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The Tasmanian people have suffered the consequences of the proliferation of pokies in pubs and clubs for decades. So has our democracy.

Federal Hotels has had a monopoly on pokies in Tasmania for decades. The upcoming expiration of this agreement presents a unique opportunity to make meaningful change, but instead the Liberals are planning to prolong the harm poker machines are doing to our communities for years to come. The individual and societal damage caused by problem gambling includes suicide, depression, relationship breakdown, lowered work productivity, job loss, bankruptcy and crime.

We can significantly reduce harm associated with gambling if we remove poker machines from pubs and clubs.

 

What Can I Do?

You can write to the Finance Minister and demand that poker machines are no longer allowed in Tasmanian pubs and clubs.

The Liberals' policy will also require passage through Parliament. Labor have back-flipped on their election policy to remove poker machines from pubs and clubs. You can write to Labor Leader Rebecca White and demand that Labor reinstates the policy that they took to the election.

You can also write to House of Assembly crossbencher Madeleine Ogilvie and Speaker Sue Hickey and ask them to vote against the Liberals' bill. You can also write to your local Legislative Council member to ask where they stand on this issue.

 

In Parliament and the Media


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Estimates Reply – Minister Ferguson

There are currently negotiations taking place between Mr Gutwein, Mr Ferguson and representatives for the Farrell family.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Estimates  |  Tuesday, 1 December 2020


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Finance – Pokies

Yesterday the treasurer confirmed that the government are in negotiations with the Federal Group about the casino tax rates that will apply.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Estimates  |  Tuesday, 24 November 2020


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Pokies Harm to Continue Despite Legislation Delay

Minister Ferguson confirmed in Budget Estimates profound social harm caused by pokies is set to continue, despite legislation being delayed.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 24 November 2020


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Treasury – Gambling Reform

There are social welfare advocates who have said that policy will cause enormous social and economic harm.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Estimates  |  Monday, 23 November 2020


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

The Reopening of Gambling Venues is a Travesty

Tasmania’s pubs, clubs and casinos reopened their doors to patrons, including long suffering gambling addicts who’ve had a three month reprieve.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 26 June 2020


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Pokies Venues Must Close to Save Lives

It is reckless negligence towards at-risk people for poker machine venues to continue to operate EGMs during a lethal, global pandemic. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 22 March 2020


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Federal Group Must Prioritise People's Lives Over Profi...

The Federal Group appears not to fully grasp the deadly seriousness of the health risk within their pokies venues.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 17 March 2020


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Donations Disclosure Laws

The Government appears to have walked away from any strengthening of Tasmania's nation-leading weakest donations disclosure laws.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 4 March 2020


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Liberals' Sham Consultation to Entrench Poker Machine H...

The Liberals' plan for the future of gambling in Tasmania released last yesterday afternoon will entrench social harm for two decades to come.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 26 February 2020


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Gutwein Must Rethink Pokies in his 'Compassionate'...

In his first statement as Premier, Mr Gutwein said he wanted a more compassionate Tasmania, where no one gets left behind.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 22 January 2020


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THA Quid Pro Quo Continues

The next installment of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association’s quid pro quo has been unveiled by their Liberal partners in government.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 9 December 2019


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Get Ready for Labor and Ogilvie to Sell Out Gambling Victims

Tasmanians who have suffered gambling addiction are set to be abandoned by both State Labor and former Labor MP Madeleine Ogilvie.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 3 December 2019


Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Hodgman Government's Legacy

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over a year of failings.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 28 November 2019


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Gaming Control Amendment (Wagering) Bill 2019

This is all about the money the Government makes from gambling and satisfying corporate interests.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Thursday, 14 November 2019


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Gaming Control Amendment (Wagering) Bill 2019

This bill was tabled on Tuesday. This is the Gaming Control Amendment (Wagering) Bill 2019. It was tabled 48 hours ago.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Thursday, 14 November 2019


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Farrell Family Leeching Millions at the Expense of Disadvant...

Federal Hotels continues to bloat its ill-gotten profits leeching off some of Tasmania’s poorest communities.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 8 November 2019


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Gambling Harm

The Government has an opportunity to move away from the monopoly deed, a special deal that was never supported by people in Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 12 September 2019


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Gambling Harm

It is obvious to any observer of Tasmanian politics that in this place it is the Greens who raise the issues of the harm caused by poker machines.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 12 September 2019


City Planners Around Table

Devonport Gaming Licence for Proposed Hotel

You may be aware that last year the people of Devonport lost more than $10 million in the city's poker machines.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 12 September 2019


Money, Australian Dollars, Notes

Gambling Policy Changes

Cassy O'Connor questions the Treasurer on the tax deal being negotiated with Federal Group.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 12 September 2019


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Labor Abandon Health as Paul Lennon's Grip Tightens

After spending five years talking about the importance of health to Tasmanians, Labor appears to have abandoned their ‘top priority’.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 3 September 2019


Pills

Labor Leadership Failure

In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 1 September 2019


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Gaming Machine Policy

It was confirmed by last night's vote that Labor supports your socially and economically destructive policy to keep poker machines in pubs and clubs until 2043.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 1 August 2019


Homeless Man

Glenorchy RSL Club Closure

Cassy O'Connor moves a motion regarding the close of the Glenorchy RSL, the the Liberals' use of the Glenorchy RSL during the election campaign.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 31 July 2019


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Liberals and Labor in Lock Step on Pokies

The lies and corruption at the heart of the 2018 State Election were laid bare by the sudden closure of the Glenorchy RSL a fortnight ago.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 31 July 2019


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Glenorchy RSL Closure Lays Bare Liberals' Pokies Lies

The lies and corruption at the heart of the 2018 State Election has been laid bare by the sudden closure of the Glenorchy RSL.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 22 July 2019


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Tasmanian Battlers Continue to Bleed Money to Federal Group

The latest Tasmanian Gaming Commission data reveals that in the month of April alone, $1.5 million was poured into the EGMs in Glenorchy.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 10 July 2019


Heritage Treasury Building, Tasmania

Estimates Reply - Treasurer

Again, this year the most mindnumbingly frustrating and dishonest Estimates session from my point of view was with the Treasurer.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Estimates  |  Tuesday, 11 June 2019


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Electoral Amendment Bill 2019

Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Second Reading speech for the Electoral Amendment Bill 2019.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Thursday, 21 March 2019


Preferential Voting, Ballot Paper

Electoral Amendment Bill 2019

Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Electoral Amendment Bill 2019.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Thursday, 21 March 2019


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Gambling Policy

Rosalie Woodruff raises the impacts of harming gambling policies in the Greens Matter of Public Importance debate.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 21 March 2019


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Gambling Policy

Cassy O'Connor raises political interference in gambling policy from vested interests in the Greens Matter of Public Importance debate.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 21 March 2019


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Gambling Policy

Cassy O'Connor questions the treasurer over tax reform proposals from Federal Group.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 21 March 2019


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Electoral Donations Disclosure Framework

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over delays in delivering donation reforms.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 21 March 2019


Pills

State of the State Address

Cassy O'Connor delivers a State of the State address (Address in Reply speech) for 2019.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 20 March 2019


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Liberals and Labor Put Gambling Interests Ahead of Public In...

The Treasurer confirmed today he has written to the Federal Group and plans to introduce legislation to progress the Liberals’ pokies policy. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 20 March 2019


Pills

Labor in 2019 Stands for Nothing

Tasmanians who voted Labor at the last election on the basis of their position on pokies will be wondering what State Labor stands for in 2019.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 18 March 2019


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Labor Caves on Pokies Policy

Rebecca White made it clear on ABC radio today that her party has abandoned its policy on the removal of poker machines from pubs and clubs.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 8 February 2019


Parliament House, Tasmania

Want of Confidence in the Premier

The Premier has failed to demand the highest standards of conduct from his members.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 29 November 2018


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

The Suffering Continues with Annual Report Confirming $175M...

The human misery and poverty caused by poker machines in pubs and clubs shows no sign of abating.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Address in Reply

The 2018 Tasmanian election was watched around Australia and has become known for all the wrong reasons. It was an incredibly bruising election.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 22 May 2018


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

No Confidence in Premier Hodgman over Pokies Corruption

It gives me no pleasure as the Greens Leader to stand here and bring on a motion of no confidence in the Premier of Tasmania.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 2 May 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

THA Quid Pro Quo

The Treasurer decided to gift the THA $6.8 million following significant donations from the them during the election campaign.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 3 May 2018


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Political Donations

The Premier allowed his party to be bought and paid for by the gambling industry, accepting millions of dollars from vested interests.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 2 May 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

No Confidence in the Premier over Pokies Corruption

The Premier allowed gambling interests from Tasmania and interstate to bankroll the Liberals' election campaign.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 2 May 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Tasmanian Liberals Rake in Donations, Declare Less than a Qu...

The latest AEC disclosure returns reveal the Liberals pocketed $2.39 million in political donations but only declared the sources for $498 000.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 1 February 2018


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Greens to Move for Independent Commission of Inquiry on Kevi...

The Greens will move for an Independent Commission of Inquiry to fully investigate the seedy history of the Federal Hotels monopoly deal. 
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 25 January 2018


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Liberals' Pokies Policy the Worst Case Scenario for Com...

The Liberals policy will entrench the harm caused, and ignite a competitive marketplace for addiction.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 9 January 2018


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

THA Must Reconsider Approach to Pokies

The current model is unsustainable and relies on the poorest Tasmanians losing more than they can afford to keep the pokies industry going.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 14 December 2017


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Community Pokies Campaign Yields Fruit

The Greens welcome the decision from Labor to finally commit to removing pokies from pubs and clubs.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 13 December 2017


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

More Voices Against Pokies

The addition of the Country Women’s Association to the campaign against pokies in pubs and clubs is most welcome.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Liberals' 'Free Beer' Arrangement with THA Do...

The Liberals' arrangement with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association members funding their 'Pub Test' pre-election forums is wrong on so many levels.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 24 November 2017


Burnie, North-West Tasmania

Burnie City Council Reflects Community Concern about Pokies

Burnie City Council’s decision to seek feedback from local businesses on the future of pokies in their community is timely.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 22 November 2017


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Small Business Council's Call to Reduce Pokies Welcome...

The Greens welcome the Tasmanian Small Business Council’s policy to reduce poker machines in Tasmania.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 4 November 2017


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Federal Group - Election Campaign Donations

Andrea Dawkins asks the Premier whether he will rule out his party accepting donations from Federal Group.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 1 November 2017


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Pokies-Free Pembroke Petition Tabled

In Parliament this morning, ahead of the Pembroke by-election, the Greens tabled a petition expressing community concern about the impact of poker machines.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 2 November 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


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Premier Deflecting on Donations from Federal Hotels

Pokies baron, Greg Farrell, has said his company will be offering donations to both Labor and the Liberals to help them “articulate” policy.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 1 November 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Premier Can't Keep Pointing the Finger at McQuestin

The Premier simply refuses to take responsibility for the conduct and decisions of the political party he leads.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 1 November 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Property Council 'Leaders' Debate

The Property Council knows which side its bread is buttered on.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 23 October 2017


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Gambling Inquiry Report Backs in Pokies' Profits Over P...

The Future Gaming Markets Inquiry report tabled today has failed Tasmanians by backing in the status quo.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 28 September 2017


Logged Forest, Tarkine

Mr Lennon and Mr Gay - Alleged Meetings with Government

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Poker Machines - Liberals' Position

In recent days, the Premier and the Treasurer have accused Labor of having no position on pokies. This may or may not be true.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Question  |  Thursday, 17 August 2017


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Poker Machines - Agreement

has the Treasurer met with representatives from Federal Hotels and/or the THA to discuss the agreement which was flagged on the ABC this morning?
Andrea Dawkins  |  Question  |  Thursday, 17 August 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Poker Machines - Agreement

A significant majority of Tasmanians want poker machines removed from pubs and clubs. They want the Federal monopoly deed extinguished.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Question  |  Thursday, 17 August 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

THA is Wrong on Liquor and Gaming Commission

Calls by Tasmanian Hospitality Association spokesperson, Steve Old, to abolish the independent Liquor and Gaming Commission are deeply concerning.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 17 September 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Labor and Liberals Must Listen to Business and Community on...

The open letter from 75 Tasmanian businesses implores both Labor and the Liberals to listen to the deep concern within the community about pokies.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 14 September 2017


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Dodgy Brothers, Lennon and Gay, Back in Business

With Paul Lennon on the Farrell's payroll, and John Gay set to profit from rainforest logging in protected areas, the Dodgy Brothers are back in business.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 11 September 2017


Hobart, Tasmania

Liberal Backbencher Sings to Donor's Tune

Liberal backbencher, Nic Street, is demonstrating what political influence decades of donations from the Federal Group has bought.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 27 August 2017


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Anglicare Report Further Proof Tasmania Wins Without Monopol...

The Greens hope all MPs will read in detail Anglicare's report on the enormous benefits that would flow if the Federal monopoly Deed is extinguished.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 11 August 2017


Container Deposit Machine

Public Health Professional and Climate Educator Join Greens...

The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of candidates in Denison in the upcoming State election.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 4 August 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Labor and Liberals Ignore Health Cost of Pokies

Tasmanians lose $200 million a year to poker machines. They devastate families and destroy lives.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 28 July 2017


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Three and Half Years' Silence from Ogilvie on Pokies

Ms Ogilvie has been silent about poker machines, and the serious harm they cause, for three and a half years.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 27 July 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Honest Appraisal of Pokies' Cost to Tasmania

The Australia Institute paper applies an honest, data based lens to the social and economic impact of poker machines in Tasmania.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 17 July 2017


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Liberals' 'Individual Responsibility, Corporate En...

Both the Premier and the Treasurer delivered a disappointing and underwhelming response to questions on the future of the Federal gambling monopoly.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 5 June 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Liberal and Labor Parties Need to Reject Federal Group Donat...

With the Federal monopoly Deed due to formally expire in 2018 and end in 2019, now is a critical time for our democracy.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Pokies Deed Corruption Allegations Must be Heard by Parliame...

Tasmania Police will review their investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption following the fall of the Liberal Bethune Government in 1972.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 8 May 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Liberals Must Listen to Rev. Costello on Pokies

Rev. Tim Costello has openly named the pokies industry as a powerful vested interest, which runs government gambling policy across Australia.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 12 April 2017


Shaking Hands

Liberals and Labor United on Crown Land Deals

Labor and the Liberals voted together against a Greens' Motion calling for far greater transparency in Crown Land deals with private developers.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 5 April 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

UTas Liberals' Voice Welcome on Pokies

The Greens congratulate the UTas Liberals for their stance on poker machines in Tasmania.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 15 February 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Clear Message to Parliamentary Committee on Pokies' Har...

The Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets begins tomorrow, with an overwhelming number of submissions wanting pokies out of pubs and clubs.  
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 6 February 2017


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Donations' Disclosure Needed Before State Election

Following Prime Minister Turnbull's encouraging comments about exploring 'more timely' political donations disclosure, Premier Hodgman should follow suit.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 2 February 2017


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Community Consultation on Pokies Only the First Step

The Gaming Control Amendment (Community Consultation) Bill is a good first step to including the wider Tasmanian public in decision-making.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Glenorchy Pokie Licence Shows Need for Moratorium

The news today that yet another licensed venue in Glenorchy has applied to operate poker machines beggars belief.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 5 October 2016


Hobart Private Hospital

Old Parties Refuse to Support Real Time Donations Disclosure

The Greens are disappointed both the Liberal and Labor Parties joined together, once again, to vote against donation transparency and democratic process.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 14 September 2016


Blue Tier, Tasmanian Forest Agreement Forest

Ministers Failing to Answer Questions on Notice

It is disappointing to see the number of questions that were put on notice some time ago that have not yet been answered by ministers.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 26 April 2016


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Will the Public Get a Say on Pokies?

The Treasurer has made it clear that he does not want to give Tasmanians a real say on the location, number, type and design of poker machines in Tasmania. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 6 April 2016


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Liberals Completely Fail on Pokies

Treasurer Gutwein squibbed his responsibility to protect Tasmanians from the harm caused by pokes, missing the opportunity for once in a generation reform.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 17 March 2016


Bushfire, Burned Forest

State of the State Address in Reply

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens MPs, I pay respect to the palawa/pakana people of Tasmania, to their treasured elders, past and present.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 15 March 2016


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Open, Public Consultation Needed on Pokies

Anglicare's interactive pokie map makes a strong, clear statement about the scale of problem we are tackling in Tasmania.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 3 March 2016


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Still No Pokies Monopoly Mandate

As the Federal Group monopoly deed comes to an end the Treasurer has a once in a generation chance to better protect our community.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 22 February 2016


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Pokies Leech $15M in December

The finances of many Tasmanians look very bleak in the light of Treasury's pokie loss figures for December.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 1 February 2016


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Pokies Spin Won't Wash

Treasurer Gutwein isn't fooling Tasmanians. Anglicare's EMRS poll shows that, with 4 out of 5 people wanting pokies out of our pubs and clubs.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 18 November 2015


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

The People Want Pokies Gone

In the last 12 months Tasmanians lost almost $200 million dollars in poker machines, which equates to over $380 for every single adult and child in the State.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Motion  |  Tuesday, 17 November 2015


Survey, Filling out Sheet

Pokies Poll Places Further Pressure on Government

The EMRS opinion poll on poker machines confirms that the overwhelming majority of Tasmanians do not support the proliferation of these addictive machines.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 12 November 2015


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Brighton Mayor Tells it Like it Is on Pokies Monopoly

Brighton Mayor, Tony Foster, is a strong voice for his community on the issue of the harm caused by poker machines and the Federal Hotels' monopoly gaming Deed.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 4 November 2015


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Hodgman Won't Concede Federal Monopoly on Pokies Harmin...

When the Premier sat next to Greg Farrell at MONA yesterday, did he think about Tasmania's 2,500 problem gamblers?
Andrea Dawkins  |  Question  |  Thursday, 29 October 2015


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Government Must Listen to Community Sector on Pokies

The Hodgman Government needs heed the call of the coalition of community sector organisations demanding urgent action to address the scourge of poker machines.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 2 November 2015


Corruption, Handing over Envelope

Federal Hotels Monopoly

Yesterday at a function at MONA the Premier sat next to the businessman whose family refused permission to alter the Federal monopoly deed.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 29 October 2015


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Pokies Built for Addiction

The documentary 'Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation', that aired on ABC last night reinforced what we have known for many years.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 21 October 2015


Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania

Liberals Still in Bed with Federal

Treasurer Gutwein is failing to stand up for both disadvantaged Tasmanians and the cultural icon, MONA, in his acquiescence to Federal Hotels.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 16 September 2015


Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania

Liberals Back Old, Destructive Loser

The Liberal Government was given a very simple choice by MONA, embrace the new Tasmanian economy or fall back into step with Federal Hotels.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Music, Hands with Guitar

Record Pokie Losses Show Liberals Lagging on Humane Policy

July saw pokie losses in Tasmania jump to their highest level in 3 years, raising questions of how the Hodgman Government plan to support the community.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 1 September 2015


Wrest Point Casino, Federal Group, Tasmania

Liberals Have No Mandate for Federal Deal

The Treasurer's Federal monopoly rhetoric in Parliament today remains empty and meaningless, despite its bombastic delivery.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 27 August 2015


Music, Hands with Guitar

Live Music Industry

A detailed model of consumer spending estimated the Live Music Industries contributed approximately $15m to the national economy last year.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 26 August 2015


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Gutwein Preparing to Roll Over to Federal

Treasurer Peter Gutwein made it clear he is prepared to do Federal Hotels' bidding and extend the destructive gambling monopoly deal beyond 2018.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 26 August 2015


Shaking Hands

Federal Hotels 2018 Deal

Federal Group has reaped massive profits at the expense of low income Tasmanians as a result of the 15 year monopoly on gambling venues in Tasmania.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Motion  |  Tuesday, 18 August 2015


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Extra $4m Lost During 2014-15 Financial Year on Pokies

Tasmanians lost almost $194m in the 2014-15 financial year, which equates to nearly $4m more than the previous financial year.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 1 August 2015


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Pokies Need Independent Oversight

The odds are already stacked against patrons who play the pokies, and with those machines malfunctioning the losses are set to be even greater.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 24 July 2015


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Pokies Losses Unacceptable

The latest poker machines losses figures reveal Tasmanians lost $17, 203, 985 for the month of January this year, an increase on the December losses.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 7 March 2015


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Pokies Cost Community

The latest Treasury monthly break-down figures reveal Tasmanians lost a staggering $207, 340, 156 on poker machines from December 2013 to December 2014.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 3 February 2015


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

Pokies Losses Increase

The latest EGM loss figures reveal that Tasmanians lost $17, 410, 489 on poker machines for the month of July alone.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 4 September 2014


Line of Electronic Gaming Machines (Pokies)

$190 million lost on pokies

The latest poker machine loss figures reveal that Tasmanians lost the equivalent of an average annual salary of $53, 35 on every pokie machine in the state.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 1 August 2014