, indeed desperation, in parts of the community over this Government's inaction on endangered species.

In 2015, the International Union for Conservation of Nature declared the swift parrot, the world's fastest parrot, to be critically endangered.  this is the most serious warning that can be sounded about a species.  The next step is extinction. 



Motion

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Forestry Tasmania Alter FPP for Derby Coupe After Tourism Outrage

Andrea Dawkins - Calls on Minister for Forestry, Hon Peter Gutwein MP, to continue close monitoring of the logging operations in the North East, particularly in the now World class tourist destinations such as Derby and to ensure that old and economically unviable industries do not take precedence over new, sustainable and growing economic ventures.



Media Release

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Bushfire Inquiry A Whitewash

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Bushfire Inquiry findings paint over the devastation of the summer bushfires in the World Heritage Area. It's as though they never existed.



Media Release

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Whole Lot of Nothing on Secretive Forestry EOI Process

Cassy O'Connor MP - Forestry Minister, Peter Gutwein, has again treated Parliament with contempt, spending more than five minutes giving no detail on the so-called Southern Residues Solution' EOI process.



Media Release

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Police Escort for Forestry Over The Top

Andrea Dawkins - The parade of heavy machinery through Scottsdale yesterday with police escort enforces the over the top tactics entrenched in Tasmania’s forestry practises and shows just how far Forestry Tasmania is from understanding the FSC process.



Media Release

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Gutwein Should Use Derby Logging Delay to Consult Constituents

Andrea Dawkins - Forestry Tasmania has advised that logging of the outer part of contentious coupe CC104B at Derby will be delayed to February 2017.



Media Release

Monday, 4 April 2016

Greens' Response to Announcement of New Political Group

Cassy O'Connor MP - The beauty of a democracy is that any group of concerned citizens can speak up and establish organisations to represent their concerns.



Media Release

Monday, 21 March 2016

TWWHA Still in Limbo

Cassy O'Connor MP - The government's statements about not logging in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is a step forward but Tasmanians need to know what the Liberals really mean when they say they 'accept the United Nations' Report recommendations'.



Media Release

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Hodgman Liberals in Embarrassing World Heritage Backdown

Cassy O'Connor MP - Parks Minister, Matthew Groom, has more egg on his face after being forced in to an embarrassing backdown on the Liberals' plan to log in Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness.



Media Release

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Burning Questions Unanswered over TWWHA Fires

Cassy O'Connor MP - It is clear from a Right to Information request we lodged that Mr Groom sat on his hands for at least two weeks after the fires began on 13 January and that no request was made to the Commonwealth for help.



Media Release

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Time to Repeal the Anti-Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP - With the resignation of Minister Harriss and a High Court challenge under way, now is the right to time for the Government to admit its mistake and to repeal their anti-protest laws.



Media Release

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP - Madam Speaker, I have read a fair portion of the histories, including Professor Henry Reynolds’ landmark work, ‘The Fate of a Free People’, and recognise that a systemic erasure of Aboriginal Tasmanians in the birth records took place.



Media Release

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Anti-Protest Laws to be Challenged in High Court

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmania's draconian, undemocratic anti-protest laws will be tested in the High Court and we applaud those who are prepared to challenge this extreme legislation.



Media Release

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Forest Stewardship Certification

Cassy O'Connor MP - The long-awaited Forest Stewardship Council audit report on Forestry Tasmania reveals the GBE has a long way to go before it achieves FSC certification.



Media Release

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Tough Choices Ahead for Minister Gutwein

Cassy O'Connor MP - The new Minister for Forests will need to have the courage to make the tough choices Paul Harriss clearly didn't want to make.



Media Release

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Farewell Paul Harriss

Cassy O'Connor MP - The resignation of Paul Harriss from the Ministry and the Parliament is good news and an acknowledgement of the flawed "forests policy" of this Government.



Media Release

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Greens Will Move to Repeal Draconian Anti-Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP - A retired anaesthetist, two nurses and a local builder arrested under draconian Liberal anti-protest laws at Lapoinya are exactly the kind of Tasmanians who Minister Harriss pledged would not be targeted when the Bill was before Parliament in 2014.



Media Release

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Incompetent, Divisive Forests Minister Must Resign

Cassy O'Connor MP - Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, is presiding over a debacle in his portfolio and all of it, his own making.



Media Release

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Draconian New Protest Laws Used at Lapoinya

Andrea Dawkins - More than 70 concerned residents and community members gathered to stand up for the Lapoinya forest, to protest the roading and forestry operations.



Media Release

Monday, 11 January 2016

Sustainable Forestry Our Future

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The increase in Tasmania's wood exports are thanks to sustainable private sector plantation-based forestry, not politics or state government intervention.



Media Release

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Response to Joan Rylah

Andrea Dawkins - The Forest Peace Deal was proudly torn up by the current Liberal government loudly proclaiming the fulfilment of an election promise.



Media Release

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Premier Should Give Lapoinya a Christmas Reprieve

Andrea Dawkins - Now is the time for the Premier to step in and give those who have been fighting for the Lapoinya forest the gift of a Christmas reprieve.



Media Release

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Paris Climate Deal Great Opportunity for Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP - The historic deal reached between 195 nations at the Paris climate summit is great news for the planet, and for Tasmania.



Media Release

Friday, 4 December 2015

Harriss Deaf to Community Wishes on Lapoinya

Andrea Dawkins - The Forests of Lapoinya Action Group met with the Resources Minister, Paul Harriss to plead with him to save their beloved forest and have been shut down.



Media Release

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

FSC Looking Like a Mirage Under Harriss

Cassy O'Connor MP - With 15% of forest operations breaching Forest Protection Plans, Minister Harriss' assertion about the government's commitment to high environmental standards is a joke.



Media Release

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Forest Practices Plans Routinely Ignored

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

The annual report of Tasmania's Forest Practices' Authority makes it clear that Forest Practices Plans (FPPs) are regularly ignored by industry operators, and yet those who breach the Forest Practices Act face little or no sanction.

The report shows that 14.8% of operations did not comply with FPPs. Of particular note are FEA ltd and AKS Forest Solutions of which 50% and 56% respectively did not comply.



Media Release

Friday, 6 November 2015

Liberal Greenwash Won't Fool Lonely Planet

Cassy O'Connor MP - As Greens Leader, I have today co-signed a letter with Greens Senator Nick McKim to Lonely Planet, in response to their travel advisory yesterday warning that Tasmania’s wilderness is under threat.



Media Release

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Lonely Planet Hits Out at Hodgman Government

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

The Hodgman Government is damaging Tasmania's wilderness tourism brand internationally.*

Travel Bible Lonely Planet has advised travellers to get in quick or miss out on Tasmania's pristine wilderness, "before compromises are made".

Lonely Planet has told international travellers they need to visit Tasmania before our world renowned wilderness is lost and have laid the blame squarely at the feet of the Liberal government.



Media Release

Friday, 30 October 2015

Stop Logging All Swift Parrot Forests

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The international conservation listing of the swift parrot as critically endangered is the wakeup call the government needs to stop logging its habitat.

We know logging is a direct threat to the parrot. It means less breeding and feeding habitat and means sugar gliders are more likely to eat chicks and parents.

The government needs to stop logging swift parrot habitats now. It's not too late to protect this bird.



Media Release

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Forestry Tasmania Annual Report Smoke and Mirrors

Cassy O'Connor MP - Forestry Tasmania's Annual Report 2014-15 paints a blithely optimistic picture of the GBE's financial fortunes, glossing over a continuing reliance on public subsidies and bailouts at public expense.



Media Release

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Another Day, Another Handout to Forestry

Cassy O'Connor MP - After late last year redirecting $7M allocated exit funding to keep people in the native forest industry, the Liberals are paying another $1M in compensation to forests contractors.



Media Release

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Forestry Tasmania Ministerial Charter

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Ministerial Charter that Forestry Tasmania is expected to abide by makes it clear the GBE is being set up to fail, despite the Liberals' rhetoric.



Media Release

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Groom Content to Pillage TWWHA

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

The Hodgman Government's passionate desire to log, mine and increase private development in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area not only shows a reckless disregard for its values but also the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Minister Groom's obfuscating and empty statements about 'traditional industries' in question time reveal a stunning disregard for Tasmania's protected places.

The government's position is clear - they think they are above UNESCO.



Media Release

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Harriss in Denial on TWWHA Logging

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, has made it clear the government plans to blunder on and log in protected areas, including the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), in contravention of explicit advice from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee that to do so would threaten World Heritage values.



Media Release

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Minister Harriss Misleading over Forest Industry

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson 

Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, used Question Time this morning to rule out the bizarre idea of woodchip exports from Hobart’s wharf, but continued to maintain the pretence that there is a future in native forest woodchip exports or biomass without government subsidies.



Media Release

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Liberals Caught in World Heritage Bind of Their Own Making

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Hodgman Government is delusional if it believes it can negotiate with the UNESCO World Heritage committee to allow logging, mining and intensified private tourism operations in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.



Media Release

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Tassie Forests could get Logging Reprieve

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The Greens welcome Minister Groom’s commitment in Question Time today to investigate whether Tasmania may apply for funding to stop logging the habitat of threatened species such as the Swift Parrot. 

The question was prompted by a Radio National report which revealed that federal Minister Hunt had invited the Victorian government to apply for funding to stop logging the home of the endangered Leadbeater’s possum.



Motion

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Lapoinya Logging

Andrea Dawkins -

Andrea Dawkins MP to move That this House:

1.     Notes with regret that Forestry Tasmania are still intent on logging Coupe FD053 at Lapoinya in the State’s north west;

2.     Notes further that objection by the Tasmanian community at the determination of FT to level the native forest at Lapoinya is ongoing and gaining momentum, with another public meeting held as recently as last weekend;



Media Release

Thursday, 20 August 2015

More Woodsmoke and Mirrors from Harriss

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forestry spokesperson

The Liberals continue to mislead Tasmanians over the future viability of the native forest woodchip industry.

Minister Harriss today told Parliament that government has received nineteen expressions of interest from the private sector in response to its so called 'Southern Residues Solutions' process.

The only way a private operator will invest in a woodchip mill or biomass generator in the State's South is if they are assured of substantial public subsidies.



Media Release

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Rosalie Woodruff New Franklin MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP - I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to represent the Franklin electorate at the state level. My six years as a Huon Valley councillor have given me a good feel for the issues in the southern part of the electorate and I look forward to learning more about the eastern shore.



Motion

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Lapoinya Logging

Andrea Dawkins - Forestry Tasmania are still intent on logging Coupe FD053 at Lapoinya in the State’s north west.



Media Release

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Emissions Reduction Target Woefully Inadequate

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Abbott Liberals have once more revealed they are a bunch of climate Luddites with their woeful 26% emissions reduction target by 2030. 



Media Release

Monday, 20 July 2015

Biomass Energy Another Tired Liberal Policy

Andrea Dawkins -

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass

Resources Minister Paul Harriss is exactly right; export of wood chips is a poor, unprofitable use of our precious forests.  But, biomass comes a very close second.

What we are seeing are the same tired, old Liberal policies of shutting down renewables in favour of coal and wood fired energy production. The impacts for climate change will be disastrous, and energy production from biomass just another massive step backwards under this government.



Media Release

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

No FSC Means no Social Licence for Pulp Mill

Andrea Dawkins -

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The only way for a pulp mill to be viable in the Tamar Valley is for the FSC accreditation for our forests, which is proving to be problematic, and issues such as dioxin run off and carbon emissions would need to be addressed.  To date the latter has never even been considered.

Viability has really only been assured in terms of construction, and on the back of current global and domestic economic factors.  But, the question still remains; where is the wood going to come from? 



Media Release

Friday, 10 July 2015

Harriss has no Plan, no Idea

Andrea Dawkins - If Ms Smith's resignation is not due to being gagged, we can only assume she is the first to flee the sinking ship that is Mr Harriss' ministerial career.



Media Release

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Only 'Yes Men' Welcome on Harriss' Council

Andrea Dawkins -

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass

The resignation of Sue Smith from the Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry confirms that Minister Paul Harriss will not tolerate dissenting views when it comes to the mendicant GBE that is Forestry Tasmania.

First we saw Minister Harriss gagging Council members for having a view other than his own, now we are seeing the consequence of those views.

Ms Smith's comments that Forestry Tasmania be shut down now ring truer than ever.



Media Release

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Heritage No Excuse for Logging the TWWHA

Andrea Dawkins -

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Environment and Heritage spokesperson

Senator Colbeck's comments supporting selective logging in the World Heritage Area are offensive, and use of heritage as a transparent disguise is laughable.

Heritage is a key part of Tasmania's identity, but the assertion that our precious wild places be destroyed in its name is insulting.



Media Release

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Minister Harriss being Deliberately Deceitful over WHA Logging

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Resources Minister, Paul Harriss’s ridiculous claim that the Greens supported logging in the World Heritage Area does not stand up to scrutiny.  He is, again, being deceitful and divisive for base political purposes.

Four out of five Greens’ MPs gave support to the Tasmanian Forest Agreement because it was the vehicle for a 170 000 hectare extension to the WHA, provided a pathway to end unsustainable logging and to create formal reserves in 504 000 hectares of forested land.



Media Release

Friday, 19 June 2015

Liberals Forest Council in Disarray

Nick Mckim -

Nick McKim MP | Greens Forests spokesperson

Forests Minister Paul Harriss has been exposed by members of his own Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry as having no plan for Forestry Tasmania.

He has also been exposed as an authoritarian, anti-free speech zealot who is not prepared to tolerate dissenting views.



Media Release

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

RET Decision Appalling for Tasmania and Our native Forests

Nick Mckim -

Nick McKim MP | Greens Forests spokesperson

The gutting of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and the inclusion of native forest biomass in the target is an appalling outcome for Tasmania, and in particular will drive ongoing destruction of native forest.

With the collapse of export woodchip markets, this decision plays straight into the hands of Tasmania’s ideologically driven forest destroyers.



Media Release

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Harriss has no Plan for Forestry

Nick Mckim - Forests Minister Paul Harriss is unable to provide a future operating model for Forestry Tasmania, or a business case for its so-called return to financial viability.



Media Release

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Forestry Tasmania - Increased Debt, No Plan to Pay it Back

Nick Mckim - Treasurer Peter Gutwein has today admitted that he has increased Forestry Tasmania’s debt capacity by $10 million to $41m, yet has repeatedly failed to explain how Forestry Tasmania can ever pay back the money it owes.



Question

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Native Forest Biomass

Nick Mckim - Unbelievably, you are now taking up Paul Lennon's dream of burning native forest woodchips in industrial scale forest furnaces to generate electricity. Talk about back to the future.



Media Release

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Harriss Refuses to Rule Out Public Subsidies for Native Forest Furnaces

Nick Mckim -

Nick McKim MP | Greens Forestry spokesperson

Forests Minister Paul Harriss has refused to rule out ongoing public subsidies for burning native forest woodchips and pulp logs to generate electricity.

When asked to rule out cash subsidies, discount woodchips and pulp logs, or an assumption of market risk by the Tasmanian taxpayer in parliament today, Mr Harriss’ silence was deafening.



Media Release

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

No Forest Furnaces

Kim Booth - The Hodgman government must rule out lobbying for native forest logging waste and biomass to be included in the Renewable Energy Target, or admit they will be locking in ongoing public subsidisation of the logging industry, Greens Leader and Energy spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.



Media Release

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Gutwein, Harriss, Annells at Loggerheads Over Forestry 

Kim Booth - The Treasurer needs to answer a very simple question here: Who is running this State? The government or Forestry Tasmania?



Media Release

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

No Action on Swift Parrots

Nick Mckim - Environment Minister Matthew Groom today washed his hands of the endangered Swift Parrot despite evidence that his department is ignoring its own expert advice about logging its habitat.



Media Release

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Sawmill Subsidies Referred to Integrity Commission

Kim Booth - Greens Leader and Forestry spokesperson Kim Booth MP today described government funded payments to selected sawmills as potentially constituting corrupt behaviour and has referred the matter to the Tasmanian Integrity Commission.



Media Release

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Lapoinya Coupe Concerns

Kim Booth - Greens Leader and Forestry Kim Booth MP today tabled in the Parliament a formal call for Forestry Tasmania to abandon its plans to log contentious Coupe FD053 at Lapoinya in the state’s north-west.



Media Release

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Edwards walks from TFA

Nick Mckim - It appears that Terry Edwards of the Forestry Industry Association of Tasmania has gone against his signed commitment and walked away from the forestry peace deal.



Media Release

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Liberals' Forestry Shambles

Nick Mckim - Will Hodgman committed before the election to consulting environment groups over his plans for forestry, but it’s since become clear that he’s been rolled by Peter Gutwein.



Media Release

Friday, 14 March 2014

Forestry Tasmania Assets Threatened

Kim Booth - The Tasmanian Greens today called on the Liberals to abandon their secret native forests sale or long term lease agenda.