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Aboriginal Tasmanians

Elise Archer Should Know Prison is No Place for a Child

Tasmania’s Attorney General, Elise Archer, chaired a meeting of her federal, state and territory counterparts yesterday which again failed Australian children.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jul 2020

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

Major Projects Legislation

The ongoing fight against exploitation has involved countless instances of communities pushing back.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Opinion  |  2 Jun 2020

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

Cassy O'Connor Premiers Address Reply

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Mar 2020

Time To Really Listen to Aboriginal Land Managers

In an age of climate and biodiversity emergency it’s critical we draw on Aboriginal knowledge of burning practices to better manage bushfire risk. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jan 2020

Hodgman Government's Legacy

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Nov 2019

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

Respect For Tasmania's First People

The Tasmanian Greens support changing the date of Australia day, working towards Treaty, establishing Reconciliation Day, and further land returns.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  1 Mar 2018

Alternative Budget 2019-20

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 May 2019

MWCC Moves In on kunanyi, Facing Public Opposition

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.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Jun 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2019

National Sorry Day

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  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2019

Respect for First Peoples Connection to Country

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  |  Media Release  |  2 Oct 2018

Return of Kings Run Shows Community Leadership

The return of the late, great Geoff King's takayna property to Aboriginal ownership is an historic moment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier Hodgman Shows Total Contempt for Tasmania's First People

The Premier has lost control of the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio, with six members of his newly established Aboriginal Heritage Council resigning.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Sep 2017

Turnbull Government Australia Day Bullying of Councils

The Turnbull Government is trying to bully Tasmanian councils into bending to the conservatives' ideological will.

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

Reconciliation Council of Tasmania Launch

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  |  Media Release  |  9 Aug 2017

Time to Rethink Parliamentary Prayers

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  |  Media Release  |  7 Aug 2017

Labor in Step with Liberals on Cable Car

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Jun 2017

Hodgman Should Follow Hobart City Council's Australia Day Example

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  |  Media Release  |  4 Apr 2017

Liberals Show Two Faces on Aboriginal Heritage

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

Abetz Comments on 26 January Disrespectful and Divisive

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Jan 2017

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

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Oct 2016

Taxpayer Money Wasted on Shameful Tarkine Tracks Court Case

The Liberals have shamelessly decided to reopen tracks in the Tarkine and allow off road vehicles back in to these sensitive archaeological sites.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Sep 2016

Tarkine Decision Gives Hodgman an Out

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

Tasmania Needs Reconciliation Day

Congratulations to the ACT Government for its decision to hold Australia's first public holiday that recognises the Nation’s First People.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Aug 2016

takayna/Tarkine Still Under Threat

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2016

Hypocrisy from Premier on Aboriginal Heritage

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

Liberals Determined to Damage and Divide on Aboriginal Heritage

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

Rylah's Divisive Comments Do Nothing to Reset the Relationship

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

State of the State Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016

Premier Needs to Resist Caving to Pressure over Tarkine Tracks

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

Australia Day No Celebration for Tasmania's First People

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jan 2016

Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service has been providing legal assistance and support to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community for 42 years.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Jun 2015

The Premier Can Save the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service

It is not good enough for the Premier to stand in the Tasmanian Parliament and say he is waiting for further information from Attorney General Brandis' office.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Jun 2015

Slow Progress on Resetting Relationship with Aboriginal Tasmanians

The Premier's commitment to 'reset the relationship' with Aboriginal Tasmanians is off to an uninspiring and noncommittal start.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Jun 2015

Mabo Day

Mabo Day, which marked the 23rd anniversary of the landmark court case that made land rights possible for aboriginal Australians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Jun 2015

Liberals fail Leadership Test

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.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  1 May 2014

Tasmanian Aboriginal Constitutional Recognition

The Premier’s move to require a Parliamentary Committee to examine Constitutional Recognition of Tasmanian Aboriginals does not go far enough.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  24 Apr 2015

Vale Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser’s fierce and principled advocacy for human rights, both at home and internationally, transcended the political divide.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2015

Call for Tasmanian Aboriginal Treaty

The Greens today called for a formal Treaty to be negotiated between the State of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  26 Jan 2015

New National Celebration Date Needed

Political leaders need to be serious about moving Australia Day to a date other than the 26th of January.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  26 Jan 2015

Tarkine Insult

Braddon back-bencher should apologise to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community for her unfortunate and ignorant statements during Budget Estimates Scrutiny.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2014

Local Aboriginal Footy Round

Kim Booth MP today took the opportunity in Parliament to congratulate the Rocherlea Football Club on hosting their annual Aboriginal football round.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  3 Jun 2014