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Cassy O'Connor MP

Greens' Leader | Member for Denison

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Leader of Greens' Business | Treasury | Employment and Economic Development | Human Services | Aboriginal Affairs | Forests | Resource Management | Infrastructure and Transport | Climate Change | Women | Heritage | Young Tasmanians | Multicultural Affairs | Sport and Recreation

 

Cassy O'Connor MP is the Leader of the Tasmanian Greens and our MP for Denison. She supports creating a prosperous, low-carbon economy powered by renewable energy, and is a passionate voice for people with disabilities, refugees, children and marginalized Tasmanians.

ABOUT CASSY

A former journalist and community activist, Cassy O’Connor is passionate about Tasmania’s special places and its people.

To become the Tasmania we are capable of being, we must look after our most vulnerable citizens with far more heart – the young Tasmanians who sleep on the streets at night; the children of poverty and addiction; the elderly, alone in their homes; ageing carers; old and new Tasmanians, exposed to racism as a result of their perceived difference; and Tasmanians living with mental illness, with physical, or intellectual impairment.

Cassy was born in Canberra and raised in South East Asia and on Stradbroke Island in Queensland. She moved to Tasmania in 1989 and worked as journalist and political advisor. She also found time to have four beautiful Tasmanian children.

Cassy became a community activist in 2004 as the public face of the campaign to protect the Ralphs Bay Conservation Area at Lauderdale from a Gold Coast-style canal housing estate. She is determined that community and conservation should come first in Tasmania.

Cassy was first elected to Parliament in July 2008 as the Greens member for Denison on count-back following the resignation of long serving Greens Member and Leader Peg Putt. On 19 August 2008, Cassy became the first person to be sworn in as a Member of the Tasmanian Parliament outside Hobart, during the Launceston sitting of State Parliament.

After being soundly re-elected at the top of the Denison poll in March 2010, Cassy became the first Greens' female MP nationally to secure a Cabinet position, when she was made Cabinet Secretary in the Labor-Greens power-sharing minority government. After a Cabinet reshuffle, Cassy then became the first Greens' female MP to become a Minister, when she was sworn in as Minister for Community Development, Aboriginal Affairs, Climate Change, adn Housing.

Cassy is focussed on about working hard to support vulnerable Tasmanians.

In her inaugural speech made in Launceston in 2008, she called for tripartisan support for the Parliament to formally acknowledge the terrible wrongs of the past and to apologise to the victims of Willow Court and the Royal Derwent, and to their families. Cassy is determined to see that the word 'sorry' is said.

Cassy is committed to policy reform that protects the rights and meets the needs of Tasmanians with disabilities and their families.

In Parliament

  • Energy Efficiency - Tasmanian Homes

     

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

     

    [10.09 a.m.]

    Yesterday the Minister for Energy revealed your Government's grand plan to make Tasmanian homes more energy efficient.  It is - wait for it - a Harvey Norman-style line of credit with a credit card scheme administered by Westpac that will potentially leave Tasmanians $10 000 in hock to a major bank and, at the end of three years, facing high interest rates and soaring credit card debt.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.14 a.m.]
    Yesterday you announced a temporary portfolio reallocation and a highly unusual hiving off of responsibility was noted. For the first time that we know of Crown Land Services has been taken away from the Minister for Environment and Parks. Was the decision to relieve the Minister, Mr Groom, of his responsibility for Crown Lands -

    Government members laughing.

    Madam SPEAKER - Order. Members on my right will come to order immediately.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.39 a.m.]
    Can you understand why a growing number of Tasmanians are suspicious and worried about the cavalier way your Government is trading in public assets at the behest of private developers? Communities from Swansea to Stanley, Table Cape, Boat Harbour and Wynyard are faced with losing their treasured coastal crown land places to private developers who are having the red carpet rolled out by your Office of the Co-ordinator General.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.14 a.m.]
    Your Government's growing reputation for arrogance and secrecy reached a new low last week with your Treasurer effectively telling the Public Accounts Committee, and by extension the people of Tasmania, that he is not answerable to them. Why is your Government being so obstructive and secretive over the decision to sell the Tamar Valley Power Station? Why is it prepared to face a charge of contempt in order to withhold the truth?

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for RESOURCES, Mr BARNETT
    [10.34 a.m.]
    In a public statement yesterday, head of the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania, Terry Edwards, stated in relation to his members:

    What is very clear to us is that they will not accept wood from these contentious forests.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA
    [10.13 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for RESOURCES, Mr BARNETT
    [10.10 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN
    [10.14 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA
    [10.26 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN
    [10.35 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN
    [10.22 a.m.]

    Can you understand why an increasing number of Tasmanians believe your Government has declared war on the environment and Tasmanians determined to protect it? Is picking fights and ignoring community concerns over high conservation value forests, fish farm expansions, development in wilderness areas and the cable car, to name a few, the core of your election strategy?

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.10 a.m.]
    People on the east coast are asking why is your Government so prepared to 
    pollute the near-pristine waters of their east coast. As Minister for 
    Tourism you must know these clear waters and beautiful beaches are 
    increasingly a magnet for visitors, including those who come to Tasmania 
    by cruise ship. Over the past summer the Greens understand eight cruise 
    ships pulled up at Wineglass Bay, in a national park, yet not a single 
    dollar flowed to the local economy as a result.

  • [3.44 p.m.]

    Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - I note that, on this International Women's Day, the Minister for Health and the Treasurer have risen to leave the Chamber as the only female leader in the House gets to her feet to respond to the Premier's Address.

    Mr Hidding interjecting. 

    Ms O'CONNOR - Actually, Mr Hidding, last year it was worse.

  • Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2016

    [11.21 a.m.]
    Ms GIDDINGS (Franklin - Motion) - Madam Speaker, I seek leave of the House to move that so much of Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent this matter from being debated forthwith. 

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

    [10.11 a.m.]
    This week, the manifest failings of Tasmania's child protection and out-of-home-care system were revealed to a national audience and to Tasmanians. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN RESOURCES, Mrs PETRUSMA

    [10.25 a.m.]

    Because you failed to answer this question earlier - it goes to transparency and the allocation of public funds towards the protection of children - could you please detail to the House when the funding agreement with Safe Pathways commenced and the total value of this agreement to a company which appears to be reaping enormous profits at the expense of already damaged children?

     

    ANSWER

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