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Hodgman Refuses to Criticise Scrapping of Clean Energy Target

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

It was a childish performance from Tasmania’s Energy Minister, and a weak performance from the Premier, in Parliament today, when questioned about the Federal Government’s decision to walk away from the Clean Energy Target and back in dirty coal fired power.

Neither the Premier nor the Energy Minister could give a straight answer about the impact on Tasmania as a result of the Prime Minister's decision to abandon renewables.

PAC Report Silent on Threats to Energy Security

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

The Public Accounts Committee’s Financial Position and Performance of Government Owned Energy Entities report, tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament today, is underwhelming.  It is a missed opportunity to address the vulnerability of Tasmania's energy system, which was highlighted during the energy crisis.

The report fails to comment on, let alone make recommendations about, the largest and most serious threats to our energy security and its affordability in Tasmania.

Strong Greens Franklin Ticket for State Election

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of talented and committed candidates in Franklin in the upcoming State Election.

I'm delighted to announce our Franklin MP, Dr Rosalie Woodruff, will lead the Green ticket with Kingborough Councillor, Richard Atkinson, and small business owner, Holly Ewin, in the number two and three spots.

In the two years Rosalie has been in State Parliament, she has been an outstandingly effective Franklin representative and a strong, clear voice defending the marine environment.

Labor Ignore Climate Change in Reshuffle

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In further proof there's little to distinguish the two major parties on environmental issues, Labor's shadow Cabinet reshuffle has omitted the single biggest policy challenge facing the state, climate change.

In 2016, Tasmania experienced devastating bushfires and floods.  Climate change is already having a significant impact on Tasmania, yet neither the Liberal Government or Labor Opposition take the issue seriously enough to have a dedicated climate change portfolio.

Public Health Professional and Climate Educator Join Greens' Denison Ticket

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of candidates in Denison in the upcoming State election.

Greens’ party members have pre-selected the first three candidates on the Denison ticket through a ballot of members.

It is a great honour to have been pre-selected as the Greens’ lead candidate for the seat of Denison, a fantastic, dynamic electorate that I have been privileged to serve for the past nine years.

Forest-Destroying Minister Confirms Land Clearing Bonanza

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokesperson 

In Budget Estimates today Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, confirmed he is unleashing a land clearing bonanza on Tasmania’s public and private land. 

Tragically, the consequences of his reckless, destructive approach to the forestry portfolio will be felt for generations.  Threatened species will be driven closer to extinction and the release of greenhouse gases from logging and land clearing will harm future generations.

Premier’s Climate Change Hypocrisy

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

On the same day as he released the government's review into the floods of June and July last year, the Premier dismissed the Greens' concerns about the lack of leadership on climate change.

This year, for the first time in many years, there is no Estimates time allocation for scrutiny of the climate change portfolio.  It's ironic, given last week the Environment Minister released the government's Climate 'Action' 21 plan.

Liberals’ Forestry Mandate Climate Change Irony

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

On the same day the Hodgman Government released its so-called Climate Action plan, they are threatening to take Tasmania to the polls over their divisive plan to log carbon-rich forests.  

The irony of that won’t be lost on anyone who believes in action on climate.

In the report into the review of the Climate Change (State Action) Act, consultants acknowledge Tasmania’s emissions profile will be affected by political decisions that are made in relation to forestry and future logging.

Groom's Climate Action 21 “Plan” A Tragic Farce

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

Three years after taking office and abolishing the climate portfolio as well as the independent Climate Action Council, the Hodgman Government has released a woefully weak climate inaction plan.

The centrepiece of this plan is a meaningless, unlegislated 'aspirational' 2050 emissions' reduction target and a commitment to 'undertake a report' that 'assesses approaches' to an electric vehicle charging rollout.

No wonder Matthew Groom let this stinker of a plan sit on his desk for months.

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