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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.

Liberals Declare War on High Conservation Value Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson

The Hodgman Liberals today declared war on 400 000 hectares of Tasmania's globally significant, carbon rich forests which were set aside under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement to be formally reserved, then placed in a moratorium until 2020 by the Liberals.

These forests in places such as Bruny Island, Wielangta, the Blue Tier and the Tarkine should be formally protected in reserves due to their ecological, social and economic value to the State. 

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