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Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

Police, Fire and Emergency Management - Strip Searches

The Examiner reported on information about the numbers of invasive strip searches of children and young people continuing in the youth detention system.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021

Protest, Climate Emergency

Education - Students and Climate

Eco anxiety is something that the Premier talked about yesterday in the Climate portfolio and it is a recognised psychological diagnostic area.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021

Happy Children, Playing with Parents

Education - Child and Family Learning Centre Specialist Staff

The Budget provides funding to replicate the support and wellbeing team model in the Child and Family Learning Centres.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Sep 2021

Lonely Child

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

PESRAC recommended that the CAMHS reforms be accelerated and implemented as soon as possible and they set out a number of phases.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021

Prison, Barbed-Wire Fence

Greens Celebrate Ashley Youth Detention Centre Closure

On behalf of the Greens and the children of lutruwita/Tasmania, I thank Peter Gutwein for making the long-needed decision to close Ashley Youth Detention Centre

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2021

Prison, Barbed-Wire Fence

Custodial Inspector’s Report Confirms Ashley Must Close

Another Custodial Inspector report, another swathe of critical failures at Ashley Youth Detention Centre (AYCD) have been exposed. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Mar 2021

Justice, Scales and Gavel

Shelton Must Review Police Procedures on Child Abuse Investigations

Police Minister, Mark Shelton refused to acknowledge police policies or procedures should be reviewed and changed. 

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Dec 2020

Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Mental Health and Wellbeing – Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services

The CAMHS reforms are very welcome and we welcome the fact that they were all accepted. It's very important that they were.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Nov 2020

Parliament House, Tasmania

Brahminy Review Must Be Independent, Comprehensive

The internal review into the Brahminy program is inadequate, and the Minister should announce an independent, comprehensive review.

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

Child, Shadow

Children’s Commissioner Must Have Oversight Over All Out-of-home Care

The Commissioner for Children and Young People’s oversight of the out-of-home care system is critical in making sure children are cared for properly.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Oct 2020

Lonely Child

Gutwein Government Must Investigate Brahminy Program, Bring Tasmanian Kids Home

The Gutwein Government needs to explain why it’s sending vulnerable young Tasmanians to a controversial and isolated Northern Territory intervention program.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Sep 2020

Lonely Child

Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Amendment Bill 2020

While we are enacting a pilot witness intermediary scheme, I have no doubt that the scheme will prove to be of significant benefit to survivors and victims.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Sep 2020

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

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

Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Leaders Must Listen to Young People in COVID-19 Rebuild

The Greens welcome the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s 'Listening to Children and Young People in Tasmania Report 2019'.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 May 2020

Lonely Child

Plan Needed to Protect Vulnerable Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2020

Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Wellbeing of Young Tasmanians

The Commissioner for Children and Young People paints a mixed picture of Tasmania’s progress on the wellbeing of young Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2020

Happy Children, Playing with Parents

Supporting Children and Families

The Tasmanian Greens support more Child and Family Centres as an alternative to the lower school starting age.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Policies  |  30 Aug 2016

Lonely Child

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

Justice, Scales and Gavel

Liberals' Clumsy Attempts to Cover Up Ashley Scandal

The Liberals have attempted, and failed, to redact some of the shameful results of an independent inspection of Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Oct 2019

Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Commissioner Children and Young People Ambassador Program

I will take the opportunity to talk about the Commissioner Children and Young People's outstanding Ambassador Program.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Oct 2019

Mental Health, Man on Couch

Estimates Reply - Minister Ferguson

Chair, I will reflect on some of the enlightening conversations I had with the minister in his capacity as the Minister for Health.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

Mental Health, Man on Couch

Mental Health

We have a situation where young people and children are admitted in mental health distress into wards for adults.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Jun 2019

Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Child and Youth Mental Health

New beds will be progressively rolled out from 2020-21, including 10 new intensive care unit beds and a dedicated 16-bed adolescent unit.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 May 2019

Ambulance, Interior

Child and Youth Mental Health

60,000 Tasmanians live in mental health distress every year. They suffer financial distress and social and financial impacts on their families and communities.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 May 2019

Mental Health, Man on Couch

Budget 2019-20 - Mental Health Facilities

In 2015 Coroner Olivia McTaggart recommended a dedicated inpatient unit be built for young people who suffer mental illness or suicidality.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 May 2019

Justice, Scales and Gavel

Commissioner for Children's Advice on Strip Searches

We welcome the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s advice to government on strip searches of children and young people.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 May 2019

Lonely Child

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

Homeless Man

Minister Jaensch Clutching at Straws

The waiting list for housing is not falling, fewer people are being housed and less Tasmanians assisted to go in to the private rental market.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jan 2019

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

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

Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

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

Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Youth At Risk Strategy Undermined by 'Tough on Crime' Liberals

The Tasmanian Greens welcome the belated release of the government's Youth at Risk Strategy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jun 2017

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

RoGS Reinforces Government's Failure to Keep Vulnerable Children Safe

The 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

Lonely Child

Still Too Many Unanswered Questions on Safe Pathways

Five months after concerns were first raised with the government about the treatment of vulnerable children in the care of Safe Pathways, many questions remain.

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

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

Petrusma's Child Protection Crisis

In the past year, the average number of children waiting each day for a response from Child Protection has increased from 15.5 to 65.5.

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

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

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

Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

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

Lonely Child

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

Lonely Child

No Role for Profit Making in Child Protection

Chronic, systemic underfunding of child protection in Tasmania has laid the ground for businesses to profit from the abuse and neglect of children.

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

Justice, Scales and Gavel

Sentencing Advisory Council Rejects Mandatory Sentences

The Sentencing Advisory Council has stood its ground and hit back at the Liberals’ politically motivated stunt.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Nov 2016

Lonely Child

Children Exposed to Family Violence Slipping Through Large Service Gaps

Rosie Batty launched the Commissioner for Children’s report, ‘Children and Young People’s Unique Experience of Family Violence' today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Sep 2016

Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Greens Release Costed Plan to Close Ashley

The evidence is clear that Ashley represents a failed model for youth justice.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Sep 2016

Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Ashley Review Builds Case for Closure

The Independent Review of Ashley Youth Detention Centre makes it clear the model for dealing with young offenders in Tasmania has failed.

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

Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Acute Crisis Care in Tasmanian Hospitals

I have noticed a couple of concerning things in the paediatric areas of the North West Regional Hospital and the Launceston General Hospital.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Aug 2016

Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Ashley Youth Detention Centre

The Greens recognise that the Minister and her agency have taken this matter very seriously.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Aug 2016

Happy Children, Playing with Parents

Greens Release Alternative to Lower School Age Policy Initiative

Public concern is growing over the Liberal Government's plan to lower the mandatory school starting age.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  6 Aug 2016

Green Economics

State Budget: Address in Reply

It continues a long-standing tradition of the Tasmanian Greens to present an alternative vision for the future of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Gender Equality

Teen Challenge Won't Welcome Everyone to Meander Rehab Centre

When the state decided to sell the site, Teen Challenge saw an opportunity and orchestrated the outcome which has now been presented.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Jun 2016

Happy Children, Playing with Parents

Rockliff Feels Heat on Education Act Changes

The Minister of Education tried to reassure Tasmanian parents about changes to the Education Act, due to be debated in the next session of Parliament.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  14 Jun 2016

Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

My Education Website Poor Alternative to Pathway Planners

Students, parents and educators were shocked when the Government axed the highly effective pathway planners in 2014.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 May 2016

Super Trawler Geelong Star

National Council of Women of Tasmania

he National Council of Women of Tasmania celebrated its 117th annual report for its 118th year this year.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 May 2016

Bushfire, Burned Forest

State of the State Address in Reply

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens MPs, I pay respect to the palawa/pakana people of Tasmania, to their treasured elders, past and present.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016

Gender Equality

Family Violence and the Link with Animal Cruelty

We have learnt from the survivors of violence about the implicit nature of our society's acceptance of that violence.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Mar 2016

Religion, Book

Children's Commissioner Questions School Discrimination

Tasmania's Commissioner for Children has expressed concern about allowing religious schools to discriminate against students of different backgrounds.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Nov 2015

Happy Children, Playing with Parents

Every Child Succeeds Initiative

Anglicare's Every Child Succeeds initiativ, forms part of the Communities for Children program funded by the federal government.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Oct 2015

Lonely Child

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

Child, Shadow

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

Lonely Child

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