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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, and in February 2020 the House of Assembly Select Committee on Housing Affordability has handed down it's final report.

Both reports included, amongst other measures, recommendations to improve short stay accommodation regulations. You can write to the Premier and demand that the Government enact the recommendations of these reports.

 

In Parliament and the Media

Media Release

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

More Coordinated Support for Homeless Urgently Needed

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Housing spokesperson

Reports that homeless Tasmanians are being turned away from Hobart’s Safe Night Space centre must be urgently addressed by the responsible Minister, Roger Jaensch.

While recent announcements of additional funding to support organisations were welcome, something is clearly not working if people are still sleeping rough during a public health emergency.



Media Release

Monday, 25 May 2020

Recovery Council Has Critical Role in Avoiding Business As Usual

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council has a critical role to play in the future direction of Tasmania. Business as usual thinking won’t deliver sustained social and economic returns to this island or its people.



Media Release

Saturday, 23 May 2020

A Housing Led Recovery for Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP - In preparing this plan for a housing led recovery we’ve drawn on the evidence of Australia’s response to the GFC which demonstrated that investing government stimulus funds into housing construction delivers the best ‘bang for buck’ for recovery.



Media Release

Thursday, 21 May 2020

YWCA Housing Survey Highlights Need for Housing-Led Recovery

Cassy O'Connor MP - Homelessness data released in the YWCA National Housing Survey is a stark reminder of the depth of Tasmania’s housing crisis, and the need for this issue to be addressed as a central part of our COVID recovery.



Media Release

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Rent Relief Fund Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP - It has taken consistent advocacy on the part of the housing and social welfare sector, and the Greens, for strong rent relief and the Gutwein Government has today responded.



Media Release

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Housing Led Recovery Should Increase Home Ownership

Cassy O'Connor MP - Calls by the Master Builders’ Association for a doubling of the First Home Owner’s grant are worth considering but government stimulus money might be better directed into increasing the supply of affordable housing through a more comprehensive rent-to-buy scheme.



Media Release

Friday, 15 May 2020

Aggressive Infrastructure Spend Needs to Focus on Housing Led Recovery

Cassy O'Connor MP - With infrastructure spending being revised and reprioritized, the Greens urge the Premier to ensure increasing the supply of quality social and affordable housing is front and centre.



Media Release

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Vacancy Data Highlights Need to Regulate Airbnb

Cassy O'Connor MP - SQM Research vacancy rate data released today clearly shows reform of short-stay accommodation is well overdue.



Media Release

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Greens Welcome Tenant Support Fund

Cassy O'Connor MP - In a pandemic emergency it’s essential that everyone has a secure and affordable place to call home. The Greens are pleased there are stronger protections in train for residential renters who are struggling to pay their rent, through lost employment or reduced income.



Media Release

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Social and Affordable Housing Key to Recovery

Cassy O'Connor MP - Significant investment in social and affordable housing would kickstart Tasmania’s social and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.



Media Release

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Support for Rough Sleepers Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens warmly welcome the Premier’s announcement today that more support will be provided to homeless Tasmanians.



Media Release

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

COVID-19 Rent Freeze Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP - Residential tenants can breathe a sigh of relief after the Premier’s announcement today of a freeze on rent increases for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. 



Media Release

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Time to Move on Residential Rents Too

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Premier has today issued a Notice prohibiting evictions and freezing rent increases in commercial properties. This measure has the Greens’ support and will be welcomed by those businesses who are hurting and trying to hold on through COVID-19.



Media Release

Monday, 6 April 2020

Ensuring Safe, Secure and Affordable Housing During COVID-19

Cassy O'Connor MP - The tenants in the 20-unit complex in Hobart facing a huge rent hike is further evidence the State Government must enact a freeze on rent increases.



Media Release

Friday, 3 April 2020

Evictions Freeze Order Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP - We welcome the Order, gazetted today, to protect tenants in private or public rental homes from eviction. We are very thankful this was prioritised, as the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic bite deeper.



Media Release

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

COVID-19 Rental Evictions Order

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens are glad to hear the Premier say he will issue an Order today to protect tenants in private or public rental homes from evictions as the economic impacts of the pandemic bite deeper.



Media Release

Friday, 6 March 2020

Liberals Must Enact Rent Controls to Protect Tenants

Cassy O'Connor MP - The latest CoreLogic data confirms what too many renters know - Hobart has become unaffordable for many.



Media Release

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Liberals' Failure Laid Bare on Social Justice Day

Cassy O'Connor MP - World Social Justice Day shines the spotlight on Premier Gutwein’s promise of a ‘compassionate’ government for Tasmania and it reveals the Liberals’ spin over substance.



Media Release

Monday, 17 February 2020

NRAS Rent Hikes a Result of Poor Government Planning

Cassy O'Connor MP - The end of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) has not been planned for by the Liberals in government, and it’s those who can least afford to pay higher rents who will pay the price.



Media Release

Friday, 14 February 2020

Housing Inquiry Report Confirms Need for Major Reform

Cassy O'Connor MP - A substantial increase in funding for social housing, rent reform and curbs on short stay accomodation are essential to tackling Tasmania’s deepening housing crisis.



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 - Madam Deputy Speaker, apart from being completely boring, that contribution from Mr Tucker failed to mention human beings.



Speech

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Liberals' Housing performance

Cassy O'Connor MP - I am certain that every person here wants to see more good homes built for Tasmanians who need them, but you do not achieve it by pulling this sort of manoeuvre on a sitting day when it is not private member's time.



Motion

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Rent Capping

Cassy O'Connor MP - We all know, the evidence is there right in front of us, that Hobart is now the least affordable capital city in Australia. This is coupled with the fact that, broadly, Tasmania is the poorest state in the Commonwealth.



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 - The Tenants' Union of Tasmania makes it clear that as a result of the housing crisis some landlords are gouging tenants, which is driving up homelessness rates.



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 - 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.



Speech

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Liberal Matter of Public Importance - Infrastructure and Jobs

Cassy O'Connor MP - The kind of infrastructure the House needs to be debating more is social infrastructure, housing infrastructure, 21st century infrastructure like cycleways, pedestrian accesses, light rail and ferries.



Speech

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Housing and Homelessness

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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 - The Government will not rule out a further expenditure of public funds to try to make it easier for Housing Tasmania to evict people into homelessness via a further High Court challenge.



Question

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Housing Crisis

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Government today stands accused by one of their own of 'not giving a shit about the homeless'.



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 - Because of the reform process that this Government has been involved in for five years, there is a surge in the budget allocation that runs out next year for child safety services.



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 - 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 - Since your Government came to office, the elective surgery waiting list has soared, along with time spent in the emergency department, yet there is no new money for health in this year's budget.



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 - 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.



Speech

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Homelessness

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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 - Anglicare produces an annual snapshot of the rental market focusing on people who earn the least. This year, the snapshot found fewer properties were listed statewide than were listed in the south in 2013.



Motion

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Labor Motion - Select Committee into Housing Affordability

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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 - We recognise that this bill would transfer to state government from local government the sections of Davey and Macquarie streets that link between the Tasman Highway and the Southern Outlet, and in Launceston the sections of Wellington and Bathurst streets that link between the Midland and East Tamar highways.



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 - I raise with the minister a number of questions about the Residential Tenancy Act, rather than the amending legislation we are dealing with, because there is unfinished business in this legislation.



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 - It is true that since Estimates, given that we have had a prolonged winter break, the Minister for Housing has not had to respond in any public sense to an unresolved housing crisis.



Speech

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Housing Land Supply Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP - There are some issue the minister needs to flesh out on the Floor of this House, particularly the issue around Shelter's submission and the call for a percentage of the land which is the subject of a land supply bill to be mandated affordable.



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 - The data reveals that between July 2016 and February 2018 an extra 2200 properties were listed on Airbnb and it is clear we have not yet reached peak Airbnb.



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 - Certainly from the Greens' point of view we are committed to working constructively and being part of a reformist, energised and visionary parliament for the people of Tasmania.



Question

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Housing - Effect of Short-Stay Accommodation on Rental Market

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Question

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Housing - Confidence in Minister for Housing

Cassy O'Connor MP - On your Government's watch Hobart has become Australia's least affordable capital city - the hardest place to both find and afford a home in the rental market.



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



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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Media Release

Friday, 3 February 2017

Airbnb Changes Welcome

Andrea Dawkins - 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.



Media Release

Friday, 9 December 2016

Token Commitment to NPAH Increases Housing Insecurity

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Media Release

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Parole Board Confirm Liberals Paying for Prisons Not Housing

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Media Release

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Petrusma Must Fight For Housing Funding

Cassy O'Connor MP - Housing Ministers from around Australia are meeting tomorrow to decide the future of the National Partnership on Homelessness (NPAH).



Media Release

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Ex-Prisoners Sent To The Bottom Of The List

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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. 



Media Release

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Liberals Leave Ex-Offenders Out in the Cold

Rosalie Woodruff MP - When they axed the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program, the Liberals promised they would improve housing and assistance for ex-inmates.



Question

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Ex-Offenders Forced Into Homelessness

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Last year you axed the funding to the reintegration of ex-offenders program, REO, run by the Salvation Army. 



Media Release

Monday, 26 September 2016

Welcome Back Down on Airbnb

Andrea Dawkins - 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.



Media Release

Friday, 2 September 2016

Housing Waiting List Soars Under Liberals

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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

Andrea Dawkins - The Tasmanian Planning Commission has heard from Airbnb, who were in Hobart today to plead the case of Tasmanian accommodation operators.



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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Speech

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP - It gives me great pleasure to present the Tasmanian Greens' fully costed Alternative Budget for 2016-17. It continues a long-standing tradition of the Tasmanian Greens to present an alternative vision for the future of Tasmania. 



Media Release

Thursday, 9 June 2016

$60M Housing Giveaway Remains Unjustified

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Motion

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Health a Priority Over Fictional Surplus

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Call on the Liberal and Labor parties to support sensible Greens’ policy that prioritises the long term wellbeing of Tasmanians over a fictional budget surplus.



Media Release

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Budget Lacking in Courage and Vision, Puts Environment Last

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



Speech

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Multicultural Friends of Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP - The specific purpose of the Multicultural Friends of Parliament was to listen to the concerns and to the views of those many people and communities who make Tasmania a dynamic and multicultural community where peoples from over 170 different nations and cultures co-exist in peace and are represented.



Question

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Tasmanian Homeless Left Out in the Cold

Cassy O'Connor MP - Economist Saul Eslake confirms Tasmania is not receiving increased funding for affordable housing unlike every other state, which is getting an increase.



Question

Thursday, 5 May 2016

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - Economist Saul Eslake agrees that Tuesday's budget contains little for Tasmania, and the Tasmanian Council of Social Services and Anglicare have given the federal budget a big thumbs down.



Media Release

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Federal Budget Duds Tasmanians

Cassy O'Connor MP - The first Turnbull Budget has left the vast majority of Tasmanians out in the cold.



Question

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - There was nothing in the Federal Budget for Tasmania's education system, no extra funding for years 5 and 6 of Gonski.



Media Release

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

No Mandate Housing Asset Giveaway to Become Law

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Speech

Friday, 18 March 2016

Homes Amendment Bill 2016 - Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



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, 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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Media Release

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Still Waiting for Housing Giveaway Details

Cassy O'Connor MP - Minister Petrusma dodged question after question on her government's housing giveaway plan in parliament this morning.



Media Release

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Greens to Scrutinise Public Housing Giveaway in Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP - The case has not been made by either Minister Petrusma or community housing providers that the transfer of legal Title for up to 500 Housing Tasmania homes is necessary or in the best interests of disadvantaged Tasmanians who need an affordable home.



Media Release

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Government Confirms Privatisation of Public Housing Assets

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



Media Release

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Housing Investment Step in the Right Direction

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



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

Cassy O'Connor MP -

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 -

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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.



Media Release

Thursday, 2 April 2015

More Tasmanians Out in Cold

Cassy O'Connor MP - Just over a year in the job and Human Services Minister, Jacquie Petrusma, has presided over a massive blowout in the public housing waiting list from a low of 2054 in 2013 to a high of 2948 disadvantaged Tasmanians waiting for housing as at December 31 last year.