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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 question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN 

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

    Today, hundreds of Tasmanians will gather in Town Hall in opposition to 
    the proposal to build permanent huts and allow up to 120 to 240 - who 
    knows how many - helicopter flights and landings in Lake Malbena in the 
    Walls of Jerusalem National Park, enabled by your corrupted EOI process.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, it gives me 
    great pleasure on behalf of the Greens tonight to support the Brand 
    Tasmania Bill 2018. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, the Greens 
    will be supporting the bill. We are having this debate today as a result 
    of a momentous decision made by the Anglican Church in the context of the 
    National Redress Scheme to provide a measure of compensation and justice 
    to survivors of past sexual abuse.

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

    That the House take note of the following matter: sale of public assets.

    In April 2014, the Premier, newly elected, said to the people of Tasmania - 

    Let me be clear: we will not be selling any government or public owned 

    We won't be selling any government or public owned assets, other than the 
    Aurora retail book which the former government put up for sale, and which 
    we've supported.


    An extraordinarily rich convict site has been uncovered at the site of a 
    subdivision development at Kings Meadows in Launceston. A one-week 
    investigation by Southern Archaeology confirmed a convict heritage site, 
    described as highly significant. It is an historic convict road station 
    from the 1830s and 1840s and the significance of this site is so great, it 
    could be considered of World Heritage value.

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I just wanted to take a moment on the adjournment tonight to acknowledge the heart and the spirit of our fellow island democracy Taiwan Times which has one of the most wonderful photos on the front.  This is the Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade which happened quite recently.  Nearly 140 000 from people from home and abroad marched on 27 October through the streets of Taipei in support of better protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in Taiwan to vote for equality.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, we will support the Roads and Jetties Amendment (Management of State Highways in Cities) Bill 2018 but we do so with a very profound sense of ho hum. 



    Just days after you took over the portfolio, it was revealed Patriarch and 
    Sons, a company with clear links to environmental vandals, Shin Yang, were 
    planning to begin logging native forest in Tasmania and establish a 
    processing facility in the Tamar Valley. 

    Mr Hodgman - More racism, isn't it? 

    Ms O'CONNOR - What?

    Mr O'Byrne - He called you a racist. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, of course we 
    support the move to ensure that the amendments which we have prepared 
    along with Labor and the transgender community in Tasmania, must be 
    debated today. Today is the International Day of Transgender Remembrance 
    as Ms Standen outlined in her extraordinary contribution this morning. 
    Every single day that as legislators we do not deal with the issues which 
    we will debate today because there is a strong resolve on this side of the 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I thank the 
    member for Franklin, Mr O'Byrne, for bringing this matter of conflicts of 
    interest on as a matter of public importance debate today. Public faith 
    in the institutions of government, of parliament, of ministerial decisions 
    and of departmental officers must be upheld. It is a fair assessment that 
    it has been eroded under this Government. 

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I rise to 
    speak on the Justice and Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 
    2018 and acknowledge the outstanding contribution we just heard from my 
    colleague, the member for Clark and shadow attorney-general, Ms Haddad. 
    It is inspiring to hear the history of advocacy and activism, of protest, 
    heartbreak and ultimately triumph from time to time.

  • Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I thank Ms Dow 
    for her contribution and make the point that of those significant 
    questions you asked of the minister, Ms Dow, he did not make a record of 
    them as I can see.

    Mr Gutwein - I understand that we are and I will do my best to address all 
    of them.

    Ms O'CONNOR - Alright, I hope you were listening because the questions 
    were thoroughly valid.