You are here

Cassy O'Connor MP

Greens' Leader | Member for Clark (formerly Denison)

SHADOW PORTFOLIOS

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 20 September 2016

    [5.44 p.m.]

  • Tuesday 20 September 2016

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

    [10.12 a.m.]

  • Tuesday 20 September 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Acknowledges the scientific and meteorological research that's been undertaken at the Australian Antarctic Division Base on Macquarie Island since 1948.

    (2)           Recognises the key scientific and strategic reasons for maintaining a year round presence on Macquarie Island.

    (3)           Notes the recent decision of the Australian Antarctic Division in response to savage Federal funding cuts to only have a presence on the island in the summer.

  • Tuesday 20 September 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Recognises the Liberals have made a decision to allow 180 000 cubic metres of native forest timber products to be shipped through the port of Hobart at Macquarie Point each year.

    (2)           Acknowledges these exports will receive a substantial Commonwealth subsidy through the Freight Equalisation Scheme.

    (3)           Notes that these exports will mean thousands of extra log truck movements through the city of Hobart.

  • Tuesday 20 September 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes the oft-stated commitment of Premier, Hon. Will Hodgman MP, to 'reset the relationship' with Tasmania's Aboriginal community.

    (2)           Acknowledges the rich cultural heritage in takayna/the Tarkine dates back tens of thousands of years and is of recognised global significance.

    (3)           Further notes the Liberals shamelessly cynical decision to reopen tracks in the Tarkine and allow off road vehicles back in to these sensitive archaeological sites.

  • Thursday 15 September 2016

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

    [10.28 a.m.]

  • Thursday 15 September 2016

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

    [10.12 a.m.]

  • Wednesday 14 September 2016

    [6.16 p.m.]

    Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I warmly commend the member for Braddon, Mr Jaensch, for that moving and thoughtful contribution.  It is important we find the words and the ways as a community to talk about suicide and the devastating toll it has on people's lives, the loss of life and those terrible spider webs of grief that emanate from someone who has taken their life. 

  • Wednesday 14 September 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.09 a.m.]

  • Wednesday 14 September 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes the Liberal Government's plan to weaken Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Act ahead of the divisive possible plebiscite on marriage equality that has sent shudders of fear through Tasmania's LGBTI community.

    (2)           Acknowledges Tasmania's Equal Opportunities Commissioner was not consulted on the changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act.

  • Wednesday 14 September 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House notes with concern:—

    (a)           the announced closure of the permanent Australian Antarctic Division research station on Macquarie Island;

    (b)           the impact this will have on not only on Antarctic and Southern Ocean science, but also the aim to “Make Tasmania the gateway to Antarctica”;

    (c)           the disturbing anti-science trend of the Federal Liberal Government in cutting critical research capacity based in and from Tasmania;

  • Tuesday 13 September 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.25 p.m.]

  • Tuesday 13 September 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.12 a.m.]

    The state's peak business body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has called for restoration of the lower House to 35 seats -

    Mr Llewellyn - Hear, hear.

    Ms O'CONNOR - Well, you were part of the plotting.

    Members laughing.

    Madam SPEAKER - Order.  The House will come to order.

  • Tuesday 13 September 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)          Notes that:-

    (a)          on 13 September 2016, the Premier, Hon Will Hodgman MP, was twice asked to justify his backflip on the restoration of numbers and failed to answer; and

    (b)          this issue of good governance is of key concern to the State’s peak business body.

    (2)           The number of Members in the House of Assembly be restored to 35.

  • Tuesday 13 September 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Agrees that voters should know which corporate interests are donating how much to which political party in the lead up to an election.

    (2)           Acknowledges electoral donation transparency is critical to the healthy functioning of democracy.

    (3)           Congratulates the Queensland State Government which is moving to real time electoral donation disclosure from February 2017 and the ACT Government which is also committed to real time donations’ disclosure.

  • Thursday 25 August 2016

    Cassy O’Connor MP to move—

Pages