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Alternative Budget 2019-20

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 May 2019

Rosalie Woodruff Premiers Address Reply

Parliamentary Activity - 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 and to provide them with a real voice in the democracy.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Mar 2020

Takayna/Tarkine Logging Madness Increases Climate and Bushfire Risk

Media Release - The logging of ancient rainforest ecosystems in the Tarkine is utterly unjustifiable on environmental, social and economic grounds, yet it is accelerating under the Gutwein Government. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Feb 2020

Does Peter Gutwein Believe Eric or the Experts?

Media Release - Senator Eric Abetz’s attempts to blame the Greens for this season’s bushfires is unsurprising given he has made a career out of deceitful, green-bashing politics.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 Jan 2020

Time To Really Listen to Aboriginal Land Managers

Media Release - In an age of climate and biodiversity emergency, as fires still burn here and on the mainland, it’s critical we draw on Aboriginal knowledge of burning practices to better manage bushfire risk. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Jan 2020

Tasmanian Fires

Media Release - On behalf of the Greens, I extend our deepest gratitude to the those fighting the fires and everyone supporting them. They represent the best of the Tasmanian spirit.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Dec 2019

Greens Announce Candidate for Huon

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Dec 2019

Censure in the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff speaks to the move to suspend standing orders to debate a Motion without Notice of censure in the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Nov 2019

Hodgman Government's Legacy

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Nov 2019

Labor Motion - Bushfire Preparedness

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff discusses firefighting resourcing and the climate denial of the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management in Labor's motion on bushfire preparedness.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Nov 2019

Bushfire Readiness

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Nov 2019

Shelton Dismisses Firefighter Warnings

Media Release - In Parliament today, Mr Shelton attempted to distract from botched firefighting preparations by scorning the senior Tasmania Fire Service staff who have confirmed “it’s luck that’s getting us by” when it comes to managing bushfire...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Nov 2019

Adjournment - Increasing Bushfire Severity

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff speaks on the Adjournment regarding the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management's apparent dismissal of Climate Change as the cause of increasing fire severity.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Nov 2019

Greens Motion - Bushfire Preparation

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Nov 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Bushfire Preparedness

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff speaks on Labor's Matter of Public Importance on Bushfire Preparedness, discussing the availability of remote area firefighters and the recommendations from the 2016 Tony Press review and 2019 AFAC review.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Nov 2019

Bushfires - Availability of Remote Area Teams

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 13 Nov 2019

Shelton Shows Disturbing Climate Ignorance

Media Release - Once again, the Minister to Police, Fire and Emergency Management dodged questions about how many Tasmania Fire Service remote area firefighters are available to be mobilised if a fire breaks out.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Nov 2019

Implementation of Bushfire Review Recommendations

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 12 Nov 2019

Bushfire Readiness - Press Review and AFAC Review Recommendations

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Nov 2019

Shelton Fails to Reassure Tasmanians on Bushfire Preparedness

Media Release - When asked this morning, the Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Management, Mark Shelton, refused to disclose when our full contingent of Tasmania Fire Service remote area firefighters will be ready to be deployed. Nor would he...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 Nov 2019

Commonwealth Funding for Bushfire Protection

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Oct 2019

AFAC Recommendations

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Oct 2019

Adjournment - Southern Tasmania Total Fire Ban

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Oct 2019

Liberal Spin Won't Protect Communities from Bushfires

Media Release - Volunteers on the frontline of bushfire protection are preparing for another major fire season, but the only firefighting effort the Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Services is attempting is political.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Oct 2019

Matter of Public Importance - Bushfire Preparedness

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Sep 2019

Adjournment - Bushfire Risk

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise to raise some concerns shared with us by Margaretta Pos, a resident of the east coast who lives in the Falmouth area. She has written to us and to the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage about her...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Sep 2019

Firefighting Details Hidden as Scorcher Summer Approaches

Media Release - The Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Management has again refused to detail the Government’s funding for critical bushfire defence actions, as recommended by the recent independent AFAC review.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Sep 2019

Bushfire Resources - Budget Allocation

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 24 Sep 2019

Greens Motion - Bushfires and Climate Emergency

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff moves a motion calling on the Government to provide information relating to the implementation of recommendations from independent bushfire reviews.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Sep 2019

Labor and Liberals' Fire Failure

Media Release - Irresponsibly, both Labor and the Liberals voted together against a Greens motion in Parliament calling for detail about the resources in place to make Tasmanians safer this fire season. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Sep 2019

East Coast Fire Danger Under Liberals

Media Release - Yesterday’s Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook has confirmed the worst fears for the East Coast of Tasmania, with ground conditions already above normal fire potential.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Aug 2019

Ministerial Statement - Release of Independent Report on Bushfires

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Aug 2019

Ministerial Statement - Release of Independent Report on Bushfires

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 8 Aug 2019

Budget in Vision and Compassion Deficit

Media Release - 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 - 23 May 2019

State of the State

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Apr 2019

Premier's Climate Inaction Increases State's Bushfire Threat

Media Release - The Premier’s casual climate change inaction is putting Tasmanians at risk. In Parliament today he refused to stand against his coal-loving party, and reassure Tasmanians he would provide substantial resourcing for climate change...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Apr 2019

Adjournment - Response to Recommendations on Bushfires

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, this morning in parliament in response to a Dorothy Dix question from the member for Lyons, Mr Shelton, we had some information come out of the part- time Parks minister and...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Mar 2019

Premier Confirms Wilderness Devastation

Media Release - The Premier and part-time Parks’ Minister has finally revealed the extent of devastation to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from the recent – and still burning – bushfires.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Mar 2019

Adjournment - Effect of Bushfires on the Honey industry

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I echo what the minister has passed on in terms of this parliament's gratitude and certainly the Tasmanian Greens gratitude to everyone who took part in responding to the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Mar 2019

Premier Fails Students' Call for Action on Climate Crisis

Media Release - 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. They will be bitterly disappointed at Premier Will Hodgman’s agenda for the next...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Mar 2019

Bushfire Emergency Highlights Urgent Need to Heed Climate Council Report

Media Release - The Climate Council’s uncompromising and straight-speaking report, Climate Change-Fuelled Extreme Weather in 2018, confirms what all Tasmanians have lived for the last six weeks.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Feb 2019

Remembering the Devastation of 1967, Learning Lessons for the Future

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Feb 2017

One Year After Devastating Fires, Sluggish Response from Hodgman Government

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Parks spokespersonToday marks the grim one year anniversary of bushfires that threatened Tasmanian communities and caused irreparable damage to ancient wilderness landscapes, yet the Hodgman Liberal...

- 13 Jan 2017

TWWHA Bushfire Report Confirms Urgent Need for Fire Fighting Investment

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

Andrea Dawkins - 20 Dec 2016

Flood Inquiry Welcome, but Ignores Climate Change

Media Release - 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 - 13 Sep 2016

World Heritage Committee Request Must be Heard

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Jul 2016

State Budget 2016: Parks Funding Slashed and Burnt

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 1 Jun 2016

Parks Minister Exposed for Gutting PWS Bushfire Funding

Media Release - 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 - 1 Jun 2016

Fire Management and Planning Need Adequate Resources for Remote Fireys

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 25 May 2016

Bushfire Inquiry A Whitewash

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Fire spokespersonThe Bushfire Inquiry findings paint over the devastation of the summer bushfires in the World Heritage Area. It's as though they never existed.

- 27 Apr 2016

Burning Questions Unanswered over TWWHA Fires

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonIn Question Time today, neither the Minister for Parks, Mr Groom, nor the Minister for Emergency Services, Mr Hidding, could explain why it took so long for the State to request extra...

- 17 Mar 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Media Release - 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 - 15 Mar 2016

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

Media Release - 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 - 9 Mar 2016

Premier Misses Opportunity to Replace Groom

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Premier has missed a golden opportunity to place the Energy portfolio in the hands of a competent Minister in this time of energy crisis.Matthew Groom has demonstrated beyond doubt that he is not up to...

- 18 Feb 2016

It is Time to Recall Parliament

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderTasmania is in crisis yet the Liberals are content to wait until March to answer questions in Parliament about what they will do to provide energy security, fix the underfunded mess that is public health in...

- 9 Feb 2016

A 'Review' into TWWHA Fires is a Cop Out

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonWith an estimated 14,000 hectares of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) burned or still burning, and legitimate resourcing questions being asked, the Premier's...

- 4 Feb 2016

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

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderTasmania 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.

- 28 Jan 2016

Significant Resourcing Needed to Save Alpine Wilderness

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonWith weather conditions easing, this week is the critical week to stave off catastrophic damage to Tasmania’s priceless alpine and rainforest wilderness areas.

- 25 Jan 2016

Fire Permit Review Needed Now

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Oct 2015

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Reducing Bushfire Risk in Tasmania

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Sep 2015

Tasmania must be ready for more fires

Parliamentary Activity - That this House:1.     Notes the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre  warning that Tasmania’s eastern half could face a longer bushfire season at a higher than normal risk this coming summer.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Sep 2015

Liberal Party: Heads in the Sand on Global Warming

Media Release - 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 - 5 Sep 2015