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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. 

Road Safety Underfunded While MAIB Gives $144M in Dividends

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The Liberals in government have presided over a significant decline in the number of random breath tests and speed camera hours and an increase in road fatalities and serious injuries, but are making no commitment to allocate any of the massive $144million in dividends from MAIB to increased road safety funding.

Thousands Rally in Hobart for Climate Action

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

Thousands of Tasmanians who travelled from all corners of the State rallied in Hobart for climate action in the lead up to this week's Climate Summit in Paris.

This should be a wake up call for the Hodgman government which has ripped up Tasmania's ClimateSmart strategy and continues to subsidise the emissions-intensive native forest logging industry.

The science tells us that protecting the vast stores of carbon in Tasmania's forests must be part of our response to climate disruption.

Groom’s EOI Process a Shambles

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

Parks Minister, Matthew Groom, again has egg on his face, this time over his headlong rush to develop in Tasmania's National Parks and World Heritage Area.

The Minister clearly raised expectations among tourism operators bidding to develop in protected areas, that he would deliver a World Heritage Management Plan to suit their needs.

Greens Will Fight Weakening of Anti-Discrimination Act

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

A conservative Liberal push to weaken Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act will ring alarm bells among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Tasmanians who are currently protected from offensive, humiliating, intimidatory, insulting or ridiculing comments under the law.

During debate on marriage equality last night, the Premier and a number of Liberal MPs flagged possible changes to these legal protections, allegedly in the interests of free speech.

Marriage Equality Motion Passes

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

In a largely respectful and moving conscience debate late today, Tasmania's Parliament has sent a strong message for support for marriage equality to Canberra.

The Greens Motion to give in-principle support for marriage equality passed the House of Assembly with Liberal amendments that did not affect the substance of the Motion.

In total, 3 Greens MPs, 5 Labor MPs and 7 Liberal MPs voted in support of an end to marriage discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Tasmanians.

Forest Practices Plans Routinely Ignored

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

The annual report of Tasmania's Forest Practices' Authority makes it clear that Forest Practices Plans (FPPs) are regularly ignored by industry operators, and yet those who breach the Forest Practices Act face little or no sanction.

The report shows that 14.8% of operations did not comply with FPPs. Of particular note are FEA ltd and AKS Forest Solutions of which 50% and 56% respectively did not comply.

Children's Commissioner Questions School Discrimination

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

Tasmania's Commissioner for Children has expressed concern about the Liberal Government's policy of allowing religious schools to discriminate against students of different religious and cultural backgrounds.

The Commissioner for Children's Annual Report released to Parliament today details correspondence from Commissioner, Mark Morrissey to government querying the impact of the discrimination policy on students.

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