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DEC Must Remain in Public Hands

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 December 2019
The Greens welcome the move towards a state basketball team. The Derwent Entertainment Centre deal, however, must be approached with caution.

Tags: Public Assets, Health, Housing


Liberals' Secret High Conservation Value Logging Talks Revealed

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 December 2019
Right to Information documents released to the Greens reveal the forest industry have been in secret talks with the Liberals to open up 356,000ha of high conservation, carbon bank forests set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

Tags: Forests, Carbon Storage, Environment


Macquarie Harbour Salmon Escape

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 December 2019
The Minister for Primary Industries, Guy Barnett, must come clean on reports of mass salmon escapes in degraded Macquarie Harbour. Tasmanians need to know how many salmon have escaped and why.

Tags: Environment, Marine Environment, Fish Farms, Macquarie Harbour, POMV


Liberals' Blatant EOI Greenwash Attempt

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 December 2019
The Hodgman Government are spending $40 000 of public funds on this study to try to take the heat out of their privatisation of public protected areas.

Tags: Parks, Parks EOIs, National Parks, Privatisation


Greens Announce Candidate for Huon

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 December 2019
We are proud to announce Pat Caruana as the Greens candidate for the Legislative Council seat of Huon.

Tags: Huon Valley, Bushfires, Carbon Storage, Climate Emergency


Ferguson Must Come Clean on Facial Recognition

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 December 2019
The Tasmanian Government has transferred 410 000 photographs of Tasmanians to a facial recognition database in Canberra without their consent, and is potentially in breach of both federal and state legislation.

Tags: Facial Recognition, Privacy, Human Rights


ANU Review Demands Action on Pill Testing

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 December 2019
The ANU review found the pill testing service at Groovin’ the Moo did not encourage the use of drugs. Instead, the young people who used the service were more likely to avoid taking illicit drugs.

Tags: Pill Testing, Health, Drug Policy, Festivals


THA Quid Pro Quo Continues

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 December 2019
The next installment of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association’s quid pro quo has been unveiled by their Liberal partners in government.

Tags: Pokies, Tasmanian Hospitality Association, Gambling Industry, Political Donations


Hobart Water Restrictions

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 December 2019
TasWater’s Stage 1 water restrictions that take effect from December 20 in Greater Hobart are extraordinary. It is unprecedented to put restrictions in place well before the hottest and driest part of summer.

Tags: Water, Water Restrictions, TasWater, Climate Emergency


FSC Failures Confirm Native Forest Logging is Unsustainable

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 December 2019
Revelations Sustainable Timber Tasmania, or Suss Timber, have failed to pass their FSC audit – yet again – is another reminder that native forest logging in Tasmania is not sustainable.

Tags: Forests, Climate Emergency, Carbon Storage


TasWater Confirm No Penalty for 6 Million Litre Sewerage Spill

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 December 2019
In GBE hearings today, TasWater confirmed there has been no infringement or fine issued for the 6,000,000Lt sewerage spill from their Macquarie Point Treatment Plant in August this year.

Tags: Sewerage, Water, TasWater, Environment, Derwent River


Public to be Shut Out of Transport Planning if Thermal Coal Projects Go Ahead

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 December 2019
Today in GBE Estimates it was revealed that Tasmanians would not be consulted about the use of public rail infrastructure, should thermal coal mining in Tasmania progress to export stage.

Tags: Transport, Coal Mining, Climate Emergency


Facial Recognition Data Collection Continuing Under Hodgman Liberals Without Consent

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 December 2019
Under questioning in GBEs today, State Growth Minister, Michael Ferguson, admitted the Liberals continue to collect facial recognition data and send it to a national database - despite the fact there is no federal legislative framework in place to support this process. 

Tags: Privacy, Facial Recognition


Get Ready for Labor and Ogilvie to Sell Out Gambling Victims

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 December 2019
Tasmanians who have suffered gambling addiction, including the children, partners and close family of addicts, are set to be abandoned by both State Labor and former Labor MP, now ‘Independent’, Madeleine Ogilvie, when the Liberals bring their destructive gambling policy to Parliament early next year.

Tags: Pokies, Gambling Industry, Federal Group, Health


Another Opaque EOI Proposal, More Public Funds

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 December 2019
In GBE Estimates today, the Greens questioned Parks Minister Gutwein about yet another secretive Expressions of Interest project in a protected area and the apparent expenditure of public monies to enable it.

Tags: Parks EOIs, Privatisation, National Parks, Maria Island, World Heritage



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