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Cassy O'Connor MP

Greens' Leader | Member for Clark (formerly Denison)


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.


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

  • 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—

  • Wednesday 24 August 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

  • Wednesday 24 August 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—



    [10.58 a.m.]
    Yesterday you failed to state your Government's commitment to Forestry Tasmania achieving Forest Stewardship Council certification. Despite your plan to ramp up native forest logging for forest furnaces, is your Government committed to FSC certification? If so, can you name a single step you as Minister are taking to help FT secure FSC certification?


    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.08 a.m.]
    On Tuesday you were crowing about the cut to headworks charges for developers - corporate welfare, by any other name, and subsidised by taxpayers. Yesterday, in an act of extreme political cynicism, your Treasurer issued not so veiled threats to councils not to lift their rates to cover the loss of dividends from TasWater. On the one hand your Government is giving a free ride to developers at the expense of taxpayers.



    [10.27 a.m.]

  • Tuesday 23 August 2016

    [5.59 p.m.]

    Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I rise to make a personal appeal to the Premier on behalf of the Hazara people living in Tasmania.  I have friends in the Hazara community for whom I am very concerned; I am sure there are other members of the House who share those concerns. 


    [10.25 a.m.]

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.10 a.m.]

  • Tuesday 23 August 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes the United Nations World Heritage Committee's recommendation to resolve the tenure of extensions to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area that were delivered under the Labor Green Government.

    (2)           Recognises that both the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments have agreed to accept all the World Heritage Committee's recommendations in response to the draft World Heritage Area Management Plan.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.11 a.m.]