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Liberal Privatisation Agenda Becoming Clearer

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader 

Despite the Premier's claims in April last year that they wouldn't sell public assets, we now know his government is considering selling the iconic Treasury building in Hobart and government buildings in St John Street, Launceston.

The planned sale of Treasury and St John Street buildings would be on top of giving away up to 500 Housing Tasmania properties and the sale of Forestry Tasmania's plantations.

Still Waiting for Housing Giveaway Details

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

Minister Petrusma dodged question after question on her government's housing giveaway plan in parliament this morning.

Instead of providing Tasmanians with the evidence base for the asset giveaway and the total value of the up to 500 properties, Ms Petrusma weakly argued that she and her government were not privatising public assets.

The Tasmanians we speak to believe if it looks and smells like a public asset giveaway, that's what it is.

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.

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