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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