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Hobart Heritage Dump

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Heritage spokesperson

More than 50 of Hobart's properties were listed for removal from the Heritage Register in the latest swathe announced in the public notices of the Mercury. 

This is how the first batch in Launceston, which includes entire historic streetscapes, are being scrapped from the Register.

In the 2014/15 State Budget, Minister Groom set aside one third of the Heritage Register for removal. We are now seeing the slow unveiling of exactly what that will mean, and for whom.

Hobart Heritage Hit List to be Revealed

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Heritage spokesperson

The people of Hobart will wake up to the initial list of properties to be removed from the Heritage Register tomorrow morning.

We Hobartians are very proud of our built heritage and many residents in heritage properties will awake to find their property is no longer regarded as of high heritage significance.

Whole streetscapes in Launceston are being removed and we wait to hear what Minister Groom is planning for his own heritage-rich electorate.

Federal Hotels' Refurbishment Project

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

Federal Hotels' pitch to link a $100M refurbishment of their properties to an extension of the pokies monopoly deed is an unashamed attempt to hold the state to ransom.

The proposal might look nice, but it shouldn't hang on the extension of the monopoly Deed that has caused so much suffering in Tasmania for decades.

Tasmanians lose about $100M every six months on poker machines. That comes out of the pockets of some of our most disadvantaged people in our most disadvantaged areas.

Tasmania Report Presents Multiple Challenges for the State

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The TCCI 'Tasmania Report 2015' is a welcome, evidence-based contribution to the debate about how we, as a state, improve our economic self sufficiency, effectively invest in the education of young Tasmanians and encourage a culture of innovation.

The Report makes it clear that Tasmania's economic future is underpinned by resolving the crisis in educational outcomes and moving away from bulk commodity exports in to niche industries that leverage off Tasmania's globally unique brand.

Beresford Wins Tasmanian Book Prize

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Member for Franklin

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass

The Tasmanian Greens MPs enthusiastically congratulate Quentin Beresford on winning the Tasmania Book Prize with his  book, The Rise and Fall of Gunns Limited.

Greens Leader, Cassy O'Connor said Beresford's masterpiece is a cautionary tale of corruption and greed that should be compulsory reading in Tasmanian high schools.

NDIS Certainty Welcome

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

The Tasmanian Greens warmly welcome the announcement today of details on the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) two and a half years after this life-changing and positive reform came in to effect in Tasmania.

It was always the plan that the full scheme would begin to roll out from 1 July 2016, in order to deliver the NDIS to around 9600 Tasmanians living with disability who are outside the 15-24 age cohort who were part of the trial.

Appointments Welcome, Still No GBE Gender Balance

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Women spokesperson

The announcement today of two new women appointed to the Board of the Motor Accidents Insurance Board (MAIB) is a welcome step forward, but Tasmania's state owned businesses still perform poorly on gender equality.

Of the state's fourteen GBEs and State owned companies, only two Board Chairs are women and only one CEO is a woman. 

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