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Barnett is a Disgrace

Guy Barnett is whipping up fear and loathing in the community over forests, with unfounded allegations over tree spiking.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Jul 2020

PESRAC Report Ignores Climate Emergency

Tasmanians have been sadly let down by the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Jul 2020

Three Year Forest Destruction Plan a Climate Disaster

Sustainable Timbers Tasmania’s ‘Three Year Wood Production Plan’ is a climate disaster.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jul 2020

Plan for Bushfire Season Now

UTAS bushfire experts are right, the increasing risk of catastrophic bushfires cannot be underestimated. The State Government must be preparing themselves now.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Jul 2020

Thermal Coal Projects 

The continued support by this Government for thermal coal projects in Tasmania remains an ongoing concern to many people in the community and to the Greens.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Matter of Public Importance

If the minister wants their job to be that much easier, he needs to advocate within Cabinet for an end to native forest logging.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

The people working in our emergency services and Tasmania Fire Service do an outstanding job to keep us safe in bushfire season.  

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Jun 2020

Latest Greenhouse Accounts Show Forests Doing Heavy Lifting

State and Territory Greenhouse Gas Inventories 2018 confirms Tasmania’s native forest estate is foundational to this island’s positive emissions profile.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Jun 2020

Thermal Coal Assistance Must Cease Immediately

Reports Midland Energy have not received the $50,000 taxpayer funds they had been granted for thermal coal exploration in the midlands are welcome.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jun 2020

Bushfire and Climate Summit Warning for Tasmania

The 33 Emergency Leaders for Climate Action were crystal clear - our worsening extreme weather is caused by burning fossil fuels.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Jun 2020

Gutwein Must Step Up on World Environment Day

The best gift the Gutwein Government could give Tasmania on World Environment Day is a policy reset.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2020

Greens Release Interim Recovery Plan for Better, Fairer Tasmania

The Greens have written to the Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council with our interim submission on the path out of the COVID-19 crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Jun 2020

Interim Submission to Recovery Council

The Tasmanian Greens interim submission to the Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  2 Jun 2020

Greens Thank Teachers on Public Education Day

On Public Education Day, the Greens thank all teachers and support staff in the public system for the dedicated, tireless work they do.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2020

Independent Scientists Sound Warning Over Logging and Bushfire Risk

Independent scientists have written to Tasmanian MPs highlighting studies that show a clear connection between native forest logging and bushfire risk.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 May 2020

Recovery Council Has Critical Role in Avoiding Business As Usual

The Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council has a critical role to play in the future direction of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2020

New Forestry Peak Body Should be a Fresh Start for Industry

The Greens cautiously welcome the new forestry peak body replacing the divisive and ideologically driven Forests Industry Association of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 May 2020

Tree Spiking Allegations Have a Stink, Demand Investigation

No life should be at risk, nor physical harm come to any individual on either side of the forestry debate.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 May 2020

Renewable Energy Action Plan Must Rule Out Biomass

We welcome the Draft Renewable Energy Action Plan’s aim for Tasmania to become a world leader in renewables. That said, there are glaring issues.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 May 2020

Leaders Must Listen to Young People in COVID-19 Rebuild

The Greens welcome the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s 'Listening to Children and Young People in Tasmania Report 2019'.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 May 2020

COVID-19 Matter of Public importance

I return to the letter that was written by some doctors from the north-west who have been at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 May 2020

North West Doctors' Forest Protection Calls Must be Central to COVID-19 Recovery Plan

The plea from 23 GP's, registrars, and emergency doctors to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests should be heeded by all Members of Parliament.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2020

Minister Barnett Needs a Big Rethink

Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, needs to take a broader view of Tasmania’s forestry sector and its role in this island’s recovery from coronavirus.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2020

Greens Call for Stronger Environmental Laws

The federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 oversees our wild places and threatened species, and is under its ten year review.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Apr 2020

EPBC Act 10 Year Review

The EPBC Act has manifestly failed to meet its objects, and is not fit for purpose. The Tasmanian Greens believe a new Act should be drafted.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Submission  |  17 Apr 2020

356,000 ha of High Conservation Value Forests Under Threat from Liberals, from Today

As of today 356,000 hectares of high conservation value, carbon rich forests, will come under threat from the logging industry.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Apr 2020

Barnett Can't Fudge Threat to Forests

Minister Barnett knows the mendicant faction of the native forest logging industry want to get in to the 356 000 hectares of future reserve forest.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020

Greens Table Safe Climate Bill 2020

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens, I was proud to table our landmark Safe Climate Bill 2020 today. This is landmark legislation for climate action.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2020

Greens Release Safe Climate Bill

The Greens are responding to community demand for action on climate and will be tabling the Safe Climate Bill 2020 in State Parliament next week.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Mar 2020

Safe Climate Bill 2020

A Bill for an Act to acknowledge the climate emergency as a threat to life on Earth and establish a framework for Tasmania to respond.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Greens Bill  |  12 Mar 2020

Rosalie Woodruff Premiers Address Reply

Taking stock of the start of 2020 must start with us recognising that we have so much more to do to provide justice to Aboriginal Tasmanians.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Mar 2020

WorkSafe Tasmania and the Bob Brown Foundation

The Liberals, the Labor Party and the Independent are all doing the same thing: they are creating a faux risk, but this is not what this issue is about.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Mar 2020

Cassy O'Connor Premiers Address Reply

Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise on behalf of the Tasmanian Greens to deliver my response to the Premier's Address on the state of the state.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Mar 2020

Protection of TFA Reserved Forests

This island's forests are expected to sequester around 3 million to 4 million tonnes of carbon every year for the next 30 years.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Mar 2020

Gutwein Refuses to Protect Carbon Bank Forests

The Premier and first Liberal Minister for Climate Change refused to rule out logging the 356 000 hectares of high conservation value forest set.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Mar 2020

Lapoinya Logging Plans

The Gutwein Government are heading back to log Myalla Spur at Lapoinya.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Feb 2020

Principals Association Confirms Climate Anxiety in Primary Schools

The Australian Primary Principals Association has found nearly two thirds of schools say they have insufficient resources to deal with anxiety in students.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Feb 2020

Liberals' Failure Laid Bare on Social Justice Day

World Social Justice Day shines the spotlight on Premier Gutwein’s promise of a ‘compassionate’ government for Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Feb 2020

Takayna/Tarkine Logging Madness Increases Climate and Bushfire Risk

The logging of ancient rainforest ecosystems in the Tarkine is utterly unjustifiable on environmental, social and economic grounds. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Feb 2020

Gutwein Must Intervene in Tarkine Destruction

The logging industry’s destruction of ancient rainforest in the takayna/Tarkine region is the first major test for Tasmania’s new Premier.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Feb 2020

Does Peter Gutwein Believe Eric or the Experts?

Eric Abetz’s attempt to blame the Greens for bushfires is unsurprising given he has made a career out of deceitful, green-bashing politics.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Jan 2020

Time To Really Listen to Aboriginal Land Managers

In an age of climate and biodiversity emergency it’s critical we draw on Aboriginal knowledge of burning practices to better manage bushfire risk. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jan 2020

Election of Premier Gutwein

The change of Liberal leadership is an opportunity for the party to walk away from divisive policy to genuinely be a government for all Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Jan 2020

Tasmanian Fires

On behalf of the Greens, I extend our deepest gratitude to the those fighting the fires and everyone supporting them.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Dec 2019

Greens Announce Candidate for Huon

We are proud to announce Pat Caruana as the Greens candidate for the Legislative Council seat of Huon.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Dec 2019

Hobart Water Restrictions

TasWater’s Stage 1 water restrictions that take effect from December 20 in Greater Hobart are extraordinary.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Dec 2019

FSC Failures Confirm Native Forest Logging is Unsustainable

Revelations Sustainable Timber Tasmania have failed to pass their FSC audit is another reminder that native forest logging in Tasmania is not sustainable.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Dec 2019

Public to be Shut Out of Transport Planning if Thermal Coal Projects Go Ahead

Today it was revealed that Tasmanians would not be consulted about the use of rail infrastructure should thermal coal mining in Tasmania progress to exports.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Dec 2019

Hodgman Government's Legacy

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over a year of failings.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Nov 2019

Priorities of Government

Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Adjournment on the Government's prioritisation of political legislation over meaningful policies.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2019

Logging in Tasmanian Forest Agreement Second Tranche Forests

Cassy O'Connor moves a motion to protect the 356 000 hectares of Tasmanian Forest Agreement second tranche reserve forests.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2019

Bushfire Preparedness

The minister continues to read a shopping list of the sort of activities any fire service would be doing as its basic bread and butter activity.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2019

Labor and the Liberals United in Carbon Bank Destruction

The Liberals, Labor and Clark MP, Madeleine Ogilvie, voted to allow logging the 365,000 hectares of forests set aside under the TFA.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Nov 2019

Section 19 Return

As ever the Return under Section 19 tells a story of chronic underfunding of public services and agencies.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Nov 2019

Increasing Bushfire Severity

It is clear that Liberal Government inhabits a dangerous fantasy world. It is one which we need to strongly counter.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Nov 2019

Bushfire Preparedness

That was a very revealing answer from the minister about the number of remote area teams that are not available in the south of the state today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Nov 2019

Shelton Shows Disturbing Climate Ignorance

The Minister dodged questions about how many remote area firefighters are available to be mobilised if a fire breaks out.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Nov 2019

Shelton Fails to Reassure Tasmanians on Bushfire Preparedness

The catastrophic fires in the northern states are a tragic reminder of the climate emergency unfolding around us.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Nov 2019

A Climate Plan for Tasmania

The Tasmanian Greens' have a climate plan for Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  28 Feb 2018

Alternative Budget 2019-20

Tasmanian Greens Alternative Budget for the financial year 2019-20.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 May 2019

AFAC Recommendations

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management on the progress on implementing recommendations from AFAC.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Oct 2019

Climate Action Protests

I rise to show my very strong support for the 16 people who were peacefully protesting outside Parliament House earlier this evening.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2019

Gutwein Refuses to Rule Out Further Public Funds for Twamley Dam

Treasurer Peter Gutwein refused to rule out committing further public funding to bail out the now-precarious Twamley Dam.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Oct 2019

No New Thermal Coal Mines

Thermal coal combustion is a key driver of increasing greenhouse gas emissions and rising global temperatures.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Oct 2019

Labor and the Liberals Vote Against Ban on New Coal Mines

Labor and Liberals undermine The Greens’ motion in Parliament called for a straightforward, urgently needed, ban on new thermal coal mines in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Oct 2019

Climate Action Protesters

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over their future plans for protest laws.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Oct 2019

Knitting Nannas

Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment in support of three women from the 'knitting nannas' who were arrested outside of Parliament for protesting.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Oct 2019

Fire Season - Resources

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister over bushfire resourcing and the progress of AFAC recommendations.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Oct 2019

Coal Industry in Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over the Government's $80,000 grant for coal exploration.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Oct 2019

Premier Backs In New Coal Projects for Tasmania

Tasmania’s future is clearly not in coal mining, but you wouldn’t know that from the Premier’s contribution in Question Time today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Oct 2019

Liberal Spin Won't Protect Communities from Bushfires

Volunteers on the frontline of bushfire protection are preparing for another major fire season.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Oct 2019

Greens Move to Ban New Coal Mines

The climate emergency requires us to keep carbon in the ground. This is non-negotiable.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Oct 2019

No Justification for Tasmanian Coal Mining in Climate Emergency

The Liberals are funding a coal mining business to conduct exploratory drilling for fossil fuels that scientists are telling us have to stay in the ground.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Oct 2019

Glenorchy City Council Lets Down Residents on Climate

Glenorchy City Council Alderman, Kelly Sims, is doing the right thing by her constituents in acknowledging the climate emergency.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Oct 2019

Climate Emergency, Actions by Government and Opposition

The good news is that the South Australian parliament has today declared a climate emergency.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Sep 2019

Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

I rise tonight to read some initial comments to the House about the international panel on climate change special report.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Sep 2019

Censure Motion without Notice

Cassy O'Connor moves a censure motion in all Liberal and Labor members for failing to support a Climate Emergency declaration.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Sep 2019

Labor and Liberal Climate Inaction Unity Ticket

Labor and the Liberals voted together, yet again, to let down young Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Sep 2019

Hodgman Liberals Set to Log Carbon Bank Forests in Climate Emergency

The Premier today dealt young people another slap in the face with confirmation 356 000 hectares of forests will be opened to logging.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Sep 2019

Global Climate Strike

David Attenborough absolutely smashed into the Australian Government's lack of action on climate and particularly Prime Minister Morrison.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Sep 2019

United Nations Climate Action Summit

Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Adjournment on the Prime Minister's absence from the UN Climate Action Summit.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Sep 2019

Hodgman Missing in [Climate] Action

When we questioned the Premier this morning about his lack of attendance at Friday's strike, Mr Hodgman said he had ‘other commitments’.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Sep 2019

Firefighting Details Hidden as Scorcher Summer Approaches

The Minister has again refused to detail the Government’s funding for critical bushfire defence actions, as recommended by the AFAC review.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Sep 2019

Bushfire Resources - Budget Allocation

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Fire and Emergency Management over funding for the implementation of the Dr Tony Press and AFAC recommendations.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Sep 2019

Climate Change Strike - Presence of Liberal Ministers

Cassy O'Connor questions the premier over the absence of Liberal Ministers at Global Climate Strike events.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Sep 2019

2019 State Conference Keynote Address

Cassy O'Connor delivers a keynote address to the Tasmanian Greens' 2019 State Conference, discussing key Greens issues and the Green New Deal.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Sep 2019

Leaked Polling Proves No Social Licence for Native Forest Logging

The Hodgman Liberals remain committed to logging 356,000 hectares of forests that were set aside for protection under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Sep 2019

State Service Should be Given Leave for Climate Strike

Union leaders, UTAS and other employers are showing their support by letting members and staff know they can join the kids fighting for their future.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Sep 2019

Bushfires and Climate Emergency

The bushfire season has started early and ferociously in eastern Australia, with large out of control bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Sep 2019

Labor and Liberals' Fire Failure

Both Labor and the Liberals voted against a motion calling for detail about the resources in place to make Tasmanians safer this fire season. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2019

Climate Change as a Health Emergency

Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment regarding the health issues caused by the climate emergency.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Sep 2019

Labor Leadership Failure

In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Sep 2019

East Coast Fire Danger Under Liberals

Yesterday’s Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook has confirmed the worst fears for the East Coast of Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Aug 2019

Premier Hodgman Needs to Stand with Strike for Climate Students

With thousands of young Tasmanians expected to converge on Parliament lawns and Princes Square, the Premier and his team need to stand with the kids.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Aug 2019

Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels

Rosalie Woodruff questions the government over rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Aug 2019

Tasmania's Carbon Emissions Going Up

Between 2016 and 2017, emissions from all major sectors have gone up. Tasmania’s total carbon emissions grew by 1.2 million tonnes in 2016.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Aug 2019

Science and Evidence

When you do a PhD, you ought to, in my view, have an understanding about logic, about rationality and particularly an understanding about evidence.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Attorney-General

This Government is intent on corrupting the processes we have in place to protect the natural environment to support the very industry they would like to grow.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Premier

They have let short-stay accommodation listings expand unchecked, underinvested in social and affordable housing, and underinvested in the health system.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Jun 2019

Budget Reply Speech

Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Budget Reply speech, discussing the Greens' Alternative Budget.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 May 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2019

Budget 2019-20 - Leadership for Young Tasmanians

Your Budget paints the bleakest of futures for young Tasmanians. It is a budget devoid of what most young Tasmanians needed to hear from their leader.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 May 2019

Budget Reply Speech

Cassy O'Connor delivers a budget reply speech for the 2019-20 state Budget, and speaks to alternative policies in the Greens' Alternative Budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 May 2019

Global Climate Emergency

The Minister for Health this morning was saying we have a responsibility to give young people a sense of hope in the future.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 May 2019

Global Climate Emergency

I am so saddened by the failure of this House, by the failure of every Liberal and Labor member, to recognise the global state of climate emergency.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 May 2019

Budget 2019-20 - Climate Emergency Funding

The devastating climate-induced bushfires of this past summer have knocked a hole in your budget in the order of tens of millions of dollars.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 May 2019

Climate Change Emergency - Health Effects

We have just 11 years to dramatically change course and avoid global heating that would bring catastrophic changes to all life.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 May 2019

Climate Change

98 per cent of scientists globally have reached a consensus that we are in the grip of a climate emergency.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 May 2019

Liberals' Climate Denial Budget

After the hottest summer in the state’s history the Liberals have delivered a climate denial Budget.  

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 May 2019

Budget in Vision and Compassion Deficit

The Treasurer promised a heavy infrastructure spend in today’s Budget, but what was clearly missing was the investment in social infrastructure. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 May 2019

Federal Election 2019 Results

We cannot congratulate the Prime Minister for the result at the federal election because it was a result that reflects deep divisions in the community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 May 2019

Climate Emergency Motion

Cassy O'Connor moves a motion to declare a climate emergency in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 May 2019

State Budget

I am pleased to talk about the state budget because, arguably, there has never been a state budget that will be more important.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 May 2019

Climate Emergency

Rosalie Woodruff questions the government of their position on the climate emergency and bushfires.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 May 2019

Climate Emergency

Cassy O'Connor calls on the Premier to accept the reality of a climate emergency.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 May 2019

Labor and Liberals Betray Young Tasmanians on Climate

In State Parliament today, both Labor and the Liberals voted against the Greens’ motion to declare a climate emergency.  

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 May 2019

United Nations Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Rosalie Woodruff discusses the summarial findings from the United Nations Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 May 2019

Greens to Move for Urgent Action on Climate Emergency

The Federal Election result has devastated many young Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 May 2019

Consolidated Fund Appropriation (Supplementary Appropriation For 2018-19) Bill 2019

Cassy speaks to a $218 million supplementary appropriation bill.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Apr 2019

State of the State

Rosalie Woodruff delivers her Address in Reply speech, discussing recent fire events and ecosystems.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Apr 2019

Youth Week

Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on Youth Week.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Apr 2019

Youth Week

Cassy O'Connor speaks during the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on Youth Week

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Apr 2019

Bushfire Preparation and Response Capability

This week a very hot bushfire at Dolphin Sands on the east coast started from an out-of-season planned burn-off.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Apr 2019

Premier's Climate Inaction Increases State's Bushfire Threat

The Premier’s casual climate change inaction is putting Tasmanians at risk.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Apr 2019

Bushfire Management - Review and Recommendations

We have lost 6 per cent of our globally significant world heritage areas. We nearly lost several whole towns and communities.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Apr 2019

Response to Recommendations on Bushfires

About 95 000 hectares or around 6 per cent of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has been burned.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2019

Premier Confirms Wilderness Devastation

The Premier and part-time Parks’ Minister has finally revealed the extent of devastation to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Mar 2019

Climate Change Student Rally

This was a truly momentous occasion, probably the largest march that has ever been seen in Hobart.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Mar 2019

State of the State Address

Cassy O'Connor delivers a State of the State address (Address in Reply speech) for 2019.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Mar 2019

Premier Fails Students' Call for Action on Climate Crisis

Last Friday, about 8,000 passionate young Tasmanians left school to demand politicians take leadership and accept we are living in a climate change crisis.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2019

Climate Change - Emission Reduction Strategy

The United Nations has given us until 2030 to dramatically cut carbon emissions and stabilise our climate or risk the world warming more than 1.5 degrees.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Mar 2019

Climate-Related Fire Events - Resourcing

Last Friday, an estimated 8000 passionate, frightened young Tasmanians gathered on parliament's lawns to demand action on climate.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Mar 2019

Bushfire Emergency Highlights Urgent Need to Heed Climate Council Report

The Climate Council’s uncompromising and straight-speaking report confirms what all Tasmanians have lived for the last six weeks.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Feb 2019

Climate Change - Response of Students

Some thousand students walked out of school today to strike on the lawns of Parliament House to call on their government to listen to them on climate change.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Nov 2018

Pride Parade, Taiwan, Statement of Climate Change, Taiwan

I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the heart and the spirit of our fellow island democracy Taiwan.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Nov 2018

Tasmanian Energy Minister Captured by Coal Lobby

In the wake of the latest alarming IPCC report, Tasmania’s Energy Minister Guy Barnett has revealed his climate-denying colours on the national stage.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Oct 2018

International Panel on Climate Change

What we have seen now in 2018 is that we have a desperately short amount of time to act.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2018

Liberals' Continued Climate Change Inaction

The Liberals have an atrocious track record on climate action.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Oct 2018

Jobs and the Economy

What is this Government doing to modernise our skills, our training to make sure that young people today are not being given false hope.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Sep 2018

Youth Speaking Out on Issues

There has been so much in the news over the past couple of weeks over the federal Liberal Party bullying attitude towards women in politics.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Sep 2018

Emergency Management Amendment Bill 2018

I support this bill and make a plea to the minister to address the key deficiency in this bill, which is the absence of any conversation about climate change.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Sep 2018

Climate Leader's Conference

The students have been involved in creating projects that are all about making a difference for themselves, for the community and for the planet.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Sep 2018

2018-19 Budget Reply

A state budget is a statement of values that shapes the direction of a place and its people over the term of a government and beyond.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Jun 2018

Hodgman Liberals Biggest Threat to Tasmania on World Environment Day

Earlier this week, millions of Australians tuned in to see Sir David Attenborough’s documentary on Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2018

Liberals Claim Credit for Tasmanian Forest Agreement Emissions Reduction

The breathtaking hypocrisy of the Liberals talking up Tasmania's lower emissions profile cannot go unanswered.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 2018

Time for Transparency and Change in Forestry

A damning analysis of the Regional Forest Agreement in today’s The Guardian newspaper is an indictment on both State and Federal Governments.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Mar 2018

Climate Change Ignored in Cabinet Reshuffle

The world is getting hotter and extreme weather events are impacting on Tasmania, yet the Premier is not reinstating the Climate Change portfolio.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2018

COAG Must Consider Public Ownership of Basslink

As Ministers for Energy converge on Hobart tomorrow, Minister Barnett should formally open a conversation about nationalising the Basslink cable.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Nov 2017

Barnett's Failure to Deliver

The latest Forestry Tasmania Annual Report demonstrates the continued failure of the Liberals’ commitment to move the business onto a sustainable footing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2017

Hodgman Refuses to Criticise Scrapping of Clean Energy Target

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Oct 2017

PAC Report Silent on Threats to Energy Security

The Public Accounts Committee’s Financial Position and Performance of Government Owned Energy Entities report is underwhelming.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Aug 2017

Strong Greens Franklin Ticket for State Election

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Aug 2017

Labor Ignore Climate Change in Reshuffle

By ignoring climate change, both Labor and the Liberals dismiss humanity's biggest threat, and abrogate their responsibility to prepare Tasmania for the future.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Aug 2017

Public Health Professional and Climate Educator Join Greens' Denison Ticket

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Aug 2017

Forest-Destroying Minister Confirms Land Clearing Bonanza

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jun 2017

Premier's Climate Change Hypocrisy

On the same day as he released the review into the floods of last year, the Premier dismissed concerns about the lack of leadership on climate change.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2017

Liberals' Forestry Mandate Climate Change Irony

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2017

Groom's Climate Action 21 "Plan" A Tragic Farce

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2017

Greens Deliver Triple Bottom Line Alternative Budget

The Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget is a fully costed vision for the future that demonstrates it is possible to look after people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 May 2017

State Budget Response

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2017

March for Science

Hundreds of Tasmanians joined the global March for Science today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Apr 2017

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Mar 2017

Remembering the Devastation of 1967, Learning Lessons for the Future

Tasmanians are coming together as a community today to mark the devastation and tragedy of the 1967 bushfires.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Feb 2017

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Jan 2017

TWWHA Bushfire Report Confirms Urgent Need for Fire Fighting Investment

The Greens welcome Dr Tony Press’ Report into last January’s fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Dec 2016

Government of Climate Denial and Damage Left Behind by Paris

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Nov 2016

Conservationists United, Call on Premier to Back Off HCV Forests

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Oct 2016

State of the Climate

The Antarctic and Climate Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) is celebrating its 25 year anniversary.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Oct 2016

Leadership Required to Face Climate Challenge

Scientists have confirmed that global greenhouse gas concentrations are almost certainly not going to fall below this threshold in our lifetime.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Oct 2016

Premier - Why Restart the Forest Wars?

How can you countenance allowing loggers into these forests of global significance, treasure troves of biodiversity and habitats for threatened species?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Oct 2016

Ignorance to Global Warming Impacting Bushfire Season

Summer 2015/2016 was the fourteenth consecutive southern Australia fire season with warmer than average (October to April) temperatures.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Sep 2016

State and Federal Liberals Failing Climate Science

The Federal Liberal Government is cutting critical research capacity based in and from Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Sep 2016

Flood Inquiry Welcome, but Ignores Climate Change

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Sep 2016

Science Week Promotes Understanding of Our World

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2016

Climate Act Review an Opportunity

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Jul 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

The Greens have discussed our energy strategy on numbers of occasions in this House since we tabled it early this year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Greens' Response to Tasmanian Floods

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens I want to say to the people of northern Tasmania and the Highlands, our hearts are with you.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Innovation and Sustainable Agriculture a Must for the New Economy

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Parks Minister Exposed for Gutting PWS Bushfire Funding

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2016

State Budget 2016: Dishonest Liberal Government Budget Lacks Vision and Courage

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2016/17 Budget lacks courage and a vision for the future.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Budget Lacking in Courage and Vision, Puts Environment Last

Built on the mirage of a very short term surplus, the Liberals' third State Budget lacks both courage and vision.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2016

Chilean Algal Blooms Further Evidence of Harms of Fish Farming

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 May 2016

Fire Management and Planning Need Adequate Resources for Remote Fireys

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 May 2016

National Council of Women of Tasmania

he National Council of Women of Tasmania celebrated its 117th annual report for its 118th year this year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 May 2016

Sacking of Dr John Church Heralds New Era of Darkness for Climate Science

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 May 2016

Government Should Account for Forest Carbon

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Turnbull Government Climate Deniers

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2016

State Fire Commission Report

Rosalie discusses the report on the inquiry into the State Fire Commission, and the Greens' dissenting report.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Apr 2016

Action on Climate Change Needed to Combat Marine Heat Wave

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Apr 2016

Hodgman Government Should Heed 'Climate Emergency' Warning

February 2016 smashed a century of global temperature records by a stunning margin according to data released by NASA.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Apr 2016

Liberal Government's Utter Stupidity on Climate Change

Refers the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Hon Matthew Groom MP, to the Greens’ response to the Draft Climate Change Action Plan.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Apr 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016

Groom Failed to Prepare for "Super" Drought

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016

A Fair Go For Solar Owners

Many Tasmanians feel powerless in the face of doubts cast over our Island’s energy security, rising power prices and the task of tackling climate change.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Mar 2016

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Mar 2016

POMS Outbreak Needs Research and Climate Change Mitigation Strategy

That this House notes Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome, the devastating virus affecting Tasmania’s oyster industry.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Mar 2016

Drought Relief Welcome, Longer Term Planning Needed

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Jan 2016

Paris Climate Deal Great Opportunity for Tasmania

The historic deal reached between 195 nations at the Paris climate summit is great news for the planet, and for Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Dec 2015

Thousands Rally in Hobart for Climate Action

Thousands of Tasmanians who travelled from all corners of the State rallied in Hobart for climate action in the lead up to this week's Climate Summit in Paris.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Nov 2015

Moratorium on Coal Mining

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Oct 2015

Fossil Free UTAS Students Show True Grit for Climate

University of Tasmania students staging a sit-in outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office are true climate champions. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Oct 2015

Fire Permit Review Needed Now

Changing climatic conditions mean that the No Permit period for burn-offs in Tasmania needs to be reviewed now.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Oct 2015

Reducing Bushfire Risk in Tasmania

Rosalie speaks to the Matter of Public Importance on Reducing Bushfire Risk in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Sep 2015

Liberal Party: Heads in the Sand on Global Warming

The Liberals showed us their true colours today at their State Council meeting, seriously debating whether global warming was reality or just Green propaganda.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Sep 2015

Rosalie Woodruff MP Inaugural Speech

I am proud to be the first woman to represent the Greens in the seat of Franklin. I note with pride that the proportion of women in this house is now 44%.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Aug 2015

Rosalie Woodruff New Franklin MP

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to represent the Franklin electorate at the state level.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Aug 2015

Rosalie Woodruff New Greens Member for Franklin

The Tasmanian Greens Party Room is delighted that Dr Rosalie Woodruff has been elected on countback to fill Senator-designate, Nick McKim’s seat in Franklin.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Aug 2015

Emissions Reduction Target Woefully Inadequate

The Abbott Liberals have once more revealed they are a bunch of climate Luddites with their woeful 26% emissions reduction target by 2030. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Aug 2015

Preliminary State Budget Response

If you are homeless, sick, have children in public schools, or care about the environment and action on climate change, the Budget has let you down. 

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  28 May 2015

Renewable Energy Target

Premier Hodgman joining his federal counterparts' ranks on exempting major emitters from the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is not surprising.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Jun 2014

Greenhouse Gas Accounts 2011-12

Tasmania is a cleaner, more energy efficient economy and is storing more carbon in the landscape than it was in 1990.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jun 2014

Attack on Climate Action

The anti-planet Liberals in government have marked World Environment Day by introducing a Bill to axe the independent Tasmanian Climate Action Council.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2014