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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 question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    The fall from grace of Ms Courtney leaves you holding seven portfolios and 
    10 yesterday when the Treasurer left during question time on a family 
    matter. You must recognise this is untenable. As Premier, your focus 
    needs to be on running the state, yet we can all see your options are 
    limited. What will you do if the code of conduct investigation finds 
    against Ms Courtney? Are you thinking ahead to that possibility? Have 
    you approached Mr Hidding to fill the void left by Ms Courtney?


    Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I move -

    That the bill be read a second time.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Thanks, Mr Deputy Speaker; 
    the Premier was talking at the time.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    Your former minister for Primary Industries and Water was overseas five 
    weeks ago on an all-expenses paid trip to China with the secretary of her 
    department. You revealed yesterday that she told you three days ago she 
    was having a relationship with Dr Whittington. A spectacular fall from 
    grace of the new minister and long serving bureaucrat is the result.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I indicate 
    that the Greens will be supporting the legislation, and to acknowledge the 
    work the Attorney-General and her department have put into a bill that 
    significantly reflects the recommendations of the royal commission.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, we note that 
    in a relatively short period of time since the election, there have been 
    very significant shifts of public fundings across and between agencies, 
    out to private enterprises.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for PARKS, Mr HODGMAN

    We now know that your key parks advisory body advised the federal 
    government not to give EPBC approval to the Lake Malbena proposal in the 
    Walls of Jerusalem National Park. We have a copy of that advice which we 
    seek the leave of the House to table.

    I move -

    That this advice be tabled.

    Madam SPEAKER - Convention is that normally you would give more notice.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for PARKS, Mr HODGMAN 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, we heard Dr Broad declare Labor's colours on the issue, not of foreign ownership. The issue we have been talking about is foreign influence. Dr Broad put up a straw man. That is what he did. He fell straight into the trap of backers of Beijing, which is to make sure there is no distinction made in the public debate between the country of China, the people of China and the Chinese government. We make that distinction. We are capable of making that distinction and it is a distinction.

  • Ms O'CONNOR - Madam Speaker, the Greens will be supporting the Traffic and Related Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. We recognise it is a common sense change. It is funny, Mr Hidding, and I - your predecessor, Mr Rockliff - had some discussions at Estimates tables past about the kind of space that exists between the Department of State Growth's traffic management section and councils in relation to matters of community safety. This one was about the children who cross Hill Street and Lansdowne Crescent to get to school each day.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I move -

    That the debate on the Justice and Related Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018 be adjourned until tomorrow.


  • Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I will not be reflecting on the vote of the House just now on the Greens disallowance motion but I will be reading into Hansard the by-law of the Clarence City Council from 2007 and why it is a concern of people on the eastern shore that we share about overreach on the part of the council. No reflection 
    on the vote on the issue.

    Mr Hidding - Fair enough, let us see how you go.

  • That the House -