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Anti-Discrimination Act

Liberal Private Members Time - Compulsory Union Membership Motion

Parliamentary Activity - It is clear that there are overt efforts on the part of the Labor Party to make sure that people who want to work for the Labor Party are members of the Labor Party and members of a union.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Sep 2018

Tasmania Needs a Charter of Human Rights

Media Release - The Greens will bring Tasmanian law into the 21st century and protect Tasmanian individuals and communities with a Charter of Human Rights.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Feb 2018

Anti-Discrimination Act Amendments - Effect on LGBTI Community

Parliamentary Activity - Since the postal survey was announced, we are already hearing reports of the very loved and wanted children of same-sex couples being described as the stolen generation.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Aug 2017

Legislative Council Rejects Weakened Anti-Discrimination Laws

Media Release - In a victory for a just, fair, kind Tasmania, the Legislative Council has rejected the Hodgman Liberals' divisive attempt to weaken the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 in the lead up to the postal survey on marriage equality.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Aug 2017

Hodgman Government Caves to Extreme Right and Axes Safe Schools

Media Release - The Hodgman Government's decision to scrap funding for the Safe Schools' program is a sure sign the Premier and Education Minister have caved in to pressure from Senator Abetz, and the extreme Right within their ranks.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Apr 2017

Liberals Cynically Delay Two Controversial Bills Hoping MLC Mix Will Change

Media Release - Facing a storm of stakeholder and community condemnation and defeat in the Legislative Council, the Hodgman Liberals have cynically delayed debate on two divisive, contentious pieces of legislation until after the 3 May Legislative Council...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Apr 2017

Hodgman Must Scrap Anti-Discrimination Act Changes

Media Release - It is well past time for the Premier to step in and remove the Anti-Discrimination (Amendment) Bill 2016 from his government’s legislative agenda.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Nov 2016

Liberals Cave to Extreme Right on Safe Schools

Media Release - At their State Council meeting today, the Tasmania Liberals passed a Motion to abolish the Safe Schools program.

Andrea Dawkins - 5 Nov 2016

Time for Liberals to Abandon Anti-Discrimination Changes

Media Release - The revelation through Right to Information that only one of 80 submissions to government supported changes to the State's anti-discrimination law is further evidence that the Liberals are on the wrong track.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Oct 2016

Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill

Parliamentary Activity - First the Australian Greens and now federal Labor have vowed to block the plebiscite legislation being debated in federal parliament today because of the risk of harm to LGBTI people.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Oct 2016

Anti-Discrimination Act Changes Must be Ditched

Media Release - Federal Labor's decision to join the Australian Greens in rejecting the proposed national plebiscite on marriage equality now leaves the Hodgman Government with no basis for proceeding with changes to Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Act...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Oct 2016

Liberal Government Removes 'Reasonableness' from Anti-Discrimination Laws in Favour of the Church

Parliamentary Activity - Can you explain why, in the final draft amendments, the word 'reasonably' was removed in relation to the exemption provided for religious purposes under the act?

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Sep 2016

Children and Family Violence

Parliamentary Activity - I thought I would take this opportunity, seeing these remarkable young women in the Chamber, to thank them so much for the work they do and for their inspiring words at the launch today.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Sep 2016

Anti-Discrimination Act Changes are Dangerous

Media Release - The removal of the word ‘reasonably’ from the final draft of proposed amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 is proof that Premier, Will Hodgman, is being driven by the hard Right in his Party, just like his Federal colleague,...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Sep 2016

Hodgman Abandons LGBTI Tasmanians and other Groups to Risk of Hate Speech

Media Release - The Premier demonstrated his weakness and the utter hypocrisy of his Party today. On the one hand he was speaking against sexist language at the launch of a report into the impact of family violence on children, while on the other, tabling...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Sep 2016

Liberals Weakening Anti-Discrimination Laws

Parliamentary Activity - Condemns the Hodgman Liberal Government for their plans to weaken the Anti-Discrimination Act, rush consultation and ignore community concerns in the process.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Sep 2016

Sham Consultation on Anti-Discrimination Act Changes

Media Release - If amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 are tabled this week it will be an indictment on Premier Hodgman, who has caved in to the extremists in his Cabinet and the Australian Christian Lobby.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Sep 2016

On RUOK Day Liberals Should Rethink Anti-Discrimination Act Changes

Media Release - RUOK Day is an important reminder that reaching out to people in mental distress is something we can all do.  We can all ask our friends and people we care about if they are OK.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Sep 2016

Liberals Release Draft Amendments to Weaken Anti-Discrimination Act

Media Release - The Liberal Government has released divisive, potentially dangerous and completely unnecessary proposed changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Aug 2016

Changes to Anti-Discrimination Act Divisive

Parliamentary Activity - The current exemptions under section 55 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 apply to academic, artistic, scientific or research purposes or any purpose in the public interest.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Aug 2016

Premier Letting Down Vulnerable Tasmanians with Anti-Discrimination Changes

Parliamentary Activity - Tasmania's equal opportunity commissioner believes your plan to weaken the Anti-Discrimination Act in the lead up to a possible plebiscite is excessive. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Aug 2016

Hodgman Confirms Plan to Weaken Anti-Discrimination Laws

Media Release - Premier Hodgman's proposed changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 are the sign of the power in the extreme Right in the Liberal Party and lobbying from the churches.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Aug 2016

Liberals Set to Weaken Protection for LGBTI Tasmanians Pre-Plebiscite

Media Release - The Premier has caved in to opponents of marriage equality and is overseeing changes to the State's anti-discrimination laws that will weaken protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender and intersex Tasmanians in the lead up to...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 Aug 2016

Unconvincing Anti-Discrimination Act Changes

Media Release - After the Premier confirmed the government were considering changing the Anti-Discrimination Act yesterday, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks, told Estimates today that there was no need for change.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Jun 2016

Premier Flags Weaker Anti-Discrimination Pre-Plebiscite

Media Release - In Budget Estimates today, the Premier confirmed that his government has been lobbied by the Australian Christian Lobby to weaken protections in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 in the lead up to a likely plebiscite on marriage equality.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Jun 2016

Greens Will Fight Weakening of Anti-Discrimination Act

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderA conservative Liberal push to weaken Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act will ring alarm bells among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Tasmanians who are currently protected from offensive,...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Nov 2015

Liberals Risk Contravening Constitution Act

Media Release - Advice from respected constitutional law expert Professor George Williams has revealed that it is likely that the Tasmanian government’s Anti-discrimination Amendment Bill 2015, which seeks to give religious schools the right to...

Nick Mckim - 21 Apr 2015

Anti Discrimination Act School Amendments Concerns

Media Release - If religious schools want to use Mr Rockliff's blanket exemption to discriminate on religious grounds they should hand back every single dollar of government funding they receive.

Nick Mckim - 19 Mar 2015