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Undercutting Public Health Irresponsible

Media Release - Constant pressure by some elected representatives for the Premier to accelerate the easing of social restrictions is irresponsible, and risks undermining Tasmania’s public health response to COVID-19. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 May 2020

Recovery Council Has Critical Role in Avoiding Business As Usual

Media Release - The Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council has a critical role to play in the future direction of Tasmania. Business as usual thinking won’t deliver sustained social and economic returns to this island or its people.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 May 2020

A Housing Led Recovery for Tasmania

Media Release - In preparing this plan for a housing led recovery we’ve drawn on the evidence of Australia’s response to the GFC which demonstrated that investing government stimulus funds into housing construction delivers the best ‘bang for buck’ for...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 May 2020

A Housing Led Recovery

Policies - Tasmania’s long road to recovery from the coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to shape our island’s future for the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 May 2020

Logging During COVID-19

Media Release - The continuation of destructive logging activity has been a disappointing blight on an otherwise thoughtful approach by the Premier through this pandemic.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 May 2020

Rushed Major Projects Bill Wrong Way for Recovery

Media Release - Tasmanians who care about their democratic rights and protecting this island will be angry, but not surprised, at the Liberals’ plan to rush their divisive Major Projects legislation through Parliament.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 May 2020

YWCA Housing Survey Highlights Need for Housing-Led Recovery

Media Release - Homelessness data released in the YWCA National Housing Survey is a stark reminder of the depth of Tasmania’s housing crisis, and the need for this issue to be addressed as a central part of our COVID recovery.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 May 2020

Premier Must Listen to Health Advice Over Industry Lobbyists

Media Release - The Premier is right to be concerned about a second wave of coronavirus disease. Other countries that relaxed restrictions too quickly have learnt this lesson in a most tragic way, not only through lives lost but also the collapse of...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 May 2020

No Place for Major Projects in Recovery

Media Release - Tasmania’s largest council has sent a strong message to the Government that the Major Projects legislation is unnecessary and destructive.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 May 2020

Rent Relief Fund Welcome

Media Release - It has taken consistent advocacy on the part of the housing and social welfare sector, and the Greens, for strong rent relief and the Gutwein Government has today responded.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 May 2020

Housing Led Recovery Should Increase Home Ownership

Media Release - Calls by the Master Builders’ Association for a doubling of the First Home Owner’s grant are worth considering but government stimulus money might be better directed into increasing the supply of affordable housing through a more...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 May 2020

Buy Tasmanian on World Whiskey Day

Media Release - Times are hard for so many sectors of the economy, but Tasmanian whiskey distillers have cause to celebrate this World Whiskey Day.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 May 2020

Aggressive Infrastructure Spend Needs to Focus on Housing Led Recovery

Media Release - With infrastructure spending being revised and reprioritized, the Greens urge the Premier to ensure increasing the supply of quality social and affordable housing is front and centre.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 May 2020

Job Figures Savage, but Room for Measured Optimism

Media Release - The ABS Job figures released today reflect the pain Tasmanians are feeling as a result of the pandemic shutdown.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 14 May 2020

Leaders Must Listen to Young People in COVID-19 Rebuild

Media Release - 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 - 14 May 2020

Clearance Tests for COVID-19 Needed

Media Release - Public Health today confirmed two coronavirus patients, who were categorised as ‘recovered’ after their mandatory two week isolation, had subsequently redeveloped symptoms.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 May 2020

Vacancy Data Highlights Need to Regulate Airbnb

Media Release - SQM Research vacancy rate data released today clearly shows reform of short-stay accommodation is well overdue.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 May 2020

Large Net Debt Inevitable in Pandemic

Media Release - News of Tasmania’s net debt likely to reach $2 billion within a year is unsurprising.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 May 2020

Unlocking of Green Spaces Welcome

Media Release - The Greens welcome the Premier’s announcement that Tasmania’s green spaces will be open to locals from this coming Monday. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 May 2020

Steady as she goes Gutwein on the right track

Media Release - The Premier has outlined a clear, staged and steady pathway to short term recovery from the coronavirus lockdown. Now Tasmanians can see some light through the darkness.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 May 2020

Matter of Public importance - COVID-19

Parliamentary Activity - Amidst the work that these people are doing and continue to do for people in the north-west, for all of us, in keeping us safe in this pandemic, they also recognise the importance of looking to the future, as are we all.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 May 2020

COVID-19 - Concerns of North-West Doctors

Parliamentary Activity - North-west doctors have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been risking their personal safety, working day after day, caring for sick patients.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 May 2020

COVID-19 - Major Projects Legislation

Parliamentary Activity - Regrettably, the Government is trying to make divisive and flawed major projects legislation the centrepiece of Tasmania's recovery.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 May 2020

Adjournment - Coronavirus Impacts on Economy

Parliamentary Activity - Over the next week or two we will be making some very large decisions about where we head in the near future, indeed until a vaccine becomes available for coronavirus, and that is likely to take another 18 months

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 May 2020

Matter Of Public Importance - COVID-19 Pandemic

Parliamentary Activity - On Friday we will hear from the National Cabinet the result of their views about where we are going to head in Australia as we look to the prospect of easing the social restrictions that have been in place for about six weeks now.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 May 2020

COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Commercial Leases) Bill 2020 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - The Greens recognise that formulating this bill and balancing the interests that are contained within it has been challenging for the Government and the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 May 2020

COVID-19 - Implementation of Recommendations

Parliamentary Activity - The north-west COVID-19 outbreak has been devastating for the families of people who died and hugely affected the 5000 people who went into quarantine.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 May 2020

COVID-19 Commercial and Residential Tenancy Protections

Parliamentary Activity - We recognise this state has moved to freeze evictions and rent increases for residential tenants, in part due to the advocacy of the Greens, but they will be substantially less protected than business people leasing commercial premises.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 May 2020

Matter of Public importance - COVID-19 Update

Parliamentary Activity - Some of us would have heard stories late last year of a mysterious virus coming out of Wuhan, China. It trickled out in the newsfeed for a few months and was barely recognised as an issue.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 May 2020

Matter of Public importance - COVID-19 Update

Parliamentary Activity - That piece of legislation handed government enormous powers. It had to be scrutinised. It should have been amended. It clearly needed amending because the Government accepted our first amendment and made it their own.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 May 2020

Coronavirus - We're all in this Together

Opinion - It’s a strange time for all of us. We’re coming to terms with fundamental changes to daily life and how the world operates. It’s actually not that easy being at home all the time – and sometimes it’s really difficult.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Apr 2020

Community Testing a Critical Part of COVID-19 Suppression

Media Release - The approach to COVID-19 testing in Tasmania needs to change for us to fully understand the pattern of transmission and give us the best chance of limiting the impact of coronavirus.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 May 2020

Greens Welcome Tenant Support Fund

Media Release - In a pandemic emergency it’s essential that everyone has a secure and affordable place to call home. The Greens are pleased there are stronger protections in train for residential renters who are struggling to pay their rent, through lost...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 May 2020

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

Media Release - 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, but most particularly the Premier and his Resources Minister.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2020

Social and Affordable Housing Key to Recovery

Media Release - Significant investment in social and affordable housing would kickstart Tasmania’s social and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 May 2020

Minister Barnett Needs a Big Rethink

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 May 2020

North West COVID-19 Restrictions

Media Release - The Premier’s decision to ease restrictions for the North West will be welcome news for residents in the region, but the community must be given further information to reassure them about this decision.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 May 2020

COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No. 2) 2020 - In Committee

Parliamentary Activity - We should not be afraid to allow the Subordinate Legislation Committee to look at directions made by the Director of Public Health, given that they impede on the rights and freedoms of every day Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Apr 2020

Ministerial statement - Update of Government COVID-19 Response

Parliamentary Activity - We are witnessing the most profound social and economic shock I believe that this island has experienced since the Great Depression.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No. 2) 2020 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - In broad terms we are prepared to support this legislation, as we were prepared to support the first COVID-19 emergency legislation, but we have made clear we will not be a rubber stamp for legislative overreach.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Apr 2020

Motion without Notice - COVID-19 Related Standing and Sessional Order Adjustments

Parliamentary Activity - We recognise that we are in extraordinary times as a parliament and we very much appreciate the decision to return parliament, albeit in a very restricted manner.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Apr 2020

COVID-19 - North West Regional Hospital Resourcing

Parliamentary Activity - The Chief Medical Officer's recommendations to prevent another major COVID-19 outbreak were to fix the structure and resourcing, the process and the culture of hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Apr 2020

COVID-19 North-West Outbreak - Ruby Princess and Actions of Border Force

Parliamentary Activity - We agree that neither the Ruby Princess passengers nor health workers should carry blame at all and we are not blaming you or your Government, yet in a Westminster system somebody must be held accountable.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Apr 2020

Support for Rough Sleepers Welcome

Media Release - The Greens warmly welcome the Premier’s announcement today that more support will be provided to homeless Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Apr 2020

Back To School Challenges for Teachers and Parents

Media Release - Confusion still reigns in school communities and many teachers are highly stressed as Term 2 starts.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 28 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Rent Freeze Welcome

Media Release - Residential tenants can breathe a sigh of relief after the Premier’s announcement today of a freeze on rent increases for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Apr 2020

State Parliament to Return Next Week

Media Release - The Greens are pleased State Parliament will be returning next week. During this time of emergency and uncertainty, scrutiny of government is critical.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Apr 2020

Retesting of COVID-19 Patients is Critical

Media Release - The revelation a couple were cleared to leave self-isolation, only for one of them to return a further positive COVID-19 test, is disturbing. There is still much we don’t know about this deadly virus, and we must take every precaution we...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Apr 2020

North West PPE Allegations Must Be Investigated

Media Release - Allegations raised in The Saturday Paper* about the origins of the North West’s COVID-19 outbreak are serious. If correct, they would be major breach of standard infection control practice.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Apr 2020

Return of Parliament

Media Release - Mr Gutwein’s announcement that Parliament will return to more regular, albeit adjusted, sittings will be welcomed by Tasmanians concerned to ensure checks on power.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Apr 2020

The North West is Suffering

Media Release - It is difficult to imagine the level of stress, anxiety and grief on the North West Coast today.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Apr 2020

North West Testing Must Be Expanded

Media Release - The current high rate of positive coronavirus test results being reported for North West Tasmania strongly suggests we must use our dormant capacity and expand the formal testing being undertaken.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Apr 2020

Caution Urged on Term 2 Return

Media Release - The Greens acknowledge the decision to reopen schools after the break for the children of essential workers and disadvantaged students, but urge great caution to minimise the risk of COVID spread and to avoid mixed messaging to parents.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Apr 2020

Assurance on PPE Stocks Needed

Media Release - It is deeply concerning that hospital staff continue to raise the lack of availability of personal protective equipment needed to do their job safely - and reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Apr 2020

Increased North West Testing Needed Now

Media Release - The approach to COVID-19 testing in North West Tasmania must change to ensure we have the best chance of limiting the virus’ impact on the community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Apr 2020

Transparency Needed Over North West Coronavirus Outbreak

Media Release - Tasmanians deserve maximum transparency over the circumstances that led to the coronavirus outbreak in the North West.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Apr 2020

Unified Health System Needed Across Tasmania

Media Release - It’s been almost two weeks since the Federal Government announced it would underwrite the takeover of private hospitals to bolster the capacity of the public system and prevent it becoming overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Apr 2020

Time to Move on Residential Rents Too

Media Release - The Premier has today issued a Notice prohibiting evictions and freezing rent increases in commercial properties. This measure has the Greens’ support and will be welcomed by those businesses who are hurting and trying to hold on through...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Apr 2020

Avoiding a COVID-19 Prison Cluster is a Priority

Media Release - The Greens commend the decision to suspend all prison visits, but remain concerned about the potential high risk for coronavirus transmission within the state’s detention centres - and consequently, circulation within the community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Apr 2020

Hospital and Aged Care Visits Suspended

Media Release - The news that hospitals and aged care homes will be closed to visitors, except for limited reasons, will be difficult for many to hear - but is a critical public health measure.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Racing and Animal Welfare Support

Media Release - The Greens are glad to hear the government have placed a deliberate focus on the welfare of greyhounds and horses not currently racing because of COVID-19.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Apr 2020

Tasmanian Students Should be Provided Laptops

Media Release - With most Tasmanian students learning from home for the foreseeable future, it’s vital the government supports families without computer or internet access by providing laptops and WiFi for the duration of COVID-19.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Apr 2020

Ensuring Safe, Secure and Affordable Housing During COVID-19

Media Release - The tenants in the 20-unit complex in Hobart facing a huge rent hike is further evidence the State Government must enact a freeze on rent increases.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 6 Apr 2020

North West Patients Need Reassurance on Health Services

Media Release - With more cases of COVID-19 being announced daily, and the North West Regional Hospital closed for surgical and medical patients, residents need an assurance they will not be required to leave the North West for critical health services.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Apr 2020

Private Hospital Must be Available Immediately in North West

Media Release - Last week, the Federal Government announced it would underwrite the integration of private hospitals into the public system for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Apr 2020

Legislative Council Election Deferral Should Have Been Dealt with by Parliament

Media Release - The Greens recognise the strong public health grounds behind the Director of Public Health’s decision to use his powers under Section 5 of the Public Health Act to defer Legislative Council elections.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Apr 2020

Animal Welfare Must be Protected Through COVID-19

Media Release - The decision to restrict the movements of Tasmanians is full of challenges but it’s required to save lives. The welfare of animals must also be protected during this time.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Apr 2020

Evictions Freeze Order Welcome

Media Release - We welcome the Order, gazetted today, to protect tenants in private or public rental homes from eviction. We are very thankful this was prioritised, as the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic bite deeper.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Apr 2020

Premier Must Advocate for Casuals and Temporary Visa Holder Support

Media Release - The Federal Government’s JobKeeper payment is welcome, but many casual workers and temporary visa holders in Tasmania are still at risk of being left destitute and at risk during a pandemic.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 2 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Rental Evictions Order

Media Release - The Greens are glad to hear the Premier say he will issue an Order today to protect tenants in private or public rental homes from evictions as the economic impacts of the pandemic bite deeper.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Apr 2020

Hospitals United in COVID-19 Crisis

Media Release - The Greens welcome the federal government’s plan to underwrite the integration of private hospitals into the public system for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Deaths a Tragic Reminder to Stay Home

Media Release - On behalf of the Greens, I offer our heartfelt sympathies to the loved ones of the two Tasmanians who have lost their lives to the coronavirus. Across the island, people are grieving this loss.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Mar 2020

Go Hard, Go Early and Save Lives

Media Release - We welcome the next stage of COVID-19 restrictions announced by the State Government this morning. Limiting people’s social movements outside their homes to all but essential activity is necessary to save lives.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Schools Announcement Welcome

Media Release - The Greens welcome the Premier’s advice that parents should keep their children at home from school from Monday if they can.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Economic Assistance Package

Media Release - The Greens acknowledge the enormous uncertainty and fear within in the community about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives and the people they care about. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Mar 2020

Adjournment of Parliament

Media Release - The Tasmanian Parliament has agreed to adjourn until the first scheduled sitting week after the winter recess.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Mar 2020

Covid-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Speaker, this is, without question, the most consequential and sweeping legislation of powers parliament has debated. It is huge legislation that will have significant impact on the lives of many Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Mar 2020

Cognate debate on COVID-19 financial bills

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Deputy Speaker, on the way to work this morning we drove past the Centrelink offices in Hobart and as it is with Centrelink offices right around the country, the queue was stretching all the way down Barrack Street. It was deeply...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 Mar 2020

COVID-19 School Closures

Parliamentary Activity - Medical evidence and the experience of other countries in the grip of COVID-19 tells us every day we delay effective social distancing is a day too long.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Mar 2020

COVID-19 School Closures

Parliamentary Activity - How can it be that sending a child to school with hundreds of other children is not a risk but letting a child out to play with one or two other children is?

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 Mar 2020

Mixed Message on Schools Creating Confusion

Media Release - The disconnect and mixed messages from government imposing strict physical distancing measures and not closing schools is creating confusion within the community.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Mar 2020

Ignoring COVID-19 Directions Puts Lives at Risk

Media Release - The Greens implore all Tasmanians to take the coronavirus threat very seriously, to practice physical distancing and to stay home if they can. The Premier is right, we are at war.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Mar 2020

Pokies Venues Must Close to Save Lives

Media Release - It is reckless negligence towards at-risk people for poker machine venues to continue to operate EGMs during a lethal, global pandemic. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Budget Delay

Media Release - The Greens are relieved the State Budget has been delayed. It’s the right decision in a time of deep social and financial uncertainty.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 21 Mar 2020

Plan Needed to Protect Vulnerable Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

Media Release - Tasmania is in a State of Emergency and the priority is to protect vulnerable people. Our child protection services were already struggling, but COVID-19 is exacerbating the situation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Request for School Closures

Parliamentary Activity - ANMF Tasmania has added its voice to the growing number of teachers, parents and medical professionals calling for our schools to be closed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - School Closures

Parliamentary Activity - Today you have declared a state of emergency, a clear acknowledgment of the great danger COVID-19 poses to our island community. On behalf of every vulnerable Tasmania I say thank you.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Mar 2020

Government Must Close Schools to Limit COVID-19 Spread

Media Release - Today’s declaration of a state of emergency and implementation of tighter border restrictions were welcome moves by the Premier. To further mitigate risk, he should also now move to close Tasmanian schools.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Mar 2020

State of Emergency, Quarantine Measures for Arrivals Welcome

Media Release - The Premier has the Greens’ strong support for announcing a state of emergency for Tasmania. This decision will save lives.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 19 Mar 2020

Adjournment - COVID-19 Concerns in Educational Facilities

Parliamentary Activity - Madam Speaker, I rise to make a contribution on the adjournment in relation to the pandemic and one aspect of the response and to update the House that a short time ago I read in the Sydney Morning Herald that Sydney has reported 50 new...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Mar 2020

Adjournment - Tasmanian Access Card COVID-19

Parliamentary Activity - In Question Time this morning we asked the Premier about the travel arrival cards and the lack of resourcing and follow-up that is occurring at the airport. We are very concerned that this is a first-line prevention measure which must be...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - Tasmanian Access Card

Parliamentary Activity - People are asked to fill out a Tasmanian Arrival Card when they land but this is only a voluntary self-declaration process.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - Assistance for Vulnerable People

Parliamentary Activity - We agree the economy will need help as a result of this pandemic but, like many Tasmanians, we are worried about what happens to the most vulnerable in our community in the event of a wider outbreak and shutdown.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Mar 2020

Gutwein Must Fix Tasmanian Arrival Card Process

Media Release - Protecting Tasmanians from the risk of all COVID-19-infected travellers is essential to slowing the spread of the virus in our community. A critical mitigation tool is a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals to Tasmania – international and...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Mar 2020

Gutwein Government Will Have to Follow WA's Lead on Waiving Fees and Charges

Media Release - Stimulating the local economy to buffer it from the COVID-19 crisis is important but the Gutwein Government needs to do much more to support low income people, those who live at society’s margins and small businesses - all of whom were...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 18 Mar 2020

Ministerial Statement - COVID-19 Response Measures

Parliamentary Activity - It is good to hear some of the things that the Premier has just announced but I am saddened in reading and listening to him about the lack of attention to the urgent issue which needs to be addressed today and that relates to the...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - Protection Measures

Parliamentary Activity - On current growth rates, the now 400 cases today in Australia of COVID-19 would become 10 000 by 4 April, in just a few weeks' time.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Mar 2020

COVID-19 - Restrictions

Parliamentary Activity - In an open letter to the Health minister, more than 140 doctors have warned of impending disaster implored Government to do more before there is rapid community transmission.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Mar 2020

Tasmanian COVID-19 Support Package

Media Release - The Premier’s stimulus package announced today contains a number of positive measures to support businesses struggling with the coronavirus downturn.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Mar 2020

Federal Group Must Prioritise People's Lives Over Profits

Media Release - In the midst of a global pandemic, when all public health warnings are about the mitigation of risk to people's lives, the Federal Group appears not to fully grasp the deadly seriousness of the health risk within their pokies venues.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Mar 2020

Immediate Effective COVID-19 Restrictions Required

Media Release - The State Government must immediately introduce a range of restrictions shown to slow the viral spread of COVID-19, to protect vulnerable people and health workers from an escalating outbreak in Tasmania. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Cruise Ship Risk Should be Mitigated by Government

Media Release - Last night Tasmania reported its fifth case of COVID-19, and this morning the cruise ship Magnifica decided to lock down all passengers on board for their own health and safety.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Risk Management

Submission - A letter to Health Minister Sarah Courtney MP seeking information on COVID-19 preparedness.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Mar 2020

Dark Mofo

Media Release - The cancellation of Tasmania’s premier winter festival, Dark Mofo is sad, but in all likelihood a necessary measure.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Mar 2020

Coronavirus and dentist mask shortage

Submission - A letter to Health Minister, Sarah Courtney MP, regarding Tasmanian dental practices access to face masks.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Mar 2020

Ministerial Statement - Coronavirus Update

Parliamentary Activity - Since the first reports of the coronavirus came out of Wuhan and Hubei province in China, it has been quite difficult to have a full understanding of what this viral pneumonia disease is, what its mortality rates are, and its impact on...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Mar 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health information

Submission - A letter to Health Minister, Sarah Courtney MP, regarding the adequacy of public health information in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Feb 2020

Reassurance about Coronavirus Pandemic Preparations Needed

Media Release - Following Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer warning the worldwide spread of coronavirus is now considered “very likely if not inevitable”, the Health Minister must reassure Tasmanians about our state’s preparations if a pandemic pattern of...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Feb 2020

No Case for Taxpayers to Bail Out Tourism Businesses

Media Release - The Tourism Industry Council wants taxpayers to compensate private tourism businesses hit by the downturn as a result of the coronavirus.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Feb 2020