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Aboriginal Tasmanians

Alternative Budget 2019-20

Policies - Tasmanian Greens Alternative Budget for the financial year 2019-20.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

Cassy O'Connor Premiers Address Reply

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise on behalf of the Tasmanian Greens to deliver my response to the Premier's Address on the state of the state.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Mar 2020

Time To Really Listen to Aboriginal Land Managers

Media Release - In an age of climate and biodiversity emergency, as fires still burn here and on the mainland, it’s critical we draw on Aboriginal knowledge of burning practices to better manage bushfire risk. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Jan 2020

Hodgman Government's Legacy

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over a year of failings.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Nov 2019

Valuing and Sharing Aboriginal Heritage

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens support resourcing Six Rivers Aboriginal Corporation to operate Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Feb 2018

Respect For Tasmania's First People

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens support changing the date of Australia day, working towards Treaty, establishing Reconciliation...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Mar 2018

MWCC Moves In on kunanyi, Facing Public Opposition

Media Release - 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Jun 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Media Release - Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

National Sorry Day

Media Release - National Sorry Day is an opportunity to reflect on the wrongs that have yet to be righted for the palawa/pakana people of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 May 2019

Respect for First Peoples Connection to Country

Media Release - The Aboriginal Land Council’s calls for the West Coast Aboriginal landscape to be returned should be heard by both the Federal and State Governments.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 2 Oct 2018

Return of Kings Run Shows Community Leadership

Media Release - 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Oct 2017

takayna/Tarkine - Four-Wheel Drive Tracks

Parliamentary Activity - Last Friday afternoon's referral to the federal minister to reopen four-wheel-drive tracks on the Aboriginal cultural landscape of the takayna/Tarkine coastline details a host of major earthworks, rehabilitation and other engineering to...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Sep 2017

Tarkine - Opening of Four-wheel Drive Tracks

Parliamentary Activity - Respected Aboriginal heritage expert Rocky Sainty has described your move to reopen four-wheel drive tracks through globally significant cultural heritage sites in the takayna/Tarkine as a deplorable intention.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Sep 2017

Tarkine - Opening of Four-wheel Drive Tracks

Parliamentary Activity - Rocky Sainty this morning sent out a blistering statement condemning the Premier's decision to seek Commonwealth approval to reopen tracks in the Tarkine without any consultation with the Aboriginal community.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Sep 2017

Protection of Aboriginal Heritage

Parliamentary Activity - I am sure we can all agree the establishment of this panel represents an important opportunity for healing and to improve outcomes for Tasmania's Aboriginal people.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Aug 2017

Reckless, Desperate Liberals No Respect for Aboriginal Heritage

Media Release - 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Sep 2017

Premier Hodgman Shows Total Contempt for Tasmania's First People

Media Release - The Premier has lost control of the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio, with six members of his newly established Aboriginal Heritage Council resigning in protest over his decision last Friday to seek Commonwealth approval to re-open tracks on...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Sep 2017

Turnbull Government Australia Day Bullying of Councils

Media Release - 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Aug 2017

Reconciliation Council of Tasmania Launch

Media Release - There is new hope for reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Tasmanians, with the establishment of the Reconciliation Council of Tasmania today.  

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Aug 2017

Time to Rethink Parliamentary Prayers

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Aug 2017

Labor in Step with Liberals on Cable Car

Media Release - Labor Leader, Rebecca White, has confirmed her party supports the construction of a cable car on kunanyi/Mt Wellington.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Jun 2017

Hodgman Should Follow Hobart City Council's Australia Day Example

Media Release - The Greens welcome Hobart City Council's decision to review their Australia Day celebrations and write to the Federal Government about changing the date.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Apr 2017

Liberals Show Two Faces on Aboriginal Heritage

Media Release - Amendments to the Aboriginal Relics Act are an improvement on the current, racist legislation, but the bill tabled in Parliament today is both a lost opportunity and a clear sign that the Liberals wear two faces on Aboriginal heritage...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Mar 2017

Abetz Comments on 26 January Disrespectful and Divisive

Media Release - Liberal Senator Eric Abetz does not appear to be able to help himself, using disrespectful and divisive language to put the case for maintaining 26 January as our national day.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Jan 2017

Public Holiday to Recognise our First People - 'Reconciliation Day'

Parliamentary Activity - Australia Day is a deeply distressing commemoration for many in the Aboriginal community, and is also known as 'Invasion Day'.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Oct 2016

Taxpayer Money Wasted on Shameful Tarkine Tracks Court Case

Parliamentary Activity - The Liberals' decision to reopen the 4WD tracks along the Tarkine coast and then engage in a lengthy, taxpayer funded court process against the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre flies in the face of 'resetting the relationship' with Aboriginal...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Sep 2016

Tarkine Decision Gives Hodgman an Out

Media Release - Today's Federal Court decision gives Premier Hodgman the opportunity to do the right thing by Tasmania's Aboriginal community and pull out of the case to reopen Tarkine tracks. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Sep 2016

Tasmania Needs Reconciliation Day

Parliamentary Activity - That the House:—(1) Congratulates the ACT Government on its decision to hold Australia's first public holiday that recognises the Nation’s First People.(2) Notes that Reconciliation Day will be trialled in 2017, and will then replace...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Aug 2016

takayna/Tarkine Still Under Threat

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Agrees that the takanya, or Tarkine, is a place of deep cultural significance to Tasmanian Aboriginal people and recognised globally as a region of outstanding cultural value.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Aug 2016

Hypocrisy from Premier on Aboriginal Heritage

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 May 2016

Liberals Determined to Damage and Divide on Aboriginal Heritage

Media Release - Tasmanian taxpayers will fork out for expensive lawyers to support the Hodgman Government’s bid to persuade the full bench of the Federal Court that off road vehicles won’t damage priceless Aboriginal heritage in the Tarkine.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Mar 2016

Rylah's Divisive Comments Do Nothing to Reset the Relationship

Media Release - When Braddon MP, Joan Rylah, tabled her Notice of Motion in Parliament yesterday it was designed to divide the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, over the Liberals' plan to re-open 4WD tracks in Arthur Pieman Conservation Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Mar 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Media Release - Madam Speaker, I have read a fair portion of the histories, including Professor Henry Reynolds’ landmark work, ‘The Fate of a Free People’, and recognise that a systemic erasure of Aboriginal Tasmanians in the birth records took place.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Mar 2016

Premier Needs to Resist Caving to Pressure over Tarkine Tracks

Media Release - If the Premier is serious about resetting the relationship with Aboriginal Tasmanians he will resist pressure from a noisy minority to reopen Tarkine tracks to 4WDs.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Feb 2016

Australia Day No Celebration for Tasmania's First People

Media Release - Each year, on the 26th of January, Australia is a nation divided by its history. While many Tasmanians celebrate with pride, our First People feel only the pain of a country taken at the point of a gun.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Jan 2016

Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service

Parliamentary Activity - Motion urging Premier Hodgman and Attorney General Goodwin not to fall at their first hurdle in resetting the relationship with Tasmania’s Aboriginal people by letting their federal colleagues get away with this injustice.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Jun 2015

The Premier Can Save the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Aboriginal Affairs spokespersonAs Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Premier Hodgman not only urgently needs to meet with representatives of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, but get on the phone to his...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Jun 2015

Slow Progress on Resetting Relationship with Aboriginal Tasmanians

Media Release - The Premier's no doubt sincere commitment to 'reset the relationship' with Aboriginal Tasmanians by 30 June this year - according to the Liberals' March 2015 update - is off to an uninspiring and noncommittal start.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Jun 2015

Mabo Day

Parliamentary Activity - NOTICE OF MOTIONThursday, 4 June 2015Cassy O’Connor MP on tomorrow to move -That this House:1.     Notes that yesterday was Mabo Day, which marked the 23rd anniversary of the landmark court case that made land rights possible for...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Jun 2015

Liberals fail Leadership Test

Media Release - Discussions around treaty need to be entered into with an open mind and an open heart, but Premier Hodgman it would seem is just like the rest of them; happy to live off the fat of the land and provide only token gestures of land returns.

Kim Booth - 1 May 2014