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Tasmanian Liberals Rake in Donations, Declare Less than a Quarter

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

The latest Australian Electoral Commission disclosure returns reveal the State Liberals pocketed $2.39 million in political donations in 2016-17, but only declared the sources for $498 000.*

Tasmanians have no idea which vested interests the remaining $1.89 million came from, and that is a taint on our democracy.

The Liberals are the singularly most secretive of all parties when it comes to the corporate sources of their funding.  That is why they continually resist donations' disclosure reform at a State level.

Foreign Ownership and Influence

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

The high level of foreign ownership and growing foreign influence in Tasmania has got people talking across the State.

Almost 25% of our state’s agricultural land is under a level of foreign ownership, and foreign donors are making large donations to the Liberals.

The Greens want to start a rational and respectful conversation about the impact of foreign ownership and influence in Tasmania.

Greens Committed to Cleaning Up Tasmania's Democracy

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

Tasmania has the weakest political donations laws in the country and the Greens remain determined to deliver donations' reform to clean up Tasmania's democracy.

For too long, corporate donors wanting to protect their profits have used the money they tip in to the old parties as leverage for policy or legislative outcomes that are not in the best interests of the Tasmanian people.

Labor Housing Policy Won’t Tackle Housing Crisis

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader and Housing spokesperson

The Labor Party's announcement on three new builds to tackle the housing crisis is woefully inadequate.

Ensuring all Tasmanians who need a home can find one will require much greater government investment in affordable housing as well as structural change to rein in the explosion of Airbnb and to require that new housing developments have a component of affordable housing.

Premier Afraid to Debate Greens on His Government's Record

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

Premier Will Hodgman has again displayed his fear of being taken on by the Greens in a public forum, refusing to participate in the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) debate because the Greens had been invited.

What a fraidy cat, scared of the Greens!

If Will Hodgman is so proud of his government's record and confident in his ability to articulate it, he should have no problem being part of a three way debate between the State's political leaders.

Still Work to be Done on LGBTI Equality

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

Hundreds of Tasmanians refused to let thunder and rain dampen their rainbow spirits today at the annual TasPride march through Hobart.

With equal marriage now a reality in Australia, there was much to celebrate but as the rally heard from LGBTI young people and advocates today, discrimination, misunderstanding and exclusion remain a daily reality.

Liberals Must Act on Reproductive Health

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

Today’s revelation that Tasmania’s only reproductive health clinic has closed will place women seeking a pregnancy termination in extremely difficult positions, particularly those in disadvantaged and regional areas.

Despite the passage of historic legislation decriminalising abortion in 2013, reproductive health options are narrowing for Tasmanian women, leaving them with too few accessible choices.

Tasmania now only has one private practitioner who can conduct surgical terminations, and only on a part time basis.

Hodgman Must Act on Integrity Commission Recommendations, For Once

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

With the Hodgman Liberals in the spotlight over claims of nepotism and misconduct, the Integrity Commission’s recommendations released today are overdue.

It is well past time the Premier listened to, and acted on, the Commission’s advice for strengthening transparency, integrity and public confidence in government and Parliamentarians.

Hodgman’s Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

In the last sitting week of Parliament under the Hodgman Liberals, all the Premier’s chickens are coming home to roost.

After four years of dishonesty and spin, of refusing to accept any responsibility for problems and pointing the finger of blame at others, the Premier still spent all of question time today throwing accusations at the Greens and Labor and being loose with the truth about the circumstances surrounding the resignation of DPaC Secretary, Greg Johannes.

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