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State of the State Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

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Madam Speaker,

We meet on the land of an ancient and noble people, land that was taken from them with terrible violence and trickery on the part of the men who came before us.

We do well to remind ourselves often that this land – lutruwita/Tasmania – was never ceded by its original owners.

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

Groom Failed to Prepare for “Super” Drought

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom, has seriously mismanaged obvious risks in his energy portfolio. This was demonstrated once more in Parliament this morning when he revealed his complete inability to plan for the future.

It's clear Minister Groom ignored warnings from climate organisations of a “super” El Nino that would hit Tasmania over last autumn, spring and summer. The severe drought warnings came nearly two years ago, and were confirmed in May 2015.

Premier Fails to Address the Biggest Issue in State of the State

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader, Parks and Climate Change spokesperson

The Premier spoke for forty minutes in his State of the State address today, and despite acknowledging the drought, unprecedented dry lightning strikes, bushfires that irreversibly damaged the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and a devastating virus hurting oyster growers, he only made passing reference to climate change.

12 Month Energy Talkfest Straight from 'Yes Minister'

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

A 12 month talkfest is not what Tasmania needs in the middle of an energy crisis. We need action and leadership and we need it now.

Minister Groom has picked a crop of people he already oversees to head up a Taskforce, who will take a year to “independently” evaluate our energy security needs. This is straight from the script of 'Yes Minister'.

Premier Hodgman Failing to Protect Science Jobs

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate Change spokesperson

With the Turnbull Government axing potentially more than 100 Tasmanian CSIRO jobs, it's reasonable to ask whether the Premier is doing anything to stand up for local scientists and protect Tasmania's reputation as a global climate science hub.

The marine and atmospheric science division of CSIRO in Hobart is set to shed some of the world's most respected scientific minds and yet we haven't heard a squeak of protest from the Premier or his Liberal colleagues.

Generating a New Renewable Wave

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens have released the second part of their Energy Strategy for Tasmania. Generating a New Renewable Wave is a blueprint for securing market investment in the renewable future.

Generating a New Renewable Wave focuses on how we can secure investment in medium and large-scale renewable generation. A central part of this plan will be the establishment of RenewTAS, an independent statutory authority.

Tasmanian Greens Energy Strategy: Vision and Targets

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens have released the vision and targets of their Tasmanian Energy Strategy, which focuses on much needed investment in renewables.

The release of the vision and targets is the first of the full four-part strategy that will also address large-scale generation, transport, and energy savings for Tasmanian households.

Drought Relief Welcome, Longer Term Planning Needed

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Climate spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens welcome Minister Rockliff's announcement of financial relief for drought stricken Tasmanian farmers but we also want to see this government recognise that hotter, drier conditions are becoming the new 'normal' and longer term planning is needed.

The $10M loan fund will provide some relief for farmers who are suffering the economic and emotional consequences of drought but it won't help our producers adapt to increasingly frequent climate-related dry conditions.


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