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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

  • BERNACCHI LODGE

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

    [10.56 a.m.]

  • BERNACCHI LODGE DEVELOPMENT

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

    [10.57 a.m.]

  • [7.14 p.m.]
    Ms O'CONNOR (Denison) -

    One of the most fundamental human rights is access to secure and affordable housing. It is the foundation for all of life's opportunities, for all a capacity to succeed as human beings. If we do not have access to secure, affordable housing our lives are precarious. We are likely to miss out on educational training, employment and community connection opportunities.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN
     
    [10.09 a.m.]
    Yesterday at a function at David Walsh's outstanding Museum of Old and New Art you sat next to the businessman whose family refused your Government's request for permission to alter the Federal monopoly deed to allow MONA to establish its high rollers casino. How did you feel sitting next to Greg Farrell? A bit awkward, especially after, in 2008, you described the monopoly as a mates deal?
  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for STATE GROWTH, Mr GROOM
     
    [10.15 a.m.]
    Tasmanians now know that developers have their eyes on the art school, the Treasury building and the St. Johns Street offices in Launceston. Can you confirm that the Office of the Coordinator-General has asked the Crown Lands section of your other department for a full list of crown land in Tasmania that may be made available to private developers? If so, will you provide that list to the House?
  • Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for STATE GROWTH, Mr GROOM
     
    [10.12 a.m.]
    In the last sitting you misled the House over what was revealed to be a secret plan to hand over the Hunter Street School of Art to private developers. Can you now tell the House which private developer has expressed an interest in turning the historic art school into a hotel? What discussions have you had with the potential developer about the art school's future?
  • NOTICE OF MOTION

    WEDNESDAY 28 October 2015

    Ms O’Connor to move—That the House:—

    (1) Notes that Forestry Tasmania has delivered its 2014-15 Annual Report.

    (2) Acknowledges that the failed Government Business Enterprise is still receiving significant public subsidies, including a $14M taxpayer funded contribution from the State and a $30 million equity injection from TasNetworks, which enabled the GBE to claim it is ‘effectively debt free'.

    (3) Recognises that:—

  • NOTICE OF MOTION

    WEDNESDAY 28 October 2015

    Ms O’Connor to move—That the House:—

    (1) Congratulates the Victorian Parliament for abolishing Dorothy Dixers in question time.

    (2) Notes the unprecedented number of Dorothy Dixer questions from Liberal backbenchers in the Tasmanian Parliament.

    (3) Condemns Liberal Members who believe question time is about self-congratulation and "good news" Ministerial self-promotion.

    (4) Agrees the actual purpose of question time is for a government to be scrutinised and held to account.

  • NOTICE OF MOTION

    WEDNESDAY 28 October 2015

    Ms O’Connor to move—That the House:—

    (1)   Hears the urgent call of the His Excellency Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati, who has written to world leaders ahead of the Paris Climate talks, asking them to back a moratorium on coal mining.

  • NOTICE OF MOTION

    That this House:

    1.     Condemns the federal Liberal government for their inhumane asylum seeker policy, particularly their "turn back the boats" rhetoric;

    2.     Understands that the callous approach taken by the Liberal Party - and backed by the Labor Party - is much to the abhorrence of humanists Australia-wide;

    3.     Commends the work of the group 'Love Makes a Way' who include members of the Anglican, Baptist and Uniting churches as well as the Salvation Army;

  • NOTICE OF MOTION

    That this House:

    1.     Acknowledges the worldwide impetus in support of marriage equality;

    2.     Commends Greens Kingborough Councillor Richard Atkinson for introducing a motion in support of marriage equality;

    3.     Applauds Kingborough Council for following Hobart City Council in support of marriage equality;

    4.     Agrees that love is what binds us together as humans; and

    5.     Calls on Members to show support for love, equality, an end to discrimination and for marriage equality. 

     

     

  • ADJOURNMENT DEBATE

     
    Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I want to raise an issue of concern to all Tasmanians who rely on concessions to be able to affordably use lifesaving equipment. We are talking here about devices such as oxygen concentrators, dialysis machines, chronic positive pressure and airways regulators, respirators, ventricular assist devices. These are pieces of medical equipment that keep people alive but also ensure a quality of life for people with chronic conditions.
  • QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE

    Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA
  • QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE

    Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA
  • QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

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