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Greyhound, Lying Down

Greyhound Traceability Claims Debunked by Undercover Investigation

The serious problems exposed by an Animal Liberation Tasmania investigation demand strong and immediate regulatory reforms

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Sep 2023

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Murrihy Report Shows Urgent Need for Reform to Protect Animals

The interim report from the Murrihy investigation of harness racing in Tasmania highlights the failure of laws and regulations to protect the welfare of horses

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Sep 2023

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Inquiry into the Office of Racing Integrity (Negatived)

We see that the Animal Welfare Act and the Office of Racing Integrity as they function are clearly not fit for purpose.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Aug 2023

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Appalling Greyhound Conditions Need Independent Investigation

Footage released by Animal Liberation Tasmania of greyhounds living in appalling conditions is deeply disturbing

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Aug 2023

House of Assembly, Tasmania

Racing – Animal Welfare

What we seek to understand is what happens to these dogs. They're injured and then they're stood down for more than 28 days.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Jun 2023

Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Primary Industries and Water – Animal Welfare

Will you recognise the role of independent expert advice and establish an independent animal welfare commission?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Jun 2023

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Animal Welfare, Race Fixing Allegations Piled Up on Ogilvie’s Watch

RTI documents reveal 19 complaints have been made to the Office of Racing Integrity about Tasmania's biggest harness racing trainer

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 May 2023

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Racing Industry - Animal Welfare Concerns

As you know, harness racing trainer Ben Yole has a very similar business model to the notorious greyhound trainer, Anthony Bullock.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Mar 2023

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Racing Allegations, Animal Welfare Concerns Dismissed By Ogilvie

In Question Time Minister Madeleine Ogilvie floundered over more serious questions about racing integrity and animal welfare in the industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Mar 2023

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Independent Investigation Needed for Racing Industry Claims

Racing Minister Madeleine Ogilvie must initiate an immediate, independent investigation into allegations of race fixing and animal cruelty by a harness trainer

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Mar 2023

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Concerns for Animal Welfare in the Harness Racing Industry

Minister, is this appalling animal welfare standard what you would expect from Tasmania's so-called 'top trainer'?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Mar 2023

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Greyhound Racing Industry - Allegations

Leaked Tasracing documents reveal plans for the Greyhound Adoption Program to kill more ex-racing dogs.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Mar 2023

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Ogilvie Needs To Rule Out More Greyhound Deaths

A leaked document has revealed the Government's plans to make changes to the Greyhound Adoption Program

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Mar 2023

Chestnut Teal Ducks

End Cruel Duck Shoot Bonanza

The Tasmanian Greens have today written to Minister for Environment Roger Jaensch calling on him to intervene and stop the hunting of native ducks in Tasmania.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Jan 2023

Spirit of Tasmania, TT-Line Vessel

TT-Line - Animal Carriage

Through the minister, we're very interested to understand about the measures that have been put in place so you could resume carrying livestock.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2022

Spirit of Tasmania, TT-Line Vessel

TT Line Found Guilty

The TT Line has not escaped accountability for the deaths of 16 horses in its care in 2018

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Oct 2022

Chickens, Battery Cages

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2022

It is unarguable that since the Animal Welfare Act 1993 was written and passed by parliament, science has moved on.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Oct 2022

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Anthony Bullock - Greyhound Training Licence

Today the West Tamar Council voted to approve a retrospective development application for so-called leading greyhound trainer Anthony Bullock's kennel licence.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Oct 2022

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Welfare Report Confirms Racing Industry Failing to Meet Basic Standards

The Sykes Report into animal welfare in thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing is another damning indictment on the industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Sep 2022

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Ogilvie Backs in Cruel Greyhound Racing Industry

The Liberals have ignored legitimate animal welfare concerns, along with the will of thousands of Tasmanians and continued to back in the cruel greyhound racing

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Aug 2022


Money for Carers Can't Hide the Carnage

Millions of native animals, including wallabies, green rosellas, cockatoos and wombats have been killed in Tasmania under property protection permits.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Aug 2022

Chickens, Battery Cages

Draft Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2022

While this Bill is welcome, we note with some frustration that it comes almost an entire decade after the expert and stakeholder review.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  11 Jul 2022

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Estimates Reply - Ogilvie

We started this Estimates session with Racing and the outstanding petition signed by 13 378 Tasmanians calling for an end to public funding of greyhound racing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Jun 2022

Parliament House, Tasmania

Prevention of Family Violence – Family Violence and Pet Abuse

Minister, the RSPCA made a submission to the Family Violence Reforms Bill 2021 process.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Jun 2022

Fish Farm in Okehampton Bay, Tasmania

Primary Industries and Water – Seal Deaths

Minister, are you concerned at the gross use of underwater explosives, more than 8000 underwater explosives that are used for the purpose of scaring seals?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Jun 2022

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Greens Table Record-Breaking Greyhound Welfare Petition

It was a great honour to table a record-breaking petition condemning the brutal greyhound racing industry in Parliament today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Jun 2022

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Labor a Champion for Animal Cruelty

Labor’s Shadow Racing Minister, Dean Winter, is pushing the new Racing Minister to entrench cruelty in the greyhound racing industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Mar 2022

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Greens Back Calls for New Racing Minister to Release Report into Death of Tah Bernard

Once appointed by the Premier, the new Minister for Racing should release the report into Tah Bernard’s death.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Feb 2022

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Kennel Licence Revelations Confirm Lack of Greyhound Racing Oversight

Revelations Tasmania's top greyhound trainer has not held a kennel licence for a decade speaks volumes about this cruel industry and its lack of oversight.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Feb 2022

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Greens' Submission to the Racing Regulation Act Review

At a minimum any amendments coming out of this process should define what ‘integrity’ means and looks like - and must involve clear animal welfare standards.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  3 Feb 2022

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Greens Support Petition to End Taxpayer Subsidies to Cruel Greyhound Racing Industry

On behalf of Greens, I’m proud to sponsor GREAT, Let the Greyhounds Run Free and Coalition for the Protection of Greyhound’s petition.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Dec 2021

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TasRacing – Ta Bernard

These gentle dogs are clearly still being treated as waste products, despite the Government's greyhound recovery rebate scheme and TasRacing's no-kill policy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Nov 2021

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The Greens Join Animal Lovers in Saying Nup to the Cup

Another Melbourne Cup day, another opportunity for Tasmanians to understand the cruelty at the heart of the racing industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2021

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Howlett Must Listen to Welfare Advocates and Ban the Whip

The Greens strongly support the RSPCA and PETA in their call for the Gutwein Government to ban horse whips on the race track.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Oct 2021

Dogs, Happy, Poking Heads Through Gap in Fence

Animal Welfare Act Issues

The reason that this is so timely now is because of an awful story that was in the Mercury last week about the death of a dog in Sandy Bay.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Jun 2021

Tasmanian Farm, Cows

Van Dairy Group - Animal Welfare Concerns

In April this year Australia's largest and oldest dairy farm, Van Dairy, made shocking national headlines with claims of animal welfare abuse.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Jun 2021

Tasmanian Farm, Cows

Liberals Silent on Van Dairy Cruelty and Pollution

Tasmanians still don’t know whether anything has changed for the better for animals or the local environment at and near Van Dairy’s farms.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Jun 2021

Fish Farm in Okehampton Bay, Tasmania

Salmon Industry’s Seal Cruelty Revealed in RTI Documents

The gross treatment of seals, and apparently normalised culture of cruel and polluting practices, by the salmon industry have been laid bare in RTI documents.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Jun 2021

Chickens, Battery Cages

Greens Release Plan for a Cruelty-Free Tasmania

Lutruwita/Tasmania should be clean, green and cruelty-free, but over seven years under the Liberals, the welfare of animals has suffered.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Apr 2021

Protest, Climate Emergency

Greens Welcome Defeat of Draconian Anti-Protest Laws

The right to peaceful protest remains protected in Tasmania, following defeat of the Liberals’ draconian, unconstitutional anti-protest amendment Bill.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Mar 2021

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Harness Racing - Use of Whips

On Saturday night a harness racer won race 7 in the Tasmania Cup after whipping his horse heavily for the duration and using a cruel practice called hocking.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Mar 2021

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Harness Racing - Use of Whips

Local harness racer, Gavin Kelly, has been slapped with a $1000 fine for refusing to use a whip on his horses during races.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Mar 2021

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Howlett Fails to Explain Cruel Whip Policy

If the Gutwein Government actually cared about the welfare of animals, they would ban the use of whips in horse racing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Mar 2021

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TT-Line – Polo Pony Deaths

Putting aside the ongoing court case, the report of the autopsy report from the trainer, is that the horses suffocated.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Dec 2020

Greyhound, Lying Down

Racing – Missing Dogs

At any given time, there's a series of dogs that are not seen again.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Nov 2020

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Horseracing Industry - Ban on the Use of Whips

The tide is turning. Every year more people are understanding the systemic cruelty inflicted on animals as part of the horse and greyhound racing industries.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Nov 2020

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Cruelty Can’t Continue, Howlett Must Ban Whip

In Parliament, Racing Minister Jane Howlett refused to agree a ban on whips in horse racing is necessary, and in line with growing public concern.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Nov 2020

Spirit of Tasmania, TT-Line Vessel

TT-Line in Spotlight Over Animal Welfare

The TT-Line’s casual attitude towards animals transported in its vessels across Bass Strait is in the spotlight.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Nov 2020

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Greens Say Nup to the Cup

A growing number of Australians are saying ‘Nup to the Cup’ this Melbourne Cup Day. The Greens are proud to stand with them.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Nov 2020

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Greyhound Industry Beyond Repair

The rules governing the greyhound industry are not protecting animals and are allowing trainers to side-step consequences for breaches. 

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

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COVID-19 Racing and Animal Welfare Support

The Greens are glad to hear the government have placed a deliberate focus on the welfare of greyhounds and horses not currently racing because of COVID-19.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020

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Animal Welfare Must be Protected Through COVID-19

The decision to restrict the movements of Tasmanians is full of challenges but it’s required to save lives.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Apr 2020

Greyhound, Lying Down

Liberal Lies on Animal Welfare

Racing Minister, Jane Howlett’s defence of the government's record on animal welfare is pathetic.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Mar 2020

Chickens, Battery Cages

Australia Receives a 'D' for Animal Welfare

The announcement that Australia has scored a 'D' in the Animal Protection Index will dismay every Tasmanian who cares about the welfare of animals.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Mar 2020

Chestnut Teal Ducks

Duck Shooting is Animal Cruelty, Not "Way of Life"

Gun shots will echo across Tasmania’s inland waterways this weekend, as native ducks are brutally blasted out of the skies in the name of ‘sport’.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Mar 2020

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2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee - Tasracing

Full transcript of the Tasracing Pty Ltd hearings in the 2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Dec 2019

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Racing Industry Cruelty

The 7.30 Report pieces together the endemic cruelty on which that racing industry is fundamentally based.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Oct 2019

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Racing Industry Cruelty

Next Tuesday in Melbourne, the race that stops the nation will be underway at 3 p.m.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Oct 2019

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Thoroughbred Racing Horses - Transportation to Interstate Abattoirs

Cassy O'Connor questions the Minister for Racing on the grotesque cruelty inflicted on thoroughbred racing and trotting horses in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Oct 2019

Fish Farm, Macquarie Harbor

Tassal Scientific Permit Application

The DPIPWE website's wildlife management page has opened an application for socalled scientific permit, that is available for public comment until 18 September.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Sep 2019


Animal Welfare in Tasmania

Yesterday in this House we asked questions about the slaughter of over 8000 native black swans in Tasmania.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Aug 2019

Dogs, Happy, Poking Heads Through Gap in Fence

Animal Welfare in Tasmania

The wellbeing of animals in Tasmania is a matter of very significant importance to the vast majority of the Tasmanian people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Aug 2019

Tasmanian Farm, Cows

VDL Animal Cruelty Claims Require Strong Action

Persistent allegations of cruelty and neglect at VDL dairies demand an urgent, sustained response from Biosecurity Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Jul 2019

Tasmanian Farm, Cows

VDL Dairy - Allegations of Cruelty

Yesterday in response to our question about alarming allegations of animal cruelty the Minister confirmed we were misled at the Estimates table.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Jul 2019

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Horse Carcass Location

During this year's budget Estimates we asked about the circumstances surrounding the death of a horse on 31 May at Brighton.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Jul 2019

Tasmanian Farm, Cows

VDL Dairy - Allegations of Cruelty

In Estimates this year, when we asked you and your director of Biosecurity Tasmania about animal welfare issues at VDL, both of you denied any knowledge.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Jul 2019


Wallaby Cruelty Must be Condemned

The actions of those individuals who maimed two defenceless wallabies, by shooting them with a bow and arrow, are despicable.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jul 2019

Tasmanian Farm, Cows

Huge Questions Hang Over VDL Animal Welfare

When twenty senior farm managers put their serious concerns about animal welfare in writing, government must pay attention.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jun 2019

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Race Horse Death at Brighton Training Grounds

Madam Speaker, I am off and racing because I want to speak briefly about the mystery of the horse death at the Brighton training grounds on Friday, 31 May.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Jun 2019

Spirit of Tasmania, TT-Line Vessel

Estimates Reply - Attorney-General

Cassy O'Connor delivers a reply to budget estimates, discussing the death of a horse at the Brighton training tracks.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

Green Economics

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

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Australian Fur Seals - Welfare

The former minister oversaw an appalling regime of seal mismanagement, which has seen almost 9000 underwater explosions and at least 1200 seals being shot.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2018

Ocean Waves

Courtney Must Act on Seal Cruelty

Thousands of Australian fur seals are being shot by ‘beanbag’ bullets, underwater explosives, injured, blinded, deafened - and killed in some cases.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Oct 2018

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Greens Table Bill to Strengthen Animal Rights

Tasmania’s animal welfare laws fail to protect the rights of animal to live free from cruelty and neglect, placing emphasis on the profits of industry. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Sep 2018

Spirit of Tasmania, TT-Line Vessel

Seven Months of Silence from Liberals on Polo Pony Deaths

Seven months after this tragedy we still have no clarity on what caused the deaths of 16 horses on the Spirit.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Aug 2018


Courtney Reveals Extended Licences to Hunt Wombats

Minister Courtney has revealed the Liberals’ plans to extend licences to shoot native wildlife, including wombats suffering from sarcoptic mange.  

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Aug 2018

Spirit of Tasmania, TT-Line Vessel

Spirit of Tasmania - Deaths of Polo Ponies

TT-Line is accused of failing to ensure the wellbeing of 16 prized polo ponies that died on the Spirit of Tasmania in January of this year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Aug 2018

Spirit of Tasmania, TT-Line Vessel

Spirit of Tasmania - Deaths of Polo Ponies

It is now seven months to the day since 16 prized polo ponies died on the Spirit of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Aug 2018

Dogs, Happy, Poking Heads Through Gap in Fence

Animal Welfare Act - Tranche 2

We asked the government about the number of greyhounds that have been killed and those that appear to have simply disappeared.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Jul 2018

Dogs, Happy, Poking Heads Through Gap in Fence

New Minister Walks Away From Predecessor's Commitment on Animal Welfare

A commitment to introduce a second tranche of improvements to the Animal Welfare Act 1993 has been abandoned by the new Minister, Sarah Courtney.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Jul 2018

Ocean Waves

Extreme Weather Event - Effect on Seals and Sharks

Accompanying the report of salmon pens with holes the size of trucks in the sides, we have also heard of dead seals being washed up on shorelines.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 May 2018

Risdon Brook Reservoir, Tasmania

More Funds Needed for DPIPWE, Not Relocation of Jobs

The Liberals’ plan to move DPIPWE staff from Hobart to the North and North West is hollow political pork-barreling.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  29 Jan 2018

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Greens Back RSPCA Call to Ban Whips in Horse Racing

The Greens commend the RSPCA for their position to ban whips in horse racing industry, as a matter of priority.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  7 Nov 2017

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Greyhound Unmuzzling Changes Welcome

The Greens welcome the government’s amendment to the Dog Control Act that will allow rehabilitated greyhounds to be muzzle-free.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2017


Estimates questions on Wombats to Minister Groom

Andrea Dawkins questions the Minister over the issuing of culling permits for wombats while community members are treating them to combat sarcoptic mange.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Jun 2017

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Greyhound Muzzling Changes Welcome

As a result of community pressure on amendments to the Dog Control Act Tasmania's greyhounds are now on the pathway to becoming muzzle free.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2017

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Rockliff Must Explain Abattoir Investigation Delay

The footage taken in a Tasmanian abattoir, brought to light by animal activists today, is shocking.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2017

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Hundreds Rally to End Greyhound Cruelty

Hundreds rallied on Parliament Lawns today to call for an end to greyhound racing in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  9 Apr 2017

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Baird as Weak as Hodgman on Greyhound Welfare

Like his Tasmanian colleague, Premier Hodgman, Mike Baird has caved in to a cruel industry to allow the continued abuse of animals for profit.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  11 Oct 2016

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Animal Mental Suffering Ignored

Labor and the Liberal parties today refused to acknowledge the importance of amending the Animal Welfare Act 1993 to recognise mental distress and suffering.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  21 Sep 2016

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Greens Move to Include Mental Suffering in Animal Welfare Laws

Incidents of animal cruelty and neglect continue to shock the Tasmanian community. We need strong animal welfare standards and laws in place to deal with them.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  18 Sep 2016

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Greyhound Report Disappointing, Greens Call for Ban

People who care about the welfare of animals will be upset not to see a ban on greyhound racing among the recommendations.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  14 Sep 2016

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Greyhound Racing Ban

In the wake of the New South Wales Premier, Mike Baird, passing legislation to ban greyhound racing, Andrea Dawkins asks the Premier if he will do the same.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2016

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Liberals and Labor on Wrong Side of History on Greyhounds

The greyhound racing industry has lost its social licence. Both Labor and the Liberal parties are on the wrong side of history.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Aug 2016

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Cruel and Weak-Will Liberals Ignore Greyhound Deaths

The Premier's response in Question Time today to the 1,608 greyhounds who have been killed over the past three years was heartless.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Aug 2016

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Mass Greyhound Deaths Indictment on Industry

The Greens have obtained a list of 1,608 greyhounds who were killed or died before their time over the last 3 1/2 from the Office of Racing Integrity.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  19 Aug 2016

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Correction: Deceased Greyhound List

Our incorrect listing of Wee Fire as a deceased greyhound was unintended, and I will correct the Parliamentary record this evening.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  18 Aug 2016

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Deceased Greyhounds List a Snapshot of Industry

TasRacing has released the names of 16 greyhounds reported deceased for the first six months of this year.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  17 Aug 2016

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Greyhound Re-homing Won't Erase Cruelty

Tasracing's claim they will re-home all ex-racing greyhounds after 1 July 2019 is a sign of desperation from an industry whose social licence is gone.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Aug 2016

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Rally Reinforces Public Opposition to Greyhound Cruelty

Today's 'March for the Murdered Million' rally commemorated the thousands of dogs that die across the country every year as a result of greyhound racing.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Jul 2016

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Public Distaste for Greyhound Racing

More than half of Australians want greyhound racing banned, according to the national Essential Research poll released today.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  19 Jul 2016

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Tasmania Must Follow NSW Greyhound Racing Ban

The NSW Premier has recognised the inherent cruelty in greyhound racing and acted in a the best interests of animal welfare. Tasmania should do the same.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jul 2016

Green Economics

Greens Donate Excess Pay Rise to NGOs

We have written to the Clerk of the House advising that monies above a 2% pay rise will go to six non-government organisations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jul 2016

Parliament House, Tasmania

State Budget: Address in Reply

The Greens’ Alternative Budget restores frontline funding to education, and state Government's share of responsibility for sewerage and water infrastructure.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

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Greens Table Petition to End Greyhound Cruelty

While live baiting incidents haven't been proven in any Tasmania, it's clear the we're not immune from the practice.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  16 Jun 2016

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Liberals' Animal Welfare Let Down

Minister Rockliff signalled the Liberals' plan to abandon their pledge to keep strengthening the Animal Welfare Act.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  8 Jun 2016

Green Economics

Greens Budget for Cruelty Free Tasmania

The Greens Alternative Budget recognises animals as sentient beings who deserve our care and respect.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016

Green Economics

Excessive Pay Rise Should Go to Unfunded Organisations

The Legislative Council delivered the Hodgman Government everything they hoped in defeating the government's sham disallowance Motion today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2016

Chickens, Battery Cages

Greens Table Bill to Ban Battery Hens

The Greens tabled a bill to ban battery hen farming in Tasmania in Parliament today. Our Bill reflects community expectations of modern farming practices.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2016

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Egg Labelling Only a Win for Industry

The welfare of hens was well and truly at the bottom of the list when egg labelling laws were debated at COAG.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2016

Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

New Egg Laws Do Little For Hen Welfare

It's all well and good for the Liberals to claim new egg labelling laws are a win for producers and consumers, but they don't do much for the welfare of hens.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  31 Mar 2016

Gender Equality

Family Violence and the Link with Animal Cruelty

We have learnt from the survivors of violence about the implicit nature of our society's acceptance of that violence.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Mar 2016

Dogs, Happy, Poking Heads Through Gap in Fence

Inspectorate Funding Cuts Exacerbate Cruelty

Funding cuts to the RSPCA and the transfer of rural inspectorate work are at the heart of the animal welfare issues at Murrayfield.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  11 Jan 2016

Sad Horse

TasRacing Soft on Animal Welfare Concerns

In GBE Estimates today, Tas Racing CEO, Doctor Eliot Forbes, seemed to struggle to accept the reality of animal welfare issues facing the racing industry.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Dec 2015

Dogs, Happy, Poking Heads Through Gap in Fence

Law to Recognise Animals as Sentient Beings

The online campaign ‘Xena’s Law’ petitions the Federal Agriculture Minister to enact legislation which would recognise animals are sentient beings.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Oct 2015


Consideration for Wildlife Needed During Burnoffs

The scale and frequency of fuel reduction burns have increased from the creation of a buffer zone to what is now broadscale incineration.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Oct 2015

Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Live Exports and ChAFTA

The practice of live export of cattle from Australia needs only to meet with international standards, not Australian standards.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2015

Sad Horse

Large Animal Rescue

Large Animal Rescue involves the removal of a large animal from a place of danger to a place of safety by the most humane method.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Aug 2015

Parliament House, Tasmania

Inaugural Speech

Social enterprise is a form of direct action in which philanthropy is valued and community is advanced.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Jun 2015

Bushfire, Burned Forest

Fireworks Permit System Needs Fixing

Tasmania's system for issuing fireworks permits needs improving to allow people and businesses to make submissions before permits are issued.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  3 Jun 2015

Bushfire, Burned Forest

Great Result for Bonorong but Fireworks Permit System Needs Reviewing

The decision to move fireworks outside a two kilometre radius from Bonorong tomorrow evening is a victory for common sense.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2015

Greyhound, Lying Down

State Greyhound Racing Industry Inquiry

A Greens' Motion to establish a Joint House Parliamentary Inquiry into Tasmania's greyhound racing industry looks set to pass the House of Assembly this month

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Mar 2015

Blue Tier, Tasmanian Forest Agreement Forest

Forestry 1080 Not Ruled Out

The Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, failed to seize the opportunity to reassure people that Forestry Tasmania will not overturn the current ban on 1080.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  10 Sep 2014

Dogs, Happy, Poking Heads Through Gap in Fence

Animal Welfare Act Review Implementation Stalled

Primary Industries Minister Rockliff refused to adopt the full recommendations from the Animal Welfare Act review.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Sep 2014

Parliament House, Tasmania

Backyard Egg Producers

The Hodgman government must review the regulations and consult with local small egg producers before the new labelling system is brought in.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  24 Aug 2014

Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

No 'Ag-Gag' Laws for Tasmania

The Hodgman Liberal government was once again reminded that Tasmanians expect transparency and humane conditions in our farming operations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jun 2014

Dogs, Happy, Poking Heads Through Gap in Fence

RSPCA Funding Cuts

The Hodgman Liberal majority government continued its attack on animal welfare standards in Parliament today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2014