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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

  • Wednesday 4 May 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.09 a.m.]

  • Tuesday 3 May 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes the promotion of violence against women through sexist and misogynistic language is completely unacceptable in our community.

    (2)           Understands that 127,707 people signed a petition against Wicked Campers in 2014, complaining about their slogans, in particular one that stated. 'in every princess, there's a little slut who wants to try it just once'.

  • Tuesday 3 May 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes the Takayna/Tarkine region is one of the world’s richest cultural heritage sites, with a human story that dates back some 40,000 years.

    (2)           Notes that, in recognition of its cultural value, the fragile coastline is on the National Heritage Register.

  • Tuesday 3 May 2016

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes with a heavy heart that a young Somali refugee has set herself alight on Nauru, the second refugee to self-immolate in the past week.

    (2)           Mourns the very recent death of a young Iranian man who was imprisoned on Nauru and who suffered burns to 90% of his body by his own hand.

    (3)           Expresses its deepest condolences to the man’s family.

  • Tuesday 3 May 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.10 a.m.]

  • Thursday 28 April 2016

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

    [4.21 p.m.]

  • Wednesday 27 April 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to TREASURER, Mr GUTWEIN

    [10.09 a.m.]

  • Tuesday 26 April 2016

    ADJOURNMENT SPEECH

    [6.07 p.m.]

    Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I was flicking through the notices of question that arrived on our desk today.  It is disappointing to see the number of questions that were put on notice some time ago that have not yet been answered by ministers.  At risk of sounding matronising -

    Mr Jaensch - You can't help that.

    Ms O'CONNOR - I cannot help it from time to time.

    Mr Jaensch - Natural style.

  • Tuesday 26 April 2016

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.08 a.m.]

    Having failed to avoid the debate on MPs' pay by fleeing to China, will you now tell Tasmanians -

    Members interjecting.

    Madam SPEAKER - Order.  I point out to the member, and I am sure she is aware, that we have not completed that debate, so I ask her to get to a relevant question that does not touch on an order of the day.

  • Wednesday 27 April 2016

    NOTICE OF MOTION

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes that football is a rare unifying force that bridges divides of class, geography, religion, ethnicity, political affiliation and gender.

    (2)           Understands that women's sport is becoming more and more popular and fairly funded as our female athletes show they are the equal of men on any sporting field.

    (3)           Commends the AFL on the introduction of a national women's competition beginning in 2017.

  • Tuesday 26 April 2016

    NOTICE OF MOTION

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes the laughable interpretation of the Green’s fuel reduction burn policy by the Liberal Member for Braddon, Mrs Joan Rylah MP on the Greens' fuel reduction burn policy. 

    (2)           Understands the Greens' concerns for the respiratory health of Tasmanians stems from the practice of high intensity Forestry regeneration burns. 

  • Tuesday 26 April 2016

    NOTICE OF MOTION

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Recognises that February 2016 smashed a century of global temperature records by a stunning margin according to data released by NASA.

    (2)           Acknowledges that temperatures in February 2016 were 1.35 degrees Celsius warmer than average temperatures for the month, prompting usually cautious climate scientists to describe the situation humanity is in as a 'climate emergency'.

  • Tuesday 26 April 2016

    NOTICE OF MOTION

    Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

    That the House:—

    (1)           Notes that:—

    (a)           strong Job Growth in Tasmania began in November 2013 under the Labor/Green Government and declined immediately after the Liberals took office, and flat lined shortly after in December 2014; 

    (b)           the Australian Bureau of Statistics trend data shows that employment levels in Tasmania have been in decline for six straight months; 

  • Thursday 7 April 2016

    PARLIAMENTARY SALARIES

    Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    [10.10 a.m.]

    Why did you send the issue of MPs' pay to the Tasmanian Industrial Commission, knowing it would result in a pay rise, a mess you are now trying to get out of?  Why don't you believe MPs' pays should be tied to public servants' pay?  Don't you see yourself as a public servant?

  • THURSDAY 7 April 2016

    Cassy O’Connor On tomorrow to move

  • THURSDAY 7 April 2016

    Cassy O’Connor On tomorrow to move

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