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Liberals' Clumsy Attempts to Cover Up Ashley Scandal

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Children spokesperson

The two youth justice Custodial Inspector reports tabled in Parliament today are beyond damning.

The Liberals have attempted, and failed, to redact some of the shameful results of this independent inspection of Ashley Youth Detention Centre. This raises a series of extremely serious questions about potential Ministerial interference to cover up a scandal at Ashley.

Premier Backs In New Coal Projects for Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Tasmania’s future is clearly not in coal mining, but you wouldn’t know that from the Premier’s contribution in Question Time today.

We asked if his government really is prepared to sacrifice farmers, tourism operators, the concerns of Tasmanian Aborigines, the integrity of our clean, green brand, and undermine this island’s contribution to a safe climate, in order to ramp up coal exploration, extraction and exports.

Real Youth Survival Report Demands Tripartisan Push to Raise Newstart and Youth Allowance

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson

Young Tasmanians need a unity ticket across parties to get the Morrison Government to hear the compelling case for an increase in Newstart and Youth Allowance. The Tasmanian Greens stand ready to work with Liberal and Labor parties to get Canberra to listen.

Colony 47’s Real Youth Survival Report 2019, released as part of Anti-Poverty Week, paints a confronting picture of youth poverty.

Greens Move to Ban New Coal Mines

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

We are in the midst of a climate emergency and opening up a new coal mine is a recipe for a climate catastrophe.

The world must be transitioning to clean, green energy but the Tasmanian Government is backing in a coal mine.

The climate emergency requires us to keep carbon in the ground. This is non-negotiable. That’s why the Greens will be moving in State Parliament next week to ban new coal mines in Tasmania.

Sustainable Timbers Tasmania Fails to Secure FSC, Again

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

Forest Stewardship Council auditors delivered their assessment report to ‘Sustainable Timbers Tasmania’ on the last Friday in May this year, four months ago.

It is clear that, once again, Tasmania’s forestry GBE has failed to secure FSC certification.

In Question Time this morning, Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, dodged and weaved on the Greens’ question specific to FSC certification.

Hodgman Liberals Set to Log Carbon Bank Forests in Climate Emergency

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

Following their failure to stand with young Tasmanians striking for a safe climate last Friday, the Premier and his Resources Minister today dealt young people another slap in the face with confirmation 356 000 hectares of carbon-dense forests will be opened to logging in April next year.

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