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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 

    [10.14 a.m.]
    I did not see you in the Chamber for Mr Barnett's ministerial statement 
    yesterday, but we know that the plan to let loggers into 357 000 hectares 
    of high conservation value forest has your blessing. How can you 
    countenance allowing loggers into these forests of global significance, 
    treasure troves of biodiversity and habitats for threatened species? In 
    an age of accelerating climate change, where deforestation in places like 

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

    [10.29 a.m.]
    In its advice to you tabled yesterday, the FT board makes it clear they 
    cannot meet the stated objectives of your Government and also fulfil their 
    legal obligation under the GBE Act to operate commercially. The board 
    makes a number of recommendations that would enable it to operate 
    commercially, including winding back the minimum saw log quota, 
    recalculating sustainable yield, enabling more access to private forests, 

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

    [10.10 a.m.]
    You are threatening to allow loggers into the 400 000 hectares of high 
    conservation value forests that were independently verified and set aside 
    under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement. In its advice to you, as the 
    Treasurer tabled yesterday, the Forestry Tasmania board makes no mention 
    of the moratorium forests, making a lie of your original statement in 
    Parliament that it was on the basis of advice from FT that the Government 

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA

    [10.21 a.m.]
    Does it concern you there is a provision in the Police Offences Act which 
    effectively makes criminals of the destitute and homeless, who feel they 
    have no choice but to resort to begging to survive? Are you aware that 
    according to the Australian Lawyers Alliance, two people have been 
    prosecuted under this law in the past six months, facing fines, which they 
    will never be able to pay, of up to $800? Do you support this harsh law, 

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.08 a.m.]
    Following comments by Her Excellency the Governor, Professor Kate Warner, 
    on the weekend, you issued a statement saying you had spoken to the 
    Governor and that she had your Government's support. Your federal 
    colleague, Senator Eric Abetz, was less supportive in his comments. Can 
    you reassure Tasmanians that in your conversation with the Government you 
    did not issue any riding instructions to Her Excellency? Will you now 

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

    [10.20 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.04 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN 

    [10.15 a.m.]

  • Tuesday 11 October 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.12 a.m.]

  • Thursday 22 September 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.10 a.m.]

    The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, the Law Society, community legal centres, Civil Liberties Australia and LGBTI advocates do not support your attempt to weaken protections in the Anti-Discrimination Act.  Yesterday, the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Mark Morrissey, also came out against the changes.  He said:

  • Thursday 22 September 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Recognises the outstanding universal value of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and its globally significant natural and cultural values.

    (2)           Acknowledges that Tasmania's world class reserves and protected areas underpin our environmental, social and economic wellbeing.

    (3)           Notes that these areas were set aside for protection, not exploitation and that they belong to the people of Tasmania.

  • Thursday 22 September 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes the comments of the Minister for Resources, Hon. Guy Barnett MP, on 25 August 2016, and on several occasions since then that there are “thousands” of jobs in the native forest industry.

    (2)           Acknowledges the analysis of Tasmania's forestry sector undertaken by the Department of State Growth in October 2014, which states there were 1155 people employed in the native forestry sector in November 2013, down from 3459 in August 2006.

  • Wednesday 21 September 2016

    [6.28 p.m.]

    Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, there has been much criticism from the Greens and of course members of the Opposition about the Office of the Coordinator-General and the role it plays.  From our point of view as Greens we are concerned about the fact that it rolls out the red carpet for developers, clears a path for any legislative or regulatory blockages, keeps it all very secret and commercial in-confidence, and then Tasmanians find out at the last minute what the deal is.

  • Wednesday 21 September 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.27 a.m.]

    Last year in the debate on the House giving in-principle support for marriage equality you stated:

    I believe our society and democracy thrives on the basis of freedom of speech that is not unfettered.  My equal hope is that any debate can occur in a manner that is not clouded by prejudice or is unlawful, discriminatory or in breach of reasonable community expectations?

  • Wednesday 21 September 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.13 a.m.]

  • Wednesday 21 September 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Acknowledges that the Ashley Youth Detention Centre represents a manifestly failed model for dealing with juvenile offenders.

    (2)           Notes that the Government has announced an intention to switch to a therapeutic model in Ashley.

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