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Barnett's Weasel Words on SDN1 Deregulation

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 August 2019
Today’s announcement that the moratorium on Genetically Modified Organisms would be extended by 10 years is welcome news.

Tags: GMOs, Primary Industries, Agriculture, Biosecurity, SDN-1 Deregulation


Drinking Water Risks Dismissed by Gutwein

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 August 2019
Environment Minister, Peter Gutwein, today refused to investigate the alleged continued failure by the Environment Protection Authority to detect repeatedly high nutrient and bacteria levels flowing into Hobart’s drinking water supply.

Tags: Water Quality, Water, Environment, Algal Blooms


Nazi Memorabilia Auction

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 August 2019
News that Nazi memorabilia is being auctioned in Tasmania against the wishes of the Jewish community is of deep concern.  We urge the auction house to reconsider its apparent determination to sell these offensive reminders of one of the darkest, most murderous chapters in human history.

Tags: Nazi Memorabilia


Tasmania's Carbon Emissions Going Up

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 August 2019
Between 2016 and 2017, emissions from all major sectors have gone up. Tasmania’s total carbon emissions grew by 1.2 million tonnes in 2016.

Tags: Climate Emergency, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Carbon Storage


Liberals and Labor in Lock Step on Pokies

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 July 2019
The lies and corruption at the heart of the 2018 State Election were laid bare by the sudden closure of the Glenorchy RSL a fortnight ago. Glenorchy RSL staff and veterans were used and abused by the Liberals and the gambling industry, then spat out and forgotten after the election.

Tags: Pokies, Political Donations, Gambling Industry, Glenorchy RSL


Wild Swan Slaughter Must End

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 July 2019
Environment Minister, Peter Gutwein, refused to take responsibility for Tasmania’s native swans, while the Primary Industries Minister dismissed the need to investigate their large-scale slaughter.

Tags: Environment, Native Wildlife, Crop Protection Permits


VDL Animal Cruelty Claims Require Strong Action

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 July 2019
Persistent allegations of cruelty and neglect at VDL dairies demand an urgent, sustained response from Biosecurity Tasmania. Yet in Parliament today, the Minister responsible for animal welfare refused to commit to unannounced visits to each of VDL’s multiple farms in the North West.

Tags: Animal Welfare, VDL Dairy, Animal Cruelty, Whistleblowers


Wallaby Cruelty Must be Condemned

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 July 2019
There is no excuse for the abuse of animals. The actions of those individuals who maimed two defenceless wallabies, by shooting them with a bow and arrow, are despicable.

Tags: Environment, Native Wildlife, Animal Cruelty, Animal Welfare, Bonorong


Listeria Deaths Linked to Tasmanian Salmon

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 July 2019
The Tasmanian Government must undertake a thorough investigation of salmon farming processes as a matter of urgency, following advice that Tasmanian salmon has been confirmed as the source of a deadly listeria outbreak on the mainland.

Tags: Health, Listeria


Courtney in Pill Testing Spotlight

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 July 2019
Hobart City Council’s vote in support of pill testing puts new Health Minister, Sarah Courtney, in the spotlight.

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


Glenorchy RSL Closure Lays Bare Liberals' Pokies Lies

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 July 2019
The lies and corruption at the heart of the 2018 State Election has been laid bare by the sudden closure of the Glenorchy RSL.

Tags: Pokies, Veterans, Glenorchy RSL


Tasmanian Battlers Continue to Bleed Money to Federal Group

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 July 2019
The latest Tasmanian Gaming Commission data reveals that in the month of April alone, $1.5 million was poured into the EGMs in Glenorchy.

Tags: Pokies, Political Donations, Federal Group


Shelton Must Rule Out Weakening Gun Laws

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 July 2019
Today’s swearing in of Mark Shelton as Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management halts the work of the Parliamentary inquiry into Tasmania’s gun laws. The report of the Committee will be delayed due to Mr Shelton stepping down, just as it was when former MP Adam Brooks’ resigned earlier this year. 

Tags: Firearms Inquiry, National Firearms Agreement, Community Safety, Gun Control


Tasmanians With Disability Let Down in Reshuffle

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 July 2019
An estimated 10 600 Tasmanians will now be eligible to receive services and supports, with the rollout of the full National Disability Insurance Scheme from today.

Tags: Disability, National Disability Insurance Scheme


Liberals' Waste Plan Without Action

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 June 2019
The Liberals had the chance to make a bold statement and a tangible difference when it comes to tackling waste in Tasmania, but their plan falls far short of what’s needed. 

Tags: Waste, Environment, Waste Levy



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