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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.

Greens Won't Support Politicians' Pay Bill

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Tasmanian Greens will not be supporting the Parliamentary Salaries, Superannuation and Allowances Amendment Bill 2015 because we believe Tasmanian Parliamentarians should not be treated differently from any other public servant in Tasmania.

The Bill seeks to refer the determination of MPs' pay to the Tasmanian Industrial Commission. The risk here is that the T.I.C. will determine that state politicians should be paid more and receive more entitlements.

The Premier Can Save the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson

As Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Premier Hodgman not only urgently needs to meet with representatives of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, but get on the phone to his Federal colleagues and ensure this disgraceful, disrespectful decision is reversed .

It is not good enough for the Premier to stand in the Tasmanian Parliament and say he is waiting for further information from Attorney General Brandis' office and won't be meeting community leaders until Thursday.

New Greens Leader

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

It is a great honour and an enormous responsibility to take on the Leadership of the Tasmanian Greens.  I very much look forward to the challenge.

The task ahead is to continue to stand up for this beautiful island and its people, to articulate a vision for a prosperous, sustainable future, to hold government to account and build the Green vote across Tasmania.

Government Inaction on Medical Cannabis

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Health spokesperson

Police Minister Rene Hidding has admitted that the Government has rejected key recommendations from the parliamentary Committee report into medicinal cannabis.

Despite the Parliamentary Committee recommendation that the use of medicinal cannabis being legislated as soon as possible, the Hodgman Liberal Government have washed their hands of any responsibility for criminal protection of chronically-ill Tasmanians and their families.

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