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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, this is 
    the time of year when we share the love around and say thank you to 
    everyone who works for and on behalf of democracy in Tasmania. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, the long-
    awaited Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament is a written expression 
    of our best selves. It outlines how we must conduct ourselves if we are 
    to maintain public faith in the institution of parliament. Not everyone 
    of us in here are parliamentary, and I am the first to confess to that.

  • That this House - 

    (1) Has no confidence in the Premier, Will Hodgman, for the following 
    reasons -

    (a) The Premier has failed to demand the highest 
    standards of conduct from his members.

    (b) The Premier has refused to ask the honourable 
    member for Braddon, Adam Brooks, to resign, despite a damming Integrity 
    Commission report, which found he repeatedly lied about his involvement in 
    his private company while Mining minister and attempted to delete crucial 

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMER, Mr HODGMAN

    I will give you one more opportunity to make sure the public and Hansard 
    records are correct. Did Mr Brooks offer his resignation to you following 
    his performance at the Estimates table and subsequent public shaming? Did 
    he offer it you but you rejected it because, despite his appalling conduct, 
    you calculated that you needed him in here and in Braddon?



  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    In the evidence presented by Mr Brooks to the Integrity Commission, are 
    there any statements that you recognise as further false statements from a 
    member who has a very loose commitment to the truth? Mr Brooks told 
    investigators following his spectacular fall that he did not offer his 
    resignation to you. Is this true, or did Mr Brooks offer his resignation 
    and you refused to accept it?



  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    Can you explain who made the decision to pay the legal costs of a member 
    who is a serial liar and who has brought disrepute on the institution of 
    parliament? Who made the decision and on what basis was it decided that 
    one of this place's wealthiest members, one of who's eight properties is 
    currently on the market for $2.7 million, should have his legal fees for 
    being a serial liar covered by the taxpayer?

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I have the 
    great pleasure tonight to table the largest environmental petition in 
    Australia's history. It is not in the correct form of the House - 

    Madam SPEAKER - You need to seek leave to present that. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I will be 
    brief because there are only 10 minutes left of this debate. I want to 
    provide Dr Woodruff with an opportunity to briefly wind up, if possible. 

  • That the House - 

    (1) Supports nurses, teachers, park rangers, allied health workers and 
    other public sector workers in their right to take industrial action. 

    (2) Agrees that the actions of these workers have been responsible, 
    measured and designed to demonstrate the value they provide to the 

    (3) Recognises that the 2 per cent state wages policy was introduced in 
    2011 following the global financial crisis and in response to contracting 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Premier, you have had a very 
    bad week-and-a-half, a very bad year, in fact.

    Mr Hodgman - The election result was a shocker.

    Ms O'CONNOR - It was for you, Premier. Despite soliciting and obtaining 
    millions of dollars from the predatory gambling industry to secure your re-
    election, you scraped in with a one-seat majority, which is entirely 

    Mr Hodgman - Scraped in? You lost two seats. Don't talk to us.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN.

    Earlier when we asked what standard of ministerial behaviour would be low 
    enough for you to act decisively, desperately flailing about, you went 
    back to the turn of the century and a former Labor member who was charged 
    and hauled before the court. Is that a pointer to your expected standard 
    of behaviour? Will Mr Brooks have to face criminal charges for you to 
    rule out inviting him back into your Cabinet?


  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN 

    Yesterday, after it was confirmed your former minister, Adam Brooks, had 
    lied to parliament three times, to you, repeatedly, to the people of 
    Braddon and to the Crown Solicitor, you said Mr Brooks would not be 
    offered a position in the Cabinet in the foreseeable future. Are you 
    serious? Are your standards of ministerial behaviour and accountability 
    so low that you would consider offering this disgraced member a 
    ministerial position sometime in the future, which is not yet foreseeable?

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I rise to seek 
    the leave of the House to table the submissions that were released under 
    the Freedom of Information Act federally. These are the submissions on 
    the proposal to allow for luxury huts and up to a 120 or more helicopter 
    flights and landings each year at Halls Island, Lake Malbena in the World 
    Heritage Area. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, it was 
    interesting listening to Dr Broad talk about a vision for Tasmania, a 
    vision for the meat industry. Apparently, it is the first time we have 
    heard Labor use that word in this place on a matter of policy. But it is 
    not a vision to propose that there be a local facility for local producers
    . It is commonsense and a statement of policy position. It is certainly 
    no vision. We have not seen anything even approaching a vision from the 

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN