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Greens Refer Barnett, Archer and WorkSafe CEO to Integrity Commission

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 February 2020
The Tasmanian Greens have today written to the Integrity Commissioner asking him to investigate allegations of the serious misconduct of Attorney-General Elise Archer, Resources Minister Guy Barnett, and WorkSafe CEO Mark Cocker.

Tags: Integrity Commission, Protest, Anti-Protest Laws, Discrimination, Democracy, Native Forest Logging, WorkSafe


Marine Safety Chief Warns of Fish Farm Debris Fatality Risk

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 February 2020
Four years after raising significant concerns with fish farm companies, Tasmania’s marine safety chief has reiterated his fears a boat user will be killed if they do not remove floating debris in waterways.

Tags: Marine Environment, Fish Farms, Community Safety


Court Vindicates Forest Defenders’ Right to Peaceful Protest

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 February 2020
Today’s decision by the Magistrates Court to uphold the Bob Brown Foundation’s Appeal against the government’s protest ban is very welcome news.

Tags: Forests, Protest, Democracy, Freedom of Speech


Lapoinya Logging Plans

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 February 2020
After ramping up native forest logging in the takayna/Tarkine, re-visiting their anti-protest laws struck down by the High Court and using Worksafe Tasmania to silence dissent, the Gutwein Government are heading back to log Myalla Spur at Lapoinya.

Tags: Lapoinya, Forests, Climate Emergency, Anti-Protest Laws


Liberals’ Sham Consultation to Entrench Poker Machine Harm

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 February 2020
The Liberals' plan for the future of gambling in Tasmania released last yesterday afternoon will entrench social harm for two decades to come. It is the gambling industry's wish list written up as government policy, and labelled as 'consultation'.

Tags: Heath, Mental Health, Pokies, Federal Group


Select Committee on the House of Assembly Restoration Bill Report Tabled

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 February 2020
The Committee found there is strong support for the restoration of the House of Assembly to 35 Members from a broad range of stakeholders – from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) to the Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS). 

Tags: House of Assembly Restoration, Democracy, Governance


Principals Association Confirms Climate Anxiety in Primary Schools

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 February 2020
The Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) has found nearly two thirds of schools say they have insufficient resources to deal with anxiety in students.

Tags: Education, Young People, Climate Emergency


Reassurance about Coronavirus Pandemic Preparations Needed

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 February 2020
Following Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer warning the worldwide spread of coronavirus is now considered “very likely if not inevitable”, the Health Minister must reassure Tasmanians about our state’s preparations if a pandemic pattern of the virus is declared.

Tags: Health, Hospitals, Coronavirus


Gutwein Government Dog Whistling to Pro-Logging Thugs

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 February 2020
Within 24 hours of the Gutwein Government abusing the law to target peaceful protesters in the Tarkine, pro-logging thugs violently attacked those same peaceful protesters overnight.

Tags: Forests, takayna / Tarkine, Protest


Huon CEO Attacks Parliament Inquiry

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 February 2020
Huon Aquaculture CEO Frances Bender has attacked the integrity and purpose of the Legislative Council's Inquiry into Fin Fish Farming.

Tags: Huon Aquaculture, Legislative Council, Fish Farms


Another Authoritarian Attack on Peaceful Protesters

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 February 2020
Today’s attack on the right to peaceful forest protest through WorkSafe Tasmania’s directive to the Bob Brown Foundation is a politically motivated shield for the logging industry.

Tags: Protest, Forests, WorkSafe, Native Forest Logging


EPA Evidence Confirms Failure of Independent Fish Farm Regulation

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 February 2020
It’s clear from evidence presented today by the Director of the EPA to the Parliamentary Fin Fish Inquiry that decisions about fish farms are not being made at arm’s length from ministers, and the EPA is independent in name only.

Tags: Environment Protection Authority, Fish Farms, Marine Environment


Liberals' Failure Laid Bare on Social Justice Day

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 February 2020
World Social Justice Day shines the spotlight on Premier Gutwein’s promise of a ‘compassionate’ government for Tasmania and it reveals the Liberals’ spin over substance.

Tags: Health, Housing, Climate Emergency, Planning


Henty Gold Mine Tragedy

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 February 2020
On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens, I want to express our deepest sympathies to the people who loved and still love Cameron Goss.

Tags: West Coast


Fishfarm Industry Regulation Long Overdue

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 February 2020
The new Premier has the chance to fix the state’s legislation and clean up fish farming in Tasmania.

Tags: Fish Farms, Macquarie Harbour, Tasman Peninsula, Storm Bay, Okehampton Bay, King Island, Huon Valley, Tassal, Huon Aquaculture, Petuna



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