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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.
That this House -
Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I thank the member for Lyons for bringing this matter of public importance debate on today. I had not really thought much about perpetual interment rights until this morning's MPI came through. It is a very interesting matter of public importance; very contemporary to the current debate. People will
be talking about this in the context of the Anglican Church's plans.
Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT, Ms ARCHER
Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for INFRASTRUCUTURE, Mr ROCKLIFF
The Tasmanian Government's submission to Infrastructure Australia details your infrastructure priorities and road construction features very heavily.
Mr Jaensch - Hear, hear.
Ms O'CONNOR - I despair.
Mr Ferguson - How did you get here today, on a road?
Madam SPEAKER - Order, Premier.
Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - I rise to speak tonight to raise a matter in this House which has been put forward by Mr Robert Barclay of Cremorne who is very concerned about the proposed airport overpass. I am putting this on the record in the hope that the Minister for Infrastructure is either listening, watching or reads this, because the matters Mr Barclay raise are significant and serious.
Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I thank my colleague, Ms Standen, for bringing this matter of public importance on today. Rarely a day goes past in this place where we are not talking about vulnerability in our community, disadvantaged people who are disenfranchised and left behind in what the Treasurer describes as the golden age.
Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN
Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN
Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, here we are again: another Liberal matter of public importance debate, another puerile short-termism contribution from Liberal backbenchers. Every time we have an MPI debate on government members' day, it is some puerile garbage that does not go to the long-term issues facing Tasmania. It does not deal with the big public policy challenges this parliament will have to deal with. We hear the most banal contributions.
Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens - Motion) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I move -
That the House orders the Premier to lay upon the Table of the House a copy of each Memorandum of Understanding between the Chinese Government, or Chinese Government controlled entities, and the state of Tasmania or Tasmanian state entities, since March 2014 on or before 27 September 2018.
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Ms O'CONNOR question to ACTING PREMIER, Mr ROCKLIFF
Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I rise to speak on the adjournment tonight about a matter we have raised in this place a number of times and I am going to do it again. I know it makes people uncomfortable in here but our job is to speak truth to power.
Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise on behalf of the Greens to indicate that we too will be supporting this legislation, and recognise it makes a number of significant, but minor, amendments to the principal act in order to better align the act with the Homes Act 1935, which is some of the most robust but antique legislation we administer in this place.