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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

  • Thursday 18 August 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Agrees that the takanya, or Tarkine, is a place of deep cultural significance to Tasmanian Aboriginal people and recognised globally as a region of outstanding cultural value.

    (2)           Recognises that the book 'takanya, country, culture' was launched by the Bob Brown Foundation and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre on Friday 12 August 2016.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.14 a.m.]

  • Wednesday 17 August 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Acknowledges with shame that Australia has been detaining asylum seekers offshore on Nauru and Manus Island under the direction of the Federal Liberal Government.

    (2)           Notes the Guardian's exposé published on the 11 August 2016, known as "the Nauru files", which stemmed from leaked documents about Australia's offshore detention facility.

  • Tuesday 16 August 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for ENERGY, Mr GROOM

    [10.12 a.m.]

    Having been complicit in the dividend policy which drove Hydro to push the limits of risk, to recommend selling the Tamar Valley Power Station to sell precious power on the mainland in a drought, to flog the gas that could have been used to fire up Tamar Valley, you have now launched a quite incredible attack on Bell Bay CEO, Ray Mostogl.

    Government members interjecting.

  • Tuesday 16 August 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Recognises the 31st Summer Olympics are being held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

    (2)           Notes that for the first time there is a refugee team competing, with 10 individuals who have fled from conflict in South Sudan, Ethiopia and Syria.

    (3)           Congratulates the 421 Australian athletes, and the 12 who hail from Tasmania.

    (4)           Further notes that 214 of our athletes are women.

  • Tuesday 16 August 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Recognises that voters have the right to know which corporate and business bodies are donating how much to which political party in the lead up to an election.

    (2)           Agrees that transparency in relation to electoral donations is critical to the healthy functioning of democracy.

    (3)           Acknowledges that Queensland is moving to real time electoral donation disclosure from February 2017.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) –

    Madam Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to present the Tasmanian Greens' fully costed Alternative Budget for 2016-17. 

  • Thursday 16 June 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.52 a.m.]

  • Thursday 16 June 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.23 a.m.]

  • Thursday 16 June 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.06 a.m.]

    The ministerial code of conduct is clear.  It states:

    Ministers are expected to behave according to the highest ethical standards in the performance of their duties, as they hold a position of trust.  Ministers must commit themselves to the highest ethical standards to maintain and strengthen the democratic traditions of our state and its institutions.

  • Wednesday 15 June 2016

    [8.08 p.m.]

  • Wednesday 15 June 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [11.00 a.m.]

    You are now a Cabinet minister down and there is surely jockeying for the position amongst the enthusiastic Dorothys on your backbench.

    Madam SPEAKER - Order.  The member will refer to members of this House in the appropriate manner.

  • Wednesday 15 June 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.07 a.m.]

    It is now six days since your former mining minister told four distinct lies to the Estimates committee.

  • Tuesday 14 June 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.52 a.m.]

  • Tuesday 14 June 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.17 a.m.]

  • 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 -

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