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Government should serve Tasmanians, not vested corporate interests. We must have a strong, representative and functional democracy free of corruption and deals behind closed doors.

Tasmania has the weakest political donation laws in the country. We don’t have State-specific disclosure laws nor do we ban donations from vested interests. Tasmanian voters go to the ballot box in the dark about which corporations and vested interests have donated to political parties.

Donations from vested interests like the former Gunns Ltd and the Federal Group have had a corrupting influence on democracy and good governance in Tasmania. To ensure our democracy can no longer be corrupted, Tasmania must adopt stricter political donation laws.

We are also still suffering from the reduction in House of Assembly seats from 35 to 25. This reduction has led to reduced representation, poorer policy outcomes, a smaller talent pool to select Ministers from, and a small and ineffective backbench.

Tasmania must restore the number of seats in the House of Assembly.

 

What Can I Do?

There is currently a review of the Electoral Act 2004. A final report is now overdue. You can write to the Premier and Attorney-General and demand that they finalise the report and include -

1. a ban on corporate donations;

2. mandatory real-time disclosure on cumulative donations exceeding $1,000;

3. expenditure caps for election campaigns; and

4. a cap on donations of $3,000 per donor.

After the final report, there will be consultation on a draft bill - you will also be able make your views known then.

A Greens' bill to restore the House of Assembly to 35 seats has finished being considered by a select committee, whcih recommended that the bill be passed by the Parliament. You can write to the Premier and Leader of the Opposition and demand they support this bill.

 

In Parliament and the Media

Speech

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Cassy O'Connor Premiers Address Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP - Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise on behalf of the Tasmanian Greens to deliver my response to the Premier's Address on the state of the state.



Question

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Donations Disclosure Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP - While your predecessor agreed to reform and review the Electoral Act, tepid and drawn out though it is, you appear to have walked away from any strengthening of Tasmania's nation-leading weakest donations disclosure laws.



Media Release

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Gutwein Delaying Donations Reform, Scared of a Fair Fight

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmania has the weakest donations disclosure laws in the country. In Parliament today, the Premier showed again he has no interest in fixing them – despite previous acknowledgement by his predecessor that reform is needed.



Media Release

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Greens Refer Barnett, Archer and WorkSafe CEO to Integrity Commission

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



Media Release

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Court Vindicates Forest Defenders' Right to Peaceful Protest

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



Media Release

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Select Committee on the House of Assembly Restoration Bill Report Tabled

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Committee found there is strong support for the restoration of the House of Assembly to 35 Members from a broad range of stakeholders – from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) to the Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS). 



Media Release

Friday, 14 February 2020

Gutwein Must Commit to Donations Reform

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmanians worried about the state of our democracy would have been even more worried after listening to Premier Peter Gutwein on ABC Radio this morning.



Media Release

Monday, 3 February 2020

Major Parties Cash in on Secret Millions

Cassy O'Connor MP - Two years after the gambling industry bankrolled the Tasmanian Liberals’ election win, today’s Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) annual donations returns reveal vested interests are still pouring funds in to the Liberal and Labor parties with very little transparency.



Media Release

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Gutwein Must Rethink Pokies in his 'Compassionate' Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP - In his first statement as Premier, Mr Gutwein said he wanted a more compassionate Tasmania, where no one gets left behind. If this is what the new Premier really wants, he needs an immediate rethink on pokies.



Media Release

Monday, 9 December 2019

THA Quid Pro Quo Continues

Cassy O'Connor MP - The next installment of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association’s quid pro quo has been unveiled by their Liberal partners in government.



Speech

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Adjournment - Priorities of Government

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Adjournment on the Government's prioritisation of political legislation over meaningful policies.



Speech

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Adjournment - Anti-Protest Legislation

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor rises on the adjournment to criticise the Government's anti-protest legislation.



Media Release

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Liberals, Ogilvie Vote to Gag Democracy

Cassy O'Connor MP - As if it wasn’t chilling enough for the Liberals to seek to erode the democratic rights of all Tasmanians with their anti-peaceful protest law, today they gagged debate on the legislation itself.



Media Release

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Greens Call on TCCI to Withdraw Support for Draconian Anti-Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens have today written to the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) asking them to withdraw their support for the Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Amendment Bill. 



Media Release

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Hodgman Liberals Marching Tasmania Towards a Police State

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals are determined to stifle the right to peaceful protest in Tasmania. At a time when young people are striking for climate, fighting for justice for Aboriginal people, standing up against new coal mines, protecting our carbon rich forests, the Liberals are threatening to lock them up.



Speech

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Sessional Orders Amendment

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor moves to amend the sessional orders to provide for the following - "Notwithstanding the provisions of standing order 48, the Speaker shall ensure the time taken to ask a question does not exceed one minute and the time taken to answer a question does not exceed four minutes."



Speech

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Liberal Motion - Labor Party Plans for Future

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks to the Liberals' 'Labor Party Plans for Future' Motion, discussing them walking away from progressive reforms like pill testing, voluntary assisted dying, increasing the size of parliament and a Human Rights Act.



Question

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Hobart Private Hospital - Healthscope Lease Terms

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Health over the terms of the new Healthscope Lease.



Media Release

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Incitement of Violence on Hong Kong Protesters Must be Condemned

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor speaks out over the Tasmanian Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China (CPPRC) reposting an article that states Hong Kong independence protesters should be ‘executed’.



Media Release

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Pro-Beijing Forces on UTAS Campus Tear Down Lennon Wall

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor speaks out over pro-Beijing students tearing down the symbolic Lennon Wall at UTAS.



Question

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Donations Disclosure Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy questions the Premier on his positions on the Institute for the Study of Social Change's call for the disclosure of donations over $1000, third party disclosure, real-time donations disclosure, caps on expenditure, and public funding.



Media Release

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Liberals and Labor in Lock Step on Pokies

Cassy O'Connor MP - The lies and corruption at the heart of the 2018 State Election were laid bare by the sudden closure of the Glenorchy RSL a fortnight ago. Glenorchy RSL staff and veterans were used and abused by the Liberals and the gambling industry, then spat out and forgotten after the election.



Media Release

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Tasmanian Battlers Continue to Bleed Money to Federal Group

Cassy O'Connor MP - The latest Tasmanian Gaming Commission data reveals that in the month of April alone, $1.5 million was poured into the EGMs in Glenorchy.



Speech

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Liberal Motion - Federal Election 2019 Results

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Speaker, the Greens do not support this motion. We cannot congratulate the Prime Minister for the result at the federal election because it was a result that reflects the very deep divisions in the community.



Speech

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Electoral Amendment Bill 2019

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Second Reading speech for the Electoral Amendment Bill 2019.



Speech

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Electoral Amendment Bill 2019

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Electoral Amendment Bill 2019.



Speech

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Gambling Policy

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff raises the impacts of harming gambling policies in the Greens Matter of Public Importance debate.



Speech

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Gambling Policy

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor raises political interference in gambling policy from vested interests in the Greens Matter of Public Importance debate.



Speech

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Gambling Policy

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the treasurer over tax reform proposals from Federal Group.



Question

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Electoral Donations Disclosure Framework

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over delays in delivering donation reforms.



Media Release

Monday, 18 February 2019

Liberals Further Reveal Allergy to Donations Reform

Cassy O'Connor MP - In another display of blatant heel-dragging over donations’ reform, Attorney General, Elise Archer, has announced a further two month delay on consultation of the Electoral Act review which was due to close today.



Media Release

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Visa Cancellation of Liberal and Labor Donor Demands Repayment

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Tasmanian Liberals’ unethical decision to accept at least $30 000 from the Yuhu Group of companies, despite a warning from ASIO, has come back to bite them, with Yuhu’s founder refused re-entry to Australia because of his ties to Beijing.



Media Release

Monday, 14 January 2019

RTI Delays and Secrecy Routine Under Hodgman Liberals

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmania bottoms the nation in information transparency, with updated Right to Information (RTI) figures revealed in today’s The Guardian, along with damning comments from the State Ombudsman.



Speech

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

House of Assembly Restoration Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Second Reading Speech for the Greens' House of Assembly Restoration Bill 2018.



Speech

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

House of Assembly Restoration Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading Speech for the Greens' House of Assembly Restoration Bill 2018.



Media Release

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

House of Assembly Restoration Bill Select Committee

Cassy O'Connor MP - To give both parties the space to consider their positions and give Tasmanians a say, the Greens today moved to refer House of Assembly Restoration Bill to a Select Committee. Our referral has passed Parliament.



Media Release

Monday, 29 October 2018

Tasmania Bottom of the Nation on Transparency

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals’ undermining of Tasmania’s democracy through heel-dragging on political donations and continued lack of commitment to transparency in government has Tasmania lagging the nation.



Question

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Media Guidelines for Parliament of Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over over-reaching media guidelines prohibiting journalists 'lingering in corridors and speaking to MPs', photographs being taken of divisions, disturbances in the Chamber and 'unparliamentary behaviour', and photographs of MPs who are not on their feet and speaking.



Media Release

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Extended Dorothy Dixers Show Contempt for Tasmanians

Cassy O'Connor MP - Question Time this week has reached all new lows with close to half of the time allegedly reserved for scrutinising government Ministers taken up with self-congratulatory Dorothy Dixer questions.



Media Release

Monday, 3 September 2018

Former Liberal Party Treasurer 'Soft Corruption' Claims on Political Donations, Spot On

Cassy O'Connor MP - Statements from former Liberal Party Federal Treasurer and NSW MP, Michael Yabsley, confirm the urgent need for political donation reform in Tasmania.



Media Release

Friday, 20 July 2018

Electoral Act Review Ignores the Issues

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Tasmanian Greens’ submission to the review of the State’s electoral laws calls for root-and-branch reform of Tasmania’s uniquely opaque and malignant rules governing political donations.



Question

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Political Donations

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

It is now two months since election day but Tasmanians have not forgotten. You allowed your party to be bought and paid for by the gambling industry, accepting cash and in-kind donations in the order of millions of dollars from vested interests.



Media Release

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Donations Reform 'Review' a Cop Out

Cassy O'Connor MP - The beneficiary of Tasmania's weak donations' disclosure regime at the last election, the Premier, Will Hodgman, has announced a year-long review into electoral reforms.  This is the political equivalent of looking like you are taking action when, in fact, you are stalling.



Media Release

Friday, 9 February 2018

Liberals' Foreign Investor Tax Tinkering at the Edges

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals are playing catch up on the growing level of foreign ownership and influence in Tasmania. Cashed up overseas buyers are not going to be dissuaded by a small tax hit.  The Liberals' policy will make no difference to housing availability, nor will it mean any less agricultural land ends up in foreign hands.



Media Release

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Tasmania Needs a Charter of Human Rights

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens will bring Tasmanian law into the 21st century and protect Tasmanian individuals and communities with a Charter of Human Rights.



Media Release

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Tasmanian Liberals Rake in Donations, Declare Less than a Quarter

Cassy O'Connor MP - The latest Australian Electoral Commission disclosure returns reveal the State Liberals pocketed $2.39 million in political donations in 2016-17, but only declared the sources for $498 000.



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

Monday, 29 January 2018

Greens Committed to Cleaning Up Tasmania's Democracy

Cassy O'Connor MP - For too long, corporate donors wanting to protect their profits have used the money they tip in to the old parties as leverage for policy or legislative outcomes that are not in the best interests of the Tasmanian people.



Media Release

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Liberals' Pokies Policy the Worst Case Scenario for Community

Andrea Dawkins - The Liberals have demonstrated just how deep in industry's pocket, and out of touch with the community, they are when it comes to the poker machines in the State. Their policy will entrench the harm caused, and ignite a competitive marketplace for addiction.



Media Release

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

TEELS Westpac Credit Card Sham Costs Revealed

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The information provided through the scrutiny of Aurora Energy confirms the Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme (TEELS) is nothing more than a Westpac credit card gimmick, and an opportunity for the Liberals to pretend they’re doing anything at all on energy efficiency.



Media Release

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Liberals Must Update Electoral Boundaries Before State Election

Andrea Dawkins - Many Tasmanians are set to head to the polls in March and vote to elect local representatives who won't actually represent them for the Parliamentary term.



Media Release

Friday, 24 November 2017

Liberals' 'Free Beer' Arrangement with THA Doesn't Pass the Pub Test

Andrea Dawkins - The Liberals' arrangement with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association members funding their 'Pub Test' pre-election forums is wrong on so many levels.



Speech

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Federal Group - Election Campaign Donations

Andrea Dawkins - Andrea Dawkins asks the Premier whether he will rule out his party accepting donations from Federal Group.



Question

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Pembroke Electorate - Liberal Party Campaign

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN



Media Release

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Pokies-Free Pembroke Petition Tabled

Rosalie Woodruff MP - In Parliament this morning, and ahead of the Pembroke by-election this weekend, the Greens tabled a petition expressing the deep community concern about the damaging impact of poker machines.



Media Release

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Liberals Refuse to Back Donations Reform

Cassy O'Connor MP - In a week where the Premier has failed to be transparent about a $30 000 donation from a Chinese owned company which ASIO warned about in 2015, it is no surprise the Liberals support the status quo, where voters don't know until 12-18 months after such a donation has been made.



Media Release

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Premier Deflecting on Donations from Federal Hotels

Andrea Dawkins - When asked again in Parliament today whether the Liberals will be accepting donations from Federal Hotels in the lead up to the next State election, the Premier ignored the question and attempted to deflect responsibility to his beleaguered State Director, Sam McQuestin.



Media Release

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Premier Can't Keep Pointing the Finger at McQuestin

Cassy O'Connor MP - Whether it’s on shady donations from foreign owned companies or the Federal Group, or dirty tricks in Pembroke, the Premier simply refuses to take responsibility for the conduct and decisions of the political party he leads.



Media Release

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Liberals' State Election Positioning at Expense of Democracy

Rosalie Woodruff MP - In Question Time today, the Minister for Local Government failed to explain why he is ordering a Glenorchy Council election for early January, but leaving residents in the Huon Valley to wait another year before they have the same opportunity.



Question

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Right to Peaceful Protest Law - High Court Decision

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

The entire country now knows a bad law brought in by your Government has led to a landmark High Court decision affirming the right to peaceful protest, the right to stand up to protect the environment. Environmentalists and unionist all over Australia are thanking you for giving Bob Brown and Jessica Hoyt the opportunity to affirm this fundamental right and freedom of political expression in our democracy.



Question

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act - High Court Challenge

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

In a massive slap in the face to your Government, the High Court has just ruled in favour of former Greens leader Bob Brown's challenge to your Government's draconian antiprotest laws. The High Court has determined that your Government's Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act violates the implied freedom of political communication in the Constitution. Your efforts to silence dissent and peaceful protest in Tasmania are in breach of the Constitution.



Media Release

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Liberal Anti-Protest Laws Condemned by High Court

Cassy O'Connor MP - In a massive, justly deserved slap in the face to the Tasmanian Liberals, their draconian, undemocratic anti-protest laws have been found to be in breach of the Australian Constitution by the High Court.



Media Release

Monday, 2 October 2017

Premier Must Explain Why Liberals are Taking Chinese Money

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Premier must explain what influence has been bought by Chinese Communist Party linked businesses which donated to the Tasmanian Liberals last year.



Media Release

Monday, 5 June 2017

Liberals' 'Individual Responsibility, Corporate Entitlement' Pokies Plan

Andrea Dawkins - In an ominous sign for Tasmanians affected by problem gambling, both the Premier and the Treasurer delivered a disappointing and underwhelming response to questions on the future of the Federal gambling monopoly in Budget Estimates today.



Media Release

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Liberal and Labor Parties Need to Reject Federal Group Donations

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Convenor of the Tasmanian Greens, Rosalie Gorton-Lee, and I have today written to the Premier, Leader of the Opposition and their respective Party Directors and Secretaries calling on them to make a public commitment to refusing donations from the Farrell family in the lead up to, during or after the next State Election.

With the Federal monopoly Deed due to formally expire in 2018 and end in 2019, now is a critical time for our democracy.  We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity.



Media Release

Monday, 8 May 2017

Pokies Deed Corruption Allegations Must be Heard by Parliamentary Inquiry

Andrea Dawkins - The Greens welcome news that Tasmania Police have agreed to review their investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption following the fall of the Liberal Bethune Government in 1972 and the subsequent Labor Government’s granting of the of the Launceston casino licence to the Farrell family, which led to their pokies monopoly deed.  



Media Release

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Westpac's Return on Investment for Donations to Tasmanian Liberals?

Cassy O'Connor MP - Having scrapped the Labor Green Government's large scale, free, energy efficiency scheme for households, community groups and small business, the Liberals have instead adopted a Harvey Norman style credit scheme to be run by Westpac.



Media Release

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Liberals Must Listen to Rev. Costello on Pokies

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

World Vision Australia's Rev. Tim Costello, admired and respected by many Liberal MPs, has openly named the pokies industry as a powerful vested interest, which runs government gambling policy across Australia.  He has condemned the backroom deals done with Federal Group at public expense.

Rev. Costello’s comments echo those of the Tasmanian community, 80% of whom support the removal of pokies from pubs and clubs.



Media Release

Monday, 27 March 2017

Liberals Need to Recommit to Restoring Parliament Numbers

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens welcome new Labor Leader, Rebecca White's support for restoring the numbers in the House of Assembly to 35. We encourage Premier and Liberal Leader, Will Hodgman, to restate the former unequivocal support he showed for a tripartisan push to restore 35 seats to Tasmania's Parliament in 2010.



Media Release

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Donations' Disclosure Needed Before State Election

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

Following Prime Minister Turnbull's encouraging comments about exploring 'more timely' political donations disclosure, Premier Hodgman should follow suit.

Donations' reform is fundamental to democracy, so voters can be fully informed about who gave how much, to which party, before an election.  It is about being open and transparent with the people you seek to represent.



Media Release

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Baby Steps for Tasmania's Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP - Today's announcement by House of Assembly Speaker, Elise Archer, that babies will be no 'strangers' in our House, is warmly welcomed.



Media Release

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Liberals' Attack on Democracy

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmanian Liberal party members clearly don't believe in representative democracy. Their conference vote to abolish Hare-Clark is a transparent and shameless attempt to cling on to power by undermining one of the fairest electoral systems in the world.



Media Release

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Premier Failing to Act on Bullying Allegation

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Premier has failed to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation Minister Hidding has created.

A female Member of Parliament has made a very serious allegation of bullying and intimidation against a male Minister in the Premier's Cabinet.

Ms Forrest's statement, on the Parliamentary record, must be taken seriously. How Ms Forrest felt as a result of her conversation with Minister Hidding is a very important consideration.



Question

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Hodgman Keeps Tasmanians in the Dark on Political Donations

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN



Question

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

No Opportunity for Good Governance with Limited Numbers in the House

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy questions the Premier over the TCCI's concerns that in a 25 seat parliament, there is a limited pool of talent from which to choose a minister.



Question

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Premier Renegs on Restoration of House Numbers to 35

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy questions the Premier over why he dismissed the calls of the state's peak business body for a restoration of numbers of the House of Assembly.



Motion

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Call to Restore House of Assembly Numbers to 35

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy tables a motion calling for the number of Members in the House of Assembly be restored to 35.



Motion

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Real Time Disclosure of Political Donations Needed Now

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Agrees that voters should know which corporate interests are donating how much to which political party in the lead up to an election.

(2)           Acknowledges electoral donation transparency is critical to the healthy functioning of democracy.

(3)           Congratulates the Queensland State Government which is moving to real time electoral donation disclosure from February 2017 and the ACT Government which is also committed to real time donations’ disclosure.



Media Release

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Old Parties Refuse to Support Real Time Donations Disclosure

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens are disappointed both the Liberal and Labor Parties joined together, once again, to vote against donation transparency and democratic process.



Media Release

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Liberals Put Cheap Politics Above Good Governance

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Premier confirmed in Question Time today that his word is worth very little.

In response to Greens' questioning, Will Hodgman made it clear he is prepared to put cheap political purpose ahead of the concerns of the business community over the size of Parliament.

The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for the numbers in the House of Assembly to be restored to 35, in the interests of good governance and to deepen the talent pool of potential Ministers.



Media Release

Friday, 9 September 2016

Time to Restore the Numbers in Parliament

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Greens welcome the calls from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to restore the numbers in the Tasmanian Parliament.

This is a breakthrough in the campaign to restore the number to 35 seats following the Liberal and Labor Parties colluding to shaft the Greens in 1998 by cutting the numbers to 25. 

The consequence of that highly political and vindictive move was to shrink the Parliamentary talent pool and diminish the quality of debates and legislative outcomes in the House.



Media Release

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Democracy Demands Transparency on Donations

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

First the ACT and now Queensland have committed to the real time publication of political donations rather than making voters wait up to 18 months to find out who gave how much to which party in the lead up to an election. 

It is well past time Tasmania did the same.

Under current Federal law and in Tasmania, voters went to the poll on 2 July having no idea who was seeking to buy influence with political parties or candidates.  Political donations at the State level are entirely unregulated.



Media Release

Monday, 6 June 2016

Premier Flags Weaker Anti-Discrimination Pre-Plebiscite

Cassy O'Connor MP - In Budget Estimates today, the Premier confirmed that his government has been lobbied by the Australian Christian Lobby to weaken protections in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 in the lead up to a likely plebiscite on marriage equality.



Media Release

Friday, 3 June 2016

Liberal Fail on Dud Anti-Protester Laws

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



Motion

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Liberal Party Should Pay Back Donation from Unlawful Careers Australia

Andrea Dawkins - On 16 May 2016 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced it had accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Careers Australia Group Limited (Careers Australia).



Media Release

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Collision Course for High Court

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmania’s draconian Anti Protest Law is heading for a High Court challenge after the Government voted against a Greens bill to repeal the legislation.



Media Release

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Time to Scrap Liberals' Protest Laws

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



Media Release

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Regrettable First Day Back for Parliament

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

After a three month break, the entire resources and energy of State Parliament on today's return have been invested in a lengthy farce.

While Labor clearly felt it had to clear the air over its flagged intention to debate No Confidence in the Speaker of the House, the Leader of the Opposition informed the House that it was Labor's wish the debate be time limited.



Media Release

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Jaensch Misleads over Dorothy Dixers

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Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

Braddon Liberal MP, Roger Jaensch is wilfully misleading over Parliamentary practice in the last term of government in order to deflect from the fact that the Liberals have to date asked 261 self-congratulatory Dorothy Dixers in Question Time.

Mr Jaensch has only experienced the arrogance of majority government and was not a Member of the previous Parliament so he could be forgiven for not understanding how a Balance of Power Parliament works.



Media Release

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Dorothy Dix 'Good News' Milestone

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Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Liberals celebrated their 250th self-congratulatory Dorothy Dix in Question Time today.

This milestone should not have been celebrated, but it's been made very clear by the Liberals that they want their parliament to be one of 'good news', not openness and transparency.

Question Time is an important opportunity for opposition parties to scrutinise the government, but every sitting day we see one third of Question Time dedicated to back slapping and self promotion.



Media Release

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Liberals Have No Mandate for Federal Deal

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The Treasurer's Federal monopoly rhetoric in Parliament today remains empty and meaningless, despite its bombastic delivery.

The simple reality is that the Liberal Government has no mandate to roll over Federal Hotels' monopoly deed.

It is clear that the Liberals have once more rolled over to Federal and are using the MONA high roller proposal as a stalking horse to extend the socially-toxic monopoly deal.



Media Release

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Gutwein Preparing to Roll Over to Federal

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Teasury spokesperson

In Parliament today, Treasurer Peter Gutwein made it clear he is prepared to do Federal Hotels' bidding and extend the destructive gambling monopoly deal beyond 2018.

The Treasurer is using MONA’s desire to establish a boutique, high-rollers casino as a Trojan horse to extend the Federal monopoly deal which was negotiated and signed in secret back in 2003.



Media Release

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Democracy Still for Sale in Tasmania

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Nick McKIm MP | Greens Justice spokesperson

The Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin has washed her hands of any significant reform including restoring the House of Assembly to 35, introducing state based political donations disclosure laws, and capping election expenditure.

Clearly improving Tasmania’s democracy is not on the Attorney-General’s to-do-list.

Tasmanians deserve to know who has donated how much to which political party or candidate before they vote.



Media Release

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Protect Parliament from Parties' Self-Interest

Kim Booth - Parliamentary reform should always be driven by the aim of ensuring it is serving a strong healthy and robust democracy, rather than whether it serves the self-interest of political parties.



Media Release

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Time to Reform Local Council Elections

Kim Booth - Electoral reform to provide for compulsory voting in local government elections and allowing electronic voting is needed to help turn around the worryingly low turn-out of voters in council elections.



Media Release

Monday, 13 October 2014

Hare-Clark

Kim Booth - Tasmania’s Hare-Clark system has long been recognised as the jewel in western democracies’ crown, as it is one of the most fair and democratic across the globe. The only reason any Party would move to dismantle it is if they no longer believe in democracy and just want absolute power.



Media Release

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

State Political Donation Disclosure Reform

Nick Mckim - The upcoming Local Government elections again highlight the need for the disclosure of political donations in Tasmania.



Media Release

Friday, 28 March 2014

Parliamentary Resourcing

Nick Mckim - Greens Leader Nick McKim MP has challenged Premier elect Will Hodgman to identify which “law” he is referring to that prescribes resourcing and parliamentary rights.