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Plan for Bushfire Season Now

UTAS bushfire experts are right, the increasing risk of catastrophic bushfires cannot be underestimated. The State Government must be preparing themselves now.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Jul 2020

Bushfire and Climate Summit Warning for Tasmania

The 33 Emergency Leaders for Climate Action were crystal clear - our worsening extreme weather is caused by burning fossil fuels.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Jun 2020

Independent Scientists Sound Warning Over Logging and Bushfire Risk

Independent scientists have written to Tasmanian MPs highlighting studies that show a clear connection between native forest logging and bushfire risk.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 May 2020

Rosalie Woodruff Premiers Address Reply

Taking stock of the start of 2020 must start with us recognising that we have so much more to do to provide justice to Aboriginal Tasmanians.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Mar 2020

Takayna/Tarkine Logging Madness Increases Climate and Bushfire Risk

The logging of ancient rainforest ecosystems in the Tarkine is utterly unjustifiable on environmental, social and economic grounds. 

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

Does Peter Gutwein Believe Eric or the Experts?

Eric Abetz’s attempt to blame the Greens for bushfires is unsurprising given he has made a career out of deceitful, green-bashing politics.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Jan 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

Tasmanian Fires

On behalf of the Greens, I extend our deepest gratitude to the those fighting the fires and everyone supporting them.

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

Greens Announce Candidate for Huon

We are proud to announce Pat Caruana as the Greens candidate for the Legislative Council seat of Huon.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Dec 2019

Censure in the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Madam Speaker, this is an extremely serious topic and we support the Opposition's moving it for debate today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Nov 2019

Hodgman Government's Legacy

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

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

Bushfire Preparedness

The minister continues to read a shopping list of the sort of activities any fire service would be doing as its basic bread and butter activity.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2019

Bushfire Readiness

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister over ABC reporting on Tasmania Fire Service staff concerns with resourcing in the south.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Nov 2019

Shelton Dismisses Firefighter Warnings

Mr Shelton attempted to distract from botched firefighting preparations by scorning the senior Tasmania Fire Service staff.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Nov 2019

Increasing Bushfire Severity

It is clear that Liberal Government inhabits a dangerous fantasy world. It is one which we need to strongly counter.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Nov 2019

Bushfire Preparation

Rosalie Woodruff moves and debates a motion calling on the government to report on progress implementing bushfire review recommendations.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Nov 2019

Bushfire Preparedness

That was a very revealing answer from the minister about the number of remote area teams that are not available in the south of the state today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Nov 2019

Bushfires - Availability of Remote Area Teams

Rosalie Woodruff asks the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management how many TFS remote area team staff are currently be able to be mobilised.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Nov 2019

Shelton Shows Disturbing Climate Ignorance

The Minister dodged questions about how many remote area firefighters are available to be mobilised if a fire breaks out.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Nov 2019

Implementation of Bushfire Review Recommendations

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management over their failure to ensure our remote firefighting capability is sufficient.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Nov 2019

Bushfire Readiness - Press Review and AFAC Review Recommendations

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over interstate assistance during bushfires and the progress on Bushfire review recommendations.

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

Shelton Fails to Reassure Tasmanians on Bushfire Preparedness

The catastrophic fires in the northern states are a tragic reminder of the climate emergency unfolding around us.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Nov 2019

Commonwealth Funding for Bushfire Protection

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over why he has failed to request additional firefighting funding from the Australian Government.

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

Alternative Budget 2019-20

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 May 2019

AFAC Recommendations

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management on the progress on implementing recommendations from AFAC.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Oct 2019

Southern Tasmania Total Fire Ban

Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment on the total fire ban in the south of Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Oct 2019

Liberal Spin Won't Protect Communities from Bushfires

Volunteers on the frontline of bushfire protection are preparing for another major fire season.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Oct 2019

Bushfire Preparedness

Rosalie Woodruff discusses failure to adopt a series of bushfire policy recommendations in the Greens' Matter of Public Importance debate.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Sep 2019

Bushfire Risk

An east coast resident has written to us and to the Minister with concerns about bushfire risk in the Falmouth area.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Sep 2019

Firefighting Details Hidden as Scorcher Summer Approaches

The Minister has again refused to detail the Government’s funding for critical bushfire defence actions, as recommended by the AFAC review.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Sep 2019

Bushfire Resources - Budget Allocation

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management over funding for the implementation of the Dr Tony Press and AFAC recommendations.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Sep 2019

Bushfires and Climate Emergency

The bushfire season has started early and ferociously in eastern Australia, with large out of control bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Sep 2019

Labor and Liberals' Fire Failure

Both Labor and the Liberals voted against a motion calling for detail about the resources in place to make Tasmanians safer this fire season. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2019

East Coast Fire Danger Under Liberals

Yesterday’s Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook has confirmed the worst fears for the East Coast of Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Aug 2019

Ministerial Statement - Release of Independent Report on Bushfires

Cassy O'Connor responds to the release of the AFAC Independent Operational Review.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Aug 2019

Ministerial Statement - Release of Independent Report on Bushfires

Rosalie Woodruff responds to the release of the AFAC Independent Operational Review.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Aug 2019

Budget in Vision and Compassion Deficit

The Treasurer promised a heavy infrastructure spend in today’s Budget, but what was clearly missing was the investment in social infrastructure. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 May 2019

State of the State

Rosalie Woodruff delivers her Address in Reply speech, discussing recent fire events and ecosystems.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Apr 2019

Premier's Climate Inaction Increases State's Bushfire Threat

The Premier’s casual climate change inaction is putting Tasmanians at risk.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Apr 2019

Response to Recommendations on Bushfires

About 95 000 hectares or around 6 per cent of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has been burned.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2019

Premier Confirms Wilderness Devastation

The Premier and part-time Parks’ Minister has finally revealed the extent of devastation to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Mar 2019

Effect of Bushfires on the Honey industry

There are still questions to be answered about the response to the Gell River fire.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Mar 2019

Premier Fails Students' Call for Action on Climate Crisis

Last Friday, about 8,000 passionate young Tasmanians left school to demand politicians take leadership and accept we are living in a climate change crisis.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2019

Bushfire Emergency Highlights Urgent Need to Heed Climate Council Report

The Climate Council’s uncompromising and straight-speaking report confirms what all Tasmanians have lived for the last six weeks.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Feb 2019

Remembering the Devastation of 1967, Learning Lessons for the Future

Tasmanians are coming together as a community today to mark the devastation and tragedy of the 1967 bushfires.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Feb 2017

One Year After Devastating Fires, Sluggish Response from Hodgman Government

From 13 January to 15 March last year, dry lightning strikes sparked 145 fires that burned approximately 126 800 hectares across the State, including an estimated 19 800 ha (1.3%) of the TWWHA.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Jan 2017

TWWHA Bushfire Report Confirms Urgent Need for Fire Fighting Investment

The Greens welcome Dr Tony Press’ Report into last January’s fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Dec 2016

Flood Inquiry Welcome, but Ignores Climate Change

The Tasmanian Greens' welcome Minister Hidding's announcement of an inquiry into the State's devastating June floods. We commend the Minister on the appointment of former Auditor General, Mike Blake, to oversee the Inquiry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Sep 2016

World Heritage Committee Request Must be Heard

The Greens welcome the World Heritage Committee's request to implement the recommendations of their expert mission.

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

State Budget 2016: Parks Funding Slashed and Burnt

We have just experienced devastating bushfires that burned an estimated 21 000 hectares of the TWWHA, yet the Budget papers show more than $6 million cut from an already underfunded Parks and Wildlife Service across the forward Estimates.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Parks Minister Exposed for Gutting PWS Bushfire Funding

At a time when Tasmanians should be celebrating this year’s centenary of Tasmania’s world class national parks and reserves, they are instead learning the details of the Liberal Government’s neglect and underfunding of the Parks and...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2016

Fire Management and Planning Need Adequate Resources for Remote Fireys

Motion calling on the Hodgman Government to properly fund the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, enabling it to retain its experienced remote firefighters and to undertake effective fire management planning and operations throughout the...

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

Bushfire Inquiry A Whitewash

The Bushfire Inquiry findings paint over the devastation of the summer bushfires in the World Heritage Area. It's as though they never existed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 2016

Burning Questions Unanswered over TWWHA Fires

It is clear from a Right to Information request we lodged that Mr Groom sat on his hands for at least two weeks after the fires began on 13 January and that no request was made to the Commonwealth for help.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Madam Speaker, I have read a fair portion of the histories, including Professor Henry Reynolds’ landmark work, ‘The Fate of a Free People’, and recognise that a systemic erasure of Aboriginal Tasmanians in the birth records took place.

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

Premier Fails to Address the Biggest Issue in State of the State

The Premier spoke for forty minutes in his State of the State address today, and despite acknowledging the drought, unprecedented dry lightning strikes, bushfires that irreversibly damaged the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and a...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Mar 2016

Premier Misses Opportunity to Replace Groom

The Premier has missed a golden opportunity to place the Energy portfolio in the hands of a competent Minister in this time of energy crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Feb 2016

It is Time to Recall Parliament

We are in the midst of an energy crisis, our health system is a mess and our wilderness continues to burn. The Premier should recall Parliament to enable informed debate about these matters of importance to Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Feb 2016

A 'Review' into TWWHA Fires is a Cop Out

With an estimated 14,000 hectares of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) burned or still burning, and legitimate resourcing questions being asked.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Feb 2016

Where is the Premier in Tasmania's Time of Crisis?

Tasmania is burning and we have an unfolding energy crisis, yet the Premier is nowhere to be seen. These are the times when people need their leaders to lead.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jan 2016

Significant Resourcing Needed to Save Alpine Wilderness

With weather conditions easing, this week is the critical week to stave off catastrophic damage to Tasmania’s priceless alpine and rainforest wilderness areas.

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

bushfire permit period decision correct

Two days of total fire ban were declared in parts of the state on Saturday 3 and Tuesday 6 October and conditions were forecast a number of days beforehand.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Oct 2015

Fire Permit Review Needed Now

Changing climatic conditions mean that the No Permit period for burn-offs in Tasmania needs to be reviewed now.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Oct 2015

Reducing Bushfire Risk in Tasmania

Rosalie speaks to the Matter of Public Importance on Reducing Bushfire Risk in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Sep 2015

Tasmania must be ready for more fires

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre have warned of a longer bushfire season at a higher than normal risk.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Sep 2015

Liberal Party: Heads in the Sand on Global Warming

The Liberal Party's best and brightest were on display today at their State Council meeting, with the Huon Branch moving a motion to just keep on emitting carbon dioxide and cross our fingers for the best.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Sep 2015