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Return of Kings Run Shows Community Leadership

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The return of the late, great Geoff King's takayna property to Aboriginal ownership is both an historic moment and an important step towards ensuring Geoff's legacy of care for that extraordinary, wild coastline lives on.

Geoff King gave his life to protecting the culturally rich landscape his family long owned from damage and vandals, often putting himself at personal risk to do so.

Reckless, Desperate Liberals No Respect for Aboriginal Heritage

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson 

It is now patently clear the Premier is more concerned about the Liberals' prospects in Braddon than he is about 'resetting the relationship' with the Aboriginal community.

As a result of Will Hodgman's desperation and weakness, one of the world's richest cultural landscapes is under renewed threat from off-road vehicles.

Turnbull Government Australia Day Bullying of Councils

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson

The Turnbull Government is trying to bully Tasmanian councils into bending to the conservatives' ideological will and refusal to respect the pain felt by the First People every 26 of January.

There is a strong and growing movement to change the date of Australia Day, among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Tasmania.

To Tasmania's first people, 26 January is not a day to celebrate.  It is a day of mourning and commemoration of what has been lost to Aboriginal Australians.

Time to Rethink Parliamentary Prayers

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The daily Tasmanian Parliamentary recitation of the Lord’s Prayer no longer reflects contemporary Tasmanian society, which is multicultural and multi-faith.

Every sitting day of the Tasmanian Parliament, the Lord’s Prayer is recited by those MPs who choose to recite it.  On average, less than half Tasmanian lower House members say the words each morning. 

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