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The world is in the midst of a climate and biodiversity emergency. We must recognise this truth and take ambitious, meaningful action.

The Labor and Liberal parties have blocked attempts to declare a climate emergency in Tasmania. Scientists tell us we must take urgent action to address the crisis we’re already experiencing. The community overwhelmingly supports climate action. The only thing holding us back is the political game playing of the Liberal and Labor parties

Tasmania may be a small place, but we have an important role to play in helping the planet avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis.  Whether it’s declaring a climate emergency, permanently protecting our carbon-rich native forests, banning thermal coal mines, or implementing adaptation plans, the policies we put in place here have the potential to lead the nation towards a safer, smarter and sustainable future.

We need to declare a climate emergency, protect our native forests and take significant steps to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate.

 

What can I do?

Help us build pressure on both major parties by contacting the Premier Will Hodgman and Leader of the Opposition Rebecca White and demanding they support a climate emergency declaration.

Read our Save Tassie’s Forests – For Our Climate petition or Sign the Petition Here ( closing date - Friday, 4 December 2020 - 4:45pm )
Attend Climate Action Getting Started ( Thursday, 12 December 2019 - 6:30pm at Rosny Library )

Attend GHD Letterwriting Picnic ( Saturday, 7 December 2019 - 12:00pm at Parliament Lawns, Hobart )

Attend Nurturing Active Hope Workshop ( Sunday, 8 December 2019 - 10:00am at Lorinna Community Hall )

Read our No new thermal coal projects petition petition or Sign the Petition Here ( closing date - Saturday, 29 February 2020 - 11:00pm )

 

 

In Parliament and the Media

Thursday, 5 December 2019
TasWater’s Stage 1 water restrictions that take effect from December 20 in Greater Hobart are extraordinary. It is unprecedented to put restrictions in place well before the hottest and driest part of summer.
Thursday, 5 December 2019
Revelations Sustainable Timber Tasmania, or Suss Timber, have failed to pass their FSC audit – yet again – is another reminder that native forest logging in Tasmania is not sustainable.
Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Today in GBE Estimates it was revealed that Tasmanians would not be consulted about the use of public rail infrastructure, should thermal coal mining in Tasmania progress to export stage.
Thursday, 28 November 2019
Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over a year of failings.
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Adjournment on the Government's prioritisation of political legislation over meaningful policies.
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Cassy O'Connor moves a motion to protect the 356 000 hectares of Tasmanian Forest Agreement second tranche reserve forests.
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Rosalie Woodruff discusses firefighting resourcing and the climate denial of the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management in Labor's motion on bushfire preparedness.
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
The Liberals, Labor and Clark MP, Madeleine Ogilvie, voted to allow logging the 365,000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon sink forests - set aside under the TFA - from April next year.
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Cassy O'Connor speaks to the Return under Section 19 of the Public Account Act 1986, highlighting the significant additional costs incurred from the climate emergency.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks on the Adjournment regarding the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management's apparent dismissal of Climate Change as the cause of increasing fire severity.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks on Labor's Matter of Public Importance on Bushfire Preparedness, discussing the availability of remote area firefighters and the recommendations from the 2016 Tony Press review and 2019 AFAC review.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Once again, the Minister to Police, Fire and Emergency Management dodged questions about how many Tasmania Fire Service remote area firefighters are available to be mobilised if a fire breaks out.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
When asked this morning, the Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Management, Mark Shelton, refused to disclose when our full contingent of Tasmania Fire Service remote area firefighters will be ready to be deployed. Nor would he disclose why he has failed to skill up volunteer crews for remote firefighting.
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management on the progress on implementing recommendations from AFAC.
Thursday, 17 October 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks in support of 16 climate protesters who were peacefully protesting outside Parliament House, and who have been arrested by the Tasmanian Police.
Thursday, 17 October 2019
Treasurer Peter Gutwein refused to rule out committing further public funding to bail out the now-precarious Twamley Dam and Prosser pipeline construction projects on the drought-ridden East Coast.
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks to a motion to place a prohibition on new thermal coal mines in Tasmania in the Greens' Private Members Business.
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Labor and Liberals undermine The Greens’ motion in Parliament called for a straightforward, urgently needed, ban on new thermal coal mines in Tasmania.
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over their future plans for protest laws.
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment in support of three women from the 'knitting nannas' who were arrested outside of Parliament for protesting.
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister over bushfire resourcing and the progress of AFAC recommendations.
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over the Government's $80,000 grant for coal exploration.
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Tasmania’s future is clearly not in coal mining, but you wouldn’t know that from the Premier’s contribution in Question Time today.
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Volunteers on the frontline of bushfire protection are preparing for another major fire season, but the only firefighting effort the Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Services is attempting is political.
Thursday, 10 October 2019
The climate emergency requires us to keep carbon in the ground. This is non-negotiable. That’s why the Greens will be moving in State Parliament next week to ban new coal mines in Tasmania.
Tuesday, 1 October 2019
The Liberals are funding a coal mining business to conduct exploratory drilling for fossil fuels that scientists are telling us have to stay in the ground.
Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Glenorchy City Council Alderman, Kelly Sims, is doing the right thing by her constituents in acknowledging the climate emergency. Regrettably, her fellow aldermen seem to want to stay in a state of denial about the science and the fact that Glenorchy residents will be impacted by accelerating global heating.
Thursday, 26 September 2019
Cassy O'Connor moves a censure motion in all Liberal and Labor members for failing to support a Climate Emergency declaration.
Thursday, 26 September 2019
Labor and the Liberals voted together, yet again, to let down young Tasmanians. After last night uniting to vote against the Greens' motion to support the climate strike movement, today they refused to take responsibility.
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Following their failure to stand with young Tasmanians striking for a safe climate last Friday, the Premier and his Resources Minister today dealt young people another slap in the face with confirmation 356 000 hectares of carbon-dense forests will be opened to logging in April next year.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Cassy O'Connor speaks during the Adjournment on the Global Climate Strike, and discusses the Liberal and Labor parties failure to support a climate emergency declaration.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Adjournment on the Prime Minister's absence from the UN Climate Action Summit.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
When we questioned the Premier in Parliament this morning about his lack of attendance at Friday's strike, Mr Hodgman said he had ‘other commitments’ on the day.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
The Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Management has again refused to detail the Government’s funding for critical bushfire defence actions, as recommended by the recent independent AFAC review.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management over funding for the implementation of the Dr Tony Press and AFAC recommendations.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Cassy O'Connor questions the premier over the absence of Liberal Ministers at Global Climate Strike events.
Saturday, 21 September 2019
Cassy O'Connor delivers a keynote address to the Tasmanian Greens' 2019 State Conference, discussing key Greens issues and the Green New Deal.
Saturday, 14 September 2019
The Hodgman Liberals remain committed to logging 356,000 hectares of high conservation value forests that were set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.
Saturday, 14 September 2019
Union leaders, UTAS and other employers are showing their support by letting members and staff know they can join the kids fighting for their future on 20 September.
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff moves a motion calling on the Government to provide information relating to the implementation of recommendations from independent bushfire reviews.
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Irresponsibly, both Labor and the Liberals voted together against a Greens motion in Parliament calling for detail about the resources in place to make Tasmanians safer this fire season. 
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment regarding the health issues caused by the climate emergency.
Sunday, 1 September 2019
In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest. Instead, Labor Leader, Rebecca White, is playing silly political games while the planet burns.
Thursday, 29 August 2019
Yesterday’s Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook has confirmed the worst fears for the East Coast of Tasmania, with ground conditions already above normal fire potential.
Friday, 23 August 2019
With thousands of young Tasmanians expected to converge on Parliament’s lawns and Princes Square on 20 September, the Premier and his Liberal team need to stand with the kids.
Thursday, 1 August 2019
Rosalie Woodruff questions the government over rising greenhouse gas emissions.
Thursday, 1 August 2019
Between 2016 and 2017, emissions from all major sectors have gone up. Tasmania’s total carbon emissions grew by 1.2 million tonnes in 2016.
Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Chair, I have a whole new line of commentary to make about the Estimates that showed, in another form, how much this minister refused to answer some significant questions within her responsibility as the Minister for the Environment; the minister responsible, sadly, for protecting the 700 threatened and endangered species on this island and responsible for undertaking all the duties to do with this important portfolio.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Ms O'CONNOR - Chair, I rise to make a 10-minute contribution on the Premier's Estimates. Again, the Estimates' experience this year, as it has been ever since the Liberals took office in 2014, was frustrating, limiting and, by design, not intended to provide information to opposition members who are asking the questions.

Thursday, 30 May 2019
Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Budget Reply speech, discussing the Greens' Alternative Budget.
Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

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

It applies the lens of intergenerational equity to policy and funding decisions. Future generations deserve nothing less.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Dr WOODRUFF question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Wednesday, 29 May 2019
Cassy O'Connor delivers a budget reply speech for the 2019-20 state Budget, and speaks to alternative policies in the Greens' Alternative Budget.
Thursday, 23 May 2019

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, we brought this matter on as a matter of public importance debate today and we acknowledge the advice that has been received by the Speaker in relation to not reflecting on the vote.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I rise to talk about the global climate emergency, which is obviously such a matter of disinterest to members of parliament that they are all leaving the Chamber on both sides, Labor and Liberal.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Ms O'CONNOR question to TREASURER, Mr GUTWEIN

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for HEALTH, Mr FERGUSON

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Premier, 98 per cent of scientists globally have reached a consensus that we are in the grip of a climate emergency. This is a time in human history when strong ethical leadership is required.

Thursday, 23 May 2019
After the hottest summer in the state’s history and fires that devastated communities and the wilderness, the Liberals have delivered a climate denial Budget.  
Thursday, 23 May 2019

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Treasurer promised a heavy infrastructure spend in today’s Budget, but what was clearly missing was the investment in social infrastructure. 

Expenditure on roads and bridges reaches $1.5 billion over the forward estimates and only $200 million is allocated to new affordable housing, not one cent of it is new money.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Cassy O'Connor moves a motion to declare a climate emergency in Tasmania.
Wednesday, 22 May 2019

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

Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Rosalie Woodruff questions the government of their position on the climate emergency and bushfires.
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Cassy O'Connor calls on the Premier to accept the reality of a climate emergency.
Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

In State Parliament today, both Labor and the Liberals voted against the Greens’ motion to declare a climate emergency, sending a terrible message to young Tasmanians that they don’t take their fears over the future seriously.  

Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Rosalie Woodruff discusses the summarial findings from the United Nations Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
Monday, 20 May 2019

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Federal Election result has devastated many young Tasmanians. The message it sent to young people is that the majority of Australian adult voters aren’t concerned enough about their future to vote for a safe climate.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam speaker, here we are 
again as we are every year at around about this time dealing with 
supplementary appropriation. This is a substantial supplementary 
appropriation in the order of $218 million, a very large proportion of 
which, again, is going into the Health budget, because every single year 
the Health budget is underfunded in order to make that year's budget look 
better than it is. Of course we want public servants to keep being paid 

Thursday, 11 April 2019
Rosalie Woodruff delivers her Address in Reply speech, discussing recent fire events and ecosystems.
Thursday, 11 April 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on Youth Week.
Thursday, 11 April 2019
Cassy O'Connor speaks during the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on Youth Week
Thursday, 11 April 2019

Dr WOODRUFF question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Thursday, 11 April 2019
The Premier’s casual climate change inaction is putting Tasmanians at risk. In Parliament today he refused to stand against his coal-loving party, and reassure Tasmanians he would provide substantial resourcing for climate change adaptation, bushfire preparation and response capability in the upcoming State Budget.
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, Ms ARCHER 

Tasmanians have just endured a frightening and exhausting summer fighting 
massive bushfires. We have lost 6 per cent of our globally significant 
world heritage areas. We nearly lost several whole towns and communities. 
An El Niño is predicted for next summer and it is likely to make the 
summer of 2020 even hotter and drier than the last one we have endured. 

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, this 
morning in parliament in response to a Dorothy Dix question from the 
member for Lyons, Mr Shelton, we had some information come out of the part-
time Parks minister and Premier, Mr Hodgman. This of course is almost 
three months after the fires first started in Gell River in the south-west, 
but as a result of those thousands of dry lightning strikes that struck 
this state in the summer months which we all know, although the Premier 

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

The Premier and part-time Parks’ Minister has finally revealed the extent of devastation to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from the recent – and still burning – bushfires.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I pay tribute to the 8000 students who were estimated to have flooded the lawns of Parliament House and marched around the streets of Hobart last Friday. This was a truly momentous occasion, probably the largest march that has ever been seen in Hobart and they joined together with approximately 1.5 million children from around the world in 2233 different cities, over 128 countries. Every country in the world was represented in some form.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019
Cassy O'Connor delivers a State of the State address (Address in Reply speech) for 2019.
Wednesday, 20 March 2019
Last Friday, about 8,000 passionate young Tasmanians left school to demand politicians take leadership and accept we are living in a climate change crisis. They will be bitterly disappointed at Premier Will Hodgman’s agenda for the next three years of government, where the climate emergency doesn’t rate a mention.
Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Dr WOODRUFF question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

The United Nations has given us until 2030 to dramatically cut carbon emissions and stabilise our climate or risk the world warming more than 1.5 degrees. Scientists are telling us in very clear language that the impacts on human survival of not doing this are dire. Your Premier's Address did not mention climate change once.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Last Friday, an estimated 8000 passionate, frightened young Tasmanians 
gathered on parliament's lawns to demand action on climate.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019
The Climate Council’s uncompromising and straight-speaking report, Climate Change-Fuelled Extreme Weather in 2018, confirms what all Tasmanians have lived for the last six weeks.
Thursday, 29 November 2018

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, as more than 100 catastrophic 
fires burn across Queensland and as the UN has handed down a report that 
says we must treble our global emissions reduction within the next 10 
years if we are to have any hope of keeping global average temperatures 
below 1.5 degrees, we had some thousand students walk out of school today 
and strike on the lawns of Parliament House to call on their government, 
their politicians to listen to them on climate change.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I just wanted to take a moment on the adjournment tonight to acknowledge the heart and the spirit of our fellow island democracy Taiwan Times which has one of the most wonderful photos on the front.  This is the Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade which happened quite recently.  Nearly 140 000 from people from home and abroad marched on 27 October through the streets of Taipei in support of better protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in Taiwan to vote for equality.

Saturday, 27 October 2018
In the wake of the latest alarming IPCC report, Tasmania’s Energy Minister Guy Barnett has revealed his climate-denying colours on the national stage.
Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I rise to speak to the most important report that has been submitted by the International Panel on Climate Change - as some people say, the most important report they will have tabled in their history of reports on the impact of global greenhouse emissions on the world's planetary climate system and all the life systems it supports.

Friday, 5 October 2018
The Liberals have an atrocious track record on climate action. They axed the Tasmanian Climate Action Council, removed the Climate Change portfolio, binned the Labor Green Government's 'Climate Smart 2020' vision, and replaced it with a woefully weak climate inaction plan - and now there is more stalling on the Climate Change (State Action) Act.
Thursday, 20 September 2018

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, here we are again: another Liberal matter of public importance debate, another puerile short-termism contribution from Liberal backbenchers. Every time we have an MPI debate on government members' day, it is some puerile garbage that does not go to the long-term issues facing Tasmania. It does not deal with the big public policy challenges this parliament will have to deal with. We hear the most banal contributions.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, there has been so much in the news over the past couple of weeks over the federal Liberal Party bullying attitude towards women in politics. They show contempt for the need to have women equally represented in parliament. They seem, despite everything that has happened, determined to stick to a system that has failed. There are not enough women represented in the Liberal Party in Tasmania or at the federal level.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I support this bill and make a strong plea to the minister to address the key deficiency in this bill, which is the absence of any conversation about climate change. This is a climate emergency. We are all living in a global climate emergency. We are going to be addressing the global climate emergency for the rest of our lives.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, it is my great pleasure to share with the House a fantastic climate leaders conference I went to last week, which was intended to equip students across Tasmania with the skills to become climate leaders in their own schools and communities.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to present the Tasmanian Greens' fully costed alternative budget on behalf of Dr Woodruff, our team and the Tasmanian Greens. I am happy to table this document at the end of my contribution.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Adjournment Speech

Christine Milne AO - Tribute


Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I acknowledge the awarding of an Order of Australia medal to Christine Milne, former Tasmanian Greens Leader, Australian Greens Leader, Senator for Tasmania. 

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

Earlier this week, millions of Australians tuned in to see Sir David Attenborough’s documentary on Tasmania’s unique wilderness areas and threatened species. These are the same areas and species that are under direct threat from the Hodgman Government.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

The breathtaking hypocrisy of the Liberals talking up Tasmania's lower emissions profile cannot go unanswered.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

Senator Janet Rice | Australian Greens’ Forests spokesperson

A damning analysis of the Regional Forest Agreement in today’s The Guardian newspaper is an indictment on both State and Federal Governments.

Economist, John Lawrence’s precise and undisputed numbers prove not only the massive environmental failure of the RFA, but also the obscene past and future financial losses under this Agreement.

 

Ms O’Connor said:

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

The world is getting hotter and extreme weather events are already impacting on Tasmania, yet the Premier has again decided not to reinstate the Climate Change portfolio.

In the last term of government, global warming impacts came home hard to Tasmania.

Devastating drought, bushfires and floods, major biosecurity challenges, rapidly warming East Coast waters, coastal erosion impacts on private property; these are all signs of accelerating climate change.

Thursday, 23 November 2017
As State, Territory and Federal Ministers for Energy converge on Hobart tomorrow, Minister Barnett should formally open a conversation about nationalising the Basslink cable.
Thursday, 2 November 2017

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

The latest Forestry Tasmania - now fraudulently named Sustainable Timber Tasmania - Annual Report demonstrates the continued failure of the Liberals’ stated commitment to move the business onto a sustainable footing.

The Forestry business made a Net loss of $42 million, comparable to $44 million the previous year. $27 million more was spent on operations than their wood was sold for.  That means a $27 million taxpayer subsidy in some form or another.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

It was a childish performance from Tasmania’s Energy Minister, and a weak performance from the Premier, in Parliament today, when questioned about the Federal Government’s decision to walk away from the Clean Energy Target and back in dirty coal fired power.

Neither the Premier nor the Energy Minister could give a straight answer about the impact on Tasmania as a result of the Prime Minister's decision to abandon renewables.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

The Public Accounts Committee’s Financial Position and Performance of Government Owned Energy Entities report, tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament today, is underwhelming.  It is a missed opportunity to address the vulnerability of Tasmania's energy system, which was highlighted during the energy crisis.

The report fails to comment on, let alone make recommendations about, the largest and most serious threats to our energy security and its affordability in Tasmania.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of talented and committed candidates in Franklin in the upcoming State Election.

I'm delighted to announce our Franklin MP, Dr Rosalie Woodruff, will lead the Green ticket with Kingborough Councillor, Richard Atkinson, and small business owner, Holly Ewin, in the number two and three spots.

In the two years Rosalie has been in State Parliament, she has been an outstandingly effective Franklin representative and a strong, clear voice defending the marine environment.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In further proof there's little to distinguish the two major parties on environmental issues, Labor's shadow Cabinet reshuffle has omitted the single biggest policy challenge facing the state, climate change.

In 2016, Tasmania experienced devastating bushfires and floods.  Climate change is already having a significant impact on Tasmania, yet neither the Liberal Government or Labor Opposition take the issue seriously enough to have a dedicated climate change portfolio.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of candidates in Denison in the upcoming State election.

Greens’ party members have pre-selected the first three candidates on the Denison ticket through a ballot of members.

It is a great honour to have been pre-selected as the Greens’ lead candidate for the seat of Denison, a fantastic, dynamic electorate that I have been privileged to serve for the past nine years.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

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

In Budget Estimates today Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, confirmed he is unleashing a land clearing bonanza on Tasmania’s public and private land. 

Tragically, the consequences of his reckless, destructive approach to the forestry portfolio will be felt for generations.  Threatened species will be driven closer to extinction and the release of greenhouse gases from logging and land clearing will harm future generations.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

On the same day as he released the government's review into the floods of June and July last year, the Premier dismissed the Greens' concerns about the lack of leadership on climate change.

This year, for the first time in many years, there is no Estimates time allocation for scrutiny of the climate change portfolio.  It's ironic, given last week the Environment Minister released the government's Climate 'Action' 21 plan.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

On the same day the Hodgman Government released its so-called Climate Action plan, they are threatening to take Tasmania to the polls over their divisive plan to log carbon-rich forests.  

The irony of that won’t be lost on anyone who believes in action on climate.

In the report into the review of the Climate Change (State Action) Act, consultants acknowledge Tasmania’s emissions profile will be affected by political decisions that are made in relation to forestry and future logging.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

Three years after taking office and abolishing the climate portfolio as well as the independent Climate Action Council, the Hodgman Government has released a woefully weak climate inaction plan.

The centrepiece of this plan is a meaningless, unlegislated 'aspirational' 2050 emissions' reduction target and a commitment to 'undertake a report' that 'assesses approaches' to an electric vehicle charging rollout.

No wonder Matthew Groom let this stinker of a plan sit on his desk for months.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

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.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Hodgman Liberals have delivered an unsurprising pre-election Budget.

Having slashed funding to essential services in their first Budget, now the Liberals are trying to repair some of the damage caused in health and education particularly.

The cost of living measures are tinkering that will provide temporary election-year power price relief to Tasmanian households and the promise of cheaper water and sewerage bills through legislation we have yet to see or pass.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

With conservative governments at the Federal and State level ignoring climate science and overseeing cuts to the State's world class scientific institutions, hundreds of Tasmanians joined the global March for Science today.

Hobart is a globally recognised hub of Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.  Something of which we can be immensely proud, but this expertise and our reputation is under assault at a time when we should be increasing funding of public good science.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water and Tourism spokesperson

The Liberals' daily self-congratulation on water and sewerage is disingenuous.  After three years of neglect and dodging questions, they're now pumping out daily media statements on how critical sewerage infrastructure is, and congratulating themselves on their “plan”.

The Greens have been asking the government to tackle the State's water and sewerage woes since they came to office.  Their inaction has put the State's brand and premium produce at serious risk.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader

Parliament was subjected to a stream of self-congratulatory guff from the Premier today, as he delivered his third State of the State address that was big on rhetoric and lacking in substance or vision.

Having savagely cut the Health and Education budgets in his government's first year, the Premier now wants Tasmanians to believe Health and Education are key priorities of his government.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

Tasmanians are coming together as a community today to mark the devastation and tragedy of the 1967 bushfires. 

Today is a day for reflection, remembrance and a steely determination to never again let fire claim such a heartbreaking toll on our community.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

After three years in government, following devastating climate-related bushfires and floods, the State Liberals are yet to produce a climate plan to prepare Tasmania and its people for a warmer future in a carbon constrained world.

While every other government initiative, no matter how small, is received with overwhelming self-congratulation, Matthew Groom's 'Climate Change Action Plan' seems to have slipped off the radar.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Parks spokesperson

Today marks the grim one year anniversary of bushfires that threatened Tasmanian communities and caused irreparable damage to ancient wilderness landscapes, yet the Hodgman Liberal Government continues to starve the Parks and Wildlife Service of the funds it needs to undertake effective fire management.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Tourism spokesperson

The Greens welcome Dr Tony Press’ Report into last January’s fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Last summer’s dry conditions left the TWWHA, the jewel in Tasmania’s wilderness crown, exposed.  Dr Press’ report confirms the government was unprepared.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

The Paris Agreement to curb global emissions in the hope of limiting warming to less than 2 degrees, comes into effect today, but the Australian Government has yet to ratify it and the Tasmanian Government has yet to present a plan.

175 nations have signed up to the Paris agreement, but Australia continues to drag its heels on formal ratification.

Tasmania is also demonstrating itself to be a climate laggard.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

The conservation movement stands united to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests and precious clean, green brand from the threats issued by the Hodgman Government.

Current and former State and National Greens' Leaders joined key leaders of the conservation movement today, united in our determination to stand for the forests.

We're just a fraction of the Tasmanians who stand ready to defend the forests, as always and yet again.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Ms O’Connor to move—That the House:—


(1) That in May, 2013 the concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million for the first time in millions of years.


(2) Tasmania was one of the last places on earth to reach 400 parts per million for the first time in May, 2016.


(3) In September, 2016, during a month where greenhouse gas concentrations are usually at their lowest, the global concentration was still 400 parts per million.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

The Hodgman Liberals today declared war on 400 000 hectares of Tasmania's globally significant, carbon rich forests which were set aside under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement to be formally reserved, then placed in a moratorium until 2020 by the Liberals.

These forests in places such as Bruny Island, Wielangta, the Blue Tier and the Tarkine should be formally protected in reserves due to their ecological, social and economic value to the State. 

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom will be begging for funding for a second Bass Strait power interconnector at the COAG Energy Committee this week, with complete disregard for the advice of industry experts, scientists and economists.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, there has been much criticism from the Greens and of course members of the Opposition about the Office of the Coordinator-General and the role it plays.  From our point of view as Greens we are concerned about the fact that it rolls out the red carpet for developers, clears a path for any legislative or regulatory blockages, keeps it all very secret and commercial in-confidence, and then Tasmanians find out at the last minute what the deal is.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Acknowledges the scientific and meteorological research that's been undertaken at the Australian Antarctic Division Base on Macquarie Island since 1948.

(2)           Recognises the key scientific and strategic reasons for maintaining a year round presence on Macquarie Island.

(3)           Notes the recent decision of the Australian Antarctic Division in response to savage Federal funding cuts to only have a presence on the island in the summer.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Thursday 15 September 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes with great sadness that the eastern quoll has been listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

(2)           Understands that this animal was also listed as endangered by the Commonwealth Government in 2015.

(3)           Realises that the population has crashed by 50 per cent in the past ten years.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Acknowledges with great concern that for every month of 2016 there have been above average temperatures for Australia, and that the year to July 2016 was +1.33 degrees Celsius above the long-term average, the largest anomaly since record-taking began.

(2)           Understands that summer 2015/2016 was the fourteenth consecutive southern Australia fire season with warmer than average (October to April) temperatures.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House notes with concern:—

(a)           the announced closure of the permanent Australian Antarctic Division research station on Macquarie Island;

(b)           the impact this will have on not only on Antarctic and Southern Ocean science, but also the aim to “Make Tasmania the gateway to Antarctica”;

(c)           the disturbing anti-science trend of the Federal Liberal Government in cutting critical research capacity based in and from Tasmania;

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens' welcome Minister Hidding's announcement of an inquiry into the State's devastating June floods. We commend the Minister on the appointment of former Auditor General, Mike Blake, to oversee the Inquiry.

We are, however, extremely disappointed the Inquiry won't specifically address the role climate change played in the scale and intensity of the floods, and the growing role it will play in extreme weather events in the future.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The news Hydro Tasmania is unable to keep up with their maintenance schedule is an indictment on the Hodgman Government.

Our electricity infrastructure is under serious threat. This comes on top of summer's energy crisis, and will leave Tasmanians worrying once again about the security of their power.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson

Since 2012, the State's shellfish industries have been plagued with paralytic shellfish toxin, resulting in 50 Tasmanian farms being closed this year.

For many oyster growers, this is on top of last Summer's crippling POMS outbreak.

Currently, interstate testing delays mean shellfish are being shipped and served before health notifications are received.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

Throughout the Energy Crisis, Minister Groom showed a complete lack of leadership, and we still don’t know the full cost of the energy crisis to the State.

The Public Accounts Committee needs to ask the Energy Minister and Treasurer to explain why they failed to direct Hydro to keep their eye firmly on the State’s energy security instead of their balance sheet.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Ms Dawkins to move—That the House:—


(1) Notes:-


(a) the recent announcement by Tasmanian baby food and infant formula manufacturer, Bellamy’s, that it will source its milk from within the State if local dairy farms convert to certified organic;


(b) that currently Bellamy’s sources some organic fruit and vegetables from Tasmania, but is unable to source organic milk;

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for RESOURCES, Mr BARNETT

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Thursday 18 August 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House notes:—

(a)           that National Science Week is being held from 13 to 21 August 2016, celebrating everything science and technology, and will feature over 100 public events and over 200 school events around the State;

(b)           that the events are designed to attract adults and children alike, and that throughout the week over 1 million people will engage or participate around Australia;

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Wednesday 17 August 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes the damage to the Basslink cable and the drought conditions exposed Tasmania’s dependence on dirty coal-fired electricity from the mainland, and the vulnerability of our energy supply.

(2)           Acknowledges that the Liberal Government’s ‘2015 Tasmanian Energy Strategy’ advocates a hands-off approach to Government leading the renewable energy future for Tasmania, and lacks the detail this State needs to drive investment in our energy system.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

In Question Time today, Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, displayed extraordinary ignorance in describing the burning of native forests for energy as 'renewable'. 

At the same time, he refused to commit the Liberal Government to securing Forest Stewardship Certification for Forestry Tasmania.

It is clear Mr Barnett is way out of his depth. 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

Meaningful and sustained action on climate change is not only a moral and economic imperative, with the Australian Government signing the Paris Agreement last December, Tasmania now has a legal responsibility to deliver emissions reductions and increase carbon storage.

Submissions to the review of the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 close today.*

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Ms WOODRUFF (Franklin) –

Madam Speaker, I am proud to present the details of the Greens’ fully costed Alternative Budget within my portfolio areas.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Ms DAWKINS (Bass) –

Mr Deputy Speaker, the Greens’ Alternative Budget is a statement of values.  It restores frontline funding to education and rightly includes the state Government's share of responsibility for crumbling sewerage and water infrastructure - two important issues for my seat of Bass and for the wider community.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

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

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

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens I want to say to the people of northern Tasmania and the Highlands, our hearts are with you.

At times like this, we are all just Tasmanians, very much connected in this time of crisis.

Our thoughts are with those missing, their family and friends, and our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who have been lost in this catastrophic flood event.

We give our eternal thanks to emergency services’ personnel and urge those in the flood areas to be alert and stay safe.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT, PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GROOM

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes:—

(a)           the Greens’ Alternative Budget demonstrates courage and vision for a sustainable future for Tasmania’s agriculture, committing to support organic food and dairy and to assist producers to innovate and transition to the new economy;

(b)           that farmers in Tasmania are under increasing pressure in the commodity market with retrospective price cut to dairy and the flow on effects of the drought;

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

At a time when Tasmanians should be celebrating this year’s centenary of Tasmania’s world class national parks and reserves, they are instead learning the details of the Liberal Government’s neglect and underfunding of the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The Greens believe governments should have a vision for the future that extends beyond the next election.   We recognise that genuine planning for the 21st century requires a long term vision and the courage to make bold decisions to drive change.

Containing more than 100 costed initiatives, the Greens’ Alternative Budget invests in disadvantaged Tasmanians along with measures that build economic and environmental sustainability while growing skills and jobs for the new economy.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House: —

(1)           Notes the Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2016/17 Budget:—

(a)           lacks courage and a vision for the future;

(b)           is built on layers of untruth about increased spending on essential services that were savaged in the first Hodgman Liberal Government Budget and the Treasurer, Hon Peter Gutwein MP’s claim that the Budget is ‘back in the black’;

(c)           repackages money already announced and puts it forward as new money;

Monday, 30 May 2016
A new coastal climate risk website reveals that large parts of Tasmania’s coastline and estuarine environments will be inundated by sea water by 2100 unless action is taken at the local, state, national and global level to reduce greenhouse emissions and prevent runaway climate change.
Thursday, 26 May 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

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

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

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Thursday 26 May 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes the toxic algal bloom that formed along the coast of Chile, the world’s second biggest salmon exporter, has killed 23 million fish and had an economic impact of at least $800 million.

(2)           Understands that:—

(a)           the Chilean algal bloom was fuelled by a similar marine heat wave that occurred off the east coast of Tasmania during the 2015/16 summer, and that these events will occur more frequently as a consequence of global warming;

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Recognises that fires caused by dry lightning strikes are increasing exponentially as a result of climate change.

(2)           Notes the devastation caused by bushfires over the past summer.

(3)           Acknowledges with great sadness that the January 2016 fires burned more than 20,000 hectares of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and destroyed irreplaceable Gondwanan plant species.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Rosalie Woodruff to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Recognises that under the Liberal Government, the current price paid to solar households for the electricity they generate is unfair.

(2)           Notes that solar households currently receive 5.5c/kWh for exported solar, which is then sold on to their neighbours for up to 25c.

Sunday, 15 May 2016
In a move that defines the Liberals antagonism towards science and climate research, one of the world's leading climate scientists has been sacked from his job at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research division in Hobart.
Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

We welcome updated carbon accounting on the potential climate and monetary value of Tasmania’s forests, in a report produced by TreeMod and released today by The Wilderness Society.

It's clear there is enormous value in protecting the carbon in our high conservation value and mature forests, but there is also a market for this carbon and a potential income stream for the State.  What is required now is leadership. 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Thursday 5 May 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes that the 2016 Federal Budget confirmed a $3.4M cut to management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) in 2016-17, with the funding for management of the TWWHA extension flatlining to zero in 2018-19.

(2)           Recognises that as a direct result of climate change and dry lightning strikes more than 20,000 hectares of the TWWHA was ravaged by fire over summer, destroying Gondwanan and sub-alpine wilderness.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Recognises that we are part of nature and that when we harm the ecosystems we depend upon that we necessarily harm ourselves.

(2)           Notes that the Federal Treasurer, Hon Scott Morrison MP wants to claim the Federal Budget as an economic plan for extraordinary times, but that he failed to mention the environment once.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Understands that climate change is the single biggest threat to humanity and to our nation’s prosperity.

(2)           Notes that the role of government is to prepare a budget that cares for the needs of their community and set a nation up for the future.

(3)           Acknowledges with deep regret that the Federal Treasurer Hon Scott Morrison MP not once mentioned the climate or the environment in his Budget speech.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Minister Rockliff has ruled out any further assessment of the impacts of fish farming in Okehampton Bay, despite the fact that there’s been no environmental baseline study of salmon farming impacts undertaken for 20 years.

In the last 20 years, East Coast waters have become a global warming hotspot. There’s been dramatic changes in that marine environment, as well as in capacity for fisheries.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Fisheries spokesperson

Abalone numbers have been on the decline for years, and the recent marine heatwave has intensified it. Climate change and overfishing have hit divers hard.

Minister Rockliff led Parliament to believe that everything is in hand and it is business as usual. This is in stark contrast to the claims of those at the coalface, who see an industry unable to sustain the current quota limit.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Mr ROCKLIFF

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wednesday 27 April 2016

NOTICE OF MOTION

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes that a University of Tasmania (UTAS)/Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) collaboration has been party to developing a new internationally recognised definition for a marine heat wave, being a discrete and prolonged anomalously warm water event within a particular location that lasts for five or more days with temperatures warmer than the 90th percentile.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

NOTICE OF MOTION

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Recognises that February 2016 smashed a century of global temperature records by a stunning margin according to data released by NASA.

(2)           Acknowledges that temperatures in February 2016 were 1.35 degrees Celsius warmer than average temperatures for the month, prompting usually cautious climate scientists to describe the situation humanity is in as a 'climate emergency'.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Fire spokesperson

The Bushfire Inquiry findings paint over the devastation of the summer bushfires in the World Heritage Area. It's as though they never existed.

Not one single recommendation in the Committee's report calls to review procedures or respond to climate change. These were two of the key reasons for submitting a dissenting report. *

Because of the Committee's membership, it was always going to be a whitewash but the denial around the need to change our response to bushfire management is mind-boggling.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

THURSDAY 7 April 2016

Cassy O’Connor On tomorrow to move

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Rosalie Woodruff On tomorrow to move—

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

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Madam Speaker,

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

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

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

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom, has seriously mismanaged obvious risks in his energy portfolio. This was demonstrated once more in Parliament this morning when he revealed his complete inability to plan for the future.

It's clear Minister Groom ignored warnings from climate organisations of a “super” El Nino that would hit Tasmania over last autumn, spring and summer. The severe drought warnings came nearly two years ago, and were confirmed in May 2015.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader, Parks and Climate Change spokesperson

The Premier spoke for forty minutes in his State of the State address today, and despite acknowledging the drought, unprecedented dry lightning strikes, bushfires that irreversibly damaged the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and a devastating virus hurting oyster growers, he only made passing reference to climate change.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

A 12 month talkfest is not what Tasmania needs in the middle of an energy crisis. We need action and leadership and we need it now.

Minister Groom has picked a crop of people he already oversees to head up a Taskforce, who will take a year to “independently” evaluate our energy security needs. This is straight from the script of 'Yes Minister'.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH 2016

Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -

That this House notes:

1.      Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome, the devastating virus affecting Tasmania’s oyster industry;

2.      That the disease has been prevalent in southern Tasmanian waters since early February and is thought to have wiped out around 70% of the remaining oysters to be harvested for the season, with an estimated cost to the industry of $7 million;

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

With the Turnbull Government axing potentially more than 100 Tasmanian CSIRO jobs, it's reasonable to ask whether the Premier is doing anything to stand up for local scientists and protect Tasmania's reputation as a global climate science hub.

The marine and atmospheric science division of CSIRO in Hobart is set to shed some of the world's most respected scientific minds and yet we haven't heard a squeak of protest from the Premier or his Liberal colleagues.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens have released the second part of their Energy Strategy for Tasmania. Generating a New Renewable Wave is a blueprint for securing market investment in the renewable future.

Generating a New Renewable Wave focuses on how we can secure investment in medium and large-scale renewable generation. A central part of this plan will be the establishment of RenewTAS, an independent statutory authority.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens have released the vision and targets of their Tasmanian Energy Strategy, which focuses on much needed investment in renewables.

The release of the vision and targets is the first of the full four-part strategy that will also address large-scale generation, transport, and energy savings for Tasmanian households.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens welcome Minister Rockliff's announcement of financial relief for drought stricken Tasmanian farmers but we also want to see this government recognise that hotter, drier conditions are becoming the new 'normal' and longer term planning is needed.

The $10M loan fund will provide some relief for farmers who are suffering the economic and emotional consequences of drought but it won't help our producers adapt to increasingly frequent climate-related dry conditions.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Basslink fault is a wake-up call for the government. It shows just how reliant we’ve become on importing coal-fired power from Victoria, and how vulnerable we are because of it.

As much as 40% of our electricity has come via Basslink in recent months, and there’s clearly no plan in place for a secure, clean energy capacity.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

The historic deal reached between 195 nations at the Paris climate summit is great news for the planet, and for Tasmania.

As an island economy with abundant renewable resources and a massive carbon bank in our forests, Tasmania has a chance to shine and deliver sustainable jobs and greater prosperity to its people.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson 

The high levels of dirty energy Tasmania is importing this summer is putting our clean green brand in jeopardy. The latest figures from Hydro are that up to 50% of Tasmania’s power is now coming from Victorian coal-fired power stations.

At the moment Tasmania's energy security comes mostly from water stored in dams, but we’re a long way from being 100% secure.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

Thousands of Tasmanians who travelled from all corners of the State rallied in Hobart for climate action in the lead up to this week's Climate Summit in Paris.

This should be a wake up call for the Hodgman government which has ripped up Tasmania's ClimateSmart strategy and continues to subsidise the emissions-intensive native forest logging industry.

The science tells us that protecting the vast stores of carbon in Tasmania's forests must be part of our response to climate disruption.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

NOTICE OF MOTION

WEDNESDAY 28 October 2015

Ms O’Connor to move—That the House:—

(1)   Hears the urgent call of the His Excellency Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati, who has written to world leaders ahead of the Paris Climate talks, asking them to back a moratorium on coal mining.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

Hydro Tasmania’s crash in revenue this financial year can be laid squarely at the feet of the state and federal governments.

The state government was silent when their federal colleagues removed the price on carbon and withdrew support for the renewable energy target.

We're now financially worse off by millions of dollars, thanks to Liberal government cowardice.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

University of Tasmania students staging a sit-in outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office are true climate champions. 

Their commitment to ensuring UTAS divests its climate-poisoning fossil-fuel investments is based on the science and ethics.

Like every person on the planet, these young Tasmanians have a right to a safe climate. 

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens and every Tasmanian who believes all our public institutions should invest ethically, I express deep gratitude.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Emergency Management spokesperson and Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

Rosalie Woodruff MP:

Changing climatic conditions mean that the No Permit period for burn-offs in Tasmania needs to be reviewed now.

No permit was needed for private property owners to burn off vegetation last Friday, but the following day was a total fire ban in the southern district.

Saturday, 5 September 2015
The Liberal Party's best and brightest were on display today at their State Council meeting, with the Huon Branch moving a motion to just keep on emitting carbon dioxide and cross our fingers for the best.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Member for Franklin

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to represent the Franklin electorate at the state level.

My six years as a Huon Valley councillor have given me a good feel for the issues in the southern part of the electorate and I look forward to learning more about the eastern shore.

Climate change is the biggest issue facing humanity. Tasmania, with our renewable energy, relatively high rainfall, coastal towns and protected wild places, should be leading the response.

Monday, 17 August 2015
The Tasmanian Greens Party Room is delighted at news late today that Dr Rosalie Woodruff has been elected on countback to fill Senator-designate, Nick McKim’s seat in Franklin.
Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

The Abbott Liberals have once more revealed they are a bunch of climate Luddites with their woeful 26% emissions reduction target by 2030. 

Our grandchildren will not thank the Liberals for saying they will do so little, so late, and in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence.

Basing a far-off reduction target on 2005 emissions levels is an unscientific farce. The Kyoto baseline year is 1990. 

Monday, 10 August 2015

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The formal resignation of Christine Milne from the Australian Senate marks the end of an era in Tasmania. Christine has been at the forefront of politics and the campaign to protect what makes Tasmania unique in the world for the better part of 30 years.

Canberra will certainly miss Christine's formidable intellect and immense heart, her drive and her integrity.

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