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Liberals, Ogilvie Vote to Gag Democracy

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.

Tags: Anti-Protest Laws, Freedom of Speech, Democracy, Protest

 

Labor and the Liberals United in Carbon Bank Destruction

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 November 2019
The Liberals, Labor and Clark MP, Madeleine Ogilvie, voted to allow logging the 365,000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon sink forests - set aside under the TFA - from April next year.

Tags: Forests, Carbon Sequestration, Climate Emergency

 

Firearms Inquiry Affirms Need to Maintain Strong Gun Laws

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 November 2019
Health professionals, police officers, survivors, and child safety advocates were united in their overwhelming opposition to any attempts to weaken gun laws.

Tags: Firearms Inquiry, Community Safety, Port Arthur, Gun Control

 

Shelton Dismisses Firefighter Warnings

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 November 2019
In Parliament today, Mr Shelton attempted to distract from botched firefighting preparations by scorning the senior Tasmania Fire Service staff who have confirmed “it’s luck that’s getting us by” when it comes to managing bushfire emergencies.

Tags: Bushfires

 

Prison Audit Shows System on the Brink

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 November 2019
The Auditor-General’s report on the Tasmanian Prison Service shows a system on the brink of financial and functional collapse, and points the finger of blame at the Hodgman Government’s policies.

Tags: Corrections, Justice, Risdon Prison

 

Greens Call on TCCI to Withdraw Support for Draconian Anti-Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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. 

Tags: Freedom of Speech, Democracy, Anti-Protest Laws

 

Party In The Paddock to Champion Pill Testing

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 November 2019
We are proud to be the sponsor of Party In The Paddock’s Parliamentary petition calling for pill testing to be trialled in Tasmania. This is critically important in the lead-up to the summer festival season.

Tags: Pill Testing, Health, Drug Policy, Party in the Paddock

 

Labor and Liberal Leadership Stagnant

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 November 2019
As it draws to a close, 2019 has been an uninspiring Parliamentary year from the old parties, defined by a vacuum in policy and leadership. Today was a quintessential example of where they are going wrong.

Tags: Parliament, Political Leadership, Alternative Budget

 

Hodgman Liberals Marching Tasmania Towards a Police State

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.

Tags: Anti-Protest Laws, Democracy, Protest

 

Lake Malbena Decision a Mess of the Liberals' Making

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 November 2019
The Federal Court’s decision to set aside the determination that the Lake Malbena proposal was not a ‘controlled action’ under national environment law sits solely with the Liberals.

Tags: Parks, Parks EOIs, Lake Malbena, World Heritage Area, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Wilderness, Reserve Activity Assessments

 

Shelton Shows Disturbing Climate Ignorance

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 November 2019
Once again, the Minister to Police, Fire and Emergency Management dodged questions about how many Tasmania Fire Service remote area firefighters are available to be mobilised if a fire breaks out.

Tags: Bushfires, Fire Management, Tasmanian Fire Service, Scamander, Climate Emergency

 

Shelton Fails to Reassure Tasmanians on Bushfire Preparedness

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 November 2019
When asked this morning, the Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Management, Mark Shelton, refused to disclose when our full contingent of Tasmania Fire Service remote area firefighters will be ready to be deployed. Nor would he disclose why he has failed to skill up volunteer crews for remote firefighting.

Tags: Bushfires, Remote Area Firefighters, Fire Management, Climate Emergency

 

NSW Coroner Recommends Immediate Action on Pill Testing

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 8 November 2019
New South Wales deputy state coroner, Harriet Grahame, has examined the tragic deaths at music festivals, and today passed down her straightforward and compassionate findings. 

Tags: Pill Testing, Health, Festivals

 

Farrell Family Leeching Millions at the Expense of Disadvantaged Tasmanians

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 November 2019
The Federal Group’s after-tax profit of $17M is primarily drawn from around 3,500 poker machines deliberately placed in the most economically disadvantaged communities.

Tags: Pokies, Monopoly Deed, Federal Group

 

Labor Back Liberals in the Failed 'War on Drugs'

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 October 2019
The Liberals’ ban on the sale of ice pipes passed through the House of Assembly this afternoon with the support of the Labor Party. The passage of this legislation effectively undermines Australia’s decades-long, harm reduction drug policies.

Tags: Health, Drug Policy, Ice Pipes, Pill Testing, HIV

 

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