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Fire Permit Review Needed Now

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Emergency Management spokesperson and Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

Rosalie Woodruff MP:

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

No permit was needed for private property owners to burn off vegetation last Friday, but the following day was a total fire ban in the southern district.

Triabunna Wharf Sale

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The sale of TasPorts' Triabunna wharf to a local, marine based business is final proof that Triabunna’s future is in tourism and marine-based industries, not native forest woodchip exports.

Hopefully, the Liberals such as Lyons’ MP, Guy Barnett, will now move beyond their belief that there is any future in reviving woodchip exports from Triabunna.

The sale affirms that Triabunna is moving towards a new, more economically viable future in industries that build on the town and the region’s strengths and natural assets.

Government Confirms Privatisation of Public Housing Assets

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

For the first time in Tasmania's history a State Government is privatising Housing Tasmania homes through the transfer of Title.

Human Services Minister, Jacquie Petrusma, confirmed in Parliament today that up to 500 Housing Tasmania properties will be handed over to community housing providers.

At a reasonable estimate, the Hodgman Government is giving away $125 million worth of public housing assets.

Integrity in Public Office Reforms Defeated

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader 

Tasmania remains the only Australian state or territory without a crime of misconduct in public office, after neither the Liberals nor Labor supported the Greens Criminal Code Amendment (Misconduct in Public Office) Bill 2015.

Once again we see the old parties banding together, content to pretend Tasmania - unlike other jurisdictions - is immune to the potential for misconduct or corruption in the public sector.

We're lagging behind the rest of the country and there is no argument for us to continue to do so.

Housing Investment Step in the Right Direction

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

The release of the Affordable Housing Strategy and the investment of $13.5M this year won't deal with the critical supply issues in housing, but it's a reasonable start.

There are close to 3000 Tasmanians on the waiting list for homes which has skyrocketed under this government.  Many are living in highly unstable situations and some have no place to call home.

Three Capes Access Still Clear as Mud

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

In Question Time today, Minister Groom confirmed the suspicions of many - talking up the luxury aspects of the Three Capes 'experience' this morning, but ignoring the burning question from ordinary Tasmanians, “Can I do the walk without forking out $500?”

What Minister Groom proves every time he speaks is that the development in the Tasman National Park is not for Tasmanians and regular tourists, it's really there for wealthy visitors.

Forestry Tasmania Ministerial Charter

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

The Ministerial Charter that Forestry Tasmania is expected to abide by makes it clear the GBE is being set up to fail, despite the Liberals' rhetoric.

Tabled in Parliament today by Minister Harriss, the Charter requires Forestry Tasmania to be ‘financially self-sustaining’.  The GBE has failed to operate without massive subsidies in the past and is highly unlikely to in the future.

Groom Content to Pillage TWWHA

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

The Hodgman Government's passionate desire to log, mine and increase private development in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area not only shows a reckless disregard for its values but also the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Minister Groom's obfuscating and empty statements about 'traditional industries' in question time reveal a stunning disregard for Tasmania's protected places.

The government's position is clear - they think they are above UNESCO.

Harriss in Denial on TWWHA Logging

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, has made it clear the government plans to blunder on and log in protected areas, including the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), in contravention of explicit advice from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee that to do so would threaten World Heritage values.

Liberals Still in Bed with Federal

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

Treasurer Gutwein is failing to stand up for both disadvantaged Tasmanians and the cultural icon, MONA, in his acquiescence to Federal Hotels.

It is great shame for Tasmanians that the Liberals have again sided with their old and tired bedfellows, Federal Hotels.

We are at risk of losing the economic and social benefit of MONA's Robin Hood-eqsue development because this government is entirely beholden to Federals.

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