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Liberals Must Publicly Commit to Close takayna Tracks

Being non-committal about the need to protect tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal heritage is not good enough.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Jul 2021


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Takayna Tracks Decision

After five years of stress for Aboriginal Tasmanians, and half a million dollars of public money down the drain on court costs, the takayna coast is safe.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Jul 2021


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RMPAT Exposes MWCC’s Disregard for Aboriginal Heritage on kunanyi and Process

The Resource Management Planning Appeal Tribunal’s rejection of the appeal by the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) is welcome.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Feb 2021


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Gutwein Government Quietly Reverses Road Plan Over palawa Mass Grave

A hugely significant Aboriginal cultural heritage site, and suspected scene of a colonial massacre, will be protected from road expansion plans.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Jan 2021


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Infrastructure and Transport – Eaglehawk Neck Road Widening

We understand the road widening works at Eaglehawk Neck will impact on a quite ancient Aboriginal burial site.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Nov 2020


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Veterans' Affairs - Eaglehawk Neck Aboriginal Grave Site

The proposed land for road widening at Eaglehawk Neck includes what is potentially the site of Tasmanian's largest massacre of lutruwita's First Peoples.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Nov 2020


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Aboriginal Affairs – Wirksworth Heritage Site

Aboriginal Heritage Council says heritage is being potentially destroyed at Wirksworth.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Nov 2020


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Housing – Wirksworth Estate and Aboriginal Heritage

A statement that was issued by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage Council on 20 November unanimously opposing the permit application.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Nov 2020


takayna / tarkine, Tasmania

Treasury – Takayna/Tarkine Tracks

At the end of NAIDOC Week when we looked in the Budget papers we saw a $300 000 allocation to advance the tracks through the Tarkine.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Nov 2020


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House of Assembly Supports Greens’ Move to Fly Aboriginal Flag Over Parliament

In a rare show of unanimity, the House of Assembly has supported a Greens’ Motion to permanently fly the Aboriginal flag over Parliament.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Nov 2020


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A Premier Serious About Resetting the Relationship Will Walk Away from Tarkine Tracks

It’s encouraging to hear Premier Gutwein sound genuine about reconciliation and land returns for this island’s First People.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jun 2020


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Gutwein Must Step Up in National Reconciliation Week

After six years in government, no real progress has been made on returning land to Tasmanian Aboriginal people. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2020


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Valuing and Sharing Aboriginal Heritage

The Tasmanian Greens support resourcing Six Rivers Aboriginal Corporation to operate Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  1 Feb 2018


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Lake Malbena - Risks to Aboriginal Heritage

Today, hundreds of Tasmanians will gather in Town Hall in opposition to the proposal to build permanent huts in Lake Malbena.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2018


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Wilderness Lost and Heritage at Risk if Lake Malbena Proposal Proceeds

The case against the proposal for helicopter-accessed luxury huts at Lake Malbena in the World Heritage Area grows stronger by the day.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Nov 2018


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takayna/Tarkine - Opening of Four-wheel Drive Tracks

The Government's plan to re-open tracks through Aboriginal heritage in the takayna/Tarkine has been dealt a major blow by the federal environment department.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2017


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takayna/Tarkine - Four-Wheel Drive Tracks

The recent bid to reopen four-wheel-drive tracks in the takayna/Tarkine details a host of major earthworks, rehabilitation and other engineering.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2017


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Tarkine - Opening of Four-wheel Drive Tracks

Respected Aboriginal heritage expert Rocky Sainty has described the move to reopen four-wheel drive tracks as a deplorable intention.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Sep 2017


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Tarkine - Opening of Four-wheel Drive Tracks

Rocky Sainty this morning sent out a statement condemning the Premier's decision to seek Commonwealth approval to reopen tracks in the Tarkine.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Sep 2017


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Protection of Aboriginal Heritage

The establishment of this panel represents an important opportunity for healing and to improve outcomes for Tasmania's Aboriginal people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Aug 2017


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Reckless, Desperate Liberals No Respect for Aboriginal Heritage

The Premier is more concerned about the Liberals' prospects in Braddon than he is about 'resetting the relationship' with the Aboriginal community.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2017


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Liberals Show Two Faces on Aboriginal Heritage

The bill tabled in Parliament today is both a lost opportunity and a clear sign that the Liberals wear two faces on Aboriginal heritage issues.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2017


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Coordinator-General's Secret Deals on Swansea Development

There has been much criticism from the Greens and of course members of the Opposition about the Office of the Coordinator-General and the role it plays.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Sep 2016


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Tarkine Decision Gives Hodgman an Out

Today's Federal Court decision gives Premier Hodgman the opportunity to do the right thing and pull out of the case to reopen Tarkine tracks.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Sep 2016


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Cable Car Will Be Tested by Planning Commission

It is almost certain that the proposed Mount Wellington Cable Car will be declared a Project of State Significance (POSS).

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Aug 2016


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Hypocrisy from Premier on Aboriginal Heritage

The Premier rightly condemned the vandalism of priceless Aboriginal rock art, yet is fighting in the courts for vandalism to continue in the Tarkine.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 May 2016


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Liberals Determined to Damage and Divide on Aboriginal Heritage

Tasmanian taxpayers will fork out for expensive lawyers to support the Hodgman Government’s bid to persuade the full bench of the Federal Court.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Mar 2016


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Liberals Slapped Down by Federal Court on takayna/Tarkine Tracks

The Hodgman Liberals have been embarrassed by the Federal Court's upholding of the ban on re-opening off-road vehicle tracks along the takayna/Tarkine coast.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Mar 2016


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Premier Needs to Resist Caving to Pressure over Tarkine Tracks

If the Premier is serious about resetting the relationship with Aboriginal Tasmanians he will resist pressure from a noisy minority to reopen Tarkine tracks.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Feb 2016


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Premier Should Give Lapoinya a Christmas Reprieve

Now is the time for the Premier to step in and give those who have been fighting for the Lapoinya forest the gift of a Christmas reprieve.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  17 Dec 2015


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Lapoinya Logging

Forestry Tasmania are still intent on logging Coupe FD053 at Lapoinya in the State’s north west.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Aug 2015


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Heritage No Excuse for Logging the TWWHA

Senator Colbeck's comments supporting selective logging in the World Heritage Area are offensive, and use of heritage as a transparent disguise is laughable.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  7 Jul 2015


takayna / tarkine, Tasmania

Tarkine 4WD Travesty

Premier Will Hodgman must immediately halt his government's plan to reopen 4WD tracks in the Tarkine.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  8 Dec 2014


takayna / tarkine, Tasmania

Arthur-Pieman Tracks

The government's decision to reopen 4WD tracks in the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area will threaten Aboriginal heritage and a fragile coastal ecology.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  10 Nov 2014