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State Budget Response

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Hodgman Liberals have delivered an unsurprising pre-election Budget.

Having slashed funding to essential services in their first Budget, now the Liberals are trying to repair some of the damage caused in health and education particularly.

The cost of living measures are tinkering that will provide temporary election-year power price relief to Tasmanian households and the promise of cheaper water and sewerage bills through legislation we have yet to see or pass.

March for Science

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

With conservative governments at the Federal and State level ignoring climate science and overseeing cuts to the State's world class scientific institutions, hundreds of Tasmanians joined the global March for Science today.

Hobart is a globally recognised hub of Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.  Something of which we can be immensely proud, but this expertise and our reputation is under assault at a time when we should be increasing funding of public good science.

Tasmania's Brand at Risk from Liberal Inaction on Water

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water and Tourism spokesperson

The Liberals' daily self-congratulation on water and sewerage is disingenuous.  After three years of neglect and dodging questions, they're now pumping out daily media statements on how critical sewerage infrastructure is, and congratulating themselves on their “plan”.

The Greens have been asking the government to tackle the State's water and sewerage woes since they came to office.  Their inaction has put the State's brand and premium produce at serious risk.

Plenty of Division in Premier's State of the State but No Vision

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader

Parliament was subjected to a stream of self-congratulatory guff from the Premier today, as he delivered his third State of the State address that was big on rhetoric and lacking in substance or vision.

Having savagely cut the Health and Education budgets in his government's first year, the Premier now wants Tasmanians to believe Health and Education are key priorities of his government.

Where is Groom's Climate Change [in]Action Plan?

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

After three years in government, following devastating climate-related bushfires and floods, the State Liberals are yet to produce a climate plan to prepare Tasmania and its people for a warmer future in a carbon constrained world.

While every other government initiative, no matter how small, is received with overwhelming self-congratulation, Matthew Groom's 'Climate Change Action Plan' seems to have slipped off the radar.

One Year After Devastating Fires, Sluggish Response from Hodgman Government

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Parks spokesperson

Today marks the grim one year anniversary of bushfires that threatened Tasmanian communities and caused irreparable damage to ancient wilderness landscapes, yet the Hodgman Liberal Government continues to starve the Parks and Wildlife Service of the funds it needs to undertake effective fire management.

Government of Climate Denial and Damage Left Behind by Paris

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

The Paris Agreement to curb global emissions in the hope of limiting warming to less than 2 degrees, comes into effect today, but the Australian Government has yet to ratify it and the Tasmanian Government has yet to present a plan.

175 nations have signed up to the Paris agreement, but Australia continues to drag its heels on formal ratification.

Tasmania is also demonstrating itself to be a climate laggard.

Conservationists United, Call on Premier to Back Off HCV Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

The conservation movement stands united to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests and precious clean, green brand from the threats issued by the Hodgman Government.

Current and former State and National Greens' Leaders joined key leaders of the conservation movement today, united in our determination to stand for the forests.

We're just a fraction of the Tasmanians who stand ready to defend the forests, as always and yet again.

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