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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

Government Must Prioritise Respiratory Health Housing Refits

The reports of respiratory illness from a Housing Tasmania complex in South Hobart are distressing.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 3 July 2020

Homebuilder Grants Bill 2020

We have some serious issues with the eligibility and the framework around the Commonwealth Homebuilder Grant.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Wednesday, 24 June 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

We are in a unique time in Tasmania's history. For the first time in a very long time we are effectively sealed off as an island.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 4 June 2020

Housing Led Recovery a Reality

The Premier’s announcement of increased housing investment and expansion of the HomeShare program is welcomed by the Greens.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 4 June 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

I am happy and proud to be able to speak today about the Greens' interim submission to the Economic Recovery Advisory Council.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Imminent Housing Spend Announcement Welcome

The Greens look forward tomorrow’s $3.1 billion construction announcement.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Now is the Time to Regulate Airbnb

CoreLogic’s latest data about the availability of rental properties in Tasmania shows the clear impact Airbnb has had on housing availability.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Greens Release Interim Recovery Plan for Better, Fairer Tasmania

The Greens have written to the Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council with our interim submission on the path out of the COVID-19 crisis.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Winter Warning on Homelessness Crisis

The Greens urge Housing Minister Roger Jaensch to step up and ensure homeless Tasmanians don't bear the brunt of another freezing winter outdoors.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 1 June 2020

Housing Quarterly Report Shows Need for a Housing Led Recovery

The Gutwein Government is making some inroads in to the critical housing supply shortage but progress remains too slow.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 29 May 2020

More Coordinated Support for Homeless Urgently Needed

Reports that homeless Tasmanians are being turned away from Hobart’s Safe Night Space centre must be urgently addressed by Minister Jaensch.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Recovery Council Has Critical Role in Avoiding Business As Usual

The Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council has a critical role to play in the future direction of Tasmania.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 25 May 2020

A Housing Led Recovery for Tasmania

The Tasmanian Greens today released the first pillar in our plan for Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 23 May 2020

YWCA Housing Survey Highlights Need for Housing-Led Recovery

Homelessness data released in the YWCA National Housing Survey is a stark reminder of the depth of Tasmania’s housing crisis.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 21 May 2020

Rent Relief Fund Welcome

The Gutwein Government has today responded to the consistent advocacy on the part of the housing sector and the Greens for strong rent relief.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Housing Led Recovery Should Increase Home Ownership

Government stimulus money might be better directed into increasing the supply of affordable housing.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 17 May 2020

Aggressive Infrastructure Spend Needs to Focus on Housing Led Recovery

The Greens urge the Premier to ensure increasing the supply of quality social and affordable housing is front and centre.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 15 May 2020

Vacancy Data Highlights Need to Regulate Airbnb

SQM Research vacancy rate data released today clearly shows reform of short-stay accommodation is well overdue.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Greens Welcome Tenant Support Fund

In a pandemic emergency it’s essential that everyone has a secure and affordable place to call home.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Social and Affordable Housing Key to Recovery

Significant investment in social and affordable housing would kickstart Tasmania’s social and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 3 May 2020

Support for Rough Sleepers Welcome

The Greens warmly welcome the Premier’s announcement today that more support will be provided to homeless Tasmanians.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 29 April 2020

COVID-19 Rent Freeze Welcome

Residential tenants can breathe a sigh of relief after the Premier’s announcement today of a freeze on rent increases.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Time to Move on Residential Rents Too

The Premier has today issued a Notice prohibiting evictions and freezing rent increases in commercial properties.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 9 April 2020

Ensuring Safe, Secure and Affordable Housing During COVID-19

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 6 April 2020

Evictions Freeze Order Welcome

We welcome the Order, gazetted today, to protect tenants in private or public rental homes from eviction.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 3 April 2020

COVID-19 Rental Evictions Order

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Liberals Must Enact Rent Controls to Protect Tenants

The latest CoreLogic data confirms what too many renters know - Hobart has become unaffordable for many.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 6 March 2020

Liberals' Failure Laid Bare on Social Justice Day

World Social Justice Day shines the spotlight on Premier Gutwein’s promise of a ‘compassionate’ government for Tasmania.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 20 February 2020

NRAS Rent Hikes a Result of Poor Government Planning

The end of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) has not been planned for by the Liberals in government.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 17 February 2020

Housing Inquiry Report Confirms Need for Major Reform

An increase in funding for social housing, rent reform and curbs on short stay accommodation are essential to tackling Tasmania’s housing crisis.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 14 February 2020

DEC Must Remain in Public Hands

The Greens welcome the move towards a state basketball team. The Derwent Entertainment Centre deal, however, must be approached with caution.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 18 December 2019

TCCI Report Reveals Widening Wealth Gap Under Hodgman Liberals

The TCCI’s ‘Tasmania Report’ confirms what many Tasmanians are feeling. The wealth gap is widening under Will Hodgman’s leadership.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 2 December 2019

Big Business over the Majority of Tasmanians

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over his repeated prioritisation of big business over Tasmanians.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 28 November 2019

Housing Affordability

There is no question that we are in the middle of a housing crisis and homelessness rates are increasing.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Housing Expo Ignores Airbnb Problem

The Liberals' Housing and Homelessness Expo is an exercise in window dressing that will do nothing to address the housing crisis.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 13 October 2019

Housing Debt Relief Warmly Welcomed But Big Supply Challenges Remain

The historic Commonwealth State Housing debt has been an albatross around the neck of Housing Tasmania for decades.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 8 September 2019

Strong Economic Management

Madam Deputy Speaker, apart from being completely boring, that contribution from Mr Tucker failed to mention human beings.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 5 September 2019

Liberals' Housing performance

I am certain that every person here wants to see more good homes built for Tasmanians who need them.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 8 August 2019

Rent Capping

We all know, the evidence is there right in front of us, that Hobart is now the least affordable capital city in Australia.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Greens Push for Parliament to Tackle Rent Gouging Succeeds

Housing availability and affordability in Tasmania is getting worse, pushing more people in to homelessness.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Rent Increases - Regulation

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Senator Abetz, the Hardest of Hearts

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 20 June 2019

First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill 2019

It is apt that we are debating a housing affordability bill in a week that has been dominated by questions on the response to housing and homelessness.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Thursday, 13 June 2019

Infrastructure and Jobs

The kind of infrastructure the House needs to be debating more is social infrastructure, housing infrastructure, 21st century infrastructure.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 13 June 2019

Housing and Homelessness

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Housing Tasmania High Court challenge

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Housing Crisis

The Government today stands accused by one of their own of 'not giving a shit about the homeless'.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Liberals' Housing Protection Racket

The Liberals have used their numbers once again to prevent debate on the capacity of another failing Minister. This time, Housing Minister, Roger Jaensch. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Jaensch

There is a surge in the budget allocation that runs out next year for child safety services.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Estimates  |  Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Premier and Housing Minister Dig In Over Unfair Evictions

The full bench of the Supreme Court last week upheld an earlier ruling that Housing Tasmania tenants are entitled to natural justice. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Jaensch Refuses to Rule Out Evictions High Court Appeal

Yesterday, the Full Court of the Supreme Court justly ruled Housing Tasmania must provide underlying reasons for evicting tenants.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Net Debt

Any state budget is a statement of values. It tells us everything we need to know about what the government of the day values.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Budget 2019-20 - Essential Services Funding

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Budget Reply Speech

Cassy O'Connor delivers a budget reply speech for the 2019-20 state Budget, and speaks to alternative policies in the Greens' Alternative Budget.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Budget in Vision and Compassion Deficit

The Treasurer promised a heavy infrastructure spend in today’s Budget, but what was clearly missing was the investment in social infrastructure. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 23 May 2019

State Budget

I am pleased to talk about the state budget because, arguably, there has never been a state budget that will be more important.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 22 May 2019


Let us be really clear about where this began, where this crisis started. It started in 2014, that is a fact.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Short Stay Accommodation Bill 2018

Anglicare produces an annual snapshot of the rental market focusing on people who earn the least.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Select Committee into Housing Affordability

We will be supporting the Labor Party's motion to establish a select committee for this purpose. It is important that we use every tool we have in the box.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Public Housing

Cassy O'Connor speaks to Labor's Matter of Public Importance on Public Housing, discussing the housing crisis and inadequate tenancy law.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Minister Jaensch Clutching at Straws

The waiting list for housing is not falling, fewer people are being housed and less Tasmanians assisted to go in to the private rental market.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 11 January 2019

Tasmania Report Confirms Need to Tackle Housing and Levy Visitors

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 3 December 2018

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

We recognise that this bill would transfer to state government from local government the sections of Davey and Macquarie streets.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Spin Over Housing Supply Results

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 1 November 2018

Police Offences Amendment (Begging) Bill 2018

Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Greens' Police Offences Amendment (Begging) Bill, to remove the offence of begging in Tasmania.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Residential Tenancy Amendment Bill 2018

I raise with the minister a number of questions about the Residential Tenancy Act because there is unfinished business in this legislation.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Tuesday, 18 September 2018

At Risk Children and Young People Still Let Down

Tasmania’s under-resourced child protection system continues to let down at risk children and young people.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 31 August 2018

Emergency Accommodation Requirements

Since Estimates the Minister for Housing has not had to respond in any public sense to an unresolved housing crisis.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Housing Land Supply Bill 2018

There are some issue the minister needs to flesh out on the Floor of this House, particularly the issue around Shelter's submission.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Thursday, 5 July 2018

Full Debate - Short-stay Accommodation and Housing Crisis

In Greater Hobart, at least 1993 properties are listed on just one short stay platform, more than double the amount listed in 2016.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Housing Crisis - Regulation of Short Stay Accommodation

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Jaensch Tinkering While Housing Crisis Escalates

Minster Jaensch’s response to the escalating housing crisis is completely out of touch.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 7 June 2018

Address in Reply

We are committed to working constructively and being part of a reformist, energised and visionary parliament for the people of Tasmania.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Housing - Effect of Short-Stay Accommodation on Rental Market

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Housing - Confidence in Minister for Housing

Hobart has become Australia's least affordable capital city - the hardest place to both find and afford a home in the rental market.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Domain Figures Confirm Escalating Housing Emergency

Hobart rents are now rivalling Melbourne’s, in figures released today by Domain.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 12 April 2018

New Housing Minister Has Urgent Task

Mr Jaensch faces the most pressing task of any of the newly sworn in Cabinet members.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Foreign Ownership and Influence

Almost 25% of our state’s agricultural land is under a level of foreign ownership, and foreign donors are making large donations to the Liberals.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Labor Housing Policy Won't Tackle Housing Crisis

The Labor Party's announcement on three new builds to tackle the housing crisis is woefully inadequate.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 21 January 2018

Bold plan to prioritise affordable homes for Tasmanians

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 17 December 2017

2017/18 Budget: No answers, No substance

The Treasurer’s responses in Budget Estimates today were basically limited to pleas to just trust him.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 5 June 2017

Greens Deliver Triple Bottom Line Alternative Budget

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Federal Budget Fails Tasmania

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Housing Announcement a Sign of Policy Failure

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 2 March 2017

Airbnb Changes Welcome

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.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 3 February 2017

Token Commitment to NPAH Increases Housing Insecurity

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 9 December 2016

Parole Board Confirm Liberals Paying for Prisons Not Housing

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.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Petrusma Must Fight For Housing Funding

Housing Ministers from around Australia are meeting tomorrow to decide the future of the National Partnership on Homelessness (NPAH).
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 3 November 2016

Ex-Prisoners Sent To The Bottom Of The List

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. 
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Liberals Leave Ex-Offenders Out in the Cold

When they axed the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program, the Liberals promised they would improve housing and assistance for ex-inmates.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Ex-Offenders Forced Into Homelessness

Last year you axed the funding to the reintegration of ex-offenders program, REO, run by the Salvation Army. 
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Welcome Back Down on Airbnb

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.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 26 September 2016

Housing Waiting List Soars Under Liberals

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 2 September 2016

Gutwein Must Heed Airbnb Pleas

The Tasmanian Planning Commission has heard from Airbnb, who were in Hobart today to plead the case of Tasmanian accommodation operators.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Safe Haven Investment Welcome, Delay Questioned

The Greens welcome the investment in settlement services for Safe Haven Enterprise Visa holders, who have left everything to flee conflict, deprivation or persecution.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Full NDIS Scheme Will Change Lives

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 1 July 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

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. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 31 May 2016

$60M Housing Giveaway Remains Unjustified

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 9 June 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Health a Priority Over Fictional Surplus

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.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Budget Lacking in Courage and Vision, Puts Environment Last

Built on the mirage of a very short term surplus, the Liberals' third State Budget lacks both courage and vision.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 26 May 2016

Multicultural Friends of Parliament

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Tasmanian Homeless Left Out in the Cold

Economist Saul Eslake confirms Tasmania is not receiving increased funding for affordable housing unlike every other state, which is getting an increase.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 5 May 2016

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

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 5 May 2016

Federal Budget Duds Tasmanians

The first Turnbull Budget has left the vast majority of Tasmanians out in the cold.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 4 May 2016

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

There was nothing in the Federal Budget for Tasmania's education system, no extra funding for years 5 and 6 of Gonski.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 4 May 2016

No Mandate Housing Asset Giveaway to Become Law

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Homes Amendment Bill 2016

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Friday, 18 March 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Ministerial Disrespect in Housing Title Giveaway

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 29 October 2015

Liberal Privatisation Agenda Becoming Clearer

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Still Waiting for Housing Giveaway Details

Minister Petrusma dodged question after question on her government's housing giveaway plan in parliament this morning.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Greens to Scrutinise Public Housing Giveaway in Parliament

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 11 October 2015

Government Confirms Privatisation of Public Housing Assets

For the first time in Tasmania's history a State Government is privatising Housing Tasmania homes through the transfer of Title.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 24 September 2015

Housing Investment Step in the Right Direction

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Investment in Housing Needed to Meet Local and Refugee Need

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 7 September 2015

Liberals Treat Estimates with Contempt

In now tired and typical fashion, we have seen yet another Liberal Minister obfuscating question after question in Budget Estimates.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 11 June 2015

Budget Reply Speech

While the Liberals have been slapping themselves on the back about what a terrific Budget it is, it has been roundly condemned by the community sector in Tasmania.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Housing Waiting Lists and Energy Efficiency

Housing Tasmania’s waiting lists were at their lowest level in a decade under the previous Labor-Green Government.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 3 June 2015


The Budget papers show that the number of applicants housed is expected to fall, as will the new allocations to those in greatest need.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Greens Budget Alternative for those the Liberals forgot

Last week’s Liberal state Budget lacked compassion and courage.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 1 June 2015

Liberal Budget Repackages Old Money for Disadvantaged Tasmanians

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.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 29 May 2015

More Tasmanians Out in Cold

The 43.5% increase in the waiting list and the longer times taken to house applicants are inexcusable and an indictment on this government's priorities.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 2 April 2015