You are here

Government should serve Tasmanians, not vested corporate interests. We must have a strong, representative and functional democracy free of corruption and deals behind closed doors.

Tasmania has the weakest political donation laws in the country. We don’t have State-specific disclosure laws nor do we ban donations from vested interests. Tasmanian voters go to the ballot box in the dark about which corporations and vested interests have donated to political parties.

Donations from vested interests like the former Gunns Ltd and the Federal Group have had a corrupting influence on democracy and good governance in Tasmania. To ensure our democracy can no longer be corrupted, Tasmania must adopt stricter political donation laws.

We are also still suffering from the reduction in House of Assembly seats from 35 to 25. This reduction has led to reduced representation, poorer policy outcomes, a smaller talent pool to select Ministers from, and a small and ineffective backbench.

Tasmania must restore the number of seats in the House of Assembly.


What can I do?

There is currently a review of the Electoral Act 2004. A final report is now overdue. You can write to the Premier and Attorney-General and demand that they include -

1. a ban on corporate donations;

2. mandatory real-time disclosure on cumulative donations exceeding $1,000;

3. expenditure caps for election campaigns; and

4. a cap on donations of $3,000 per donor.

After the final report, there will be consultation on a draft bill - you will also be able make your views known then.

A Greens' bill to restore the House of Assembly to 35 seats is currently being considered by a select committee. You can write to the Premier and Leader of the Opposition and demand they support this bill.

Read our Anti-protest laws petition or Sign the Petition Here ( closing date - Friday, 28 February 2020 - 11:00pm )



In Parliament and the Media

27 November 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Adjournment on the Government's prioritisation of political legislation over meaningful policies.
27 November 2019
Cassy O'Connor rises on the adjournment to criticise the Government's anti-protest legislation.
28 November 2019
As if it wasn’t chilling enough for the Liberals to seek to erode the democratic rights of all Tasmanians with their anti-peaceful protest law, today they gagged debate on the legislation itself.
19 November 2019
The Greens have today written to the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) asking them to withdraw their support for the Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Amendment Bill. 
14 November 2019
The Liberals are determined to stifle the right to peaceful protest in Tasmania. At a time when young people are striking for climate, fighting for justice for Aboriginal people, standing up against new coal mines, protecting our carbon rich forests, the Liberals are threatening to lock them up.
24 September 2019
Cassy O'Connor moves to amend the sessional orders to provide for the following - "Notwithstanding the provisions of standing order 48, the Speaker shall ensure the time taken to ask a question does not exceed one minute and the time taken to answer a question does not exceed four minutes."
11 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks to the Liberals' 'Labor Party Plans for Future' Motion, discussing them walking away from progressive reforms like pill testing, voluntary assisted dying, increasing the size of parliament and a Human Rights Act.
4 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Health over the terms of the new Healthscope Lease.
13 August 2019
Cassy O'Connor speaks out over the Tasmanian Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China (CPPRC) reposting an article that states Hong Kong independence protesters should be ‘executed’.
8 August 2019
Cassy O'Connor speaks out over pro-Beijing students tearing down the symbolic Lennon Wall at UTAS.
6 August 2019
Cassy questions the Premier on his positions on the Institute for the Study of Social Change's call for the disclosure of donations over $1000, third party disclosure, real-time donations disclosure, caps on expenditure, and public funding.
31 July 2019
The lies and corruption at the heart of the 2018 State Election were laid bare by the sudden closure of the Glenorchy RSL a fortnight ago. Glenorchy RSL staff and veterans were used and abused by the Liberals and the gambling industry, then spat out and forgotten after the election.
10 July 2019
The latest Tasmanian Gaming Commission data reveals that in the month of April alone, $1.5 million was poured into the EGMs in Glenorchy.
21 March 2019
Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Second Reading speech for the Electoral Amendment Bill 2019.
21 March 2019
Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Electoral Amendment Bill 2019.
21 March 2019
Rosalie Woodruff raises the impacts of harming gambling policies in the Greens Matter of Public Importance debate.
21 March 2019
Cassy O'Connor raises political interference in gambling policy from vested interests in the Greens Matter of Public Importance debate.
21 March 2019
Cassy O'Connor questions the treasurer over tax reform proposals from Federal Group.
21 March 2019
Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over delays in delivering donation reforms.
18 February 2019
In another display of blatant heel-dragging over donations’ reform, Attorney General, Elise Archer, has announced a further two month delay on consultation of the Electoral Act review which was due to close today.
6 February 2019
The Tasmanian Liberals’ unethical decision to accept at least $30 000 from the Yuhu Group of companies, despite a warning from ASIO, has come back to bite them, with Yuhu’s founder refused re-entry to Australia because of his ties to Beijing.
14 January 2019
Tasmania bottoms the nation in information transparency, with updated Right to Information (RTI) figures revealed in today’s The Guardian, along with damning comments from the State Ombudsman.
21 November 2018
Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Second Reading Speech for the Greens' House of Assembly Restoration Bill 2018.
21 November 2018
Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading Speech for the Greens' House of Assembly Restoration Bill 2018.
21 November 2018
To give both parties the space to consider their positions and give Tasmanians a say, the Greens today moved to refer House of Assembly Restoration Bill to a Select Committee. Our referral has passed Parliament.
29 October 2018
The Liberals’ undermining of Tasmania’s democracy through heel-dragging on political donations and continued lack of commitment to transparency in government has Tasmania lagging the nation.
18 October 2018
Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over over-reaching media guidelines prohibiting journalists 'lingering in corridors and speaking to MPs', photographs being taken of divisions, disturbances in the Chamber and 'unparliamentary behaviour', and photographs of MPs who are not on their feet and speaking.
20 September 2018
Question Time this week has reached all new lows with close to half of the time allegedly reserved for scrutinising government Ministers taken up with self-congratulatory Dorothy Dixer questions.
3 September 2018
Statements from former Liberal Party Federal Treasurer and NSW MP, Michael Yabsley, confirm the urgent need for political donation reform in Tasmania.
3 May 2018
The beneficiary of Tasmania's weak donations' disclosure regime at the last election, the Premier, Will Hodgman, has announced a year-long review into electoral reforms.  This is the political equivalent of looking like you are taking action when, in fact, you are stalling.
9 February 2018
The Liberals are playing catch up on the growing level of foreign ownership and influence in Tasmania. Cashed up overseas buyers are not going to be dissuaded by a small tax hit.  The Liberals' policy will make no difference to housing availability, nor will it mean any less agricultural land ends up in foreign hands.
1 February 2018
The Greens will bring Tasmanian law into the 21st century and protect Tasmanian individuals and communities with a Charter of Human Rights.
1 February 2018
The latest Australian Electoral Commission disclosure returns reveal the State Liberals pocketed $2.39 million in political donations in 2016-17, but only declared the sources for $498 000.
30 January 2018
Almost 25% of our state’s agricultural land is under a level of foreign ownership, and foreign donors are making large donations to the Liberals.
29 January 2018
For too long, corporate donors wanting to protect their profits have used the money they tip in to the old parties as leverage for policy or legislative outcomes that are not in the best interests of the Tasmanian people.
9 January 2018
The Liberals have demonstrated just how deep in industry's pocket, and out of touch with the community, they are when it comes to the poker machines in the State. Their policy will entrench the harm caused, and ignite a competitive marketplace for addiction.
6 December 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Energy spokesperson

The information provided through the scrutiny of Aurora Energy confirms the Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme (TEELS) is nothing more than a Westpac credit card gimmick, and an opportunity for the Liberals to pretend they’re doing anything at all on energy efficiency. 

26 November 2017

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass  

Many Tasmanians are set to head to the polls in March and vote to elect local representatives who won't actually represent them for the Parliamentary term.

The Australian Electoral Commission finalised changes to electoral boundaries at the end of last month, yet we’ve had no indication those changes will become law before the State election.

People living on the West Tamar are currently in Lyons, but would see their representatives change to those elected to Bass; and in Prospect Vale, vice versa.

1 November 2017


Greg Farrell has stated recently, he will be donating to both the Liberals and Labor to help articulate your gambling policies during the next state election campaign and also, no doubt, to help you articulate on behalf of the Federal Group.

1 November 2017


2 November 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Member for Franklin

In Parliament this morning, and ahead of the Pembroke by-election this weekend, the Greens tabled a petition expressing the deep community concern about the damaging impact of poker machines.

The petition, which attracted 471 signatures in just two weeks, called on the Liberals and Labor to remove pokies from pubs and clubs. It’s past time these parties put the interests of the community first, instead of their corporate donors.

1 November 2017
In a week where the Premier has failed to be transparent about a $30 000 donation from a Chinese owned company which ASIO warned about in 2015, it is no surprise the Liberals support the status quo, where voters don't know until 12-18 months after such a donation has been made.
1 November 2017

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson 

When asked again in Parliament today whether the Liberals will be accepting donations from Federal Hotels in the lead up to the next State election, the Premier ignored the question and attempted to deflect responsibility to his beleaguered State Director, Sam McQuestin.

Pokies baron, Greg Farrell, has said his company will be offering donations to both Labor and the Liberals to help them “articulate” policy. 

1 November 2017
Whether it’s on shady donations from foreign owned companies or the Federal Group, or dirty tricks in Pembroke, the Premier simply refuses to take responsibility for the conduct and decisions of the political party he leads.
19 October 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Local Government spokesperson 

In Question Time today, the Minister for Local Government failed to explain why he is ordering a Glenorchy Council election for early January, but leaving residents in the Huon Valley to wait another year before they have the same opportunity.

His answer to the Greens' question doesn't pass the sniff test.

Both councils had serious allegations of staff and councillor misconduct and financial mismanagement that resulted in their councils being dismissed and a Board of Inquiry process.

19 October 2017


[10.09 a.m.]
The entire country now knows a bad law brought in by your Government has led to a landmark High Court decision affirming the right to peaceful protest, the right to stand up to protect the environment. Environmentalists and unionist all over Australia are thanking you for giving Bob Brown and Jessica Hoyt the opportunity to affirm this fundamental right and freedom of political expression in our democracy.

18 October 2017


[10.36 a.m.]
In a massive slap in the face to your Government, the High Court has just ruled in favour of former Greens leader Bob Brown's challenge to your Government's draconian antiprotest laws. The High Court has determined that your Government's Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act violates the implied freedom of political communication in the Constitution. Your efforts to silence dissent and peaceful protest in Tasmania are in breach of the Constitution.

18 October 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In a massive, justly deserved slap in the face to the Tasmanian Liberals, their draconian, undemocratic anti-protest laws have been found to be in breach of the Australian Constitution by the High Court.

The High Court today found in favour of former Greens' Leader, Bob Brown's challenge to the Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act 2014, in an overwhelming majority judgment that found the Tasmanian law contravenes the implied right of communication in the Australian Constitution.

2 October 2017
The Premier must explain what influence has been bought by Chinese Communist Party linked businesses which donated to the Tasmanian Liberals last year.
5 June 2017

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

In an ominous sign for Tasmanians affected by problem gambling, both the Premier and the Treasurer delivered a disappointing and underwhelming response to questions on the future of the Federal gambling monopoly in Budget Estimates today.

9 May 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Convenor of the Tasmanian Greens, Rosalie Gorton-Lee, and I have today written to the Premier, Leader of the Opposition and their respective Party Directors and Secretaries calling on them to make a public commitment to refusing donations from the Farrell family in the lead up to, during or after the next State Election.

With the Federal monopoly Deed due to formally expire in 2018 and end in 2019, now is a critical time for our democracy.  We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

8 May 2017

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gaming spokesperson

The Greens welcome news that Tasmania Police have agreed to review their investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption following the fall of the Liberal Bethune Government in 1972 and the subsequent Labor Government’s granting of the of the Launceston casino licence to the Farrell family, which led to their pokies monopoly deed.  

This is an arrangement that began in the 70’s and has led to the destruction of families, and lives, in the decades since.

2 May 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Hodgman Government cannot be taken seriously on energy efficiency.

Having scrapped the Labor Green Government's large scale, free, energy efficiency scheme for households, community groups and small business, the Liberals have instead adopted a Harvey Norman style credit scheme to be run by Westpac.

All that is missing are the noisy advertisements, but the principles are identical.

12 April 2017

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

World Vision Australia's Rev. Tim Costello, admired and respected by many Liberal MPs, has openly named the pokies industry as a powerful vested interest, which runs government gambling policy across Australia.  He has condemned the backroom deals done with Federal Group at public expense.

Rev. Costello’s comments echo those of the Tasmanian community, 80% of whom support the removal of pokies from pubs and clubs.

27 March 2017

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Greens welcome new Labor Leader, Rebecca White's support for restoring the numbers in the House of Assembly to 35.

We encourage Premier and Liberal Leader, Will Hodgman, to restate the former unequivocal support he showed for a tripartisan push to restore 35 seats to Tasmania's Parliament in 2010.

2 February 2017

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

Following Prime Minister Turnbull's encouraging comments about exploring 'more timely' political donations disclosure, Premier Hodgman should follow suit.

Donations' reform is fundamental to democracy, so voters can be fully informed about who gave how much, to which party, before an election.  It is about being open and transparent with the people you seek to represent.

15 November 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

When the rules for Tasmania's House of Assembly were first written, they were written by men, for men and largely, about men.

To be fair, it simply didn't occur to them that women had a role to play in Parliament and that, from time to time, expectant and nursing mothers would be regulars in the Chamber.

Thankfully, much has changed since our founding fathers wrote their own rule book.  Today's announcement by House of Assembly Speaker, Elise Archer, that babies will be no 'strangers' in our House, is warmly welcomed.

6 November 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Tasmanian Liberal party members clearly don't believe in representative democracy.

Their conference vote to abolish Hare-Clark is a transparent and shameless attempt to cling on to power by undermining one of the fairest electoral systems in the world.

This is the political establishment trying to tighten its grip on power, shut people out and silence dissenting voices.

They tried it, along with Labor, back in 1998 when they cut the numbers in the House of Assembly in an attempt to kill off the Greens.

27 September 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Premier has failed to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation Minister Hidding has created.

A female Member of Parliament has made a very serious allegation of bullying and intimidation against a male Minister in the Premier's Cabinet.

Ms Forrest's statement, on the Parliamentary record, must be taken seriously. How Ms Forrest felt as a result of her conversation with Minister Hidding is a very important consideration.

14 September 2016


13 September 2016

Tuesday 13 September 2016


[10.25 p.m.]

13 September 2016

Tuesday 13 September 2016


[10.12 a.m.]

The state's peak business body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has called for restoration of the lower House to 35 seats -

Mr Llewellyn - Hear, hear.

Ms O'CONNOR - Well, you were part of the plotting.

Members laughing.

Madam SPEAKER - Order.  The House will come to order.

13 September 2016

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)          Notes that:-

(a)          on 13 September 2016, the Premier, Hon Will Hodgman MP, was twice asked to justify his backflip on the restoration of numbers and failed to answer; and

(b)          this issue of good governance is of key concern to the State’s peak business body.

(2)           The number of Members in the House of Assembly be restored to 35.

13 September 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Agrees that voters should know which corporate interests are donating how much to which political party in the lead up to an election.

(2)           Acknowledges electoral donation transparency is critical to the healthy functioning of democracy.

(3)           Congratulates the Queensland State Government which is moving to real time electoral donation disclosure from February 2017 and the ACT Government which is also committed to real time donations’ disclosure.

14 September 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Greens are disappointed both the Liberal and Labor Parties joined together, once again, to vote against donation transparency and democratic process.

Both the Liberal and Labor parties have voted to keep Tasmanians in the dark on donations.

As it currently stands, voters have to wait up to 18 months after an election to find out which corporate interests have donated to which political party.

The old parties seem to have a problem with openness when it comes to who is buying their favour.

13 September 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Premier confirmed in Question Time today that his word is worth very little.

In response to Greens' questioning, Will Hodgman made it clear he is prepared to put cheap political purpose ahead of the concerns of the business community over the size of Parliament.

The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for the numbers in the House of Assembly to be restored to 35, in the interests of good governance and to deepen the talent pool of potential Ministers.

9 September 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Greens welcome the calls from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to restore the numbers in the Tasmanian Parliament.

This is a breakthrough in the campaign to restore the number to 35 seats following the Liberal and Labor Parties colluding to shaft the Greens in 1998 by cutting the numbers to 25. 

The consequence of that highly political and vindictive move was to shrink the Parliamentary talent pool and diminish the quality of debates and legislative outcomes in the House.

20 July 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

First the ACT and now Queensland have committed to the real time publication of political donations rather than making voters wait up to 18 months to find out who gave how much to which party in the lead up to an election. 

It is well past time Tasmania did the same.

Under current Federal law and in Tasmania, voters went to the poll on 2 July having no idea who was seeking to buy influence with political parties or candidates.  Political donations at the State level are entirely unregulated.

6 June 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

In Budget Estimates today, the Premier confirmed that his government has been lobbied by the Australian Christian Lobby to weaken protections in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 in the lead up to a likely plebiscite on marriage equality.

3 June 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

If Tasmanians needed any more proof that the draconian anti-protest laws are unworkable, ridiculous law, they have it today with charges against every Lapoinya arrestee dropped.

First it was Bob Brown, whose charge was dropped after he initiated a High Court challenge, then after Jessica Hoyt said she would be joining the challenge the charge against her was discontinued.

Now we hear all charges under the Liberals' unworkable anti-protest laws will be dropped. It's becoming absolutely farcical.

26 May 2016

Thursday 26 May 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—
That the House:—

(1)           Notes:—

(a)           On 16 May 2016 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced it had accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Careers Australia Group Limited (Careers Australia);

(b)           the ACCC’s view that conduct of Careers Australia and its agents was unconscionable and in breach of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL);

25 May 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader    

Tasmania’s draconian Anti Protest Law is heading for a High Court challenge after the Government voted against a Greens bill to repeal the legislation. 

There will be legal manoeuvres in coming weeks and months by the government to avoid a full hearing in the High Court.

The Liberals will try every trick in the book to avoid having this sham law tested but we hope and are advised they will most likely fail and that Tasmanians concerned about this law will have their day in court.

18 May 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The decision by Tasmania Police to drop charges against Bob Brown is further evidence we'd be far better off without the Liberals' protester laws.

The Greens have tabled in parliament a bill to repeal the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 and we will be bringing this on for debate in our Private Members time, next Wednesday.

8 March 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

After a three month break, the entire resources and energy of State Parliament on today's return have been invested in a lengthy farce.

While Labor clearly felt it had to clear the air over its flagged intention to debate No Confidence in the Speaker of the House, the Leader of the Opposition informed the House that it was Labor's wish the debate be time limited.

29 October 2015

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

Braddon Liberal MP, Roger Jaensch is wilfully misleading over Parliamentary practice in the last term of government in order to deflect from the fact that the Liberals have to date asked 261 self-congratulatory Dorothy Dixers in Question Time.

Mr Jaensch has only experienced the arrogance of majority government and was not a Member of the previous Parliament so he could be forgiven for not understanding how a Balance of Power Parliament works.

27 October 2015

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Liberals celebrated their 250th self-congratulatory Dorothy Dix in Question Time today.

This milestone should not have been celebrated, but it's been made very clear by the Liberals that they want their parliament to be one of 'good news', not openness and transparency.

Question Time is an important opportunity for opposition parties to scrutinise the government, but every sitting day we see one third of Question Time dedicated to back slapping and self promotion.

27 August 2015

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The Treasurer's Federal monopoly rhetoric in Parliament today remains empty and meaningless, despite its bombastic delivery.

The simple reality is that the Liberal Government has no mandate to roll over Federal Hotels' monopoly deed.

It is clear that the Liberals have once more rolled over to Federal and are using the MONA high roller proposal as a stalking horse to extend the socially-toxic monopoly deal.

26 August 2015

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Teasury spokesperson

In Parliament today, Treasurer Peter Gutwein made it clear he is prepared to do Federal Hotels' bidding and extend the destructive gambling monopoly deal beyond 2018.

The Treasurer is using MONA’s desire to establish a boutique, high-rollers casino as a Trojan horse to extend the Federal monopoly deal which was negotiated and signed in secret back in 2003.

10 June 2015

Nick McKIm MP | Greens Justice spokesperson

The Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin has washed her hands of any significant reform including restoring the House of Assembly to 35, introducing state based political donations disclosure laws, and capping election expenditure.

Clearly improving Tasmania’s democracy is not on the Attorney-General’s to-do-list.

Tasmanians deserve to know who has donated how much to which political party or candidate before they vote.

Greens Bills

Workplace (Protection from Protesters) Repeal Bill 2019

Bill Status: Tabled

A bill for an Act to repeal the Workplace (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 and to revoke certain legislative instruments consequent on that repeal.

House of Assembly Restoration Bill 2018

Bill Status: With Select Committee

A Bill for an Act to amend the Constitution Act 1934 and the Electoral Act 2004 to provide for the restoration of seats to the House of Assembly and for related matters.


Local Government Legislation Review - Phase Two

The Tasmanian Greens submission to phase 2 of the Local Government Legislation review.

Local Government Legislation Review - Phase One

The Tasmanian Greens submission to phase one of the local government legislation review.

Electoral Act Review Submission - Addendum

An addendum to the Tasmanian Greens Electoral Act review submission, dealing with matters pertaining to the High Court decision in relation to section 29(10) of the Electoral Funding Act 2018 (NSW).

Electoral Act Review Submission

The Tasmanian greens Submission to the Electoral Act review.


Alternative Budget 2019-20

Tasmanian Greens Alternative Budget for the financial year 2019-20.

Democracy not for Sale

The Tasmanian Greens want to ban political donations from corporate donors and require real-time donation disclosure for donations over $1,000.

A Watchdog With Teeth

The Tasmanian Greens believe that anti-corruption laws and institutions need to be strong for democracy to function well. We support increasing Intergrity Commission powers and introduce the offence of misconduct in public office.