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Duck Shooting is Animal Cruelty, Not "Way of Life"

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 March 2020
Gun shots will echo across Tasmania’s inland waterways this weekend, as native ducks are brutally blasted out of the skies in the name of ‘sport’.

Tags: Native Wildlife, Environment, Animal Welfare


Greens to Liberals: "Dude, where's my legislation?"

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 March 2020
After the first full week of Parliament for 2020, the Greens call on the Gutwein Government to explain why it has again failed to prepare a legislative agenda. 

Tags: Parliament, Governance, Legislation


Questions Still Hang Over WorkSafe Protest Referral

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 March 2020
In Parliament today, the Minister for Justice, Elise Archer, undermined her own official statement and denied she referred alleged unsafe workplace behaviours of the Bob Brown Foundation to WorkSafe Tasmania.

Tags: WorkSafe, Protest, Forests


Gutwein Delaying Donations Reform, Scared of a Fair Fight

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 March 2020
Tasmania has the weakest donations disclosure laws in the country. In Parliament today, the Premier showed again he has no interest in fixing them – despite previous acknowledgement by his predecessor that reform is needed.

Tags: Political Donations, Donation Disclosure, Transparency


Slippery Language from Gutwein on WorkSafe Referral

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 March 2020
In his first question time as Premier, Peter Gutwein could apparently not give an honest answer about his knowledge of the unlawful WorkSafe prohibition notice slapped on the Bob Brown Foundation a fortnight ago.

Tags: WorkSafe, Forests, Protest


Gutwein Refuses to Protect Carbon Bank Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 March 2020
In State Parliament today, the Premier and first Liberal Minister for Climate Change refused to rule out logging the 356 000 hectares of high conservation value, and critical carbon bank, forest set aside for protection in 2013.

Tags: Climate Emergency, Forests, TFA Forests, Carbon Storage


Liberals Should Make Clean Up Australia Day Obsolete

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 March 2020
This Clean Up Australia Day, the new Minister for Environment, Roger Jaensch, should release his plan for making the day obsolete.

Tags: Environment, Waste, Waste Levy, Container Deposit Scheme


Bridgewater Bridge Cost Madness

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 February 2020
To spend more than half a billion dollars on an over-engineered replacement for the Bridgewater Bridge would be a reckless misuse of taxpayer funds.

Tags: Infrastructure, Public Transport, Hobart Light Rail


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: 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



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