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Cassy O'Connor MP

Greens' Leader | Member for Clark (formerly Denison)

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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.

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, 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

    [10.21 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.08 a.m.]

    Shortly after coming to office in April 2014 you stated publicly:

    Let me be clear:  we will not be selling any Government or public owned assets other than the Aurora retail book which the former government put up for sale and which we have supported. 

    Other than that, we will not be selling anything and that is part of the commitment we took to the last election.

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

    [10.27 a.m.]

    Now it has been confirmed that you are flogging 29 000 hectares of Tasmania's public plantation estate at a loss, and effectively sold all that land through a 99-year lease -

    Members interjecting.

    Ms O'CONNOR - Who will be here in 99 years?

    Madam SPEAKER - Order.  The member will ask her question.

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

    [10.09 a.m.]

    You have announced that 29 000 hectares of publicly owned plantation has been sold to a private company for $60 million.  In a 2012 letter, the Auditor-General confirmed it costs around $350 000 per hectare in public funding to establish Forestry Tasmania's plantations.  This put the actual cost of establishing the public plantations you are flogging at a conservative estimate of $101 million.  On the evidence, Tasmanian taxpayers have been ripped off to the tune of $40 million.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.59 a.m.]

    As you are aware, the Australian Bureau of Statistics is sending out postal votes for the survey on marriage equality because Prime Minister Turnbull did not have the courage to allow for a free vote.  You have said, very quietly, that you will be voting yes.  Why are you not being out and proud on this issue and standing by LGBTI -

    Members interjecting.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.27 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.11 a.m.]
    Last Friday afternoon's referral to the federal minister to reopen four-wheel-drive tracks on the Aboriginal cultural landscape of the takayna/Tarkine coastline details a host of major earthworks, rehabilitation and other engineering to allegedly avoid damage to Aboriginal cultural heritage.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.31 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.12 a.m.]
    One of Tasmania's most respected Aboriginal Heritage experts and community leaders, Rocky Sainty, this morning sent out a blistering statement condemning your decision to seek Commonwealth approval to reopen tracks in the Tarkine without any consultation with the Aboriginal community.

    Do you know who Rocky Sainty is, Mrs Rylah?

    Madam SPEAKER - Order.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.12 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.30 a.m.]
    Today, you, the Leader of the Opposition, Ms White, and I will join Aboriginal community leaders and people from all over the state at the historic launch of the Reconciliation Panel of Tasmania. I am sure we can all agree the establishment of this panel represents an important opportunity for healing and to improve outcomes for Tasmania's Aboriginal people.

    In an open letter made public today 20 respected Tasmanian writers, historians and publishers state:

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.32 a.m.]
    We have just heard the Minister for Human Services try to justify not telling parliament the truth over the wellbeing of 11 at-risk children -

    Members interjecting.

    Madam SPEAKER - Order. The member will be heard in silence.

    Ms O'CONNOR - The evidence is there in black and white, in the form of emails between the Minister's office and the department.
  •  
    Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA

    [10.11 a.m.]
    Tasmanians now know as a result of the ABC obtaining leaked departmental documents you misled parliament over the wellbeing of 11 children who had been placed with Safe Pathways last year.
  • 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.

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