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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 (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - I thank the member for Lyons, Ms Butler, for bringing on this matter as a matter of public importance today.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Ms COURTNEY

     

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Ms COURTNEY

     

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

     

    The nation is in turmoil as a result of the leadership vote yesterday. Three of your four federal colleagues, senators Abetz, Bushby and your former staffer Jonathon Duniam, cast a vote for Peter Dutton. Senator Colbeck backed the prime minister.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    Over the past five years, your Government has done everything possible to get a cable car across the Organ Pipes to the summit of kunanyi - allocating departmental resources, introducing enabling legislation and playing stone-deaf to Tasmanians who want our wild mountain left as it is.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I indicate that the Greens will be supporting this legislation. We have received a very thorough briefing from the head of the Planning Policy Unit and the secretary of the Department of Justice and their adviser. We have been walked through the clauses in the bill. On behalf of the Greens I am comforted by that briefing because we raised a number of the questions we had in that briefing.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I indicate that the Greens will be supporting this legislation. We have received a very thorough briefing from the head of the Planning Policy Unit and the secretary of the Department of Justice and their adviser. We have been walked through the clauses in the bill. On behalf of the Greens I am comforted by that briefing because we raised a number of the questions we had in that briefing.

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

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, this is a very important subject for us to be debating. It has been - it always will be - but particularly since the private service closed in December last year. I have listened very carefully to the debate, as I do on this issue, and I am going to say something a bit controversial here.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, we just had some illumination into the Treasurer's motivations and character in that contribution. He revealed to the House what inspired his conduct over the four years between 2010 to 2014 when every time he got to his feet in this place he ran down confidence in the economy and the efforts of the government.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Ms COURTNEY.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) – Mr Deputy Speaker, Mr Brooks, as the member for Braddon, does his community a terrible disservice because he recycles the same speech over and over again. This morning in the office when the question went out what do you reckon the matter of public importance debate is, we all knew it would be Mr Brooks talking about jobs on the north-west coast. It is the only narrative that he has to offer.

  • 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.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mr JAENSCH

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