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Teachers Registration Amendment Bill 2019

The bill deals with some current constraints on the Teachers Registration Board in dealing with a teacher without a Working with Vulnerable People registration.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Sep 2020


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Job Cuts - Public Sector

Last week in here, we confirmed the cuts to the Child Safety Service via a message from senior managers to case workers to trim expenditure.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Aug 2020


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Child Safety Services - Notifications Procedure

On Monday a coronial investigation will begin into the deaths of seven babies and young children who were known to Child Safety Services.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Aug 2020


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Child Safety System - Funding of Services

March this year the Greens raised the serious concerns of child safety staff a lack of planning and resourcing in the child safety system.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Aug 2020


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Jaensch Fails to Rule Out Child Safety Cuts

The Minister for Human Services failed to answer important questions about cuts to Child Safety Services in State Parliament today. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Aug 2020


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Minister Must Explain COVID Child Safety Response

The Minister for Human Services must explain why vulnerable children were unable to access safe accommodation or key support services during COVID restrictions.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Aug 2020


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Plan Needed to Protect Vulnerable Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2020


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TCCI Report Reveals Widening Wealth Gap Under Hodgman Liberals

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


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Kids Come First, Every Time

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  19 Feb 2018


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Out-of-Home Care Monitoring and Oversight

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


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Jaensch Confirms by Omission His Office Requested Ashley Redactions

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


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Hodgman's Child Safety Leadership Failure

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


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Estimates Reply - Minister Jaensch

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


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Child Protection Not Safe From Gutwein's Cuts

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


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Budget 2019-20 - Essential Services Funding

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


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

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


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Child Safe Standards

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


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At Risk Children and Young People Still Let Down

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


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Child Protection - Total Support Services Notification

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


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Total Support Services briefing

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


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Child Protection - Total Support Services

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

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


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Child Safety Services - Resourcing

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


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Actions of Minister Petrusma

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


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Child Protection - Safe Pathways

Leaked departmental documents show the Minister 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


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A Critical time for Tasmania's Children

Tasmania's child safety workers are at the absolute front line of protecting children from abuse and neglect.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Sep 2017


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Resignation of the Commissioner for Children

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


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Child Protection - Safe Pathways Still in Operation

An email sent to staff on 13 March makes clear that Safe Pathways is still doing business here.

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


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Child Protection - Right to Information Requests

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


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Liberals Treat Public's Right to Know with Contempt

Late yesterday, the Tasmanian Greens finally received the response to a Right to Information request we lodged on the 22nd of November last year. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Mar 2017


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Liberals Break Right to Information Law

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


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Premier Hodgman Undercuts Human Services Minister on Child Protection

After the Safe Pathways scandal and evidence the State neglected children in its care, this is a completely unacceptable response from the Premier.

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


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Commissioner for Children's Report Exposes Urgent Need for Funding

The report into Tasmania’s 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


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RoGS Reinforces Government's Failure to Keep Vulnerable Children Safe

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Jan 2017


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Still Too Many Unanswered Questions on Safe Pathways

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


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

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


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Petrusma's Child Protection Crisis

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Dec 2016


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Petrusma Must Cancel Safe Pathways' Contract

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


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Child Protection - Safe Pathways

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


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Child Protection - Safe Pathways

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


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Safe Pathways Funding not Reaching Kids

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


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Child Protection - Safe Pathways

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.

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


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No Role for Profit Making in Child Protection

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016


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Greens Are Focussed on the Key Issues

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


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Child Protection Review Exposes Lack of Resources

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 2015


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Child Protection

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


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Child Protection

It is 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


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Minister Petrusma Gave Us No Choice

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


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Prioritise Child Protection

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