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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

  • Tuesday 14 June 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.05 a.m.]

    Anyone who was in the committee or has watched the footage of last Thursday's Estimates hearing knows your former minister told a series of four deliberate lies to Parliament.  The first three -

  • Tuesday 14 June 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—

    (1)           Expresses its heartfelt sorrow and condolences to the family of Tasmanian born, Rye Hunt.

    (2)           Acknowledges the enormous pain suffered by the family and friends of Mr Hunt.

    (3)           Understands that it was Mr Hunt’s wish to come home to Tasmania and that Rye’s family is bringing his remains back to this island to scatter his ashes on home soil.

    (4)           Wishes Mr Hunt’s loved ones all strength in this terrible time of grief.

  • Thursday 2 June 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to TREASURER, Mr GUTWEIN

    [10.08 a.m.]

    For the past week you have let Tasmanians believe the state Budget is in surplus due to a net operating balance of $77.3 million.  According to your own budget paper 1, page 9:

    The receipt of Australian Government funding, particularly one-off major projects, has the effect of improving the net operating balance outcome.

    In other words it distorts the true picture.  Treasury says:

  • Wednesday 1 June 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT, PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GROOM

    [10.08 a.m.]

  • Wednesday 1 June 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes:—

    (a)           in 2012, the Labor Green Government delivered the Tasmanian Forest Carbon Study which assessed the amount and potential economic value of carbon sequestered across the entire Tasmanian forest estate;

    (b)           this work has been recently updated through the report, ‘Climate Opportunities in Tasmania’s Forests’ by TreeMod Consulting;

  • Wednesday 1 June 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Understands that poker machines leech funds from Tasmanian communities that can afford it the least and have caused profound harm to individuals, families and the children of poker machine addicts.

    (2)           Recognises there is no social or economic benefit to the State as a result of the proliferation of poker machines in pubs and clubs around Tasmania.

    (3)           Acknowledges that this Government is addicted to the revenue from poker machines.

  • Tuesday 31 May 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.11 a.m.]

  • Tuesday 31 May 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes the commencement on 30 May 2016 of a petition by members of the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT) to call a special general meeting of the RACT to raise their concerns with the proposed expansion into Freycinet National Park. 

    (2)           Acknowledges RACT has many reasons to feel let down by the Hodgman Government including:— 

  • Tuesday 31 May 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House: ——

    (1)           Notes the Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2016/17 Budget:—

    (a)           lacks courage and a vision for the future;

    (b)           is built on layers of untruth about increased spending on essential services that were savaged in the first Hodgman Liberal Government Budget and the Treasurer, Hon Peter Gutwein MP’s claim that the Budget is ‘back in the black’;

    (c)           repackages money already announced and puts it forward as new money;

  • Thursday 26 May 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.12 a.m.]

  • Wednesday 25 May 2016

    [6.11 p.m.]

  • Wednesday 25 May 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.08 a.m.]

  • Wednesday 25 May 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Recognises that fires caused by dry lightning strikes are increasing exponentially as a result of climate change.

    (2)           Notes the devastation caused by bushfires over the past summer.

    (3)           Acknowledges with great sadness that the January 2016 fires burned more than 20,000 hectares of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and destroyed irreplaceable Gondwanan plant species.

  • Tuesday 24 May 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for MINING, Mr BROOKS

    [10.28 a.m.]

  • Tuesday 24 May 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.12 a.m.]

  • Thursday 5 May 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes that the 2016 Federal Budget confirmed a $3.4M cut to management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) in 2016-17, with the funding for management of the TWWHA extension flatlining to zero in 2018-19.

    (2)           Recognises that as a direct result of climate change and dry lightning strikes more than 20,000 hectares of the TWWHA was ravaged by fire over summer, destroying Gondwanan and sub-alpine wilderness.

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