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Premier Still has Questions to Answer

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Premier continued his empty 'nothing to see here' rhetoric in Question Time today when repeatedly asked about the Tasmanian Liberal Party's dealings with its former State Director, Damien Mantach.

Premier Hodgman failed to answer question after question in Parliament, despite being a member of the Liberal Party Executive who presided over Mr Mantach's "resignation".

Tasmanians want to believe in a Premier who is open and transparent, not one who is keeping things cosy inside the Liberal tent.

Minister Petrusma Gave Us No Choice

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

The three Greens MPs met this morning and agreed that we would keep an open mind on the likely no confidence Motion to be brought on by Labor.

We agreed that we would wait to hear Minister Petrusma's response to a series of questions about how 151 potentially at-risk children were ignored for a lengthy period by Child Protection in the North West.

We were genuinely prepared to give the Minister a chance to explain her lack of timely action on this serious matter.

More Woodsmoke and Mirrors from Harriss

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forestry spokesperson

The Liberals continue to mislead Tasmanians over the future viability of the native forest woodchip industry.

Minister Harriss today told Parliament that government has received nineteen expressions of interest from the private sector in response to its so called 'Southern Residues Solutions' process.

The only way a private operator will invest in a woodchip mill or biomass generator in the State's South is if they are assured of substantial public subsidies.

Criminal Code Amendment (Misconduct in Public Office) Bill Tabled

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Both the old parties will be given the opportunity in Parliament to bring Tasmania into line with the rest of the country and ensure the highest possible standards of ethical, lawful conduct in public office.

Tabled today, the Criminal Code Amendment (Misconduct in Public Office) Bill 2015 addresses serious concerns raised repeatedly by the Integrity Commission.

Tasmania is the only jurisdiction not to have this offence in its criminal code or common law. This is unacceptable and can't be justified.

Premier Squibs on Public Misconduct

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Premier today offered no proper justification for Tasmania being the only jurisdiction in the country not to have a crime of public misconduct on the State's statute books.

In Question Time today he made no commitment to accept the Integrity Commission's persistent call for the Criminal Code Act 1924 to be amended to include the public misconduct provision.

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