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Plan Needed to Protect Vulnerable Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

Media Release - Tasmania is in a State of Emergency and the priority is to protect vulnerable people. Our child protection services were already struggling, but COVID-19 is exacerbating the situation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Mar 2020

TCCI Report Reveals Widening Wealth Gap Under Hodgman Liberals

Media Release - The TCCI’s ‘Tasmania Report’ confirms what many Tasmanians are feeling. The wealth gap is widening under Will Hodgman’s leadership.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 2 Dec 2019

Kids Come First, Every Time

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens want proper funding and support available in our child safety system.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Feb 2018

Out-of-Home Care Monitoring and Oversight

Parliamentary Activity - Can you explain to the House why almost three years after the Safe Pathways scandal and subsequent strong recommendations from the then Commissioner for Children and Young People, Mark Morrisey, there is still no effective monitoring and...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Oct 2019

Jaensch Confirms by Omission His Office Requested Ashley Redactions

Media Release - In a shameful Parliamentary display, the Minister responsible for the Ashley Youth Detention Centre refused to honestly answer a simple, direct question from the Greens on who directed the independent Custodial Inspector to black out the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Oct 2019

Hodgman's Child Safety Leadership Failure

Media Release - The Premier and his Treasurer have conceded defeat on public sector wage negotiations and referred the matter to the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Jaensch

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR - I thank Ms Standen for her contribution. It was, as ever, well considered and very informative.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Jun 2019

Child Protection Not Safe From Gutwein's Cuts

Media Release - The Treasurer has refused to commit the government to quarantining the child protection system from the so-called ‘efficiency dividend’ after his Premier yesterday confirmed the Tourism Tasmania marketing budget would be quarantined.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Jun 2019

Budget 2019-20 - Essential Services Funding

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 May 2019

Slow, Systemic Reforms Won't Fix Systemic Under-funding of Child Protection

Media Release - Tasmanian children and young people are being let down day after day, and being put at risk of lifelong trauma and social issues as a result of persistent under-resourcing by the Hodgman Liberal Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Mar 2019

Labor Motion - Child Safe Standards

Parliamentary Activity - That the House -

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Sep 2018

At Risk Children and Young People Still Let Down

Media Release - Tasmania’s under-resourced child protection system continues to let down at risk children and young people.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Aug 2018

Child Protection - Total Support Services Notification

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mr JAENSCH

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 May 2018

Total Support Services briefing

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mr JAENSCH

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 May 2018

Child Protection - Total Support Services

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mr JAENSCH

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 May 2018

Child Safety Services - Resourcing

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Oct 2017

Actions of Minister Petrusma

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN We have just heard the Minister for Human Services try to justify not telling parliament the truth over the wellbeing of 11 at-risk children -Members interjecting.Madam SPEAKER - Order. The...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Aug 2017

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

Parliamentary Activity -  Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMATasmanians now know as a result of the ABC obtaining leaked departmental documents you misled parliament over the wellbeing of 11 children who had been placed with Safe...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Aug 2017

A Critical time for Tasmania's Children

Media Release - Tasmania's child safety workers are at the absolute front line of protecting children from abuse and neglect, yet they remain chronically overworked and under-resourced despite the Liberals' promises.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Sep 2017

Resignation of the Commissioner for Children

Media Release - It is a sad day for Tasmania's children and young people with the sudden resignation of Commissioner, Mark Morrissey.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Aug 2017

Child Protection - Safe Pathways Still in Operation

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA[10.13 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Mar 2017

Child Protection - Right to Information Requests

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA[10.26 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Mar 2017

Liberals Treat Public's Right to Know with Contempt

Media Release - Late yesterday, the Tasmanian Greens finally received the response to a Right to Information request we lodged on the 22nd of November last year.  It was almost three months behind the timeframe for the release of information under the Act...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Mar 2017

Liberals Break Right to Information Law

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokespersonThe Liberals have instituted a culture of secrecy and contempt for Right to Information which is infecting the entire government.  Minister Petrusma’s approach to Right to...

- 8 Mar 2017

Premier Hodgman Undercuts Human Services Minister on Child Protection

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokespersonPremier Will Hodgman yesterday used weasel words to suggest his government would in fact not be implementing and funding all seven of the Commissioner for Children and Young...

- 1 Feb 2017

Commissioner for Children's Report Exposes Urgent Need for Funding

Media Release - The report into Tasmania’s crisis-driven child protection and out of home care system by the Commissioner for Children and Young People demands urgent attention.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Jan 2017

RoGS Reinforces Government's Failure to Keep Vulnerable Children Safe

Media Release - The Report on Government Services (RoGS) chapter on child protection services released today illustrates enduring and serious issues that need to be sensitively examined and addressed.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 Jan 2017

Still Too Many Unanswered Questions on Safe Pathways

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokespersonFive months after concerns were first raised with the government about the treatment of vulnerable children in the care of for-profit provider, Safe Pathways, many questions...

- 15 Jan 2017

1000 Days in Which Vulnerable Children Have Been Put More At Risk

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokespersonThe Liberals sure do have a hide, crowing about their response to vulnerable people over their 1000 days in office. Their response to the plight of damaged children in the...

- 8 Dec 2016

Petrusma's Child Protection Crisis

Media Release - The Performance Measures for Child Protection in the DHHS Annual Report make it clear the system designed to protect some of Tasmania's most vulnerable children, is in significantly worse shape than it was under the previous government.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Dec 2016

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA This week, the manifest failings of Tasmania's child protection and out-of-home-care system were revealed to a national audience and to Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Nov 2016

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN RESOURCES, Mrs PETRUSMA[10.25 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Nov 2016

Safe Pathways Funding not Reaching Kids

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR  question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMAYesterday you told the House all 11 children currently in the care of Safe Pathways would be visited by a Child Protection officer. Are these children receiving more than $...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Nov 2016

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Nov 2016

No Role for Profit Making in Child Protection

Media Release - Chronic, systemic underfunding of child protection in Tasmania has laid the ground for businesses to profit from the abuse and neglect of children who are in the Out of Home Care system.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Nov 2016

Greens Are Focussed on the Key Issues

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Hodgman Liberals are desperately trying to deflect from Matthew Groom's woeful performance as Minister for Energy.The Greens have spent the past week in Parliament focused on the single most important...

- 11 Mar 2016

Child Protection Review Exposes Lack of Resources

Media Release - The report in to the failure to investigate 151 child protection notifications in the North West has exposed that resourcing is a serious issue for child protection in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 27 Aug 2015

Child Protection

Parliamentary Activity - QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICEMs O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Aug 2015

Minister Petrusma Gave Us No Choice

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokespersonThe 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Aug 2015

Prioritise Child Protection

Media Release - The latest Productivity Commission Report on Government Services (RoGS) reveals the alarming damage to vulnerable children caused by the Hodgman Government’s flawed priorities and underfunding of child protection in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Jan 2015