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Access to secure and affordable housing is a basic human right and the foundation for individual and family wellbeing. The housing crisis in Tasmania is undermining this right.

The Liberal Government has consistently underinvested in public housing and failed to appropriately regulate short stay accommodation. This has resulted in a housing crisis in Tasmania, with soaring housing prices and a reduction of residential premises on the rental market.

Tasmania needs more investment in public housing and proper regulation of short stay accommodation. 'Getting the balance right' means ensuring that housing is available and affordable is a higher priority than increasing financial returns to property owners. This is currently not the case.

 

What Can I Do?

In 2019 the Legislative Council Select Committee on Short Stay Accommodation in Tasmania handed down their report. The report included the recommendation that Local Councils be given discretionary powers in relation to the approval of short stay accommodation permits outside of principal residences. You can write to the Premier and demand that the Government enact this recommendation.

There is also a House of Assembly Select Committee on Housing Affordability. You can write to the committee members and ask them to ensure restrictions on short stay accommodation are part of their recommendations.

 

In Parliament and the Media

Media Release

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

DEC Must Remain in Public Hands

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens welcome the move towards a state basketball team. The Derwent Entertainment Centre deal, however, must be approached with caution.



Media Release

Monday, 2 December 2019

TCCI Report Reveals Widening Wealth Gap Under Hodgman Liberals

Cassy O'Connor MP - The TCCI’s ‘Tasmania Report’ confirms what many Tasmanians are feeling. The wealth gap is widening under Will Hodgman’s leadership.



Question

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Big Business over the Majority of Tasmanians

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over his repeated prioritisation of big business over Tasmanians.



Speech

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Housing Affordability

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor discusses the housing crisis, homelessness, rental affordability and under-investment in public housing in Labor's Matter of Public Importance on housing affordability.



Media Release

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Housing Expo Ignores Airbnb Problem

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals' Housing and Homelessness Expo is an exercise in window dressing that will do nothing to address the housing crisis.



Media Release

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Housing Debt Relief Warmly Welcomed But Big Supply Challenges Remain

Cassy O'Connor MP - The historic Commonwealth State Housing debt has been an albatross around the neck of Housing Tasmania for decades.



Speech

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Liberal Matter of Public Importance - Strong Economic Management

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Deputy Speaker, apart from being completely boring, that contribution from Mr Tucker failed to mention human beings. Failed to acknowledge that there are people right now sleeping on the Domain, sleeping in the rivulet, who are living in insecure housing, who cannot afford to pay their rent.



Speech

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Liberals' Housing performance

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I am quite pleased to see that the Heritage Tasmania staff are no longer in the Chamber being forced to sit here and listen to this debate instead of providing advice to the minister for Heritage on the bill that was to be debated at this point but has been bumped off so the Minister for Housing can score some political points.



Motion

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Rent capping

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens - Motion) - Madam Speaker, I move -

That the House:

(1) Agrees that:

(a) housing is a fundamental human right, and is foundational for participation in society;



Media Release

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Greens Push for Parliament to Tackle Rent Gouging Succeeds

Cassy O'Connor MP - Housing availability and affordability in Tasmania is getting worse, pushing more people in to homelessness.



Speech

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Rent Increases - Regulation

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HOUSING, Mr JAENSCH



Media Release

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Senator Abetz, the Hardest of Hearts

Cassy O'Connor MP - Liberal Senator, Eric Abetz, needs to get out of his office more and talk to Tasmanians who are homeless or desperately searching for a place to live.



Speech

Thursday, 13 June 2019

First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill 2019 - Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise to make a contribution on what will be the last legislation debated before the winter break. It is particularly apt that we are debating a housing affordability bill in a week that has been dominated by questions of the Government and our society's response to housing and homelessness. I can indicate from the outset, as we did last year, we will support the extension to the First Home Owner Grant.



Speech

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Liberal Matter of Public Importance - Infrastructure and Jobs

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, it has been interesting listening to this debate this morning, which is a Liberal matter of public importance debate, after around 20 minutes of question time was dedicated to Dorothy Dixers and the best the member for Braddon can come up with as a topic is infrastructure and jobs.



Speech

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Housing and Homelessness

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark) - Mr Deputy Speaker, here we are again in this House, on this day, debating one of the most critically important issues confronting this parliament and the entire state of Tasmania.



Question

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Housing Tasmania High Court challenge

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN



Question

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Housing Crisis

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN



Media Release

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Liberals' Housing Protection Racket

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals have used their numbers once again to prevent debate on the capacity of another failing Minister. This time, Housing Minister, Roger Jaensch. 



Speech

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Jaensch

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR - I thank Ms Standen for her contribution. It was, as ever, well considered and very informative.



Media Release

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Premier and Housing Minister Dig In Over Unfair Evictions

Cassy O'Connor MP - The full bench of the Supreme Court last week upheld an earlier ruling that Housing Tasmania tenants are entitled to natural justice. 



Media Release

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Jaensch Refuses to Rule Out Evictions High Court Appeal

Cassy O'Connor MP - Yesterday, the Full Court of the Supreme Court justly ruled Housing Tasmania must provide underlying reasons for evicting tenants . We welcome their ruling that Housing Tasmania tenants should have natural justice afforded to them and the ability to remedy eviction issues.



Media Release

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Cassy O'Connor MP - Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 



Speech

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Net Debt

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Deputy Speaker, I thank the member for Franklin for bringing this matter of net debt on for the MPI debate today. Any state budget, and we have said this before, is a statement of values. It tells us everything we need to know about what the government of the day values and what it is prepared to prioritise.



Question

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Budget 2019-20 - Essential Services Funding

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN



Speech

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Budget Reply Speech

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor delivers a budget reply speech for the 2019-20 state Budget, and speaks to alternative policies in the Greens' Alternative Budget.



Media Release

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Budget in Vision and Compassion Deficit

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Treasurer promised a heavy infrastructure spend in today’s Budget, but what was clearly missing was the investment in social infrastructure. 



Speech

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - State Budget

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I am pleased to talk about the state budget because, arguably, there has never been a state budget that will be more important than the one that we have before us. The next three years, the next 10 years, we know are so critical for the trajectory of Tasmania and for the planet.



Speech

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Homelessness

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Thank you to Ms Standen and the honourable member for Franklin for bringing this Matter of Public Importance debate on today. It is important that we acknowledge in this place that, right now, there are people who are so-called, sleeping rough, sleeping under bridges, crashing at their friend's houses, sleeping in shipping containers, caravans and in highly unaffordable and unsuitable accommodation.



Speech

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Short Stay Accommodation Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I am very pleased to speak on behalf of the Leader of the Tasmanian Greens, Ms O'Connor, who has been very passionate on the issue of housing and everything that can be done to mitigate the housing crisis in Tasmania. We have been in the grips of a crisis for some years now but it has in part been because of the impact of the rapid and unchecked growth in the short-stay market.



Motion

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Labor Motion - Select Committee into Housing Affordability

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, they are not very strong words from a minister who should be supporting every possible constructive move he can to find ways to resolve the unmitigated crisis in housing that people across Tasmania are experiencing, especially in southern Tasmania.



Speech

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Public Housing

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor speaks to Labor's Matter of Public Importance on Public Housing, discussing the housing crisis and inadequate tenancy law.



Media Release

Friday, 11 January 2019

Minister Jaensch Clutching at Straws

Cassy O'Connor MP - The long delayed release of data on housing, children and disabilities shows modest improvement in only one area of Minister Jaensch’s portfolio responsibility and even with that, it is still taking more than a year to find homes for high priority applicants.



Media Release

Monday, 3 December 2018

Tasmania Report Confirms Need to Tackle Housing and Levy Visitors

Cassy O'Connor MP - The TCCI’s Tasmania Report confirms the need to capitalise on the State’s visitor boom to pay for the disadvantage it helps to create.



Speech

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Roads And Jetties Amendment (Management Of State Highways In Cities) Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, we will support the Roads and Jetties Amendment (Management of State Highways in Cities) Bill 2018 but we do so with a very profound sense of ho hum. 



Media Release

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Spin Over Housing Supply Results

Cassy O'Connor MP - Minister Jaensch’s bragging is highly misleading. The numbers provided in his media release are the total since 2015. In actuality, this quarterly report shows that in the last quarter very little is happening.



Speech

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Police Offences Amendment (Begging) Bill - Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Greens' Police Offences Amendment (Begging) Bill, to remove the offence of begging in Tasmania.



Speech

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Residential Tenancy Amendment Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise on behalf of the Greens to indicate that we too will be supporting this legislation, and recognise it makes a number of significant, but minor, amendments to the principal act in order to better align the act with the Homes Act 1935, which is some of the most robust but antique legislation we administer in this place.



Media Release

Friday, 31 August 2018

At Risk Children and Young People Still Let Down

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmania’s under-resourced child protection system continues to let down at risk children and young people.



Motion

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Emergency Accommodation Requirements

Cassy O'Connor MP -

That the House -



Speech

Thursday, 5 July 2018

HOUSING LAND SUPPLY BILL 2018 Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I indicate that the Greens will be supporting this legislation. We have received a very thorough briefing from the head of the Planning Policy Unit and the secretary of the Department of Justice and their adviser. We have been walked through the clauses in the bill. On behalf of the Greens I am comforted by that briefing because we raised a number of the questions we had in that briefing.



Speech

Thursday, 5 July 2018

HOUSING LAND SUPPLY BILL 2018 Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I indicate that the Greens will be supporting this legislation. We have received a very thorough briefing from the head of the Planning Policy Unit and the secretary of the Department of Justice and their adviser. We have been walked through the clauses in the bill. On behalf of the Greens I am comforted by that briefing because we raised a number of the questions we had in that briefing.



Motion

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Full Debate - Short-stay Accommodation and Housing Crisis

Cassy O'Connor MP - Full debate of the Greens' motion to limit the conversion of residential properties to short stay accommodation and to enforce compliance with short stay accommodation rules.



Question

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Housing Crisis - Regulation of Short Stay Accommodation

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN



Media Release

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Jaensch Tinkering While Housing Crisis Escalates

Cassy O'Connor MP - Minster Jaensch’s response to the escalating housing crisis is completely out of touch.  His failure to acknowledge the impact of short stay accommodation on the availability of rental homes will consign more Tasmanians to housing stress and homelessness.



Speech

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, it is always a pleasure to listen to the inaugural speeches of new members. I congratulate Jennifer Houston and Alison Standen on fantastic inaugural speeches. There a couple of things in there that I might have disagreed with but they were really moving and impressive inaugural speeches so congratulations.



Question

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Housing - Effect of Short-Stay Accommodation on Rental Market

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

A short time ago you challenged us to put forward solutions to the housing emergency. Here are two that the Greens took to the last election. Will you direct your Housing minister to regulate the short-stay accommodation market to free up homes for families? Will you explore adopting the ACT model where rental increases were capped at CPI to keep rent affordable and to stop landlords from gouging?

 

ANSWER



Question

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Housing - Confidence in Minister for Housing

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN



Media Release

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Domain Figures Confirm Escalating Housing Emergency

Cassy O'Connor MP - Hobart rents are now rivalling Melbourne’s, in figures released today by Domain.



Media Release

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

New Housing Minister Has Urgent Task

Cassy O'Connor MP - Mr Jaensch faces the most pressing task of any of the newly sworn in Cabinet members - tackling the housing emergency with substantive steps so people aren't freezing in tents at the Hobart Showgrounds over Winter.



Media Release

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Foreign Ownership and Influence

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



Media Release

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Labor Housing Policy Won’t Tackle Housing Crisis

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Labor Party's announcement on three new builds to tackle the housing crisis is woefully inadequate.



Media Release

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Bold plan to prioritise affordable homes for Tasmanians

Cassy O'Connor MP - Air BNB short stay accommodation will be restricted to Tasmanian owner operators, ensuring interstate and overseas investors won’t profit at the expense of locals, under the first of the Tasmanian Greens’ housing policy initiatives launched today.



Media Release

Monday, 5 June 2017

2017/18 Budget: No answers, No substance

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The Treasurer’s responses in Budget Estimates today were basically limited to pleas to just trust him.

On the TasWater takeover, the Treasurer disagreed with claims that the accelerated schedule could not be achieved and that the takeover might be unlawful, but provided no evidence to back up his view.

To support these claims he repeatedly argued he had come to that view, without providing any detail of what rationale or evidence had led him there. 



Media Release

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Greens Deliver Triple Bottom Line Alternative Budget

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget is a fully costed vision for the future that demonstrates it is possible to look after people and invest in their capacity, to protect our environmental assets and stimulate the economy through investment in small business and infrastructure.



Media Release

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Federal Budget Fails Tasmania

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Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Hodgman Liberal Government has epically failed to stand up for Tasmania, with the State comprehensively missing out in the Federal Budget.

While Tasmania missed out any substantial infrastructure investment as a result of the Hodgman Liberals' failure, Tasmanians looking for a home or reliant on welfare are the big losers out of this Budget.



Media Release

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Housing Announcement a Sign of Policy Failure

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokesperson

The Hodgman Government has failed to deliver on affordable housing, with the housing waiting list skyrocketing to more than 3,600 applications under Minister Petrusma.  Under a Greens' Minister, the waiting list was brought down to its lowest level in a decade.

That is indicative of huge housing stress in our community and too many Tasmanians without a secure, affordable place to call home.



Media Release

Friday, 3 February 2017

Airbnb Changes Welcome

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Tourism spokesperson

The Greens welcome the government's policy on the sharing economy, announced today. Modern governments must keep up with developing industries, so local economies don't suffer.

Tasmania has an accommodation shortfall and more and more travellers want cheaper and more relaxed alternatives to traditional hotel accommodation.  

The changes proposed to begin in July will come as a relief to many Air BnB and Stayz operators, who were exposed by over-regulation for too long.



Media Release

Friday, 9 December 2016

Token Commitment to NPAH Increases Housing Insecurity

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokesperson

News from today's COAG meeting that the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness will be extended for another 12 months lets down the community and housing sector.

The NPAH provides support to more than 7,000 Tasmanians and funds specialist homelessness services.  Only extending it for a year won't provide much comfort to a sector that is forced to struggle with funding insecurity.



Media Release

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Parole Board Confirm Liberals Paying for Prisons Not Housing

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Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Corrections spokesperson

The Parole Board's Annual Report confirms the worst fears of the community and housing sector.  Prisoners who are suitable to be released on parole are being forced to stay in prison because they can't get housing.

For the second year running, the Parole Board has confirmed the lack of housing for parolees, following the Liberals' closure of the Post Release Options Programs and the Salvation Army Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program.



Media Release

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Petrusma Must Fight For Housing Funding

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

Housing Ministers from around Australia are meeting tomorrow to decide the future of the National Partnership on Homelessness (NPAH).

The Minister for Human Services must take a strong position to the table so those Tasmanians experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness, can continue to be supported into secure housing.



Media Release

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Ex-Prisoners Sent To The Bottom Of The List

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Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokesperson

This morning, the Minister for Human Services, Jacquie Petrusma, told ABC Radio putting ex-prisoners onto a priority housing list is a "job done" by Housing Connect.  Right to Information documents show that none of the 109 ex-inmates and parolees that applied for housing to Housing Connect were housed.



Media Release

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Liberals Leave Ex-Offenders Out in the Cold

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Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokesperson

When they axed the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program, the Liberals promised they would improve housing and assistance for ex-inmates.  Instead, they've condemned them to extended periods of imprisonment and when they finally leave gaol, they do so without any housing support.



Question

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Ex-Offenders Forced Into Homelessness

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Ms WOODRUFF question to ATTORNEY-GENERAL, Dr GOODWIN



Media Release

Monday, 26 September 2016

Welcome Back Down on Airbnb

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism and Innovation spokesperson

The Premier’s backflip on the length of stays Airbnb hosts are able to offer is welcome news to the many operators and visitors to Tasmania.

The 42 day limit, which has now been adjusted to 100 days, imposed an unrealistic and unnecessary regulatory burden on small operators.

These regulations would have put the livelihood of many Tasmanians in jeopardy. For example, retirees who have invested their superannuation in Airbnb properties.



Media Release

Friday, 2 September 2016

Housing Waiting List Soars Under Liberals

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

Under the Liberal Government, the public housing waiting list has soared over the past two years. Every one of the 3,708 Tasmanians waiting for a house have a story to tell about homelessness or housing stress.



Media Release

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Gutwein Must Heed Airbnb Pleas

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism spokesperson

The Tasmanian Planning Commission has heard from Airbnb, who were in Hobart today to plead the case of Tasmanian accommodation operators. Planning Minister Peter Gutwein must take their concerns into consideration when it comes to the Statewide Planning Scheme.

The sharing economy is a key part of any modern tourist industry and government shouldn't relegate Tasmanian Airbnb operators out of business.  



Media Release

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Safe Haven Investment Welcome, Delay Questioned

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens welcome the investment in settlement services for Safe Haven Enterprise Visa holders, who have left everything to flee conflict, deprivation or persecution.



Media Release

Friday, 1 July 2016

Full NDIS Scheme Will Change Lives

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

Thousands of Tasmanians living with a disability will be able to access the supports they need to live more independently, access training and employment and achieve their goals with the NDIS full scheme rolling out today across the State.

Once it is fully rolled out to all age groups in Tasmania over the next three years, around 10 600 Tasmanians living with disability will be accessing supports and affordable housing through the NDIS.



Speech

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) –

Madam Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to present the Tasmanian Greens' fully costed Alternative Budget for 2016-17. 



Media Release

Thursday, 9 June 2016

$60M Housing Giveaway Remains Unjustified

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

In Budget Estimates today, the Human Services Minister failed to provide any evidence that giving away up to 500 Housing Tasmania homes will increase the supply of affordable housing or represents a good deal for taxpayers.

The Greens have long been concerned about the Liberal Government handing over the Title to Housing Tasmania properties. These are public assets and they are effectively being given away for a song on an untested reform.



Motion

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Health a Priority Over Fictional Surplus

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes the Greens’ Alternative Budget makes a real investment in preventative health that will make a serious dent in the rate of chronic diseases, smoking and obesity in Tasmania.

(2)           Understands the Greens would invest $100M over four years into preventive health, because we understand this is an investment that pays for itself over the short, medium and long-terms.



Media Release

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Budget Lacking in Courage and Vision, Puts Environment Last

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

Built on the mirage of a very short term surplus, the Liberals' third State Budget lacks both courage and vision.  

It pays only tokenistic attention to investing in preventative health programs to keep people out of hospitals and does too little to repair the damage to public health caused by the first Abbott and Hodgman budgets.



Speech

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Multicultural Friends of Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Wednesday 25 May 2016

[6.11 p.m.]



Question

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Tasmanian Homeless Left Out in the Cold

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Thursday 5 May 2016

Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Ms PETRUSMA

[10.21 a.m.]



Question

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Premier Says Eslake, TasCOSS, Anglicare Are Wrong

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Thursday 5 May 2016

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

[10.06 a.m.]



Media Release

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Federal Budget Duds Tasmanians

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The first Turnbull Budget has left the vast majority of Tasmanians out in the cold.

It lacked heart and vision, looked after corporations and the higher income earners at the expense of people living at the margins who are reliant on Commonwealth support.



Question

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Premier's Failure in Canberra Sees Tasmania Left Off the Budget Map

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

[10.09 a.m.]



Media Release

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

No Mandate Housing Asset Giveaway to Become Law

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

For-profit, corporate housing developers will be able to secure Housing Tasmania homes for free or a pittance under legislation that has now passed through both Houses of Parliament.

The Homes (Amendment) Bill 2016 is the vehicle for the Hodgman Government to transfer Title on Housing Tasmania properties to private and community housing interests, with up to 500 Housing properties up for grabs in the first tranche.



Speech

Friday, 18 March 2016

Homes Amendment Bill - 2nd Reading Speech

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison) -

One of the most fundamental human rights is access to secure and affordable housing. It is the foundation for all of life's opportunities, for all a capacity to succeed as human beings. If we do not have access to secure, affordable housing our lives are precarious. We are likely to miss out on educational training, employment and community connection opportunities.



Media Release

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Madam Speaker,

We meet on the land of an ancient and noble people, land that was taken from them with terrible violence and trickery on the part of the men who came before us.

We do well to remind ourselves often that this land – lutruwita/Tasmania – was never ceded by its original owners.

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens MPs, I pay respect to the palawa/pakana people of Tasmania, to their treasured elders, past and present.



Media Release

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Ministerial Disrespect in Housing Title Giveaway

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Minister for Human Services showed a complete lack of respect for one of Tasmania's most prominent community organisations in her attempt to justify the government's public housing giveaway in Question Time this morning.



Media Release

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Liberal Privatisation Agenda Becoming Clearer

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Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader 

Despite the Premier's claims in April last year that they wouldn't sell public assets, we now know his government is considering selling the iconic Treasury building in Hobart and government buildings in St John Street, Launceston.

The planned sale of Treasury and St John Street buildings would be on top of giving away up to 500 Housing Tasmania properties and the sale of Forestry Tasmania's plantations.



Media Release

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Still Waiting for Housing Giveaway Details

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Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

Minister Petrusma dodged question after question on her government's housing giveaway plan in parliament this morning.

Instead of providing Tasmanians with the evidence base for the asset giveaway and the total value of the up to 500 properties, Ms Petrusma weakly argued that she and her government were not privatising public assets.

The Tasmanians we speak to believe if it looks and smells like a public asset giveaway, that's what it is.



Media Release

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Greens to Scrutinise Public Housing Giveaway in Parliament

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Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

The Greens will move in Parliament this week for the Hodgman Government to put on hold its plan to give away up to $125 million worth of Housing Tasmania homes, until it can demonstrate the need for this 'trial' to the properties' owners, the Tasmanian people.



Media Release

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Government Confirms Privatisation of Public Housing Assets

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Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson 

For the first time in Tasmania's history a State Government is privatising Housing Tasmania homes through the transfer of Title.

Human Services Minister, Jacquie Petrusma, confirmed in Parliament today that up to 500 Housing Tasmania properties will be handed over to community housing providers.

At a reasonable estimate, the Hodgman Government is giving away $125 million worth of public housing assets.



Media Release

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Housing Investment Step in the Right Direction

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Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson 

The release of the Affordable Housing Strategy and the investment of $13.5M this year won't deal with the critical supply issues in housing, but it's a reasonable start.

There are close to 3000 Tasmanians on the waiting list for homes which has skyrocketed under this government.  Many are living in highly unstable situations and some have no place to call home.



Media Release

Monday, 7 September 2015

Investment in Housing Needed to Meet Local and Refugee Need

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals need to invest a sizeable portion of the projected half a billion dollars in GST windfall into the supply of social and affordable housing if we're to provide secure homes for desperate Syrian refugees as well as the almost 3000 Tasmanians currently on the housing waiting list.



Media Release

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Liberals Treat Estimates with Contempt

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Human Services spokesperson

In now tired and typical fashion, we have seen yet another Liberal Minister obfuscating question after question in Budget Estimates with Liberal backbenchers running interference by asking numerous Dorothy Dixers and raising frivolous points of order to disrupt opposition questioning.



Speech

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Budget Reply Speech

Cassy O'Connor MP -

[11.57 a.m.]

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison) - 



Motion

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Housing Waiting Lists and Energy Efficiency

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Notice of Motion

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Cassy O'Connor MP on tomorrow to move

That the House:

1. Understands that Housing Tasmania’s waiting lists were at their lowest level in a decade under the previous Labor-Green Government;

2. Notes with shame that in just over a year of ‘stable majority Government’, the Minister for Human Services, Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP has presided over a massive 43.5% jump in the housing waiting list;



Media Release

Monday, 1 June 2015

Greens Budget Alternative for those the Liberals forgot

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Nick McKim MP | Greens Treasury spokesperson

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Health and Human Services spokesperson 

 

Last week’s Liberal state Budget lacked compassion and courage. It offered nothing for small business in Tasmania, which is the engine room of the Tasmanian economy, and did not put one extra dollar into public housing despite waiting lists blowing out by over 40% since the Liberals came to office.



Media Release

Friday, 29 May 2015

Liberal Budget Repackages Old Money for Disadvantaged Tasmanians

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Hodgman Liberal Government is trying to deceive disadvantaged Tasmanians into believing there’s something of substance for them in this year’s State Budget.  There isn’t.