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Wellbeing of Young Tasmanians

Media Release - Today’s Investing in the Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People report released by the Commissioner for Children and Young People paints a mixed picture of our Tasmania’s progress on the wellbeing of young Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Feb 2020

Supporting Children and Families

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

Andrea Dawkins - 30 Aug 2016

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

Liberals' Clumsy Attempts to Cover Up Ashley Scandal

Media Release - The Liberals have attempted, and failed, to redact some of the shameful results of an independent inspection of Ashley Youth Detention Centre. This raises a series of extremely serious questions about potential Ministerial interference to...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Oct 2019

Adjournment - Commissioner Children and Young People Ambassador Program

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Speaker, following on from what the minister for Education was talking about then, I take the opportunity to talk about the Commissioner Children and Young People's outstanding Ambassador Program.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Oct 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Ferguson

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 Jun 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Mental Health

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, it is pretty galling to stand up here and have to talk about the words, but the words matter.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Jun 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Child and Youth Mental Health

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Mr Deputy Speaker, that was the clearest statement we have had from the Minister for Health on the situation in the child and adolescent mental health area of public policy.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 May 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Child and Youth Mental Health

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I move -That the House take note of the following matter: child and youth mental health.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 May 2019

Budget 2019-20 - Mental Health Facilities

Parliamentary Activity - Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for HEALTH, Mr FERGUSON

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 May 2019

Commissioner for Children's Advice on Strip Searches

Media Release - The Tasmanian Greens welcome the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s advice to government and recommendations around strip searches of children and young people.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 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

Minister Jaensch Clutching at Straws

Media Release - The long delayed release of data on housing, children and disabilities shows modest improvement in only one area of Minister Jaensch’s portfolio responsibility and even with that, it is still taking more than a year to find homes for high...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 11 Jan 2019

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 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

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

Media Release - Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokesperson 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Jun 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

Sentencing Advisory Council Rejects Mandatory Sentences

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokespersonThe Sentencing Advisory Council has stood its ground and hit back at the Liberals’ politically motivated stunt designed to tap into people’s valid concerns for the safety of their children.

- 15 Nov 2016

Parliament No Place for Hatred and Bigotry

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 15 September 2016Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Condemns the dangerous, divisive and hate prompting maiden speech delivered by Queensland One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson on 14 September 2016 in the...

- 15 Sep 2016

Children Exposed to Family Violence Slipping Through Large Service Gaps

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokespersonFormer Australia of the Year, Rosie Batty launched the Commissioner for Children’s report, ‘Children and Young People’s Unique Experience of Family Violence' today.

- 20 Sep 2016

Greens Release Costed Plan to Close Ashley

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader The Tasmanian Greens have developed a fully costed plan to close the Ashley Youth Detention Centre and invest in two new medium and high security facilities in the North and South that will deliver a...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Sep 2016

Ashley Review Builds Case for Closure

Media Release - 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 - 1 Sep 2016

Acute Crisis Care in Tasmanian Hospitals

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I want to report some of the reflections I have had on during my recent visits to a number of our public hospitals.  My intention is to visit all public hospitals in the state and to meet with staff...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Aug 2016

Book Week Enriches Children's Lives and Minds

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 25 August 2016Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

- 25 Aug 2016

Ferguson Failing Sick Children

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Aug 2016

Australia's Asylum Seeker Shame

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 17 August 2016Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Acknowledges with shame that Australia has been detaining asylum seekers offshore on Nauru and Manus Island under the direction of the Federal Liberal...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Aug 2016

Ashley Youth Detention Centre

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Greens recognise that the Minister and her agency have taken this matter very seriously.As this matter is now under investigation, we will not be commenting further on this specific allegation.  There...

- 19 Aug 2016

No Support for Rockilff's Plan to Lower School Starting Age

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Acknowledges:—(a)           the lack of public support for lowering the school starting age;(b)           that all the evidence suggests this policy will lead to worse outcomes for...

- 16 Aug 2016

Greens Release Alternative to Lower School Age Policy Initiative

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonPublic concern is growing over the Liberal Government's plan to lower the mandatory school starting age.The Greens' research to date confirms the evidence base for an earlier starting age is...

- 6 Aug 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - It gives me great pleasure to present the Tasmanian Greens' fully costed Alternative Budget for 2016-17. It continues a long-standing tradition of the Tasmanian Greens to present an alternative vision for the future of Tasmania. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 May 2016

Teen Challenge Won't Welcome Everyone to Meander Rehab Centre

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS (Bass) - Madam Speaker, I rise to speak about the future of the old Meander Valley School under the management of an organisation named Teen Challenge.  When the state decided to sell the site, Teen Challenge saw an opportunity...

- 15 Jun 2016

Rockliff Feels Heat on Education Act Changes

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Education spokespersonThe Minister of Education tried to reassure Tasmanian parents about changes to the Education Act, due to be debated in the next session of Parliament.

- 14 Jun 2016

My Education Website Poor Alternative to Pathway Planners

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 26 May 2016Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for EDUCATION and TRAINING, Mr ROCKLIFF[10.23 a.m.]

- 26 May 2016

National Council of Women of Tasmania

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 May 2016

Playgroups Pivotal in Early Learning

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 27 April 2016NOTICE OF MOTIONAndrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that:—(a)           National Playgroup Week was held from the 20 to 26 March 2016, with many “World’s Biggest Playgroup Day” events held...

- 27 Apr 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Media Release - Madam Speaker, I have read a fair portion of the histories, including Professor Henry Reynolds’ landmark work, ‘The Fate of a Free People’, and recognise that a systemic erasure of Aboriginal Tasmanians in the birth records took place.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Mar 2016

Family Violence and the Link with Animal Cruelty

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS (Bass) - Mr Deputy Speaker, in 2015 one of the lessons learned is that of the breadth of family violence in our communities. We have learnt from the survivors of violence about the implicit nature of our society's acceptance of...

Andrea Dawkins - 8 Mar 2016

Children's Commissioner Questions School Discrimination

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokespersonTasmania's Commissioner for Children has expressed concern about the Liberal Government's policy of allowing religious schools to discriminate against students of different...

- 17 Nov 2015

Every Child Succeeds Initiative

Parliamentary Activity - NOTICE OF MOTIONTUESDAY 13 October 2015Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -That this House:

- 13 Oct 2015

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