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Plan Needed to Protect Vulnerable Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

[field_body]Our child protection services were already struggling, but COVID-19 is exacerbating the situation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2020

TCCI Report Reveals Widening Wealth Gap Under Hodgman Liberals

[field_body]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  |  Media Release  |  2 Dec 2019

Kids Come First, Every Time


Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  19 Feb 2018

Out-of-Home Care Monitoring and Oversight

[field_body]Out-of-home care in Tasmania remains recklessly unregulated five-and-a-half years after the Liberal Party took government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Oct 2019

Jaensch Confirms by Omission His Office Requested Ashley Redactions

[field_body]The Minister responsible for the Ashley Youth Detention Centre refused to honestly answer a simple, direct question from the Greens.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Oct 2019

Hodgman's Child Safety Leadership Failure

[field_body]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  |  Media Release  |  27 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Jaensch

[field_body]There is a surge in the budget allocation that runs out next year for child safety services.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Jun 2019

Child Protection Not Safe From Gutwein's Cuts

[field_body]The Treasurer has refused to commit the government to quarantining the child protection system from the so-called ‘efficiency dividend’.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Jun 2019

Budget 2019-20 - Essential Services Funding

[field_body]The elective surgery waiting list has soared, along with time spent in the emergency department, yet there is no new money for health in this year's budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 May 2019

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

[field_body]Tasmanian children and young people are being let down day after day as a result of persistent under-resourcing by the Hodgman Liberal Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Mar 2019

Child Safe Standards

[field_body]It is quite breathtaking that we, in 2018, we still do not have a set of nationally consistent standards for child safety.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Sep 2018

At Risk Children and Young People Still Let Down

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Aug 2018

Child Protection - Total Support Services Notification

[field_body]can you confirm that when the ABC alerted your office to these allegations that they were taken very seriously?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 May 2018

Total Support Services briefing

[field_body]Total Support Services have been described as totally unprofessional, with unqualified management, a poor workplace culture, and no training of new staff.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 May 2018

Child Protection - Total Support Services

[field_body]The allegation is that Total Support Services is exposing children with disabilities to inappropriate discipline.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 May 2018

Child Safety Services - Resourcing

[field_body]Two people were so concerned about this baby's welfare they alerted Child Safety Services, yet the evidence strongly suggests an under-resourced agency was unable to respond in time possibly to save the child's life.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2017

Actions of Minister Petrusma

[field_body]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.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Aug 2017

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

[field_body]Tasmanians 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 Pathways last year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Aug 2017

A Critical time for Tasmania's Children

[field_body]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  |  Media Release  |  6 Sep 2017

Resignation of the Commissioner for Children

[field_body]It is a sad day for Tasmania's children and young people with the sudden resignation of Commissioner, Mark Morrissey.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Aug 2017

Child Protection - Safe Pathways Still in Operation

[field_body]An email sent to staff on 13 March makes clear that Safe Pathways is still doing business here, yet on 22 December last year the Minister said, 'No new placements would be made with Safe Pathways.'

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Mar 2017

Child Protection - Right to Information Requests

[field_body]The Greens' Safe Pathways right to information request was lodged on 22 November last year. It is now two and a half months overdue.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Mar 2017

Liberals Treat Public's Right to Know with Contempt

[field_body]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  |  Media Release  |  10 Mar 2017

Liberals Break Right to Information Law

[field_body]The Liberals have instituted a culture of secrecy and contempt for Right to Information which is infecting the entire government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Mar 2017

Premier Hodgman Undercuts Human Services Minister on Child Protection

[field_body]Premier 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 People's recommendations, directly contradicting his Minister for...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Feb 2017

Commissioner for Children's Report Exposes Urgent Need for Funding

[field_body]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  |  Media Release  |  31 Jan 2017

RoGS Reinforces Government's Failure to Keep Vulnerable Children Safe

[field_body]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  |  Media Release  |  24 Jan 2017

Still Too Many Unanswered Questions on Safe Pathways

[field_body]Five 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 remain unanswered.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Jan 2017

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

[field_body]The Liberals sure do have a hide, crowing about their response to vulnerable people over their 1000 days in office. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Dec 2016

Petrusma's Child Protection Crisis

[field_body]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  |  Media Release  |  7 Dec 2016

Petrusma Must Cancel Safe Pathways' Contract

[field_body]The Minister for Human Services has no choice but to accept responsibility for the Safe Pathways scandal and cancel the government contract with the for-profit provider.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Dec 2016

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

[field_body]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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Nov 2016

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

[field_body]Could you please detail to the House when the funding agreement with Safe Pathways commenced and the total value of this agreement?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Nov 2016

Safe Pathways Funding not Reaching Kids

[field_body]Yesterday the Minister told the House all 11 children currently in the care of Safe Pathways would be visited by a Child Protection officer. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Nov 2016

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

[field_body]I listened very carefully to your response to the Opposition Leader's questions on Safe Pathways and the allegations raised in Four Corners last night. You say Safe Pathways is already being investigated.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Nov 2016

No Role for Profit Making in Child Protection

[field_body]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  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016

Greens Are Focussed on the Key Issues

[field_body]The Hodgman Liberals are desperately trying to deflect from Matthew Groom's woeful performance as Minister for Energy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Mar 2016

Child Protection Review Exposes Lack of Resources

[field_body]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  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 2015

Child Protection

[field_body]Yesterday the Minister could not provide any answers as to why the child protection system failed 151 children on the north-west coast.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Aug 2015

Child Protection

[field_body]It is now almost three weeks since the department first became aware of the child protection system's failure to follow up on at least 151 child protection alerts.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Aug 2015

Minister Petrusma Gave Us No Choice

[field_body]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.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Aug 2015

Prioritise Child Protection

[field_body]The latest RoGS reveals damage to vulnerable children caused by the Hodgman Government’s underfunding of child protection in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Jan 2015