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Cassy O'Connor MP

Greens' Leader | Member for Clark (formerly Denison)


Leader of Greens' Business | Aboriginal Affairs | Animal Welfare | Community Development | Education, Skills and Training | Employment, Trade and Economic Development | Federal State Relations | Forests and Mining | Human Services | Infrastructure, Transport and Population | Parks, Public Lands and Heritage | Primary Industries | Sport and Recreation | Tourism and Hospitality | Treasury | Workplace Relations


Cassy O'Connor MP is the Leader of the Tasmanian Greens and our MP for Clark. 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.


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, and 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

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I am quite pleased to see that the Heritage Tasmania staff are no longer in the Chamber being forced to sit here and listen to this debate instead of providing advice to the minister for Heritage on the bill that was to be debated at this point but has been bumped off so the Minister for Housing can score some political points.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, the day has finally arrived. We have been looking at the Notice Paper for months and months, looking at the Fruit and Nut Industry (Research, Development and Extension Trust Fund) Repeal Bill. It sat there for many months now, and finally the moment has arrived when we can debate this repeal bill.





  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise in my capacity as the Greens spokesperson for children to express my extreme disappointment, and in fact disgust, at the content of the motion that we are debating today, at the unashamed politicisation of children who have been sexually abused or at risk of it in order to score political point. As Ms Haddad has just pointed out, this motion in itself is wrong and deeply flawed.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Treasurer, I do not have a handkerchief big enough to mop up the crocodile tears you just shed for the children of forest workers. You obviously regard children from different families with different levels of sympathy because, as we know, there are children who have been left out on the street because their parents are poker machine addicts.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens - Motion) - Madam Speaker, I move -

    That the House:

    (1) Agrees that:

    (a) housing is a fundamental human right, and is foundational for participation in society;




    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Deputy Speaker, I indicate that the Greens will not be opposing the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill 2018, but I want to make a few comments about the amendments as part of my contribution.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Deputy Speaker, I struggled but I found it hard to disagree with very much of what Mr O'Byrne said in his contribution then. We do have a vision problem in relation to mobility and the future transport systems of Tasmania, particularly relieving congestion in the south. We have five years, manifestly, of neglecting the need to make some catalytic changes to the way people in Tasmania get around.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise on behalf of the Greens to contribute on this matter of public importance today. This matter relates to one of the most important functions of this House in the Westminster system and that is to scrutinise government, government ministers, and legislation that is put forward and, through that, to try to improve public policy outcomes.