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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.

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.

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