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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


    Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I move -

    That the House take note of the following matter: Youth Week. 





  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, this 
    morning in parliament in response to a Dorothy Dix question from the 
    member for Lyons, Mr Shelton, we had some information come out of the part-
    time Parks minister and Premier, Mr Hodgman. This of course is almost 
    three months after the fires first started in Gell River in the south-west, 
    but as a result of those thousands of dry lightning strikes that struck 
    this state in the summer months which we all know, although the Premier 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, first, I take 
    this opportunity to welcome our newest member to the House and to 
    congratulate him on his inaugural speech. There are things that he said 
    that resonate with everyone in this place. I have taken notes but it is 
    good to have you here, Mr Tucker.


    Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens - Motion) - Madam Speaker, I 
    move - 

    That the House take note of the following matter: gambling policy. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, as a matter of 
    principle the Greens support the suspension of the Standing Orders in 
    order to have the substantive debate. I believe that is the first time I 
    have heard the Minister for Health beg in this place. We had the minister 
    there, who unarguably has made some intemperate remarks, beg Opposition 
    members not to egg on the unions. 


  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN


  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I echo 
    what the minister has passed on in terms of this parliament's gratitude 
    and certainly the Tasmanian Greens gratitude to everyone who took part in 
    responding to the fires, to our Parks and Wildlife Service firies, to the 
    TFS firefighters and to the Forestry Tasmania firefighters. I also want 
    to acknowledge that we were provided with two briefings during the fires, 
    as we requested them, in order to understand the greater impact of those 

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

    Mr Deputy Speaker, we are standing on land that was never ceded by the palawa pakana.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I thank the 
    member for Lyons, Ms Butler, for bringing this on as a matter of public 
    importance. For people living in rural and regional areas, having access 
    to affordable transport options is essential. Wherever you live in 
    Tasmania, being able to access affordable public, private and community 
    transport is essential to social inclusion, to being able to reach 
    education, schools, skills, training - to be able to have economic 
    foundations in your life.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    Last Friday, an estimated 8000 passionate, frightened young Tasmanians 
    gathered on parliament's lawns to demand action on climate.