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Huge Questions Hang Over VDL Animal Welfare

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 June 2019
When twenty senior farm managers put their serious concerns about animal welfare in writing, government must pay attention.

Tags: Animal Welfare, Dairy Industry, Primary Industries


Hodgman's Child Safety Leadership Failure

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 June 2019
The Premier and his Treasurer have conceded defeat on public sector wage negotiations and referred the matter to the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.

Tags: Child Safety, Vulnerable Children


Minister Ferguson Does the Right Thing on Begging

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 June 2019
The Greens warmly welcome Police Minister, Michael Ferguson’s announcement that he will introduce legislation to remove the offence of begging from the statutes.

Tags: Begging, Poverty


Allied Health Professionals' Plea Must Be Heard

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 June 2019
HACSU’s Allied Health Professionals sub-branch letter to all political leaders paints a disturbing picture about the impact on patients and staff from chronic underfunding of services. 

Tags: Health, Allied Health, Hospitals


National Spotlight on Tasmania's Swift Parrot Shame

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 June 2019
The Hodgman Government’s refusal to protect the swift parrot was front and centre on the national stage during last night’s Four Corners program. Bird experts confirmed, once again, that habitat destruction is increasing the risk of extinction for the swift parrot.

Tags: Threatened Species, Swift Parrot, Forests, Extinction


Senator Abetz, the Hardest of Hearts

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 June 2019
Liberal Senator, Eric Abetz, needs to get out of his office more and talk to Tasmanians who are homeless or desperately searching for a place to live.

Tags: Housing, Homelessness, Housing Crisis, Housing Debt


Liberals' Housing Protection Racket

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 June 2019
The Liberals have used their numbers once again to prevent debate on the capacity of another failing Minister. This time, Housing Minister, Roger Jaensch. 

Tags: Housing, Homelessness, Housing Crisis, Tenant Rights, Supreme Court


MWCC Moves In on kunanyi, Facing Public Opposition

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 June 2019
The 6,000 or more Tasmanians who gathered in protest in the foothills of kunanyi/Mt Wellington last May stand ready to defend the mountain from the Mt Wellington Cableway Company and their enablers in both the major parties.

Tags: Cable Car, kunanyi/Mt Wellington, Hobart, Aboriginal Tasmanians, Hobart City Council


Premier and Housing Minister Dig In Over Unfair Evictions

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 June 2019
The full bench of the Supreme Court last week upheld an earlier ruling that Housing Tasmania tenants are entitled to natural justice. 

Tags: Housing, Homelessness, Housing Tasmania, Evictions, Tenant Rights, Supreme Court


Greens Welcome Long Delayed Container Deposit Scheme

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 June 2019
The Greens welcome news that the government is finally planning to implement a container deposit scheme for Tasmania.

Tags: Container Deposit Scheme, Environment, Marine Environment


Jaensch Refuses to Rule Out Evictions High Court Appeal

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 June 2019
Yesterday, the Full Court of the Supreme Court justly ruled Housing Tasmania must provide underlying reasons for evicting tenants . We welcome their ruling that Housing Tasmania tenants should have natural justice afforded to them and the ability to remedy eviction issues.

Tags: Housing, Housing Tasmania, Public Housing, Evictions, Supreme Court


Child Protection Not Safe From Gutwein's Cuts

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 June 2019
The Treasurer has refused to commit the government to quarantining the child protection system from the so-called ‘efficiency dividend’ after his Premier yesterday confirmed the Tourism Tasmania marketing budget would be quarantined.

Tags: State Budget, Child Safety, Vulnerable Children, Efficiency Dividend


Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019
Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 

Tags: State Budget, Alternative Budget, Climate Emergency, Health, Housing, Planning, Justice, Aboriginal Tasmanians, Environment, Parks, Animal Welfare


Auditor General's Emergency Department Report Demands Action

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 May 2019
The Auditor General’s report into Tasmania’s hospital emergency departments is enormously confronting. The figures back up the first-hand stories of grid-locked emergency departments.

Tags: Health, Hospitals, Ambulance Ramping, Ambulances


National Sorry Day

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 May 2019
National Sorry Day is an opportunity to reflect on the wrongs that have yet to be righted for the palawa/pakana people of Tasmania.

Tags: Aboriginal Tasmanians, Treaty, Reconciliation



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