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Greens Urge MLCs to Amend Begging Bill

The Greens urge MLCs to vote against the increased police ‘move on’ powers in Section 5 of the government’s Begging Bill.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Sep 2020

Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

Police Offences Amendment (Repeal of Begging) Bill 2019

It is positive to stand in this place and see legislation come before the House that was initiated by community sector leaders.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Nov 2019

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Minister Ferguson Does the Right Thing on Begging

The Greens warmly welcome Police Minister, Michael Ferguson’s announcement that he will introduce legislation to remove the offence of begging.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Jun 2019

Mental Health, Man on Couch

Estimates Reply - Minister Ferguson

Chair, I will reflect on some of the enlightening conversations I had with the minister in his capacity as the Minister for Health.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

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Police Offences Amendment (Begging) Bill 2018

Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Greens' Police Offences Amendment (Begging) Bill, to remove the offence of begging in Tasmania.

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

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Parliament Set to Debate Greens' Bill to Eliminate Crime of Begging

The Tasmanian Parliament will have the opportunity to eliminate the criminal offence of begging in Greens’ Private Members’ Time next week.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Oct 2018

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Begging for Fairness, Greens Move to End Classist Crime

The Greens tabled a bill today that would end the classist persecution of the poor by removing the crime of begging from the statute books.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Sep 2018

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Police Offences Act making Criminals of the Destitute and Homeless

There is a provision in the Police Offences Act which effectively makes criminals of the destitute and homeless.

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

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Government Ministers Urged to Support Decriminalisation of Begging in Tasmania

The Greens today tabled a bill to amend the Police Offences Act 1935 to remove a provision that makes criminals of people who are forced to beg for money.

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