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Greyhound, Lying Down

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


Greyhound, Lying Down

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’.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Mar 2020


Greyhound, Lying Down

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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Animal Welfare Amendment (Reformation) Bill 2018

A bill for An Act to amend the Animal Welfare Act 1993 for banning factory farming, greyhound racing, rodeos, and enacting other animal welfare reforms.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Greens Bill  |  20 Sep 2018


Greyhound, Lying Down

Justice for Animals in Our Care

The Tasmanian Greens believe that cruel, outdated practices including greyhound racing, rodeos, and battery hen farming should be banned.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Policies  |  23 Feb 2018


Greyhound, Lying Down

Racing Industry Cruelty

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

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


Green Economics

Alternative Budget 2019-20

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 May 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Sep 2019


Wallaby

Animal Welfare in Tasmania

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

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

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.

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


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

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


Greyhound, Lying Down

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


Wallaby

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 May 2018


Water Reservoir

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


Greyhound, Lying Down

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


Wombat

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


Greyhound, Lying Down

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


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

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


Greyhound, Lying Down

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


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Tasmanian Pacing Club Harness Racing

The Tasmanian Pacing Club did not vote on a motion to prohibit whips at harness racing in the State put to the Annual General Meeting.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Nov 2016


Fish Farm, Macquarie Harbor

Seals At Risk

The Australian fur seal is the world’s fourth rarest seal species, having been hunted to the brink of extinction, and is now a wholly protected animal.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Oct 2016


Greyhound, Lying Down

Baird as Weak as Hodgman on Greyhound Welfare

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  11 Oct 2016


Greyhound, Lying Down

Animal Welfare Act to Include Mental Suffering as Abuse

The Animal Welfare Act Review recommended amending the Animal Welfare Act 1993 to clarify that pain and suffering includes Mental suffering.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Sep 2016


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Animal Mental Suffering Ignored

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  21 Sep 2016


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Greens Move to Include Mental Suffering in Animal Welfare Laws

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  18 Sep 2016


Greyhound, Lying Down

Greyhound Report Disappointing, Greens Call for Ban

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  14 Sep 2016


Greyhound, Lying Down

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


Greyhound, Lying Down

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


Greyhound, Lying Down

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


Greyhound, Lying Down

Greens Call for Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Ban

Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling on the Premier to ban greyhound racing in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Aug 2016


Greyhound, Lying Down

Mass Greyhound Deaths Indictment on Industry

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  19 Aug 2016


Greyhound, Lying Down

Correction: Deceased Greyhound List

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  18 Aug 2016


Greyhound, Lying Down

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


Dogs, Happy, Poking Heads Through Gap in Fence

School Kids Show Support for RSPCA Cupcake Day

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Aug 2016


Greyhound, Lying Down

Call for Tripartite Support for Ban on Greyhound Racing with Exit Strategy

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Aug 2016


Greyhound, Lying Down

Greyhound Re-homing Won't Erase Cruelty

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Aug 2016


Greyhound, Lying Down

Rally Reinforces Public Opposition to Greyhound Cruelty

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Jul 2016


Greyhound, Lying Down

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


Greyhound, Lying Down

Tasmania Must Follow NSW Greyhound Racing Ban

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


Green Economics

Greens Donate Excess Pay Rise to NGOs

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


Parliament House, Tasmania

State Budget: Address in Reply

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016


Greyhound, Lying Down

Greens Table Petition to End Greyhound Cruelty

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  16 Jun 2016


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

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


Chickens, Battery Cages

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Funds a Cruelty-Free Tasmania

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016


Green Economics

Greens Budget for Cruelty Free Tasmania

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


Dogs, Happy, Poking Heads Through Gap in Fence

Funds Raised in RPSCA Million Paws Walk Vital for Protection of Animals

The RSPCA’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the Million Paws Walk, was held on 15 May 2016 across the regions of Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 May 2016


Tasmanian Devil

Call for Government to Roll Out Virtual Fencing to Reduce Wildlife Fatalities

Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling on the government to develop a fiscal strategy to roll out virtual fencing around the State.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 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


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Animal Welfare Disregarded in New Free-Range Egg Regulations

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Apr 2016


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Egg Labelling Only a Win for Industry

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  11 Jan 2016


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TasRacing Soft on Animal Welfare Concerns

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Dec 2015


Dogs, Happy, Poking Heads Through Gap in Fence

Law to Recognise Animals as Sentient Beings

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Oct 2015


Echidnas

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


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Fireworks Permits

Fireworks Night that was held last weekend identified a number of issues with the issuing of Fireworks Permits.

Nick Mckim  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  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


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