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Liberals Refuse to Back Donations Reform

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In Parliament today, the Liberals again voted for their own political self-interest and on behalf of their corporate donors, refusing to support donations' reform in Tasmania.

In a week where the Premier has failed to be transparent about a $30 000 donation from a Chinese owned company which ASIO warned about in 2015, it is no surprise the Liberals support the status quo, where voters don't know until 12-18 months after such a donation has been made.

Premier Fails to Condemn Federal Liberals over Manus Island Emergency

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

Premier Hodgman has failed compassionate Tasmanians by remaining silent about the human rights emergency unfolding on Manus Island.

In Question Time today, the Tasmanian Greens called on the Premier to speak up for the men on Manus, and make a representation to the Acting Prime Minister, Julie Bishop, condemning Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s inhumanity and demanding the Australian Government take responsibility for the welfare of the desperate men on Manus Island.

Premier Can't Keep Pointing the Finger at McQuestin

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

Whether it’s on shady donations from foreign owned companies or the Federal Group, or dirty tricks in Pembroke, the Premier simply refuses to take responsibility for the conduct and decisions of the political party he leads.

It has become a hallmark of Will Hodgman’s leadership going back to, and beyond, the Mantach scandal.  Every time the heat is on, he points the finger at someone else.

Property Council 'Leaders' Debate

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Property Council knows which side its bread is buttered on. 

It’s hosting a debate between the leaders of the two political parties who are in furious agreement on changes to the planning scheme written by and on behalf of developers, the handing of extraordinary powers to the Planning Minister which are a recipe for corruption, the compulsory acquisition of the pinnacle of kunanyi/Mt Wellington for a private development, and the refusal to support donations reform to prevent vested interests buying political favours.

Liberals Attempt to Buy Votes with Pensioner Payments

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

After three and a half years paying lip service to cost of living pressure, the Liberals’ announcement of a $150 one-off payment to aged pensioners is a cynical attempt to buy votes.

Many older Tasmanians, like so many disadvantaged households, have challenges paying their electricity bills, which is why Tasmania has long had a concessions scheme in place. 

Liberals' Destructive Rainforest Logging Plan Takes Effect

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokesperson

The Liberals’ destructive rainforest logging plan, which comes into effect today, is taking Tasmania backwards.

The so-called Special Timbers Management Plan permits logging in regional reserves and conservation areas.  It is designed to generate conflict, all of it backed in by the Labor (so-called) Opposition.

Labor and the Liberals have once again joined forces to put the environment, and our ancient rainforests last.

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