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Family Violence Plan a Significant Step Forward

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

Tasmania has taken a significant step forward to make our community safer for women and children with the release today of the Family Violence Action Plan.

The Plan builds on the decades of work by women’s groups and community sector organisations, the work of previous governments, and on the strong tripartisan support shown in Tasmania for family violence prevention and gender equality.

Emissions Reduction Target Woefully Inadequate

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

The Abbott Liberals have once more revealed they are a bunch of climate Luddites with their woeful 26% emissions reduction target by 2030. 

Our grandchildren will not thank the Liberals for saying they will do so little, so late, and in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence.

Basing a far-off reduction target on 2005 emissions levels is an unscientific farce. The Kyoto baseline year is 1990. 

Christine Milne: Champion of Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The formal resignation of Christine Milne from the Australian Senate marks the end of an era in Tasmania. Christine has been at the forefront of politics and the campaign to protect what makes Tasmania unique in the world for the better part of 30 years.

Canberra will certainly miss Christine's formidable intellect and immense heart, her drive and her integrity.

Outgoing Integrity Commission Chief Slams Cuts and Complacency

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

Retiring Integrity Commission Chief Commissioner, the Honourable Murray Kellam AO, has exposed in raw detail the Hodgman Liberal Government’s attempts to undermine and weaken Tasmania’s Integrity Commission, potentially giving the ‘green light’ to corruption in the State.

Mr Kellam, a former Supreme Court Justice in Victoria, is scathing of the Liberals’ decision to slash the Integrity Commission’s funding by 20%, accusing the Government of ignoring advice, clearly in a bid to justify the budget cuts publicly.

Treasurer Spin Won't Hide Jobless Increase

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The latest employment data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals more job losses in Tasmania, the highest youth unemployment and lowest participation rates in the nation.

The increase in unemployment numbers across both Trend and Seasonally Adjusted figures, falls fairly at the feet of the Tasmanian Liberal Government.  Eighteen months in office, the days of blaming previous administrations have surely passed.

Minister Harriss being Deliberately Deceitful over WHA Logging

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Resources Minister, Paul Harriss’s ridiculous claim that the Greens supported logging in the World Heritage Area does not stand up to scrutiny.  He is, again, being deceitful and divisive for base political purposes.

Four out of five Greens’ MPs gave support to the Tasmanian Forest Agreement because it was the vehicle for a 170 000 hectare extension to the WHA, provided a pathway to end unsustainable logging and to create formal reserves in 504 000 hectares of forested land.

Expensive Advertising Comes at the Cost of Public Health

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader & Health spokesperson

Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, cannot possibly justify spending taxpayer dollars on an advertising campaign for his as-yet-unrealised, unfunded health reform White Paper.

Every dollar spent promoting reforms which haven’t yet been implemented is a dollar not being invested in bringing down soaring elective surgery waiting lists.

Health Reform Direction Sound but Where are the Dollars?

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader & Health spokesperson

The Health Minister is to be commended for the content and direction of his health reform White Paper, but if he thinks it can be delivered without significantly increased funding, he's dreaming.

The Greens want to see as much of the politics taken out of the health debate as possible and that is why we have publicly supported the reform direction, but the fact remains that the health system in Tasmania is chronically underfunded and suffering as a result of the Liberals' cuts to health.

Link MP Pay to Public Servants

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Premier Hodgman and the Liberal Party Room should just fess up that they want a pay rise and are trusting the Tasmanian Industrial Commission to deliver it.

Tasmanian politicians are well paid already. A significant pay rise would rightly be unacceptable to Tasmanians living on the breadline and the 840 public sector workers who have lost their jobs since the Hodgman Government came to office.

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