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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


NRAS Rent Hikes a Result of Poor Government Planning

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 February 2020
The end of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) has not been planned for by the Liberals in government, and it’s those who can least afford to pay higher rents who will pay the price.

Tags: Housing, Homelessness, Rent Caps, Subsidies


No Case for Taxpayers to Bail Out Tourism Businesses

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 February 2020
The Tourism Industry Council wants taxpayers to compensate private tourism businesses hit by the downturn as a result of the coronavirus.

Tags: Tourism, Big Business, Subsidies, Coronavirus


Gutwein Must Commit to Donations Reform

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 February 2020
Tasmanians worried about the state of our democracy would have been even more worried after listening to Premier Peter Gutwein on ABC Radio this morning.

Tags: Political Donations, Democracy, Transparency, Electoral Reform


Housing Inquiry Report Confirms Need for Major Reform

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 February 2020
A substantial increase in funding for social housing, rent reform and curbs on short stay accomodation are essential to tackling Tasmania’s deepening housing crisis.

Tags: Affordable Housing, Housing, Housing Crisis, Public Housing, Short Stay Accommodation, Rent Caps


Forest Defenders Making a Difference in takayna

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 February 2020
The presence of activists in takayna/Tarkine is clearly making a big impact on planned logging operations in the region.

Tags: takayna / Tarkine, Native Forest Logging, Forests, Protest


Wellbeing of Young Tasmanians

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 February 2020
Today’s Investing in the Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People report released by the Commissioner for Children and Young People paints a mixed picture of our Tasmania’s progress on the wellbeing of young Tasmanians.

Tags: Commissioner for Children and Young People, Children, Young People, Mental Health


Takayna/Tarkine Logging Madness Increases Climate and Bushfire Risk

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 February 2020
The logging of ancient rainforest ecosystems in the Tarkine is utterly unjustifiable on environmental, social and economic grounds, yet it is accelerating under the Gutwein Government. 

Tags: takayna / Tarkine, Forests, Native Forest Logging, Climate Emergency, Bushfires, Extinction



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